Last Wednesday, a delegation of ten International Visitor Leadership Program participants from South Korea came to San Antonio to learn more about non-profit management and developing civil society organizations from leaders in that area in San Antonio.
They began by meeting with Ms. Anais Biera Miracle of the Children’s Shelter Thursday afternoon. She welcomed them to learn more about how the shelter is run and administered through their presentation and discussion. Afterward, they toured the center to learn more about their operations. Before the day was out, they also met with Mr. Scott McAninch of the Non-Profit Council and Big Give SA. He was able to explain to the visitors some of what he has done to increase non-profit capacity, build networks and partnerships, increase contributions, and raise awareness. As they met at Big Brothers/Big Sisters of San Antonio, the visitors were very impressed by the way Mr. McAninch’s groups had created large and sustained impacts in the civil society community of San Antonio.
On Friday, the visitors began by meeting at Haven for Hope. Although it was raining on and off, the group was able to tour the extensive campus and learn about the many groups and services that operate out of Haven for Hope to create a holistic approach to homelessness. After the tour, the group met with Ms. Melody McCrea to discuss the specific services and financial concerns of the organization. The group really enjoyed picking her brain about non-profit best practices before they left for a community service activity in the Haven for Hope warehouse. There, the visitors and liaisons sorted winter clothing donations for the Haven for Hope team to ensure it could be properly sorted later.
After their morning at Haven for Hope, the group stopped for lunch. This gave them a short break before jumping back into their appointments at SACIV’s new home in the Finesilver Building. Once there, they met with Mr. Jim Eskin, an SACIV member and leader of Eskin Fundraising Professionals, to discuss ways to increase non-profit capacity and recruit donors. Although there were some technical issues with the PowerPoint, the visitors truly appreciated the valuable insight Mr. Eskin had to share.
The visitors were then joined in the same room by Ms. Kathy MacNaughton and Ms. Jacqueline Jones of the Masters Leadership Program. The Masters Leadership Program helps prepare cohorts of potential non-profit board members for service to their community with dedicated training seminars, tours, informational panel discussions, and a directed exploration of the local non-profit community. This unique program and its many benefits for non-profit boards lucky to recruit an alum presented a new way of building non-profit capabilities to our South Korean group.
Throughout these appointments, our visitors were able to see many sides of San Antonio’s non-profit community and learn from the best of the best in our area about how to further their individual missions.