After leaving Microsoft in 2000, I knew I wasn’t ready to retire and I wanted to find meaningful work that gave me satisfaction. Given how fortunate I was for having worked at Microsoft, I was looking for the right opportunity that would allow me to give back to the community.
I heard about Social Venture Partners, and was immediately interested by their mission of providing philanthropic education to partners, providing monetary grants to nonprofits, and providing volunteer professional services to grantees to strengthen their capacity and ability to deliver on their mission. I joined the partnership and quickly made good use of the many partner education opportunities SVP provided. I was then ready to volunteer my technical skills to the nonprofits that were being served by SVP.
One of my first projects was to work with New Futures, a nonprofit serving low-income families in Burien. New Futures needed a way to track who was enrolled in their programs, and the services they received, as well as a slew of reporting requirements from their funders. Based on their needs, I created a database for tracking and reporting on this data. I deployed the solution to multiple New Futures sites, and provided training to staff on how to use the system.
Over the last 12 years, I’ve volunteered over 12,000 hours of my time, creating database systems and websites for over 25 nonprofits in the Puget Sound area. As my expertise in providing client tracking systems for nonprofits increased, I then shared my knowledge and provided a database template for other SVP volunteers to use on database projects, and continue to serve as a resource to answer technical questions from SVP volunteers.
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