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M Powered Strategies Helps Points of Light Plan for MLK Day 2018

Every year in January, millions across the country follow the example of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and come together in service. Points of Light (POL) will honor the occasion on January 15, 2018, by calling on community leaders and volunteers for a nationwide Day of Service. To help get their multi-pronged effort off the ground, POL called on M Powered Strategies’ MPS Assists program. MPS consultants Sarah Dawn Miller, Maria Perez,... +

“MPS Assists” Helps Improve Training for Education Pioneers

Over the summer of 2017, M Powered Strategies staff members, Ira Casteel, Maria Perez, Mariana Enriquez, and Shannon McGuire, worked with Education Pioneers (EP) to help improve the training provided to their fellowship recipients. Education Pioneers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving K-12 education by recruiting and developing up-and-coming leaders in education, and placing them with school districts and various education... +

“MPS Assists” Provides Strategic Planning Support to SMANA

Earlier this year, the Social Marketing Association of North America (SMANA) applied to MPS Assists, the pro bono division of MPS’ nonprofit services, for help in defining the next phase of its organizational direction. The mission of the Arlington-based nonprofit is to connect and support change agents who use commercial marketing techniques to promote positive behavior change for social good. Since their founding in 2016, they had made a lot... +

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... +