Daily Archives: August 26, 2007

VNSF consumes me…

I am really digging non-profit work.  It’s a real growth opportunity for me.  I’m learning so much and I’m experiencing a lot that’s really put me outside my comfort zone.  And as if that wasn’t rewarding enough as it is, I also know that the love and sweat I put into this organization helps hundreds of kids in Vietnam.  I’m eager to make that number thousands of kids! =)
This past week, VNSF put on our Annual Benefit Dinner.  Last year, I was traveling overseas and could not attend so this was all new to me.  And having joined the board only 10 months ago, I went from not ever attending it to helping to plan it!  I’ve never planned/coordinated events other than my own parties, outings, etc.  Casual get-togethers are pretty easy but planning a benefit dinner is like planning a wedding… almost.  You have to think about the invitation, the menu, the placement, the favors, etc.  But we weren’t just making decisions, we had to do all the actual work too!  In the end, I think it was a success and I think we all did a great job.  The highlight of the evening (for me) was the Wii competition.  Ryan was hilarious with his trash-talking.  I don’t think it would have been nearly so fun if he didn’t add the personality to it.
These days, my mind is always on VNSF… I am always thinking about what our next step is and how we get there.  But I need to focus… so here’s my list of things to do:
1) Redesign the website — been putting this off too long.  I need to recruit an IT committee to help me build the website, some tools, etc.
2) Fundraising strategy — need to think about how we make more money for 2008.  I need to recruit a committee for this too!  =)
3) Scholarship process — need to make our process more efficient for the 2008-9 year