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LCU Fund Seeks Funder Researcher

The LCU Fund is seeking a consultant to perform online research and conduct a landscape analysis of the funding environment in the space of “college completion” and connected fields.  This analysis will include the areas of focus in the space, who is there, their assets, where they are, whether they fund research or programs and other valuable data points. The consultant will provide a brief report summarizing the analysis (three to five pages) and a short list of funders for the LCU Fund to outreach to by May 15, 2019. Please see full RFP below.

 

 

The LCU Fund is engaged in a discussion to better understand the broader context in which we operate and to construct a strategy to maximize our philanthropic impact.

The consultant will conduct a landscape analysis of the funding environment in the space of “college completion” and connected fields.  This analysis will include the areas of focus in the space, who is there, their assets, where they are, whether they fund research or programs and other valuable data points. The consultant will provide a brief report summarizing the analysis (three to five pages) and a short list of funders for the LCU Fund to outreach to by May 15, 2019. The LCU Fund expects to meet with the consultant at least once before the work starts to flesh out landscape criteria and to review and comment on at least one draft report in advance of this final submission.  

Preliminary elements of the funder list will include:

  • Organization name
  • Organization type (private, public, corporate)
  • Areas of investment (what and who they fund)
  • Geographic scope of giving
  • Limitations of funding
  • Asset size
  • Other determined data points

Desired Skills

  • Strong analytic and online research skills
  • Proven ability to compile, organize, describe and analyze data
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with similar assessments and evaluations

 

Please note that work is performed remotely and requires use of your own computer to complete projects and tasks. Access to the Foundation Directory Online and other online databases will be provided.

Contract Terms

The contract runs from April 1, 2019 through May 15, 2019. The LCU Fund will pay the consultant $2,000 in total with 50% upon execution of a service contract and the remaining 50% upon completion of the project.

 

How to Apply

To be considered, please submit a CV along with a letter of interest detailing your experience with projects of similar size and scope to Sara Espinosa, Executive Director – LCU Fund for Women’s Education, lcufund@gmail.com by the close of business on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LCU Fund Seeks Technical Writer

The LCU Fund is seeking a temporary Technical Writer (Consultant) to create a visually appealing report (seven to ten pages) and high-level presentation (two to three pages) that summarizes what has been learned through the “What More?” process (survey results, grantee institution interviews, preliminary funder conversations). See full RFP below.

 

Background and Objectives

In the last year, the LCU Board of Directors has engaged in an investigation of ways that the Fund could do more, or differently, or better – to meet the needs of current students and / or alumni. This effort has been dubbed the ‘What More?” project.

In order to better understand who is and has been supported by the LCU Fund and their needs, wants, accomplishments and persistent barriers, two surveys (one designed for current students and the other for alumni) were administered in June and July of 2018.  All formerly funded and current scholars for whom the LCU Fund had active email addresses (a total of 932 female-identified students representing nearly 45 percent of all funded scholars since 2002) were invited to participate.  A total of 197 current scholars and alumni participated in the study (78 current students, 114 alumni); 186 completed for a completion rate of 20.4 percent.

Survey questions were designed to address the data needs identified by the three “What More?” Investigative Teams; subject-driven teams (current model, supporting graduates and community colleges) that were tasked with identifying specific data questions, sifting through the results and formulating recommendations to the Board.

The survey questions were rooted in themes of college completion, graduation rates, education attainment, employment, income, expenses / affordability, unmet needs, community engagement and demographic information.

In addition to the survey, a series of discussions with select grantee institutions and like-minded funders took place.

Role of the Technical Writer Consultant

The LCU Fund is seeking a temporary Technical Writer (Consultant) to create a visually appealing report (seven to ten pages) and high-level presentation (two to three pages) that summarizes what has been learned through the “What More?” process (survey results, grantee institution interviews, preliminary funder conversations). The LCU Fund expects to meet with the consultant at least once (by phone or in-person) before the work starts and to review and comment on at least one draft report in advance of this final submission.

