Strive’s mission is simple:
“NFPs need access to resources they cannot otherwise afford.
YP’s are looking for an opportunity to learn, experience, and meet new people in order to develop professionally and advance in their respective organizations.”
Their website explains how a relationship between young professionals (YPs) and not-for-profit organizations (NFPs) can be beneficial to both parties.
Strive pairs young professionals with not-for-profit organizations for six month partnerships. The young professionals can get business experience in a professional environment while the not for profits can learn to become sustainable in the process.
These partnerships help young professionals struggling with the cycle of which comes first: the experience or the job. With companies looking for impressive resumes to gage potential hires, new graduates are challenged with needing to have the “know-how” that exceeds educational training, without that first “real” job. That is where volunteering comes in.
During engagements, a group of five to seven consultants work to analyze environmental and internal factors and develop a detailed project plan for their client.
These engagements don’t have to be temporary. For young professionals, they open doors to opportunities in new industries that may not have been on their radar before. They give young professionals confidence in their skills and ideas, and provide networking experience and a valuable learning environment, all while contributing to Hamilton’s growth.
There are distinct differences between not-for-profit organizations and charities. But now we’re hearing of a third type of organization: Social Enterprise.
“A Social Enterprise is a revenue-generating business with a twist. Whether operated by a not-for-profit organization or by a for-profit company, a social enterprise has two goals: to achieve social, cultural, community, economic or environmental outcomes; and, to earn revenue. As of 2013, in the province of Ontario alone, there were 10,000 registered social enterprises, employing an estimated 160,000 people and serving 3.4 million customers per year,” says Daniella DeTina, Strive’s VP Marketing and recent graduate of the MBA program at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business.
“We are really excited about the rapid growth of Social Enterprises in Ontario. Their objectives are closely aligned with Strive’s mission of generating win-wins for the economy and the community in Hamilton.”
In addition to Daniella, the leadership team is comprised of Tyler Wright (President), Tammy Hwang (VP Strategy), Paul Ciapanna (VP Finance), and Brad Coughlan (VP Human Resources).
They have worked on strategic business plans, revenue-generating arms, improving cost efficiencies, and fund-raising and marketing initiatives. Their clients include large, multinational not-for-profit corporations (cannot be disclosed due to non-disclosure agreement) and local organizations such as the Good Shepherd Works.
Strive was founded in August 2013 and has grown to include over 20 volunteers and four engagements per year.
“As recent graduates and young professionals ourselves, we saw an opportunity to provide young professionals and students with real world business experience that positively impacts the local community. There is an incredible young professional and student network in Hamilton with untapped potential,” says Daniella.
“Balancing school work and extracurricular activities can be difficult, but at the end of the day, knowing that I am contributing to something bigger and better for Hamilton makes it all worth it.”
Strive is looking for volunteers for Spring 2015 engagements. Young professionals or post-secondary students are encouraged to apply online at http://www.striveconsulting.ca/volunteer.html