It has been two years since I participated in the Department of State’s Professional Fellows Program for Economic Empowerment, and I have to say that it has been a crazy couple of years. Not only have I applied what I learned on social entrepreneurship and sustainability, but I have been able to replicate my learnings and experiences with many others.
Since my participation in the Program, I have designed and implemented a training program for non-profit organizations to help them professionalize their management and operations. Through this program, 40 non-profits have received courses on strategic planning, legal principles for non-profits, fundraising strategies and sustainability, how to build their volunteering programs, digital marketing, value proposition and branding, time management, and communications. This program has been done in collaboration with local television station, TVN Media, which coordinates and runs the Heroes for Panama show.
In addition, I have had the opportunity to provide coaching and support to several non-profits that are struggling to survive for lack of funds, on putting together aggressive sustainability programs and to re-launch their operating model to fulfill their purpose while being efficient in their administration. I assisted the President of Fundación Todo es Posible, an up and coming non-profit for social inclusion of people with disabilities, to put together their social business plan and addressing their programs and value proposition.
Although I had been working with non-profits before, Pro Fellows provided me with new knowledge, experiences, contacts and friends that enabled me to help organizations even more, and motivated me to want to continue helping.