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Bridging to classmate-sponsored not-for-profits

One Goal of ClassACT is to connect classmates who agree to sponsor a not-for-profit organization with which they have significant involvement, with other classmates who have interest, time, skills, or other resources, that can meaningfully contribute to the sponsored organization's success. The emphasis is on facilitating personal involvement in activities that go beyond limited conversations.

Criteria for  projects are listed below. Classmates interested in submitting a project should email classacthr73@gmail.com.  A board member will respond to you promptly. 

Criteria

Non-profits which meet the criteria listed below will be posted to the ClassACT website, following review by the ClassACT Board.

  1. The non-profit must have a clear connection to a member of the class, who agrees to serve as the project Sponsor and to manage the project within the following guidelines.
  2. Each Sponsor will be connected with a member of the ClassACT board, who will serve as liaison / advisor for the project.
  3. The Sponsor is responsible for:
    • Providing a clear description of the organization and the classmate’s involvement for inclusion on the ClassACT website (Pictures are helpful—see www.ClassACTHR73.org for examples.)

    • Articulating the key areas of need, for which he or she is seeking assistance from classmates, to be included on the website (Any “ask” or request for assistance, needs to be clearly defined, including task, scope of involvement, and timeframe.)

    • Managing any contacts by classmates in response to the posting, e.g., timely responsiveness to offers of assistance

    • Reviewing the list of skills and interests posted by classmates to the website, and actively reaching out to those whose skills may be of value to the organization (The ClassACT Board liaison will also help advise in this area.)

    • Keeping the Board liaison apprised of activity and providing brief written summaries of the project successes and the value / impact of the classmate connections on a quarterly basis. These reports will be used to identify success factors and promote the project and ClassACT in general.

  4. In preparation for a project “launch,” the Board may invite a ClassACT Bridge Project Sponsor to present his or her organization and needs to the ClassACT Board during a conference call.
  5. Each project will be reviewed on an annual basis by the ClassACT Board to determine continued viability of the project—ClassACT association. Each Sponsor will provide a short annual report, which will summarize successes and challenges, ClassACT involvement, and recommendations to best maximize further ClassACT affiliation.

One on one bridge opportunities 

  • A related goal of ClassACT and of the bridging program is to connect classmates who find value in conversations that do not necessarily fall within a well-defined project framework. An example this bridge might be simple connection that facilitates a conversation between classmates and the sharing of helpful experience, advice, and insight. It might be a classmate to classmate referral or help in developing a network connection. It is expected that classmates will make connections with others who have indicated interests and skills on the website or by posting of their own interests and desire for a connection.
  • It would be very helpful (though not required) to demonstrate the value of the ClassACT by sharing brief notations or updates with the Board and by posting them to the website. Sometimes this “bridging” may be facilitated by one classmate connecting two or more other classmates, who have shared interests and needs.

Please note

  • ClassACT is not a fund-raising organization. It is inappropriate to use the website solely for solicitation of funds. Nonetheless, ClassACT supports classmates making financial contributions to sponsored organizations, if this is their preferred mechanism for offering support. (Individual classmates certainly may volunteer to help a requesting Sponsor / organization with fundraising.)
  • If the sponsor desires a classmate’s on-site help, payment of travel expenses should be considered. This can be worked out between classmates.
  • Many activities have political overtones; so, Bridge Projects may not be truly apolitical.  To the extent possible, however, activities should not be so controversial that the controversy overshadows the project and becomes the story rather than the project itself.
  • It is desirable, that the project build positive relationships with Harvard University and the greater Harvard community.
  • The Board may limit the posting of projects that it feels are detrimental to ClassACT’s purposes.

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 project description, including location

 your involvement

 website link if available

 how we might be able to help

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