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2017 Wrap-Up Celebration!

Our year-end Wrap-up for 2017 Volunteers and Clients was held on Tuesday, June 6th. 

Volunteer Profile: Stewart Chapin

Ready and Willing to Guide Potential Clients Stew is in his second year on the CCT Board heading up the Client Development group. He and his team are responsible for client outreach and assisting potential clients in the grant application process. When applications are submitted in August and September, he will be leading the difficult task of client evaluation and selection. When thinking about CCT clients, Stew feels that he “knew them when their projects were, in many cases, just rough ideas. Following the review and refining process, when client finalists were presented, the client development team hoped that CCT volunteers would feel just as jazzed about them. Months later, after project completion, the ‘graduating’ clients are at last ready to put counsel into action. And we’re ready to start all over again with next year’s class!”  Please let Stew know if there is a Boston-area nonprofit you would like to refer to CCT or if you represent a nonprofit interested in applying for a CCT project! You can email Stew at client@cctboston.org  Stew’s CCT StoryA Tuck MBA, Stew joined the CCT Board after serving as a co-project manager on three CCT projects, one with the Asperger’s Association of New England and two with Roca. During the most recent project cycle, along with his client development role, Stew sponsored the Just-A-Start project.

Volunteer Profile: Jill Tsakiris

CCT Client Recruitment Contact

In her current role as Client Development liaison to the Board, Jill Tsakiris works on recruiting clients with worthy projects and matching them with volunteers’ experiences and expertise. She adds, “CCT is adamant about delivering high quality recommendations and ensuring an excellent volunteer experience. Our biggest constraint is in finding experienced Project Managers to staff the many worthy project requests that CCT receives each year. It takes a special person to manage a successful project team.” You can contact Jill regarding client referrals or client applications at client@cctboston.org.

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Volunteer Profile: Peter Sanborn

Now in his 5th year at CCT, Peter Sanborn progressed from first year Team Member for The Philanthropic Initiative project to Project Manager for the MASS Design Group and then a Board member overseeing strategic planning. In the current cycle, he is also Sponsor for the All Hands Volunteers project.

Peter is a Stanford Business School alumnus who works by day as a fund manager investing in international stocks for Oechsle International Advisors. He says that CCT is his antidote for the alienation he feels when reflecting on the world’s many pressing issues. For him, CCT provides the tangible satisfaction of “giving back” more directly through a specific organization’s mission, rather than the usual arm’s length method of writing checks — though that’s important, too!

Along with colleagues on the CCT Board, Peter has thought deeply about what makes for a great volunteer experience. He and the board believe that volunteers are most fulfilled if they can: make an impact on the client’s organization, have fun and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow volunteers, learn and grow personally, and feel they are part of a well-managed, thoughtful organization.

Volunteer Profile: Carolyn McGuire

As we celebrate the start of our 25th project cycle, we highlight honorary board member, Carolyn McGuire of Weston, who has been called the “heart” of the CCT organization. She was a founding member in 1991 and has served in many roles, including 14 years on the Board. After turning over the Board Chair role to the current team, she has stayed involved in special projects and continues to work with the business school relations team.

Carolyn did not imagine when she responded to an intriguing opportunity that it would evolve into a labor of love. “I received a mailing from Tuck about volunteer consulting opportunities at a time when I was at home with small kids. The chance to give back to the Boston community with my business skills was very appealing, and I’ve been involved in CCT ever since.”

Early on, Carolyn saw how powerful CCT projects could be for nonprofits. Her first project was developing a targeted communications strategy for the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. A year later, she learned that the organization credited the work CCT had done with increasing applications by 100% in the targeted segment. Carolyn has continued to invest her time and talent, because she believes, “CCT empowers nonprofits to do what they do better and longer so that they can more fully serve their missions and constituents.”

Volunteer Profile: Ezra Gordon

After two years of working on projects with CCT clients, Ezra Gordon moved behind the scenes into the vital role of Chair of the Infrastructure Committee on the CCT Board.  He and his team have put in place the technology and information systems that project teams and Board committees rely on for online collaboration, accepting applications, maintaining volunteer and client records, and archiving history.

MBA:  The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College

Town of Residence:  Cambridge, MA

Professional Background:  Strategy & Operations, Entrepreneurship, Management Consulting, Marketing

Nonprofit Focus:  Energy, Environment, Health, Arts

Previous CCT Clients:  Springstep, Containers2Clinics, Mass Design, The Genesis Fund

Why did you decide to volunteer for CCT?

I first volunteered for CCT after graduating from Tuck in 2009.  In business school, I led Tuck Student Consulting Services, an organization which served a mission similar to CCT.  Based on that experience, I knew that CCT would be a fun and rewarding way to give back to my community.

What have you found to be the most rewarding aspects of working on a CCT project?  On the CCT Board?

CCT Client Profile: Roca

 

Organization: RocaName: Molly Baldwin, Founder and CEOMission:  Help disengaged and disenfranchised young people move out of violence and povertyLocation(s):  Chelsea and Springfield, MA; expansion plans in and out-of-state 

Please tell us what your organization does.

Roca helps young people between the ages of 17 and 24 move out of poverty and violence. We do this through relentless outreach to first engage them and develop transformative relationships with them. Our model is based on the stages of behavior change, in order to get young people ready, willing, and able to participate in programming around life skills, education and employment.

What are you best known for?

In addition to relentless outreach and relationship building, we are also known for using data like crazy. We use it to find and understand the young people we want to help. We use it to keep learning about what works and what doesn’t, and the level of effort that is required. In part because of this analytical rigor, we were recently chosen to pilot a first-in-the-nation Social Innovation Financing Project in the area of juvenile justice. It is a “pay for success” model, where Massachusetts will pay for reduced incarceration rates among high risk young men formerly involved with the justice system. This will allow us to reach more young people in need, and success with this model will also benefit taxpayers. It is an enormous privilege to be a part of this effort.

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Volunteer Profile: Elizabeth Atkin

One of CCT’s longtime volunteers is Elizabeth Atkin. Elizabeth has worked on seven CCT client projects…three times as a team member and four times as project manager…more than any other volunteer! She has also served twice on the CCT project development team to help screen and evaluate client applications.

MBA: Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University

Town of Residence: Weston, MA

Professional Background: Marketing, Communications, Management Consulting

Nonprofit Focus: Arts, Healthcare

Previous CCT Clients: Indian Hill Orchestra and Music School, MyTown, Improv Boston, Press Pass TV, Beacon Hill Village, Danforth Art, Emerson Umbrella

When did you first hear about CCT?

I moved to Weston in 2001 and was interested in resuming my career in marketing or consulting. A friend recommended I contact Carolyn McGuire who was a founding member of a consulting group comprised of MBA alumni. As fate would have it, Carolyn McGuire lives right around the corner from me! Well, life got busy, and it took a year or two, but I finally asked her about CCT.

Why did you decide to volunteer?

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