For the past decade, Kevin Phaup has dedicated his time and unique skills to local nonprofits. This year, Explorations in Math(EIM) nominated Kevin for a Jefferson Award for public service. Executive director, Stephanie Cherrington says it best in EIM’s nomination letter.
Dear Committee Members:
On behalf of the Explorations in Math (EIM) team, I respectfully nominate Kevin Phaup for a Jefferson Award. Kevin has volunteered with EIM for 2 years and has proven to be an invaluable asset to our organization through his advocacy and unwavering commitment to our mission. Kevin retired from Microsoft in 1999 and has since dedicated his IT expertise and skills to countless organizations throughout the Puget Sound area.
The impact he has made in the community is profound, making Kevin a strong candidate for a Jefferson Award. Kevin brings a unique and highly valued set of skills to the organizations he volunteers for.
Non-profits commonly struggle with access to affordable technology and IT services. Sometimes these needs are apparent but without the proper guidance they can often go unnoticed. Kevin’s unique focus of aiding non-profits with these issues responds to a critical need within the non-profit community.
EIM is a small non-profit with a dispersed work force. We had needs to improve e-mail capabilities, document storage, software upgrades and guidance on feasible solutions for our issues. We were introduced to Kevin by Social Venture Partners and understood instantly that if anyone could help solve our issues, Kevin was our guy! Kevin single handedly re-wired our office for improved wireless capabilities, offered trusted advice on which software and computers to invest in, and transitioned all staff to new e-mail. Most recently, Kevin migrated thousands of our documents to a new Sharepoint site and is in the process of training staff on how to use the new site. These projects are time consuming and tedious but Kevin’s focus and dedication never waivers. One would be hard pressed to find a technology volunteer as dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable as Kevin.
Simply put, Kevin makes EIM a more efficient organization and is an invaluable resource to help us achieve our mission.
In the true spirit of what the Jefferson Awards represent, Kevin truly makes Seattle a better place by helping non-profits gain the technology skills they need to effectively serve the community. EIM is not alone in benefiting from Kevin’s expertise. Kevin additionally, works closely withFriends of the Children, Communities in Schools, and Boyer Children’s Clinic. These three organizations fully support our nomination of Kevin and have submitted letters of support.
Kevin’s enthusiasm, unique skill set, and wry sense of humor, make him an absolute joy to work with. He offers his time willingly and never expects anything but a simple thank you in return. I can’t think of an individual more deserving of and who embodies the essence of what the Jefferson Awards stand for more than Kevin. Thank you sincerely for your consideration.
Stephanie M. Cherrington
Kevin has worked with more than a dozen SVP Investees on projects ranging from technology needs assessments, to updating hardware and Web sites, to using the latest technology for efficient knowledge sharing. In the past three years alone, Kevin has volunteered on more than 22 individual projects, contributing well over 700 hours of service.
The staff at SVP Seattle hear time and time again that these technology projects save our Investees untold hours and thousands of dollars – enabling them to reach more clients and better serve their missions.
As for Kevin, the volunteer work has its perks.
“It is a lot of fun to bring newer technologies to an organization and help them reap the rewards,” says Kevin. “I enjoy the face time, meeting new people who share an interest in making our community a better place.”
In particular Kevin enjoys working with Explorations in Math, whose staff, in his words, “couldn’t be better clients.”