Building relationships with our members
At the Center, our mission is to help nonprofits build capacity and sustainability. Our site visits are one way we gain insights into the challenges our member organizations face and how we can tailor our support to help.
Even amidst the pandemic, we have continued our visits—in the virtual realm! Patrick Rabiecki, our Site Visiting Ambassador, enjoyed meeting with the following members.
Check out their stories, and consider inviting Patrick to visit your nonprofit!
Patrick met with Mimi Stein from Humane Animal Care, a nonprofit that focuses on the ethical treatment of farm animals who are raised to become our food. They work with farms all over the world to make sure that the animals are treated properly and raised cruelty-free. Mimi and Patrick discussed the difficulties she faces running an organization with a mission that most people don’t want to hear about. The Center was able to work with Mimi to host an Instagram takeover of the Center’s account, to help raise awareness for their cause and how people can help by shopping Certified Humane.
Patrick sat down with Ashwin Verghese from the International Campaign for Tibet. This member organization is the largest Tibet support group in the world. They advocate here in America, on behalf of the people of Tibet in their peaceful struggle to preserve their human rights and establish democracy. Having just joined the Center in March 2020, they have only scratched the surface of their Center membership and are looking forward to exploring more.
Continuing his 2-fold mission to explore the (virtual) world while also getting to know our members, Patrick and Center team member Aziza braved the wilds of the jungle to sit down with Monica Gray to discuss her organization. With a mission to dismantle the barriers that women and girls of color face in America, YWCA provides invaluable resources for the DC area. Through their advocacy for racial justice, youth development, and career education programs, YWCA is a true leader in the fight for justice for all.
Patrick took a breezy, tropical shores trip to sit down with Kate Akalonu, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Everyone Home DC. They are a nonprofit based in DC, that works to both prevent homelessness for at-risk individuals, as well as help those currently experiencing homelessness. Due to the pandemic, Everyone Home DC found themselves having to rethink their fundraising approach. In response they launched “The September Challenge”. This month-long, very successful series of online fundraising events took place during September. Challenges ranged from Zumba and cooking to Bingo, trivia, and more!
Before the pandemic, Patrick had the opportunity to visit the office this member organization. He sat down with two of their staff members for an engaging discussion on their mission, feedback about their Center membership, and ways the Center can help them going forward. Americans for Peace Now was founded in 1981 to help spread awareness in America for its sister organization, Shalom Achshav. It has since developed into America’s most prominent organization of Jewish Americans, working to achieve a sustainable peace plan to the Arab-Israeli conflict. The Center is looking forward to helping them promote their mission through our wide network of nonprofit contacts.