MPS Assistance Yields Results for Points of Light

In the summer of 2018, Points of Light (POL), a sprawling international nonprofit, linked up with MPS to improve their project management skill-sets, and address conflicting management practices between departments. A framework was needed to enhance POL’s ability to effectively perform its mission of promoting and encouraging volunteer service all over the world. MPS consultants spent three months conducting interviews with key... +

Shannon McGuire on her role as MPS Community Engagement Manager

As a designated Employer of National Service, MPS has a strong Community Engagement program. In June, our Community Engagement Manager, Shannon McGuire attended four days of intensive workshops and a leadership training through the Points of Light Conference. Our Communications team wanted to find out about the conference, as well as learn more about Shannon’s ideas on Community Engagement. COMMS: First, Shannon, tell us a little bit about... +

MPS Team Helps Friendship Place Raise Needed Funds

Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It’s important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It’s the way in which we ourselves grow and develop.  –Dorothy Height MPS Consultants Lily Seglin and Marci Owens began their journey with Friendship Place in October, 2018, when the executive leadership team of the Washington, DC-based nonprofit came to MPS, seeking a strategy for... +

Quality and ISO Certification

What constitutes Quality? In “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” the hero’s quest for the meaning of Quality leads to madness. If you google Quality, you might find something like “…the non-inferiority or superiority of something; it’s also defined as being suitable for its intended purpose while satisfying customer expectations.” That’s Wikipedia. According to the International Organization for... +

MPS Helps Points of Light with Project Management Framework

 “I have spoken of a thousand points of light, of all the community organizations that are spread like stars throughout the Nation, doing good,”  declared President George H.W. Bush, in his 1989 inaugural address. Almost 30 years later, as the world mourned his passing, MPS consultants were hard at work helping Points of Light (POL),  the organization he founded, and the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer... +

The Fifth Annual Project Management Day of Service – Washington DC

The Saturday before Martin Luther King Junior’s 90th birthday was chilly, with serious snowstorms in the forecast, but the halls of the Project Management Center for Excellence at the University of Maryland were abuzz with excitement. Eagerly huddled around flip charts and computers were representatives from 24 nonprofit organizations, along with 97 project managers. On the docket were 28 projects in various stages of implementation.... +