Today’s guest, Greg McLaughlin, is the President & CEO of the Tiger Woods Foundation, a non-profit organization in the education world. Greg shares his perspective on nonprofit jobs as a lawyer running a non-profit organization. He also provides all kinds of career advice on breaking in to the nonprofit world and how your legal skills can work for you.
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Luber: Hey everyone – Are you looking to make your law degree work for you without actually practicing law? Well if you’re a do-gooder, you’ll really like today’s video. We’re exploring nonprofit jobs for lawyers today on JD Careers Out There – so stick around!
Alright – As you may already know, at JDCOT we explore career paths you can do with a law degree – both in and out of law – and we do this to help you find a career that fits you – so you can love what you do.
I’m Marc Luber, the founder of JDCOT. I’ve always used my law degree to work in alternative careers – first in the music industry and then as a legal recruiter. I’ve been helping lawyers with their careers since 2003 and I’m excited for the opportunity to help you.
Today’s guest is Greg McLaughlin. He’s the President and CEO of the Tiger Woods Foundation, which helps disadvantaged kids to go to college! Greg’s gonna tell us all about running a Non-Profit organization with your law degree. Greg, welcome to JD Careers Out There!
Greg McLaughlin: Thanks, Marc! Thanks for having me.
Luber: Greg, can you tell us about the mission or your organization and how you, as the President and CEO, go about achieving it?
Greg McLaughlin: The mission of our organization is really focused around college access. We try and provide opportunities, really for disadvantaged kids, to give them an opportunity to go to college.
We have two main programs: Tiger Woods Learning Centers, which we have based in Orange County; Washington, D.C.; Stuart, Florida and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and they provide career exploration for youth. Give them an opportunity, really, to find out what it’s like to be an engineer, doctor, lawyer. Main focus is really around science technology, engineering, math but we veer a little bit outside of just the STEM-based.
Then the second program we do is really all around college scholarships. So we provide resources, including actual scholarships, mentoring, internships, but we also provide everything from SAT prep to how to get Pell Grants and, in essence, Princeton Review for a variety of different added enrichment programs for the kids.
So for us, again, it’s all about college access.
Luber: That’s fantastic! How many people are employed by the organization?
Greg McLaughlin: Approximately 60 full-time employees here and then we’ve got an office actually in Washington D.C. also.
Luber: Excellent. So how does the organization go about achieving its mission and how do you specifically, as President and CEO, go about achieving that mission?
Greg McLaughlin: Well our staff basically is almost split in half, program-related. Many of them are accredited educators that really focus on just the two programs, the learning centers as well as our scholarship program. The other half, really, are supporting the overall programs through fundraising.
We do about 5 large, national events, which about 85% of our income comes through these events, as well as just straight philanthropy.
So I’ve got a fairly robust event staff, communications as well as a finance and back-of-house, really, that help the organization function. So we mainly raise money to try and fund our programs. That’s where we spend most of our time.
Luber: What are these events?
Greg McLaughlin: The 5 events mainly are 3 PGA Tour golf tournaments, including the AT&T National in Washington D.C, the Deutsche Bank Championship outside of Boston and the World Challenge which is held in Thousand Oaks, California about an hour north of here. Then we also do a benefit concert in Las Vegas, which is called Tiger Jam, which is in its 15th year. Then we do a private event up at Pebble Beach called the Tiger Woods Invitational.
So those five events. We do some smaller ones also, but those are all with Tiger. He has a fairly large presence with our donors and we spend a great deal of time on those. Again, about 85% of the money comes in through those fundraising events and the balance, really, just through straight philanthropy and individual corporate donations.
Luber: Excellent! I love it! Sounds like fun. I’m sure there’s a lot of people watching right now who are in law firms, wishing they could be doing what you’re doing. So I want to get to how your law degree fits into all of this, and how it helps you with your day-to-day work. We’ll do that in the full interview.
In that full interview, you’ll also hear Greg explain how to evaluate whether the non-profit world is for you – and he’ll share some solid tips about breaking in to nonprofit jobs and when you should do it.
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Thanks again for watching everybody. I’m Marc Luber and I’ll see ya soon.
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