Serve Well Blog

11.23.16

Advent: Week 1
photos by Ross Feehan

The Krista Foundation | Colleague Press

In this season of transition, when our nation more directly than ever faces into the future with uncertainty and trepidation, we journey together through Advent. The Christian church calendar designates the four weeks before Christmas as Advent, a season of hope and of longing. Not simply anticipation of Christmas with its lights and gift exchanges and cheery music, Advent is also an opportunity for the community to look honestly at life from the view of God's desire for creation. These weeks we cry out for the afflictions in our world, yearn for the power of God to set us free, and reach out and deepen hope by confronting evil and fostering change.

Ross Feehan Advent 1For several years the Krista Foundation Christmas card has featured art from different places in the world - a mural in Central America, South African figures, images from varied U.S. artists, including Krista Colleagues. This year we invited Krista Colleagues to submit images and stories particularly from Asia a region not yet highlighted on our Christmas card. Through these weeks of Advent we'll share some of their submissions, to inspire our longing and hope. The global lens expands our perspective and helps us recognize the extent of God's family and the vast reach of God's love.

This first week of Advent we ponder images contributed by 2013 Krista Colleague Ross Feehan who spent time with Jesuits in India. Prayer flags are a Buddhist tradition especially in Tibet and Nepal. The flags bear prayers and writings of peace, compassion, and wisdom for all. The wind is thought to spread their good will to every place and people. Let us keep every people and place in our prayers for healing, peace, mercy, justice and joy.

P.S. yes, that is Mt Everest in the background.


 

 

 

11.3.16

We're Hiring!

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

POSITION:  Development Director

APPLICATION PROCESS: Send resume and cover letter, preferably as one document in Word or as PDF to 4service@kristafoundation.org

DEADLINE:  December 5th, midnight PST.  Applications will be reviewed and candidates interviewed on rolling basis until position is filled.

LOCATION:  Seattle, WA

 

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND:

The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship is a Christian ecumenical organization that serves young adults in their 20's who have chosen to do a year or more of local or global service.  As a leadership development and peer mentoring community, rather than a volunteer placement agency, our focus is the spiritual and leadership formation of young adults before, during and for several years after their initial service term. Through our colleague community, mentoring, intercultural and adaptive leadership training, transition and debriefing services, young adults unpack and leverage service experiences into a lifelong ethic of service, civic engagement, and global understanding. Our Service Journey framework helps them master a set of service best practices that result in more effective, ethical service in the short run-and a 21st century global citizen skillset that equips them for long-term impact in the workplace, community and world.

Over the last several years our signature Krista Colleague Cohort program has become an industry-leading benchmark for developing leaders through volunteerism. We've had the privilege of partnering with over a dozen volunteer placement organizations and service immersion programs (nonprofits, seminary and university) within the region and across the country.  We've provided consulting and training for dedicated staff teams and their young adult volunteers including: volunteer orientation and debriefing, service ethics, intercultural capacity building, racial equity and organizational development. The bottom line is that we are committed to equipping many more young leaders who are resilient, interculturally competent, and savvy about bridging differences in a world divided by race, gender, religion, economics, and politics.  As these partnerships expand our impact, they also challenge us to build our organizational capacity.  The Development Director will play a key role in meeting this challenge.

 

OVERVIEW OF POSITION:

The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship is at an exciting growth juncture and is looking for its first full-time Development Director to build a solid financial base for our multi-year mission expansion plan. In conjunction with the Executive Director, staff, young adult leadership team, and board, this position will implement a strategy for increasing our budget from 300 to 500k by 2019. As a 501C3 Educational nonprofit we receive over 90% of our income from individuals, grants, and partner revenue. 

The Development Director will play an integral role in the success of the Foundation's mission, working collaboratively with a small office staff team, board, and larger volunteer and program participant base to move forward the programs of a dynamic and relationally focused organization. As part of our team, the Development Director will drive the collaborative process of designing and implementing a comprehensive and strategic fund development program including generating, stewarding, and engaging a diverse donor and partner base; nurturing major and planned gift donors; spearheading grant support; and expanding external communications and public awareness campaigns, special events management and corporate giving.

