Mentor a Nonprofit

Mentors Image_2The Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange (The Exchange) provides training, technical assistance, education, mentoring and networking opportunities to develop a fully scaled and resourced ecosystem of social enterprise for nonprofits, venture philanthropists and foundations.

The job of a Business Mentor in The Exchange is to provide support and guidance to an Exchange cohort organization to enhance their ability to create, start, maintain and grow their social enterprise.

Business Mentor Responsibilities:

  • Review and become familiar with the 2016 Exchange cohort curriculum
  • As a member of the Exchange Business Mentor Pool, agree to support cohort organizations in a timely manner when called upon
  • Work closely with a cohort organization to develop their skills and competencies to start and run a successful social enterprise
  • Refer a cohort organization to others as needed for additional sources of information and support
  • Share personal and professional expertise in support of social enterprise
  • Guide organizations in incorporating for-profit business perspectives into their social enterprise project
  • Encourage relationship building and networking
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Communicate regularly with The Exchange leadership team regarding meeting activity, progress, challenges and needs

Business Mentor Attributes:

  • Interest in social enterprise and creating positive community change
  • Understanding of and/or experience working with nonprofit organizations
  • Collaborative work style; ability to work with teams
  • Strong self-awareness and excellent listening skills
  • Interest in expanding networks in support of social enterprise work
  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following areas: business process, marketing, sales, management, finance, operations, supply chain management, law, entrepreneurship and business development/feasibility/planning

Time Commitment:

  • Expected to be 3 – 4 hours per month – however, please let us know your specific needs and availability and we’ll work with you. This is the power of a “pool” or “team” of mentors!
  • 1 year commitment, minimum – most intensive during the cohort program from January to September 2016, ongoing connection and support beyond graduation is welcomed and encouraged!

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Meet Our 2015 Social Enterprise Cohort Business Mentors

We are honored to have worked with and offer our sincere thanks and and appreciation to our first class of Business Mentors.

Stephanie Brady, MBA
Director of Strategy and Innovation, Famous Brands International and Founder, LaunchUR
Expertise: Marketing activation, product, pricing, partnerships
2015 Cohort Mentee: cityWILD

Lauren Croucher, MBA
Strategy and Management Consultant, RAS & Associates (Former)
Expertise: Lean methodologies, process improvement, operations/financial tracking
2015 Cohort Mentee: Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Malcolm Evans
Senior Vice President, Vectra Bank Colorado (Former)
Expertise: Financial analysis and strategy
2015 Cohort Mentee:  FRIENDS of Broomfield

Margie Gart, MBA
The Gart Companies, formerly Director of Philanthropic Services at Rose Community Foundation
Expertise: Finance/financing, strategy and decision-making
2015 Cohort Mentee: Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition

Catherine Henry
Executive Director, Work Options for Women
Expertise: Social venture leadership/management, marketing and promotions
2015 Cohort Mentee: Denver Urban Ministries

Pat Landrum
Executive Director, Social Venture Partners Denver
Expertise: Social venture development, organizational culture, addressing conflict
2015 Cohort Mentee: The GLBT Center

Brendan Landry
Co-founder, Director of Programs, Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute
Expertise: Operational process, management systems, marketing with few resources
2015 Cohort Mentee: Denver Shared Spaces / Urban Land Conservancy

Alexis Owen
Director of Philanthropic Services and Marketing, First Western Trust
Expertise: Marketing, messaging and strategy based on business models, organizational culture
2015 Cohort Mentee: Scholars Unlimited

Tara Rojas
Communications Manager, IMA Financial Group
Expertise: Marketing, advertising, community relations; diversifying funding toward sustainability
2015 Cohort Mentee: Colorado Health Network