So long, 2017. Bring it on 2018.
Last year was a year of change and new beginnings – both of which are a good thing.
We launched The Collective in early 2017. The idea was to bring together Central Florida’s nonprofit community and empower the region’s change leaders. While there is still a lot of work to be done, I’m proud of the success of The Collective. As a new organization, we made big strides in 2017. As The Collective, we:
- approved nearly 400 members (We added our 400th member this month!)
- hosted 10 gatherings
- launched a website and social media accounts
- worked with several new organizations, including Opera Del Sol and Immerse
- held monthly “Breakfast Breakout Sessions” at the Citrus Club
- hosted the inaugural Change Everything Awards
- and so much more!
On a personal note, I’ve learned a lot as the coordinator of The Collective. There are so many wonderful nonprofit organizations in Central Florida doing great work for the area’s residents and beyond.
As we move into 2018, I’m looking forward to the future of The Collective. We will continue to host large gatherings each month at The Mezz. We’ll be sure to continue working with individuals who need help launching an organization or just need advice on a project. We hope to expand the group and add more members. We hope more people who believe in social change apply to The Collective.
Also, we are looking to extend The Collective to the area’s colleges and universities. We’re working on a program geared directly to students called “College Collective.” I’ll be writing more about that in the next few weeks.
We also hope to add a curriculum that will help those nonprofit leaders who want to get better at what they do. Webinairs, guest speakers, one-on-one training and monthly check-ups are just some of the ideas we’re hoping to implement in the coming months.
If you have an idea about The Collective, feel free to send me an email at Jon@Change-Everything.com.
The next gathering of The Collective is on January 24 at The Mezz in Downtown Orlando. Kelly Cohen of Southern Strategy Group and Chris Castro of the City of Orlando will be speaking on “How to Create Change through Politics, Policy and Politicians.”
And if you’re not a member of The Collective, apply here: http://www.collectiveorlando.org/membership/