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Comparable Market Value Donation Tracking: Portfolio Project Update

What is the Portfolio Project?

For the Apprenticeship program I am doing (Praxis), the month of December is dedicated to a portfolio project of our choosing. The project is a way for us to grow in our chosen role by doing a dynamic project that will showcase our skills and what we have learned. I have chosen to do an operations centric project with a local non-profit business called Westside Cares. My project will be two or more proposals on how to improve the tracking of in kind donations.



Yesterday I went to Westside Cares to scope out the resource room and get the perspective of the workers there. Then I went to the ARC. Here are my unedited vlog style updates:


Westside Cares video

  • Talked to people in resource room, at the front desk, and the lady that tracked finances

  • Worries: at face value it seems like a lot of work, people don't always get receipts, who are we, (Westside Cares ), to assign a value to a donation?

  • How do other stores who receive donations value those donations?


ARC video

  • All donations go through process to find what's good

  • Clothes assigned value with pricer

  • The pricer takes the approximate value of things

  • Market value + how worn in they are + profit = price


Summary of the 12th


People see value in my project, they just are very unsure of how it could be done. The ARC tracked donations exactly how you think they would, by estimation. Though it makes sense, overall the day was a bit discouraging, but I'm going to keep working at it!


This week I have:

  • organized my project in Trello

  • completed two of my how to use Trello videos done. (I won't post until I fully understand Trello)

  • drafted an initial system for tracking donations and it was BAD. See below:



A picture of the Brainstorm for the tally system:

(I know I misspelled accessories, please forgive me)


Today I concluded that for that tally system to work I would have to have it done online, where one could quickly click through things and the tallies would be automatically generated. I emailed the CEO of Westside Cares to see if that's a possibility or not. Until she responds I'll be brainstorming other ideas.

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