We recently launched a new suite of features on Bright Impact that I am very excited about….Goals, Objectives and tasks. This suite of features enables groups to set a goal for the amount of impact that they want to achieve and track their progress. The impact could be monetary donations, volunteer hours, non-cash donations, Economic Impact, or any of our other types of impact. A thermometer appears for each goal that adjusts as you log more impact. Objectives can be created under the goal that give you the ability to break your goal down into manageable chunks. You can then log impact and add tasks for each objective and track your progress. Katlin wrote a great blog post about the impact goal, objective and task features that is published on the Bright Impact blog, but I decided to put together an overview video as well.
I hope you like the new features as much as I do!
I wanted to give a shout out to my wonderful team at Brand Advance for doing such an amazing job on this major improvement.
This past Thursday I flew to Albuquerque, New Mexico to attend the annual Impact Conference. Bright Impact was a leader level sponsor of the conference this year and an exhibitor.
The IMPACT Conference is historically the largest annual conference focused on the civic engagement of college students in community service, service-learning, community-based research, advocacy and other forms of social action. IMPACT is the one time during the year when students, administrators, faculty, AmeriCorps members and VISTAs, and nonprofit professionals gather together to learn and share effective practices, improve personal skills and organizational strategies, discover opportunities and resources, exchange stories, be inspired and challenged to sustain our efforts.
We had a blast, learned a lot and got to meet some really cool people!
Everyone we spoke with was very receptive and supportive of what we were doing and many administrators provided us their business cards and requested us to follow up with them to learn more, or help get them started.
We also had the opportunity to get to know a variety of Bright Impact users that we’ve only interacted with virtually up to date, which was really neat. Special shout out to Nina Medrana, an administrator at the University of Texas-Pan American, who sported her Bright Impact T-shirt during the Conference!
The one thing that was initially a disappointment was that the Impact Conference team wasn’t able to include our 1/2 page ad in the conference guide. Apparently the guide went to print and somehow our ad slipped through the cracks. Nevertheless, the Impact team was very accommodating and printed out the ad as an insert that was included in the guide and also showed our overview video to all those attending the closing All Conference Session.
All in all we had a wonderful time and found attending the Impact Conference to be not only beneficial for our business, but educational and fun. This is definitely a conference we will plan on attending again.
I believe that we learn best when we are able to apply what we have learned in the classroom, or through research in a real life setting. I feel that “Service Learning” as a movement in education is absolutely on the right track.
In Service Learning students apply the lessons they have learned in class to solve real world problems and make a difference in their community and the world around them. Service Learning can be applied across any major and enables students to innovate and be entrepreneurial in their attempts to impact the organization and community they live in. I believe in this so much that I’ve actually started a new venture called Bright Impact. Bright Impact helps educators and students manage and measure their service learning projects.
We launched in August 2012 and have had a great response from everyone so far. As an example this past semester 1,200 management students at UCF broke into teams, each team partnered with a charity. They then planned their work and worked their plan in an attempt to raise money, non cash donations, etc to help their charity. This actually gave them real world experience being entrepreneurial, managing projects, negotiating, innovating, reporting, etc.
Not only does this kind of project help the students digest their lessons better, but they can apply their lessons to solve real world problems while making a difference in the community around them. They also get out into the community and make contacts that could lead to new opportunities, mentors or job offers.
We plan on making a Bright Impact on the world with this endeavor. Wish us luck!