For my co-op assignment I worked for the Clark College Foundation as a Prospect Research/Database Intern. When I first entered the foundation I was unsure of how I would fit into the organization. This would be the first time I had ever worked in an office environment and I had no idea what would be expected of me and if I would be able to perform the job that I had been hired for.
On my first day my supervisor Chris Mildner took me around the building and introduced me to all of the employees at the foundation. Each employee introduced themselves and explained to me about their particular job position. Everyone at the foundation was very friendly and made me feel very welcome at my new job. Chris then explained about the work the foundation does for Clark College and its students. By learning about each employees contributions to the organization and the goals that they were trying to accomplish helped me to better understand the significance of the work that I would be performing.
I spent the first week at the foundation becoming familiar with the Razor’s Edge database; Razor’s Edge is a database program designed for non-profit organizations. Chris had me practice looking up names of people from public documents within the database and then making sure that I found the correct name for that person. It was very important that the person that I found in the database was the exact same person that was in the document of the information that the foundation wanted to track. I learned that there could be more than just one person with the same name; more important I learned how much research can be involved in one task that originally seemed very simple. The foundation had a very strict name verification procedure in which I needed to follow exactly before I could enter any donor information into the database. In order to verify a donor I needed to find at least two other forms of information about the person in the document that was the same as the person in the database. Some of this type of information could include a middle name, their age, their spouses name, a business name or address, titles such as Dr. or D.S.D., or any other information that make this person unique.
After about a week of correctly verifying names within the database to public documents Chris had me start entering information into Razor’s Edge. I started out entering information about donations that were made to other non-profit organizations. Once I had gotten familiar entering this type of information into Razor’s Edge I started to learn how to create relationships between donors and organizations in which they are members of and/or awards that they have received from non-profit organizations.
Besides working with the database I also helped to update the Clark College Foundation’s Board Policy Manual. The old manual needed to be updated with the current names of its members and needed all of its sections to be formatted in a consistent manner. At first I thought this...