Community Action Partners - Brainstorm Volunteer Application 

CAP Brainstorms

Brainstorms allow CAP to serve a wide variety of nonprofit clients, especially those who are small or whose issues don’t fit with the CAP Consulting multi-month pro-bono consulting engagements. 

Brainstorms allow alumni to put their skills to use in service of local nonprofits with a limited time commitment. Examples of recent brainstorming session topics include: succession planning; board governance; impact measurement and reporting; ways to increase an organization’s visibility and reach; and staffing structures for continued growth.

**Unless otherwise specified, Brainstorm sessions will be held virtually via Zoom. 

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Brainstorm Descriptions 
The Alex Manfull Fund (TAMF) was created by Susan and Bill Manfull shortly after their 26-year-old daughter Alexandra died in 2018 due to a little-known disorder called Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychological Disorder associated with Streptococcus (PANDAS). Susan and Bill were determined that fewer lives be lost to this disorder, and that future patients not struggle as they had to receive proper diagnosis and treatment.

Susan is Executive Director, and she’s supported by a part-time administrative assistant, a contract accountant, and an eight-member volunteer board. TAMF also has built an impressive Scientific and Medical Advisory Board (SMAB) and an Advancement Council. TAMF pursues its mission through a three-pronged approach: increasing awareness about PANDAS/PANS, advancing education of medical and mental health providers, and supporting research in this area. Since its inception in 2018, TAMF has demonstrated remarkable growth -- in building an organizational foundation, achieving its operational goals, and gaining community recognition and respect.

TAMF seeks input from CAP on how to best position the organization for the next phase of growth. They hope to identify the 4-year priorities they should focus on (e.g., Board development practices, leadership succession planning, staff hires, business development, partnering/merging with organizations with a similar mission).

The Details: Thursday, June 20th @ either 12-2pm or 6-8pm via Zoom -- please indicate your preference. A final decision will be made based on volunteer preference.

Friends of Family Planning
Friends of Family Planning (FOFP) has supported Martha​'s Vineyard​'s only reproductive and sexual health clinic -- Health Imperatives (HI) -- for over 37 years. FOFP has provided HI critical funds for staff training, equipment purchases, and have purchased a building to​ provide a low cost, permanent home for the clinic.​ 

Over the last few years, HI has had increased success generating alternative funding​ sources. FOFP's Board finds itself at an opportune moment to stop and assess its function,​ relationship, and support system for HI, as well as how to address underserved reproductive​ needs on the island.

The FOFP Board is hoping to engage with the broader Marth​a's Vineyard community to​ assess their requirements and determine how best to serve them. FOFP believes​ opportunities for change are both internal (branding, messaging, organizing,…) and external​ (community support).​ 

FOFP seeks CAPs assistance to think through how they should approach evaluating their​ evolving role in the community and with their partners, and clarifying their current and future​ priorities.

The Details: Wednesday, June 26th @ 6-8 pm  via ZOOM.

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Community Action Partners (CAP) Volunteer Agreement 

Though participation in CAP projects is a volunteer effort, the client organizations we serve and fellow volunteers count on the professionalism of each CAP volunteer. Please acknowledge the following:
  • I agree not to disclose any confidential client information obtained in connection with this project work, or use confidential client information for personal, family or professional gain during or after this project.
  • I agree that none of CAP, HBSAB or HBS, or their respective officers, directors, trustees, affiliates, other volunteers, employees, agents, successors or assigns shall have any liability of any kind or nature to me relating to, or arising out of, the CAP program or any services rendered in connection with the CAP Program, including any claims by a Client Party
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