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Time Management
By Tynan Gable on Feb 6, 2019

This semester, we transitioned from having two 90-minute sessions per week to having just one class meeting for three hours. While this may sound like a long time, it seems that every minute counts. For this reason, the concept of time management is now engrained in each of us as a vital part of working on a team.

We rely on each other to be timely with our work and come to class completely mentally and physically prepared to engage for the entirety of our meeting. And while we do hold each other accountable for these efforts, we are also guided by our co-instructors Andrew Galen and Nicole Thibodeau. In reflecting upon the management and guidance we receive from both of our instructors, it seems only fitting to feature one of them this week on our blog.

Galen is in a teaching role for his first time this year, and he is growing alongside the rest of the cohort as he realizes the challenges associated with grantmaking from an entirely new perspective. To learn more about Galen and his unique approach to this course, see below.

Gable: What are some key events in the past that inspired your desire to be a part of this course and involved in the not-for-profit sector?

Galen: I’ve always had a passion for mission-driven work which I think was instilled in me by my parents. I have worked and volunteered at various nonprofit organizations, including serving two terms as an AmeriCorps volunteer. What motivated me to earn my MBA was to improve my financial intelligence and bring that skill set back to the nonprofit sector, and the Grant Administration course is the perfect outlet for this. I was part of the inaugural cohort of students to take this course in 2016-17. A year later, I decided to return to AGSM as a co-instructor. As a student, I experienced first-hand how impactful this course was on my education and ultimately what I ended up doing after graduation at United Way. Also as one of the first students to take the class, I felt a sense of ownership to see the course thrive and ensure that future students could have the same experience as me. I have really enjoyed teaching this year, especially with such a great group of students who feel the weight of their responsibility to invest in the best projects and programs they can identify.

Gable: Outside of this course, how do you enjoy giving back to the community?

Galen: I work full time at United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley as the Director of Strategic Initiatives. My role is essentially a project manager as we continue to roll out new initiatives to improve our community. Some examples include helping launch Taylor’s House, an overnight home for youth who do not have permanent housing and currently creating a mobile hygiene unit program to provide dignity for all individuals in our community through basic hygiene facilities. Aside from my professional work to strengthen Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties, I am personally invested in causes to protect natural areas and curtail the effects of global warming.

Gable: What do you like most about your role as an instructor for this course?

Galen: One topic of the course is, as an organization, how do you create impact and how do you balance short term financial needs with long term sustainability. These problems can be perplexing, especially when much of the impact of nonprofits has no clear numeric value. We inherently understand the importance of different nonprofit organizations, but with limited philanthropic dollars, deciding where to invest is quite a challenge.

Introducing... Us
By Tynan Gable on Jan 30, 2019

This blog, to date, has served as a comprehensive repertoire of the many learning and growth opportunities we have encountered as a cohort through this Grant Administration course. And until the recent Proposal submission deadline, a completely cohesive message was all that would be appropriate to share publicly.

However, it goes without saying that a generalized perspective of our goals and learning outcomes does not provide a complete picture of how each of us individually has and will continue to contribute to the decision making and accomplishments of our cohort. In our current stage of evaluation, applicants no longer have an opportunity to tailor their Proposals to match any of our individual interests. So, throughout this Spring semester, the eight members and two co-instructors of our cohort shall be featured on this blog in turn.

Each of us brings to the table a unique set of experiences, individualized priorities and preferences, and varied approaches to business and not-for-profit management. This diversity of thought is an irreplaceable attribute of our program, as we feel it has and will continue to allow for the most objective and comprehensive selection process.

This week’s blog will feature Madeline Atmore. Atmore’s passion for the not-for-profit sector and her vision of community-wide impact are essential drivers behind the progress of our cohort. See below for more information about Atmore’s background, interests, and future aspirations.

Gable: What are some key events in the past that inspired your desire to be a part of this course and involved in the not-for-profit sector?

Atmore: My work as a victim advocate at the DA’s office provided me with the opportunity to engage and become more familiar with many of the amazing not-for-profit organizations in the Salem community. I came to discover that many of the organizations attempting to address society’s largest and most pressing issues tend to experience financial difficulties due to uncertain funding sources. In turn, this creates lower average compensation, which makes it difficult to attract the innovative talent the sector really needs. I was excited to be a part of the Grant Administration course so I could increase my technical skill set surrounding not-for-profit funding, including the know-how to evaluate and recognize strong and sustainable organizations. These hard skills will be foundational in the future as I aspire to find the most effective ways to support the not-for-profit sector.

Gable: Outside of this course, how do you enjoy giving back to the community?

Atmore: I wish I had a more consistent volunteer routine. It’s certainly an aspiration of mine to give my time more regularly, but I also enjoy giving back through other means and by supporting local businesses, such as Ike Box, that offer a social or community benefit.

Gable: What do you expect your interaction with the not-for-profit sector to be once you graduate from the Willamette MBA program?

Atmore: I know I am seeking employment either in the not-for-profit sector or in a company with a triple bottom line.