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Students Learn about Non-Profit Management

August 21, 2012

From left to right: Alexandra Fuller, Sarah Gallagher, Jennie Holloway, Carolyn Grimes, and Jessica Baylor.

After nine weeks of immersion in select Boston area non-profits, three Simmons College students who took part in the 2012 Scott/Ross Fellowship team shared their findings with Simmons professors and members of the local non-profit community.

Alexandra Fuller '13SM, Sarah Gallagher '12SM, and Jennie Holloway '14 spent their summers working closely with various non-profits on projects related to philanthropy, grant making, and non-profit management. They began their fellowship at The Boston Foundation, and moved on to local community partners including the Women's Lunch Place, America SCORES, and Building Impact.

For Holloway, working at The Boston Foundation (TBF) provided valuable insight into the "funder" side of the non-profit world. TBF works with donors to distribute more than $80 million in grants each year.

"It's not just as easy as writing a check and sending it off…because so many organizations are doing good work," she said.

Holloway spent a month working with America SCORES and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) writing grants and compiling a fundraising database to aid future funding research. Coming into the fellowship, the sociology major wasn't sure what to expect, but knew she wanted to learn more about the non-profit sector.

"It was a really positive experience," she said. "Both of these organizations showed me both sides of the non-profit world."

TBF Program Director Jessica Baylor welcomed the fellows back to the Boston office in August to share their findings.

"We're very proud of our partnership with Simmons," she said. "They pushed our thinking about what we're doing, and they asked questions we may not have thought of previously. We look forward to hosting [more students] in the future."

The Scott/Ross Fellowship in Non-profit Management was first offered at Simmons in 2011 and was established by Simmons College Trustee Emily Scott Pottruck '78 for students with distinguished records of community service to pursue their interest and further expand their knowledge in philanthropy, grant making, and non-profit programming and management challenges. The fellowship is based on the Pottruck Family Foundation Internship offered to Simmons students from 2001-2008 in San Francisco.

Founded in 2000, the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service facilitates and promotes community service and service-learning for Simmons College students, faculty, and staff in Greater Boston and beyond. By developing reciprocal partnerships with community-based organizations, the Scott/Ross Center enriches and expands students' educational and co-curricular experiences.