2013-14 NBLP Projects

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American Composers Orchestra, Peter Valeiras ’15

Peter Valeiras '15 worked with mentor Tess Mateo '97 and American Composers Orchestra, an orchestral group supporting the composition of new types of music by American composers through funding and support. Peter worked with the American Composers Orchestra to develop a plan and methodology to increase board membership over the next 6 months with an emphasis on increasing corporate relationships through board placement and fellowships.

Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth, Fabio Bergamo ’15

Fabio Bergamo ’15 worked with mentor Jim Matison ’68 at Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth, a nonprofit child welfare agency that supports children across New York State with a continuum of services from prevention, to foster care, to residency at the Canaan school and center. Fabio provided analysis and recommendations for the implementation of a new financially self-sustainable set of business enterprises that prepare high school students for the workforce through experiential learning.

Children’s Museum of the Arts, Daniella Gold ’14

Daniella Gold ’14 worked with mentor Debbie Perelman ’00 to answer the question of what age the Children’s Museum of the Arts should target for exhibitions and programming. Daniella identified and researched leading children’s museums in the US to prepare a best practices analysis with regard to aging up. The project included interviews with industry professionals.

Bottomless Closet, Pilar Cervantes ’14

Pilar Cervantes ’14 worked with mentor Christine Chang and Bottomless Closet, an organization that guides and inspires disadvantaged women in New York City to enter the workforce. Pilar analyzed and updated the organization’s use of metrics to articulate Bottomless Closet’s impact.

Cathedral Community Care, Stephanie Weichsel ’14

Stephanie Weichsel ’14 worked with mentor Murry Stegelmann ’86 and Cathedral Community Care, an organization under St. John the Divine that is set up to combat poverty through preventive poverty services, education and advocacy – specifically targeting the issues of health and hunger. Stephanie worked on multiple projects about the strategy and fundraising aspects of the organization.

Center for Arts Education (CAE), Mari Ishiguro ’14

Mari Ishiguro ’14 worked with mentor Venk Varadan ’08 at the Center for Arts Education (CAE). CAE works to inform and influence educational and fiscal policies that support arts education in all New York City public schools. Mari worked with CAE’s Director of Research and Policy to assess the current state of arts in education in city schools (based on reporting from the Office of Arts and Special Projects) and helped devise budget recommendations that would enable schools to deliver arts programming to meet state and city mandates. Mari collected and evaluated necessary data to support CAE’s policy suggestions to the new mayor.

Choral Society of New York, Mohinshu (Mac) Trivedi ’14

Mohinshu (Mac) Trivedi ’14 had the opportunity to work with Jason Chiang ’12 and the Choral Society of New York. The Choral Society strives to bring the high quality choral music to the greater New York community who may not otherwise experience such work. Mac’s role was to help devise a long term funding strategy, which involved identifying new sources of funding, performing a competitive analysis on the operations and funding of comparable organizations, and working with the board to develop an overall mission statement and strategy.

City Health Works, Sharon E. Smith EMBA’14

Dr. Sharon E. Smith EMBA’14 worked with mentor Manmeet Kaur ’12, Founder and Executive Director of City Health Works, to develop relationships with healthcare providers and insurers. The goal was to form partnerships with providers who will refer East Harlem patients with uncontrolled diabetes to the program. These patients are then paired with health coaches who assist patients in confronting barriers to care. These barriers may be social, economic, or access related.

Citizen Schools, Jason Finkelstein ’15

Jason Finkelstein ’15 worked with mentor and SEP Advisory Board Member Allan Levine ’95 and the New York Office of Citizen Schools, a nonprofit geared towards providing quality extended school day enrichment programs for middle school students in under-served communities. Jason worked with Citizen Schools to provide quantitative analysis for creating actionable next steps for boosting the nonprofit’s volunteer retention. Based on the insights gathered from the analysis, the Citizen Schools team is considering implementing a similar analysis to understand volunteer retention in other key geographic regions.

Creative Art Works (CAW), Jesse Rose EMBA’14

Jesse Rose EMBA’14 worked with mentor Brian Ricklin, Executive Director and CEO of Creative Art Works (CAW), a nonprofit that improves the lives of Harlem & Northern Manhattan youth through the visual, performing, and technology arts. Jesse worked on updating and enhancing the program's Charity Navigator data in order to highlight their competitive sets and unique standing as an arts education nonprofit. The project was focused on ensuring CAW is on track to achieve Tier-1 levels for fundraising efficiency, revenue and expense growth, and to enhance the transparency and accountability practices to meet industry standards. .

Creative Art Works (CAW), Abhinav Gupta EMBA’14

Abhinav Gupta EMBA’14 worked with mentor Brian Ricklin Executive Director and CEO of Creative Art Works (CAW). Abhinav developed a plan for leveraging existing CAW assets for multiple revenue streams: cause marketing by primary research with consumer product companies, nonprofit consulting firms, and literature research. Abhinav created a plan to build CAW’s capabilities, a blueprint for a cause marketing strategy and possible ideas to implement in the short to medium term.