Specific tasks include:

  • Review survey data
  • Assimilate data; identify key findings and themes
  • Create a visually appealing report (seven to ten pages) that encapsulates the survey and discussion findings; clearly conveying ideas and themes
  • Create a high-level presentation with visual data points (two to three pages) that communicates complex ideas to a broader audience including grantee schools and like-minded funders
  • Possible follow-up conversations with select LCU Fund Board members

 

Desired Skills

 

  • Excellent copywriting, language, writing and revision skills
  • Ability to create, assimilate and covey complex material in a concise and effective manner
  • Experience with organizing, describing and analyzing survey data
  • Demonstrated graphic design and layout skills

 

Please note that work is performed remotely and requires use of your own computer to complete projects and tasks.

 

Contract Terms

 

The contract runs from April 1, 2019 through May 15, 2019.  The LCU Fund will pay the consultant $3,000 in total with $1,500 upon execution of a service contract and the remaining $1,500 upon completion of the project.

 

How to Apply

 

To be considered, please submit a CV along with a letter of interest detailing your experience with projects of similar size and scope and provide a brief summary of how you would design the report and presentation to Sara Espinosa, Executive Director – LCU Fund for Women’s Education, lcufund@gmail.com by the close of business on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

 

 

 

 

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LCU Fund elects new Treasurer

The LCU Fund for Women's Education is pleased to announce the election of Colleen Minde as Board Treasurer.

 

LCU Fund Announces 2018 President's Award Recipient

Established in 2012 to honor past LCU Fund for Women’s Education Board President Carol Farris, the President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership recognizes a supported student who demonstrates extraordinary leadership in her school and / or home community. 

The Fund is pleased to announce that Ithamar Grace Turenne, a recent scholar at Columbia University School of Nursing, has been selected as this year's recipient.

Ithamar recently received her Master in Science in Nursing from Columbia University’s School of Nursing. While enrolled, she made an indelible mark on the school through her involvement in a variety of student organizations and volunteer opportunities.  Among Ithamar’s many accomplishments, she served uninsured New Yorkers through CoSMO (Columbia Student Medical Outreach), she coordinated events for the School’s Critical Care Club, and she volunteered as a Visiting Day Ambassador. Most notably, Ithamar co-founded the Columbia Student Nursing Association. Ithamar is a leader outside of the Columbia community as well. She coordinates sewing sessions for Girls2Women, making economical and reusable feminine products for school girls in Ethiopia, and she is a wish-granter for Make-a-Wish. Ithamar incorporated her passion for working with vulnerable populations into her nursing coursework, spending six weeks in the Dominican Republic at a Columbia Nursing Global Site, where she honed many skills, including religious and cultural competencies. Ithamar is particularly interested in vulnerable and low-income populations, women’s health and global health.  She will no doubt utilize her strong leadership qualities to continue caring for, and advocating on behalf of, people in need.

 

 

LCU Fund Announces 2017 President's Award Recipient

Established in 2012 to honor past LCU Fund for Women’s Education Board President Carol Farris, the President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership recognizes a supported student who demonstrates extraordinary leadership in her school and / or home community. 

The Fund is pleased to announce that Anne Marie Witchger, a student at the General Theological Seminary, has been selected as this year's recipient.

As a student, Anne Marie is actively engaged in the formational life of the Seminary.  She is committed to daily spiritual practices, which include regular participation in communal worship and prayer. In and beyond the Seminary, she has taken initiative for her own education and formation. She has attended the Preaching Excellence Program and plans to attend Missional Voices. Committed to her ongoing theological education, she has decided to pursue a Masters of Arts in Ministry at the Seminary.  Seeing an opportunity for vocational growth, she has recently moved from her largely administrative position at All Angels' Church to a more ministry- focused opportunity at The Church of the Heavenly Rest.  As a reader, preacher, officiant and pastoral presence, she is developing into leader and a transformative agent for the community.