In addition to proactively expanding upon our current campaign efforts, this professional will increase connection points between the Foundation's mission and public presence as we expand our role as thought leader and partner in equipping the next generation of leaders through volunteerism.  Major responsibilities include:

Fundraising

  • In collaboration with Executive Director and leadership team, drive the process of designing and implementing a diversified fund development strategy, budget, and complementing communications, fundraising activities, grants, appeals, events, and public awareness campaigns 
  • Manage the development team (board, staff and volunteers) to plan and coordinate these activities
  • Identify and build relationships with prospective donors including individuals, corporations and foundations, and develop avenues for donor engagement and ownership
  • Develop and maintain, with Executive Director, prospect and donor portfolios and produce reports and campaign updates
  • Equip development team with tools and structure to support public awareness, donor cultivation, and fundraising efforts
  • Research and apply for grants and, once secured, track grant requirements and ensure compliance

Communications and Public Awareness

  • Assist in developing and implementing overall strategy for the Foundation's public awareness and presence, especially within the donor prospect and volunteer service community.
  • Develop content and leverage multiple communication mediums used to complement relationship and development efforts
  • Work closely with contract writer and communication team to produce compelling and effective communication campaigns

Administration and Donor Gift Management

  • Work with Communication & Administrative Coordinator and finance personnel to ensure highest integrity and care for donor database and provide timely gift acknowledgments
  • Monitor and collect outstanding pledges, recurring and matching gifts

Requirements

  •  Ideal candidate has a minimum three-five years experience in nonprofit fundraising and/or associated public awareness and development communications
  • Clear track record of success in cultivating and soliciting donor support such as annual fund, major donor, planned giving, events, and grants
  • Proven background in project management and experience planning, managing and executing integrated communication and development campaigns
  • Demonstrated skill in relationship building, volunteer mobilization and network expansion
  • Excellent communicator -- solid writer and able to share organization vision effectively
  • Expert knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, data analysis and experience with donor database software (Salesforce preferred)

Ideal Qualities

  • Passionate about the transformative possibilities of service experiences and savvy about generating and stewarding a diverse donor and partner base
  • Comfortably rooted in your own faith and able to work with and express a Christian faith-based perspective.
  • Aware of your own culture(s) and able to work and communicate effectively amid a variety of ideological, theological, and cultural perspectives.
  • Able to work some evenings and weekends
  • Demonstrated interest in young adult service volunteerism, former service volunteer and/or driven by an interest in the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship's mission personally and/or professionally
  • Highly professional demeanor; able to represent the Krista Foundation effectively in all communication and handle confidential donor and partner information
  • A positive can-do spirit that is adaptable and responsive to creatively supporting a  growth and change process for a relationally rooted organization
  • A sense of humor and fun, vital
  • Minimum Bachelor's Degree

What we can offer:

This is a full-time exempt position, $55-65k annually DOE plus benefits, 3% employer matching. Flexible schedule, two weeks paid vacation plus 11.5 paid holidays. We are a small and dynamic organization whose staff, board, and program participants are deeply committed to creating and embodying a diverse and inclusive organization. Together we bring the strengths of our differences to adapt structures and systems to maximize the flourishing of individuals and communities near and far.  You will be challenged and affirmed, stretched and appreciated by our team and the young leaders we work with. From our office in Green Lake we engage the world through our principled and adventuresome Colleagues, who live, work and serve in the Northwest and around the globe.

A 501C3 Educational nonprofit, the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship is an ecumenical Christian organization intentionally bridging ideological divides. We were founded in memory of Krista Hunt Ausland who died in 1998 while doing long-term volunteer work in Bolivia. The organization fosters and celebrates her spirit of active love and faith in a new generation of leaders.

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10.28.16

Art in Service

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press, Preparing To Serve, Sustaining Service, Arts & Culture

For our ENews this month, we are trying something new - in an effort to celebrate the gifts of Krista Foundation community members who are visual: an art e-news. We hope you will find inspiration from the Colleagues who submitted their art work in response to the question: 

How has art played a role in service? How has it inspired you? 

Some Colleagues submitted reflections with their art, which we are sharing with you here. 

For larger images, see slideshow at the bottom of this post. 

 

Spencer Uemura, 2016 Krista Colleague

Photography has helped me grow a gentle observance as I go through my service among people that are very different than me in many ways, but also similar in others. By taking pictures of moments, I captured memories for myself that I can revisit fondly now that I've left the expanse of the Great Plains of Montana and the misty reaches of the North Cascades on Washington. My photos allow me to show others and bring them into the story, to invite them into my personal journey and development. And sometimes, in the words of a fictitious and elusive photographer in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, "If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don't like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it." In an odd way, as I've learned about photography I've also discovered when it's important to see a view beyond the lens and simply be

 

Theresa Cutter, 2012 Krista Colleague

 

"Bread of Life"

Attached is a collage I created two years ago on a retreat while in service themed, "bread of life." Creating the collage allowed me to slow down and reflect on the meaning of giving life to the world, which in turn I took to mean serving with joy, planting love. It depicts a woman of color as the presence of God, as opposed to the traditional white, male, breathing "ruach" (Hebrew for spirit/breath) into "la pan de vida" (Spanish for "the bread of life").

