MPS’ Program Development Work with Points of Light Results in ServiceWorks 2.0

For over a year, MPS staff has dedicated hundreds of hours in various capacities to the ServiceWorks program at Points of Light (POL).  This groundbreaking national program helps underserved youth and young adults from low income families develop leadership and life skills needed to prepare for future careers. Two years into the program, POL wanted to build off lessons learned and readjust their strategic goals. Using a detailed gap analysis... +

MPS Assists Points of Light with Service Enterprise Initiative Business Model Development

This past spring, MPS Business Analysts Ashley Rezai and Shannon McGuire worked with Points of Light (POL) to identify areas for improvement in the business model for their Service Enterprise Initiative (SEI). SEI is a national certification program run by POL to help nonprofits effectively manage volunteer resources and create skills-based volunteering opportunities. In an effort to reduce the time and expense required to complete the program,... +

Congratulations, PACE Cohort 11!

On June 29th, staff and friends of MPS celebrated the presentation of certificates to PACE Cohort 11 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall in downtown Washington, DC. Both members of the group – Brad McCandless and Collin Furth – will be staying on as fulltime consultants. According to Collin, “The lessons learned in PACE training have allowed me to navigate the world of consulting with confidence, and I have the... +

MPS Helps Project Management For Change Prepare for PMDoS

Project Management For Change (PM4Change) is the engine behind Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS), a Martin Luther King Day tradition in the DC Metro Area. The one-day event is designed to align nonprofit organizations (NPOs) with project managers who have the expertise and experience to help NPOs assess and plan projects. M Powered Strategies provided pro bono support to PM4Change for the third annual PMDoS, which took place in January... +

MPS Helps ServiceWorks with Curriculum Design

ServiceWorks is a program run by Points of Light to help disenfranchised youth – many of them raised in the foster care system – to develop the skills needed for college and a career. They were interested in incorporating a Project Management component to their curriculum that met the standards of the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF), so last December, Points of Light came to M Powered Strategies requesting a... +

MPS Kicks Off National Volunteer Week with a Painting Project

To kick off Points of Light’s National Volunteer Week, on Saturday, April 22, Mara Goldberg, Bryan Kovalick and Lesley McNeish of MPS, volunteered with the Capital Area REACH Program. This small nonprofit focuses on education, mentorship and professional development for low-income students in the Washington, DC area. Saturday’s event took place in Northwest DC, where volunteers were tasked with painting the interior of Garfield Terrace... +