Other 2017 nominees for the award include Sharmin Uddin (Baruch), Mistee Denson (Columbia School of Social Work), Lucy Turnbull (NY Studio School), Leeanna Chipana (NY Academy of Art), Kalyca Seabrook (Columbia School of Nursing) and Elizabeth Ramos (Phillips School of Nursing).

The award will be presented at a celebration on Thursday, October 19th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Manhattan Club. Purchase tickets here.

 

LCU Fund Announces New Board President.

At the 159th Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors of the LCU Fund for Women's Education, the Board elected Leslie Ehrlich as President.

Following a distinguished career in the corporate world inventing products that make the financial lives of consumers simpler, easier and better, Leslie Ehrlich has devoted herself to education. She is the co-founder of Think Tank for Schools, a non-profit whose curriculum enhances college readiness by teaching high school students to think and work independently. Leslie also works to promote financial literacy. She is a founding co-chair of the financial literacy program of Dress for Success; and teaches financial literacy for that organization and others. Leslie began her career at The Boston Consulting Group and went on to lead marketing and product development organizations for Citigroup, Instinet, JPMorgan Chase, GE and Mastercard. An early advocate for the internet’s potential to transform our lives, her best-known and most widely used product is the redesigned chase.com online banking website. In addition to the LCU Fund for Women’s Education, Leslie also serves on the Advisory Board of the Association to Benefit Children, on the Alumnae Board of The Chapin School, and is the Treasurer Double Entendre Music Ensemble. Leslie holds an AB degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University. She lives in New York City with her family. Since joining the LCU Board in 2013, Leslie has been instrumental in efforts to reframe the Fund's investment approach, affirm our grantmaking priorities and strategy and extend our circle of supporters. 

At that same meeting, Margaret Dietsche was elected to her first full term as Board Secretary and Carol Starmack was appointed as Interim Vice President.

 

LCU announces 2016 recipient of President's Award for Excellence in Leadership

Breanna JoinerThe LCU Fund for Women's Education congratulates Breanna Joiner, the 2016 recipient of the LCU Fund President's Award for Excellence in Leadership. Named in honor of past LCU President Carol Farris, this award is designed to recognize a current student beneficiary who demonstrates outstanding leadership in her home and / or school community. Breanna will graduate from the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the CIty College of New York this spring and will matriculate to the Albany Medical School in the fall. Read more about Breanna.

LCU elects new executive officers

The LCU Fund for Women's Education is pleased to announce the following newly elected Executive Officers of the Fund's Board of Directors:

* Leslie Ehrlich - Assistant Treasurer

* Margaret Dietsche - Secretary

 

LCU Fund for Women's Education Announces Event Committee

The LCU Fund for Women's Education wishes to recognize those individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to helping promising women students pursue a career in a profession that serves the community by signing on as members of the Fund's Fall Reception and Celebration Event Committee.

Many thanks to: Jana Bergdall, Garry Buff, Ligia Cravo, Christine Evangelides Donovan, Margaret Dietsche, Ronny Diamond, Peter Drake, Leslie Ehrlich, Gilbert Espinosa, HOlly Hughes, Mill Jonakait, Mary Keegan, Richard Kessler, Chelsea LeMar, Joseph Magdaleno, Mary Jo Mullan, Robin Pollock, Holly Roberts, Martha Sermier, Carol Ann Starmack, Jeanette C. Takamura, Lynn Videka and Linda J. Wright.

For details on the event, click here.

LCU Fund for Women's Education Fall Fundraising Reception Save-the-Date!

Save-the-Date! The LCU Fund will host a fall fundraising reception and celebration on Thursday October 8th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Riverpark - a Tom Colicchio restaraunt in Manhattan's Kip's Bay neighborhood. Tickets on sale at lcufund.org July 31st.

 

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