Partnership Opportunity Research


By Michelle C.

Co-Founder / Executive Director, Gladeo

Posted Jun 13, 2018

This project will save us $1,125, allowing us to create more career content to expose, inspire and educate diverse students to more careers out there!

What We Need

  • A list of potential corporations or foundations to target for a specific partnership or grant opportunity
  • Recommendations on the best point of contact / entry point for each corporation or foundation

How This Will Help

The success of our organization depends on attracting corporate partners passionate about diversity.. Without your help, we cannot effectively find and solidify these corporate partners.. Your skills will empower us to find the entry point for a corporate partner/foundation..

What We Have In Place

We currently have a partnership deck with clear partner opportunities/benefits which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have a dedicated person who will manage the partnership process and the ability to provide any other information you need.

Fun Fact

We are an all volunteer organization whose mission is to fill the pipeline of diverse talent in a variety of industries!

  • Estimated Time
    Volunteers: 5-15 hours over 1-2 weeks
    Organizations: 1-3 hours
  • Location: Remote (work anywhere)
  • Requirements: This project requires a short interview with the organization. If your application is accepted, you'll receive an email from Catchafire with instructions to schedule a call.

Project Steps

  • Milestone 1: Goal setting
    • Volunteer Manager and Professional discuss current partnerships or grants (if any) and how they came about
    • Volunteer Manager shares information about program(s) that would benefit from a partner/funder and ideal criteria
  • Milestone 2: Research and recommendations
    • Professional conducts research on corporations and/or grantmaking foundations as per the criteria laid out by the Volunteer Manager
    • Professional delivers list of recommendations and suggestions on how to make contact
Prerequisites for Professional
  • Experience with partnerships between nonprofit and for-profit organizations, or experience researching grant opportunities
  • Excellent online research skills
Prerequisites for Organization
  • A clear vision of what a partnership would look like, or what you would use external funds for
  • Materials outlining your Organization’s mission & vision, programming, activities, etc.

Our Mission

Gladeo is a digital media non-profit fostering career exploration for young people from diverse backgrounds. We are dedicated to inspiring and helping young people discover, navigate and achieve their dream careers by creating innovative multimedia career content and distributing it online (through the web and social media) and offline (through school counselors and our career exploration workshop).

What We Do

We created a "Virtual Career Day", an online portal where guidance counselors and students can learn about the vast array of careers from our ever-growing library of content. Our content is Inspirational: The challenge with non-celebrity careers is that the people who do them and their success stories (and they do exist) are less flashy and don't get blasted across social media, and as a result, the inspiration they could have sparked doesn't spread. Gladeo shares inspiring career stories (written and video) of diverse individuals to breakdown stereotypes, to open eyes to new opportunities, and to inspire people to believe that their aspirations are achievable. "You need to see it, to believe it." Our content is Informational: We take a personal and action-oriented approach, gathering first-hand, practical knowledge directly from actively working professionals, not just information downloaded from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We also include non-linear career tracks that don't follow an easily navigable path. We include information like what they need to be doing in high school and college to prepare, what classes they need to be taking, what trade magazines to start reading, what educational institutions have the best programs, how to land that first foot in the door and more. Gladeo gives guidance counselors the resources they need to inspire and expose their students to the vast world of possibilities, not just the ones in their community and to empower their students to make informed decisions about their future.

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