Crutches 4 Kids (C4K), Audrey Iriberri ’14

Audrey Iriberri ’14 worked with mentor Ken Shubin Stein, Columbia Business School adjunct professor, at Crutches 4 Kids (C4K). C4K is a nonprofit organization that collects used crutches in the US and donates the crutches to needy children in developing countries. The project was to create and communicate a fundraising strategy that developed relationships with CSR offices of private companies. Audrey developed potential fundraising initiatives for C4K, identified potential partners, and reached out to potential partners to grow the organization's revenue base.

Forestdale, Young Park ’15

Young Park ’15 worked with mentor Lou Caltavuturo ’94 and Forestdale, a family services organization that provides foster care, preventive and other services to break the cycle of poverty in Queens. Young developed an actionable funding strategy and researched funding sources to build capacity of volunteer services in Forestdale. Young researched potential funding sources including foundations, individuals, and corporate sponsors. Young identified other successful models in the field that can be applied to Forestdale.

Freedom to Marry, Stephanie Sherline ’15

Stephanie Sherline ’15 worked with mentor Jordan Roth ’10 and Freedom to Marry, an organization that campaigns for the right of same-sex couples to legally marry in the US. Stephanie’s project both assessed the effectiveness of the organization’s current fundraising programs and presented an execution strategy for implementing additional programs to capture low-dollar donors. Additionally, Stephanie provided recommendations of how to recognize and reward high-level volunteers and donors associated with a new development campaign.

Friends of the Children New York, Malini Muralidharan ’14 and Elise Miller ’15

Malini Muralidharan ’14 and Elise Miller ’15 worked with mentor Joan Rosenthal and Friends of the Children New York, a youth development program that employs professional mentors to work comprehensively NYC's most vulnerable youth for a 12-year period from kindergarten through high school graduation. Malini and Elise worked with staff to explore Friends of the Children's program model and its short- and long-term expansion possibilities. Malini and Elise used the information gathered to create a donor pitch for Friends of the Children staff to use in building future partnerships.

Girls Inc., Virginia Whitney EMBA’14

Virginia Whitney EMBA’14, worked with mentor Judy Vredenburgh, President and CEO, and Cheryl Blowers, Marketing and Communications Director, of Girls Inc. Virginia worked on identifying a set of metrics and developing a standard economic model to help quantify Girls Inc.’s performance and the bottom-line effect of the organization’s efforts “at the girl level” in dollar terms. The goal of this project was to help Girl’s Inc. communicate its message of impact quantitatively to enhance its fundraising potential.

Global Community Charter School (GCCS), Christopher Swinney ’14

Christopher Swinney ’14 worked with mentor Peter Novak ’09 on a partnership exploration project for Global Community Charter School (GCCS), an elementary school in West Harlem. GCCS is a relatively new school and the board wanted to explore what resources and partnership opportunities existed within Columbia University. Chris attended board meetings and met with school staff to assess operational areas, strategic plans and the school's most glaring needs. He then researched and interviewed numerous programs and staff across Columbia University to identify more than twenty relevant opportunities. His findings were compiled in a document and shared with board at their April meeting. GCCS expects to act on this deliverable beginning this summer.

Historic House Trust (HHT), Kash Patel ’15

Kash Patel ’15 worked with mentor Christopher Shyer ’87 and the Historic House Trust (HHT), on an earned revenue research study that is part of a larger pilot program called The Anarchist Guide for Historic House Museums. The Edward I. Koch Fellow for the Latimer House earned revenue research study is a project-specific fellowship that will support the implementation of a pilot program to test these innovative ideas in historic house museum management. Through this project, HHT aspires to transform Latimer Historic House Museum into a financially self-supporting center of social history, explorative experience and common identity. Kash helped research what is being done at other similar nonprofits, identified innovative, culturally-interesting ideas that connected the historic property to today's surrounding community, and helped create recommendations that suggested new ideas to test and consider.

International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Luke Sandler ’14

Luke Sandler ’14 worked with mentor Claude Arpels ’98 and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) on their organizational change. With 33 leading instrumentalists performing solo to large ensembles, ICE functions as performer, presenter and educator, advancing the music of our time by developing innovative new works and new strategies for audience engagement. Their unusual organization structure needed to be re-evaluated based on the growth and development strategy of the board. Based on conversations with the board, ICE members and research, Luke developed a new organizational structure for the company, initiated the search for a new COO, and worked with the board to ensure a smooth transition and growth plan.

Jericho Project, Mark Flynn EMBA’14

Mark Flynn EMBA’14 worked with mentor Mimi Boublik ’90 and the Jericho Project, a nonprofit that provides housing, employment, and other critical programming to homeless adults and children in New York City. Mark developed a study to assess the needs of veterans returning from assignments overseas and recommended a service portfolio that will help Jericho meet the evolving challenges of their veteran residents.

