"There is nothing more important to an organization than the passion that resides in the hearts and souls of the staff, the Board, donors and the community."
– Susan Putnam
Negotiated for the Acquisition of New Office Space while Simultaneously Building Outstanding Community Relations
It was the middle of winter, but there was one particular building that had been on the market for nearly a year. It was known as the “Bolger and Battle” building and it was on the market for $320,000, way out of our price range. It was the perfect home for us! The square footage was 4,400 on two floors with windows galore. It was modern and painted in bright colors – kid friendly colors.
In late 2011, the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization serving two neighboring counties was about to go out of business. I was approached by a member of the Board of Directors indicating the agency was struggling.
While I was the Community Relations and Public Affairs manager at IBM in Minneapolis, I was responsible for running IBM’s United Way campaign in 12 states, encompassing nearly 20,000 employees. I understood how valuable online giving could be in terms of increasing revenues and I also knew how to promote it to employees.