When I accepted a full-time job at our local newspaper last fall, I thought I would be grounding myself. I imagined a regular routine and paycheck would support my work on Isis Initiative, Inc. Turns out the job can sometimes be more grinding than grounding. I found myself spending less time on the nonprofit–and less time on this blog, obviously.

Yet, the job has presented me with new opportunities to share the work and make wonderful contacts. Last week I interviewed Sandy Neubaum, the associate director of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program at Oregon State University. Sandy is a dynamic, passionate advocate for “doing good while doing well,” using business practices and profits to address social issues. She has 20 years experience working in nonprofit organization. Doing my job covering the higher education beat, I met a fabulous new mentor.

Sandy teaches BA162, a class in social entrepreneurship. Students divide into teams and create a fundraising project. She gives them $100 to invest and they’re expected to turn at least $150 in profit. Those profits are then invested in real nonprofit organizations.

When I was observing Sandy in class, she mentioned Isis Initiative, Inc. She asked me to give an impromptu five-minute speech about Isis and our work helping women overseas gain access to college education. Isis Initiative, Inc. is one of the nonprofits to which the students may choose to donate at the end of the term. I was so surprised and honored to have Isis selected.

Now we’ll see what the students do. Stay tuned.

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This portrait of a Kurdish girl is one of six photographs by Cheryl Hatch featured on our new note cards.

This portrait of a Kurdish girl is one of six photographs by Cheryl Hatch featured on our new note cards.

 
Our note cards are now for sale in two local venues.

Sandy at Grass Roots Bookstore in Corvallis, Oregon agreed to carry the cards on consignment. She’ll start with the set of six, although she thinks they might sell better as individual cards.  

Sandy owns the fabulous independent bookstore with her husband, Jack; and they’ve been serving the community with greats books and music since 1971. They go out of their way to support local artists and authors…and now a local nonprofit. (They also carry my brother J’s latest CD: The Birmingham Sessions by the J Hatch Trio.) Thank you, Jack and Sandy.

Mark, owner of the Country Store in Blodgett, Oregon, has the cards for sale as well. The next time you’re heading to or from the coast on Highway 20, take a break at this local classic. Thank you, Mark.

The set of six retails for $10. A real value. Please stop by and purchase a set. You’ll support great local businesses and a grassroots nonprofit. And when you send the cards, you’ll be helping us raise awareness.

Thank you.

 

The Kurdish widows are victims of the late Saddam Hussein's anfal campaign. Isis Initiative president Cheryl Hatch created a set of six note cards as a fundraiser for the nonprofit.

The Kurdish widows are victims of the late Saddam Hussein's anfal campaign. Isis Initiative president Cheryl Hatch created a set of six note cards as a fundraiser for the nonprofit. The cards feature women from Africa and the Middle East.

 

We also offer the note cards as a thank-you give to anyone who donates $50 or more to Isis Initiative, Inc. If you’d like to learn more about Isis Initiative and how to support our work, please visit our Web site at isisinitiative.org. We have already happily sent the cards to a number of our early donors.