Creative Resource Development: Best Practice Recommendations for Local Initiatives, as presented by Shakira Miracle, Coordinator at Vibrant Abbotsford, during VC Canada's City Convenor Call
September 7, 2016. Learn more about the Vibrant Abbotsford poverty reduction collaboration and their projects by visiting: http://vibrantabbotsford.ca.
1. Assess your team (stakeholders): resources are often right outside of your doorstep, but you need to allow yourself the space to step back to assess the field before you dive-in. One of the common challenges of our work is finding undesignated funds. Think outside the box about who your stakeholders are and what they want. For example:
2. Start local: take off the visor and look around you. Who better to support your community-building strategy, then the community!
3. Build relationships: don't just submit an LOI. Seek out the program manager or department rep and call them. If they are local, invite yourself for an in-person visit. Ask for a minute of their time to describe what your initiative and/or project is and why their institution is a fit. Be ready with data or an illustration to support your work in case you are asked.
4. Attend like-minded events: I have garnered the most success so far with resource development by attending events or coalition meetings and introducing myself to people in attendance. I give a 10-second pitch on what Vibrant Abbotsford is, which strikes up a conversation about like-minded goals. Take the time to talk and listen - you will walk into unexpected opportunities just by sharing.
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