Volume 14 | May - June 2020
Pathways to Growth News & Updates
P2G is proud to partner with TampaBay-Job-Links , a supportive community where people gain relevant job-search and career transition skills, helping them find jobs to sustain themselves and their families. By giving people knowledge, building their self-confidence, and minimizing barriers to employment, we prepare our clients to find meaningful work. We pair each client with a professional career coach who works with them 1:1 through the duration of the job search process. We also offer virtual interactive workshops on a variety of job-search and wellness topics. We take a holistic and high-touch approach to our clients providing short-term mental health counseling and referrals to community resources. We are also a source of talent for Tampa Bay area employers providing qualified pre-screened candidates at no charge. 
Julia McRae is a successful fundraiser with experience in nonprofit development and donor stewardship. Based in North Carolina, she most recently served as the Community Engagement Manager and Development Officer for The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts where she contributed to a successful organization turn-around. Julia shares her thoughts:

What brought you to P2G?
The end of 2019 was a transitional period for me as I was looking for flexibility to spend more time with my family, help my dad with his business, and stay connected to the nonprofit world. In my search, I came across Pathways To Growth, and after researching their approach, and their philosophy, I knew it would be a great fit. 
What do you enjoy most about working with your P2G clients?
Working with Pathway to Growth clients allows me to experience critical work happening in a variety of fields. From homeless shelters to middle school summer camps, I get to be a part of life changing efforts that touch people of all walks of life.
What are some of your hobbies and interests beyond development?
When I'm not writing grants, you can often find me singing with my sister, maxing out my back-squat, or long-boarding when it's warm.
Our team of writers and reviewers helped our clients continue their great work with $311,115 in grant funding in April and May.

We are grateful to the funders which included:
CFTB COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund
Duke Energy Foundation
Givewell Impact Polk 
PNC Foundation
Rays Baseball Foundation
Suncoast Credit Union
Suncoast Credit Union Foundation
Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund 
United Way Suncoast COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund
Wells Fargo Foundation

$311,115 in April & May!

211 Tampa Bay Cares is providing a vital service through this critical time. 211 Tampa Bay Cares enables the social services ecosystem to be more efficient by ensuring people in need (mothers, older adults, families, caregivers, individuals in need) are connected quickly and effectively with the community resources they need in order to transition from crisis toward hope and stability.

For over 48 years, 211 Tampa Bay Cares has been connecting people in crisis with essential services that can help. From their Flash Report of May 25, they facilitated assistance to 237 households with Pinellas COVID Cares assistance of $310,061!

With meetings moving from in-person to online during the COVID-19 crisis, P2G's writer Sharon Fennell-Kennedy provides great insights into how to present yourself well in a Zoom meeting. Sharon's Looking Your Best in Zoom Meetings article includes 5 tips to help you to put your best foot forward across the internet.
Once again, our President, Jule' Colvin, taught the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay's Certificate in Grant Writing Class, but this time, the four-week, 16-hour class was held exclusively online. NLC's leadership did a fantastic job orchestrating the many details including reviewing grant samples, breaking the class up into separate rooms for small-group discussions and holding a funder panel discussion, all through the Zoom platform. Although Jule' missed seeing the class face-to-face, she was thrilled to keep moving forward through this crisis by helping nonprofit staff learn the keys to writing the best grant proposals possible for their organizations.
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