THE WAY AHEAD
But the RA Foundation has a greater mission than “just” education. We know it takes a retailer at least three years to get their feet under them even after graduating from the CRE’s CROps program. We know there are more bumps along a new retailer’s road and gaps for the Foundation to fill. For instance, our constituents are currently reporting gaps in the following areas: microloans, ecommerce platforms and social enterprise support.
In response, the Foundation is working hard to secure funding from corporate, private and government funders alike to develop new programming. To help us diversify our revenue, we hired a Director of Development, Tiffany McGee, who has an extensive background in nonprofit administration and in working with the federal government. Tiffany was a grant writer for Best Buddies International and the Somalia and East Africa Development and Economic Coordination before being recruited into the federal government where she served in multiple capacities for agencies throughout DC and in embassies throughout Europe and Africa. Most recently, she helped coordinate the Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Taskforce, providing financial and administrative oversight for a $1.5 million federal grant. In her free time, Tiffany occasionally serves as a federal government grant reviewer, writes grants for the Little Theatre of Norfolk, and provides nonprofit consultancy services for the Virginia Beach Justice Initiative.
With a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and a certificate in International Business from Ohio University and master’s degrees from the University of Cape Town in Gender and Transformation, and the American Military University in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Tiffany has performed extensive research on nonprofit management, evaluation techniques, and the process of grantsmanship. Tiffany lives in West Ghent with her husband, Patrick, and her two sons Jack and James, ages 2 and 3.
Tiffany can be contacted via email at email@example.com or call (757) 455 9339.
1 Dun and Bradstreet in http://smallbusiness.chron.com/businesses-high-failure-rates-61640.html
2 Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, Benchmarking 2017 – Retail in https://www.hrpdcva.gov/uploads/docs/06%20Benchmarking%202017-%20Retail.pdf
3 Turner, S., & Endres, A. (2017). Strategies for Enhancing Small-Business Owners’ Success Rates. International Journal of Applied Management and Technology, 16, 34-49
4 “Small Business: Preventing Failure – Promoting Success,” Lewis A Paul, Jr., the Wichita State University, Small Business Development Center in Titus, S. Key Reasons why Small Business Fail. Institute for Independent Business, p. 3