 

Doug Orofino, 2012 Krista Colleague

I used my grant to purchase recording equipment in order to create a CD of the Mass songs sung by the children of the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) Honduras home. Listen to one of our songs here!

 

Anthony DeLorenzo, 2008 Krista Colleague

Carnival Parade in Surakarta on the Island of Java (Indonesia)

 

Joe Tobiason, 2009 Krista Colleague

Summer sunrise
Artist Point at Mt Baker, WA
August 2016

To see more of Joe's photography, visit here: https://jtobiason.com/

 

Allie May Jones, 2008 Krista Colleague


"My motivation and inspiration for creating art has always been to do it for other people, which to me is the heart of service. I see a problem, and I see a solution I can offer in the form of a drawing, or a design. Whether I'm helping a new business owner create a logo, or designing an annual report for a non-profit without a huge budget. I feel blessed to be equipped with this skill to turnaround and help others with it in a very practical way. In addition to graphic design, the other thing I love to do with art is make people smile (which is also at the heart of service!). This logo is an example of a quick illustration style I do for people, usually on cards or in letters. I use the sketches to put people in fun or clever situations (this is also fun to do using Photoshop of course, lol...)."

 

To see more of Allie's work, visit here: http://allimaydesign.com/

 

 

 

 

9.13.16

We are thankful for our sponsors!

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

The Krista Foundation would like to extend gratitude to the amazing sponsors of our October 18th Spokane Breakfast Fundraiser. Without the generosity, support, and commitment to young adults practicing a life of service leadership this event would not be possible! 

breakfast sponsor
      

8.12.16

A Decade Later: Skills for the Classroom

The Krista Foundation | Colleague Press, Urban America, Education, Intercultural Development, Education, Integrating Service As A Way Of Life

Lisa Villano 2016Sharing life alongside people with and without developmental disabilities at L'Arche Tahoma Hope Home in Tacoma inspired Lisa Villano '06 to embrace a career in special education.

"It can be easy to under-recognize the significance of cultural differences in the classroom," she shared at the recent Krista Foundation conference. To better understand and support her Native Alaskan students in Fairbanks, Alaska- and to avoid misinterpreting their behaviors- Lisa works hard to understand her own culture and perspective.

"For example, I instinctively expect a student to make eye contact. To me, it shows respect. But in many Native Alaskan cultures, to show respect a child should look away. If I don't know my own cultural tendencies and am not open to other perspectives, I disempower my student." By supporting her students' strengths and needs and equipping them with tools they need to navigate the world, she hopes her students will get the high quality of life that they- and all kids- deserve. 

8.12.16

Our Shared Experience: Spencer Uemura '16

The Krista Foundation | Colleague Press, Urban America, Advocacy, Homeless Advocacy, Community

2016 Colleague Spencer UemuraMoving to Omak, Washington to serve as case manager at a shelter for people experiencing homelessness and mental illness, Jesuit volunteer Spencer Uemura '16 got an earful of "us/them" thinking. Well-intended friends warned him to be careful of this unpredictable, sometimes scary population.

Listening to backstories of trauma, abuse, and neglect at Shove House was humbling. When an 88-year-old priest told Spencer that under similar circumstances, he too might turn to alcohol and drugs, new viewpoints and a new story began simmering. 

Previously, Spencer thought of himself as serving on the margins. "But that notion comes from the perspective of someone who thinks they understand where the center of society is," he says. Now he recognizes that while everyone has difficulties, "there is so much joy in our shared experience." As he moves toward a career in social work, he continues learning "to have an open mind and to first approach people with a mindset of love and understanding, rather than having my judgments at the forefront." 

8.1.16

Annual Spokane Fundraising Breakfast

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press

Join us for a celebration of twenty-somethings whose service leadership is shaping our communities and the world. Hear their inspiring stories of "Facing into the Wind."
2016 Spokane Fundraising Breakfast

When:
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
7:30am-9:00am 

Where:
DoubleTree Hotel
322 W Spokane Falls Boulevard

The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship
Equipping young adults with skills to transform service experiences into lives of service leadership. A service year, when nurtured, becomes a life of service leadership.

RSVP by October 7th to jessica@kristafoundation.org 
 

 

6.29.16

Welcome 2016 Krista Colleagues

The Krista Foundation | Colleague Press, Developing Nations, Environmental Projects, Urban America, Preparing To Serve

We are excited to welcome the 2016 Krista Colleague Cohort! Read more about each Colleague and their area of service here.

