Can A Non-Profit be entrepreneurial?
In 2008 I had the honor of joining the board of directors of Heart House Austin, a free after-school program dedicated to providing a safe haven and academic support to low-income children and encouraging them to become good citizens.
Heart House’s innovative after-school program is the only daily program for school-age children in a neighborhood known for its high crime, high unemployment, and lack of affordable, quality care for children. At Heart House, children have access to caring adult mentors, homework assistance, art enrichment, computer learning, health and safety education, and literacy programs.
Founder Anna Land is the entrepreneur behind this organization whose dedication and endless love for the children that Heart House serves is what has helped this charity grow from an idea into one of the city's most admired non-profits. Her vision for the organization is to continue to grow Heart House and open additional sites where the program can continue to help children in need in Austin and beyond.
What Heart House does:
- Keeps Kids Safe
- Improves Kids Behavior At School and At Home
- Improves Kids Achievement At School
- Helps Working Families
- Is A Wise Social Investment Focused On The Potential Of Young People
Heart House HALOS
In January 2009 the organization will be launching the Heart House HALOS (Heart House Angels Lending Our Support). This professional auxiliary organization will bring together forty couples (or individuals) who are looking to find a unique, fun and meaningful way give back to their community.
The founding members of the HALOS will have the chance to shape the group's long term mission and fund raising goals while also creating an opportunity to help Heart House while networking with a diverse and amazing group of people.
Heart House is seeking people who have a desire to be involved with a local charity and have an entrepreneurial spirit who can assist in creating the HALOS program.
The cost to join the HALOS is $1000 per couple or individual (per year). Four times a year the HALOS will host a social gathering, but more important they will be the ambassadors of Heart House throughout the city - helping raise the visibility and spread the word about this fine organization.
If you are looking for an opportunity to get involved with community service and give back to Austin, but have never known how to get started - BECOME A PART OF THE HEART HOUSE HALOS! Now is the time to join and become a founding member.
The first forty members (couples or individuals) will help Heart House charter the organization in January 2009. This organization is seeking people with an entrepreneurial heart who can make a difference! Come soar with us.
Have A Great Day.