Individual Donor Letter

Posted by
LeeAndrea M.

Director of Development

Posted Date
Sep 11, 2019
Virtual volunteer opportunity
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Impact statement
This project will save us $2,140 , allowing us to provide five free scholarships for children to attend summer camp.

Project Details

What We Need
  • A concise, well-articulated letter (not exceeding two pages) to request funds from individual donors
What We Have In Place
  • We currently have staff to support the creation of the letter, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have written material describing our organization & funding goals, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help

Our organization sits on the top of Potrero Hill, home to some of the wealthiest people in the world (due to the dot com era and IPOs). Our neighborhood is also home to government housing that supports people living below 300% of the federal poverty level. Bringing people together as one community is our goal. To do that, we have to ensure that the needs of our economically marginalized neighbors are being met. We aim to link local financial resources with the communities that need them most.

Project may require a short interview with the organization.

Project Plan

Prep: Information Gathering
  • Volunteer Manager and Professional discuss the objectives of the project and key audiences
Milestone 1: Document Creation
  • Professional writes copy aligned with Volunteer Manager's style, tone, clarity, and length
Milestone 2: Wrap-up
  • Volunteer Manager and Professional discuss any small edits; Professional submits final version
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About The Org

Our Mission

The Potrero Hill Neighborhood House's Mission is to serve those most in need from the cradle to the grave, with an emphasis on youth and education.

What We Do

The Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, affectionately referred to as the Nabe, is a family service community center. Our mission is to serve those most in need, from the cradle to the grave, with an emphasis on youth and education. Our goal is to strengthen collaboration among our community, public, and private agencies and increase local awareness in the Southeast Sector of San Francisco. Our priority is to provide opportunities for youth to develop their voice and leadership potential. We serve more than 5,000 community members every year.

We provide space for community gatherings and host programs for community members. Our programs include: year-round summer and after school programs for K-8 and high school students, counseling and case management services for court-involved youth, counseling support for transitional age youth, peer-to-peer counseling for incarcerated youth and adults, daily lunch for seniors, weekly community food pantries (for over 75 local families), weekly community classes, and more. Our staff has a history of cultural understanding with the population we serve.

The Nabe serves local community members, including low, extremely low, and moderate-income individuals. Our programs benefit the low-and moderate income (LMI) population by delivering service through our vast partnerships with committed members of the community to include law enforcement, local schools, faith based, government agencies, public and private non-profits, civic groups and other constituencies. LMI youth are identified as students on reduced or free lunch, students who require temporary or ongoing intervention in order to succeed academically. At least 80% of students in our programs receive low-income free lunch provisions. Low and moderate income students are less likely to transition successfully into adulthood and achieve economic self-sufficiency. These students require ongoing and comprehensive support. Our agency has 50 years of experience hosting programs that service this population.

Summer in the City (SIC), our summer day camp for K-8 youth, has taken place since 2008. San Francisco's Department of Children Youth and Their Families (DCYF) reports that the SIC program is among the top-rated in the City of San Francisco. Summer in the City enables students to explore San Francisco activities and communities on daily outings and weekly field trips. We serve approximately 105 K-8 youth each year.

Experiment in Diversity (EID) has been in operation since 1997. EID, an after school and summer program for high school youth, exists to enhance cultural understanding and foster education and career curiosity, serving approximately 45 youth each year.

We are developing a STEM Makerspace, a place where youth and young adults in the community can access tools, technology, and guidance to practically engage science, technology, engineering, and math. Our Makerspace will bring STEM education to traditionally marginalized and under-engaged low-income communities, providing opportunities that will lead to positive, measurable life outcomes.

Our staff, volunteers, and community members are dedicated to the well-being of the community by providing direct services to those in need as we maintain an all-inclusive, open door policy.

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