Looking Back

Looking Back
Becoming a new mom at age 24 versus age 18 has some differences – and they are more than just the physical age difference of 6 years. For example, at age 24, instead of the glares and unapproving looks I used to get, I now get adoring looks and questions about my...

GROWING YOUR DONOR BASE (AND YOUR INCOME, TOO!)

GROWING YOUR DONOR BASE (AND YOUR INCOME, TOO!)
Everything I’ve learned about growing our income and donor database has come from what I’ve read, seen and experienced in the seven years of fundraising at Hope House — and what I experienced in a long-time career in sales. What I have discovered is that it’s...

Grant Writing: The Power of Effective Reporting

Grant Writing: The Power of Effective Reporting
Winning a grant is great news and an opportunity to celebrate, but it’s only one piece of the whole process.  Just as important is the grant report that most funders require at the end of the granting period. People think of reports as being kind of dry, but yours...

Running a Residential Program

Running a Residential Program
Q&A with Kara Mapel, Residential Program Manager What are the top three qualities you look for when interviewing teen moms for your Residential Program? First, we make sure there is a need for housing. A girl who just wants freedom from her own parents is in a...

Expansion Unpacked: Growing Your Volunteer Base

Expansion Unpacked: Growing Your Volunteer Base
The state of Colorado ranks in the top 10 healthiest states in the U.S. Not hard to believe, right? And, according to the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index of 2017, Colorado ranks #6 with the highest well-being scores. But when it comes to volunteering, we are not...

Creating Effective Partnerships with Corporations

Creating Effective Partnerships with Corporations
I started volunteering with Hope House over 10 years ago when I joined the Board of Directors and fell in love with the mission. I have come to realize there is one thing I know for sure — I am passionate about how nonprofits and corporations can come together...