5.11.16

Wading in the Water: Taylor Tibbs '15

The Krista Foundation | Colleague Press, Faith/Theological Exploration, Post-Service Term Reflections

Taylor Tibbs

Following two years with the Northwest Leadership Foundation's Urban Leaders in Training program, Taylor Tibbs '15 is a program manager for the Act 6 program who is beginning to claim her identity as a person of faith. 

Faith was not part of my upbringing. But in part because of what happened at the annual Debriefing and Discernment retreat and partly because of where I work, I feel I can now call myself a spiritual person.


I have never been formally engaged with religion as a practice, and it has always felt very threatening before this chapter of my life. The possibility of being judged because of my lack of faith or engagement of it has been something my mind went to. When I first heard about the Krista Foundation, I thought, this organization is way too Christian for me! But I have found the community, the dialogue, the way we try to explore service, all in alignment with what I already think. Being with the community and talking about faith, it's like I am walking along a path laid by other people, and I'm comfortable doing that now.


At the debriefing, the final discernment activity asked us to imagine what our ideal version of God, the God that wants us to be the best version of ourselves, would say to us. I had a conversation that was weird but also nice. There was a moment at the end when I was overwhelmed by a feeling of calmness which I had never felt before. And I thought that's what God is.


I've learned there is a way to be, a way you can court faith, without feeling like you have to be all in at once. It's like wading in the water and seeing people who are diving in because they have always dived and people who are getting their feet a little wet and people who are kind of like you. When I was interviewing candidates this spring, I met a lot of people who were seasoned Olympians in the water and a couple people who were like, "this is nice, it's cool." I find myself really open to people who are like me in their spiritual journey.


What was stopping me from really exploring spirituality was that it felt like an overwhelming amount of work. I thought that the practice and experience would be heavy. I didn't think I was strong enough to lift it. But after the discernment exercise I thought, nope, I've been doing it! I have been interacting with that kind of energy or entity for a while but haven't been able to name it until I was surrounded by people who could say yep, that's what God feels like. It took being in a physical place and a mental space with people to explore that comfortably.

 

5.10.16

Where We are From

The Krista Foundation | Krista Foundation Press, Intercultural Development, Post-Service Term Reflections

"During our Debriefing in February, we were given George Ella Lyon's poem "Where I'm From" and asked to rewrite it from our own individual perspectives. What are the places, the people, the experiences that form your path? The result was over 12 poems that reflected our distinct experiences along our service journey.

We realized that the "Where I'm From" poems could become even more powerful if combined as our group's collective journey. "Where We're From" is an attempt to share our individual stories and to recognize the influence of our time together as a group. The stanzas are kept intact, but rearranged with each other's poems to create a single narrative. The poem contains individual poems by Jerrell Davis '14, Taylor Tibbs '15, and Richard Murray '15. We are working on expanding it to include all or most of our Debriefing group's poems.

Ultimately, we hope to create a small, physical book of poetry and invite all Krista Colleagues to share any poetic reflections they have written during their service journey. The feature poem would be the "Where We're From" poem." -Richard Murray ‘15

Where We're From

We are from roots deeper than
the leagues of oceans crossed
by ships carrying Kings and Queens
as means of production.

We are from 5am wake up calls,
scrambled eggs in silk skirts,
payless'd, yet more professional
shoes for grown up girls in public
schools hall ways.

We are from from royalty, humbly borne into
a nation who hated us
and taught us to hate ourselves
But, we are from Love.

We are from hour long conversations
with the copier, with our principal,
with our piece of heaven in the
basement of the beast.

We are from the land of separateness, abandoned.
We are from the Philippines and South Africa,
Or rather somewhere in between.

Consummated in the eyes of the Creator
who made you too;
so We are from Sankofa,
as we reach back to move forward.

We are from downtown, hilltop,
eastside, northend, sixth ave,
skyway, beacon hill, tukwila t-shirts.

We are from Tiya at Tiyo
speaking to Ouma en Oupa,
from first generation to first generation
And now a second
of silence, space, and time.

Estamos Magdalena; unas personas de maíz y la Luna,
y las playas extraviadas de nuestros sueños.

We are from yesterday he was alive,
today we are joyful, tomorrow we
are opportunistic. And little caesars
Pizza.

No necesitamos leer todas las estrellas,
solo vemos a la Luz de los cielos y recordamos,

We hide a connect-the-dots map
of our hearts in our pocket, we pretend
not to do much during the day.

We are from gang signs and privilege;
where Darkness shines
and where we honor the elders,
who remind us
that we are all from the same place,
with different accents.

We are from was, now, and will be.
We are from the grandmother singing,
Planting rice is no fun,
work from dawn
‘til the end of sun.