Literacy Inc, Stephanie Bloom ’15

Stephanie Bloom ’15 worked with mentor Shari Levine ’87 at Literacy Inc., a nonprofit focused on providing a network of support for young readers in low-income neighborhoods in NYC. Stephanie worked to develop a new online presence, from the website structure to the use of social media. The proposal was developed after analyzing the presence of other nonprofits in the literacy space, meeting with members of the board and speaking with experts in the field.

Museum of Biblical Art (MOBiA), Morgan Handsman ’15

Morgan Handsman ’15 worked with mentor Brian O’Neil at the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBiA), a museum that celebrates and interprets art inspired by the Bible and its cultural legacy in Judeo- Christian traditions through exhibitions, education, and scholarship. Morgan worked with the Executive Director to optimize the staffing model by examining the organization’s financials and performing cost-benefit analyses. She developed job descriptions and a process to staff the organization sufficiently. The ED will discuss the proposal with the board at its next meeting.

New York Collaborates for Autism, Michelle Dervan EMBA’14

Michelle Dervan EMBA’14 worked with mentor Ilene Lainer at New York Collaborates for Autism. Michelle developed a fundraising strategy to involve local corporations in Autism Speaks Walk events. Currently the majority of funds raised from the walk events come from individual and team donations, thus she analyzed the opportunity to increase funds from corporate sources and provided a set of recommendations on how to develop multi-faceted fundraising relationships with specific large-scale corporations located in the community.

Orfanato Ninos de Cristo, Mariana Diaz Munoz ’15

Mariana Diaz Munoz ’15 worked alongside with mentor Paula Campos, member of the Advisory Board of Orfanato Ninos de Cristo, an orphanage in the Dominican Republic that serves over 200 children. Mariana focused on developing an organizational and fundraising strategy to decrease the organization’s dependence on small, one-time donations. As part of the project, Mariana worked with the organization to revise its mission, define its financial needs, develop an annual budget, and a fundraising plan. Mariana also helped create a marketing and branding strategy to raise awareness of the orphanage and strengthen donor relations.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Jessica Hammerman ’14

Jessica Hammerman ’14 worked with mentor and SEP Advisory Board Member Melissa Berman, CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, a nonprofit organization that provides research and counsel on charitable giving, develops philanthropic programs and offers complete program, administrative and management services for foundations and trusts. Jessica researched the organizational structure of foundations to provide insights into effective management structures and practices in differing foundation cultures.

Seeds of Peace, Gustavo Pinto Guimarães ’15

Gustavo Pinto Guimarães ’15 worked with mentor Sebastian Stubbe ’01 at Seeds of Peace, an organization that helps teenagers from regions of conflict learn the skills of making peace. The project involved working with graduates from the program in order to place them in influential places in their communities. The goal of the project is to allow alumni to continue to act as agents of change and promote peace.

Social Enterprise Program, Hugh Le ’14

Hugh Le ’14 worked with mentor Bruce Usher, Executive in Residence and Co-Director of the Social Enterprise Program. Hugh assisted the SEP with an internal project focusing on how SEP engages alumni interested in serving on a nonprofit organization’s board of directors. Hugh assessed the current demand from alumni and nonprofit organizations, and provided strategic recommendations to SEP. Hugh focused on creating a plan for engaging interested alumni in nonprofit board service.

Soho Rep, Emily Rosenfield Magid ’14

Emily Rosenfield Magid ’14 worked with mentor Naomi Usher and Soho Rep, an innovative contemporary theater in New York City. Emily provided the organization with recommendations for how to smooth fluctuation in demand for tickets. To generate her findings, Emily analyzed internal sources of data, such as historical ticket sales, benchmarked pricing strategies at comparable theaters and conducted informational meetings with several industry experts.

Streetwise Partners, Aakrit Kumar ’14

Aakrit Kumar ’14 worked with mentor Jon Friedland ’97 and Streetwise Partners, an organization that helps low-income individuals overcome employment barriers by providing job skills training, career coaching and job search assistance. Aakrit revised Streetwise Partners’ corporate marketing materials and outreach efforts to incorporate findings from a recent volunteer data survey and from internal reporting metrics.

Teach for America NY (TFA NY), Wanessa Ferreira ’15

Wanessa Ferreira ’15 worked with mentor and Social Enterprise Program Advisory Board Member Mark Zurack and Teach for America NY (TFA NY). The goal was to identify and propose action plans to improve engagement of three key groups: (1) TFA NY Young Professional Committee’s members, (2) TFA Corps Members alumni living in NY and (3) corporate donors interested in volunteering opportunities offered by TFA NY to their employees. Based on research and internal and external interviews, Wanessa developed a board report card for the Young Professional Committee that was implemented in March 2014. The project contributed to a national task force focused on improving TFA alumni engagement in all regions.