November 26, 2018

10 Things I Know About … Supporting nonprofits

Courtney E. Pelley

10) Learn about our mission. This is the biggest bang for your temporal buck. Low investment, high return. As nonprofits, our work is mission-driven. A clear and concise mission statement summarizing our purpose can be found on our website.

9) Tell your family, friends and colleagues. Fundraising is important, but friend-raising is paramount. My top picks for you to check out: Main IDEA, The Sprinkler Factory, and Worcester Earn-A-Bike.

8) Follow us on social media. Start with Andy's Attic. Located at South High Community School and run by students (led by an amazing teacher), Andy's Attic provides new socks, new underwear and gently used clothing to those in need. Students enrolled in a nonprofit management course learn about local nonprofits. If you follow their Facebook page, then you will learn too!

7) Like and share our posts. Our marketing teams work magic on a shoestring budget. You can help us expand our reach by getting our work out in front of your social networks.

6) Take a tour. I had the privilege of touring Creative Hub Worcester and haven't been able to stop talking about it since.

5) Attend our events. From routine annual meetings to formal galas, almost all nonprofits host events. Kennedy CHC's Annual Walk & Fun Run takes place in June – we hope to see you all there!

4) Volunteer. Start with United Way's Day of Caring to get your feet wet.

3) Give. Simply (and honestly) put, no gift is too small (or too big).

2) Serve as a board member. From A (accountant) to Z (zoologist), we want you! You don't have to wait for us to reach out. If our mission resonates with you, please express your interest in serving.

1) Come work for us!

Courtney E. Pelley is chief of staff at Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester. Reach her at


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