project leader
Marcel D
location
Headquarters - Quincy, MA
(Greater Boston Area)
latest update rss
Completed IRS Form 1023EZ for 501(c)(3) tax-exemption status (Dec-2020)

the project

Commercialized financial, career, and/or life coaching and advisement (each typically charging upwards of $100 per session), has long been a stapled privilege afforded by affluent clientele; as the adage goes, it "takes" money to make money. Yet, these services continue to be systemically out of reach within historically under-resourced communities that steadily face racial, gender and class inequality, even more so within the intersectionality, that hinders growth towards stability and economic prosperity.  

Enter Discover Your Pace (DYP), a counter-cultural nonprofit that focuses on providing greater access to practical coaching and advising programs that foster financial literacy and personal/professional development, all while inspiring our members to actively engage in charitable service within their local communities. 

  •  We aim to empower our members: financially by expanding their emergency funds beyond 3 to 6 months (building assets and eliminating liabilities bolster net worth), professionally by honing transferable capabilities (increasing leverage and negotiations for advancement), and personally by enhancing mitigation techniques (dissipating stress and anxiety through preparation).

our program

DYP advisors collaborate with each member to implement a customized action plan (supported by our three-prong strategic advisory framework), to provide our members with keen adaptable insights and tailored developmental activities to enhance their decision making, both instinctually and concisely. 

  • Personal Finances by learning greater structured budgetary principles, to instill a solid foundation of self-Discipline.
  • Professional Career by developing greater transferable core proficiencies, to ignite a steadfast growth of self-Confidence.
  • Primary Life by building greater resourceful accountability practices, to infuse a strong knack of self-Initiative.

Furthermore, DYP encourages our members to "Pay It Forward" by employing their gained acumen, to take on greater supportive and leadership roles within their community, providing local nonprofit organizations with a broader range of charitable contributions that span beyond just giving fundraising dollars, to spark members to advocate for greater reform, opportunity, and inclusion (ROI).

the steps

Phase 1: - Initial Start-up Budget (2021):

  • In Kind – Program Advisor / Admin Salary, Benefits, & Taxes (estimate of $10K/monthly)*
  • $5000 – Program Operations Costs: Facilities / Utilities, & Advisory / Member Materials
  • $3000 – Program IT Costs: Web/App Development, Software Licensing, & Hardware

* Executive Director will serve as Lead Advisor with Board oversight, and the recruitment of 2-5 volunteers to support program, administrative, and fundraising operations to on-board an initial 10 - 30 advisory program members (Fall-2021 and/or Spring-2022 Cohort, post vaccination), to provide over 150+ personal advising sessions/check-ins and spark membership engagement to volunteer 500+ hours of community service over our first 12-months of operations. 

why we're doing it

At its core, DYP seeks to extend the impact of traditional nonprofits that works toward poverty, hunger, and homelessness alleviation, by continuing their efforts by support individuals that have successfully navigated these complex and even dire circumstances to obtain education and knowledge to be more productive contributors within their own communities.

special thanks

With the supportive efforts of our first three pro-bono advisory clients back in 2017, all now currently serving on the inaugural Board of Directors, Discover Your Pace was successfully incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2020! Additionally, DYP would like to thank Lawyers Clearinghouse & Dechert LLP for providing pro-bono legal services during our incorporation to launch phases. Thank you all! 

about our founder

Marcel Daniel is an alumnus of Howard University and the Gates Millennium Scholars program, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2008, while serving as senior president of Gamma Iota Sigma, Tau Chapter and a youth/collegiate mathematics tutor. Marcel has over a decade of business and financial analysis experience as a former senior analyst with Liberty Mutual and has served as a long-standing mentor with the Big Brother Big Sister program. 

  • Since 2017, Marcel has contributed over 3,000 hours of pro-bono advisory sessions and services within the Greater Boston area, guiding clients in creating automated personal budgets, tax preparation, navigating performance reviews, negotiating promotions, identifying schedule efficiencies, establishing accountability practices, and implementing techniques to mitigate stress and anxiety.

Over the next three years, Marcel will be pursuing executive leadership programs with the Institute of Nonprofit Practice & New Sector Alliance, social justice programs with LeadBostonTrinity Boston Connects, and certification programs with AFCPE & the American College. Marcel is a proud father of one son and brother of three younger sisters, and currently contributes as a youth athletic coach with Viking Sports and a mentor with Minds Matter Boston

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Please visit the Budget tab above for a complete breakdown of our operational costs. Additionally, client, colleague, & community org recommendations can be found via LinkedIn.com/in/MarcelatDYP. Contact us at LearnMore@DiscoverYourPace.org to learn more and/or get involved!

 

budget

Revised budget (1/19/21)

Phase 1: - Initial Start-up Budget (2021):

In Kind – Program Advisor / Admin Salary, Benefits, & Taxes (estimate of $10K/monthly)*

$5000 – Program Op Costs: Facilities / Utilities, & Advisory / Member Materials

$3000 – Program IT Costs: Web/App Development, Software Licensing, & Hardware

$3000 – Social Justice / Racial Equity, Nonprofit Leadership, & Certification Program Training

$2000 – 501(c)(3), Incorporation, & Other Required Federal / State / Local Legal Filing Fees

$2000 – Directors & Offices, Business Umbrella, Workers Comp, & Disability Insurances

$1000 – Annual Taxes, Accounting, Association, & Fiscal Sponsor Fundraising Fees

 

* Executive Director will serve as Lead Advisor with Board oversight, and the recruitment of 2-5 volunteers to support program, administrative, and fundraising operations to on-board an initial 10 - 30 advisory program members (Fall-2021 and/or Spring-2022 Cohort, post vaccination), to provide over 150+ personal advising sessions/check-ins and spark membership engagement to volunteer 500+ hours of community service over our first 12-months of operations.

 

 

Phase 1 (Oct-2020 to Dec-2020): Program Development ($15K)

·       Apply for: (1) federal 501c3 tax exempt status (2) multi-state nonprofit solicitation registration, & (3) local  and national philanthropic association memberships  

·       Obtain necessary insurance coverages & hire external consulting aid in accounting, legal, human resource, & information technology

·       Integrate an online front-end member, volunteer, and donor portal and back-end advisory, data, and service management system with integrated CRM (Salesforce.org NonProfit Cloud)



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $15,000
ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $817
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $490
TOTAL TO RAISE = $16,342

 

SUBSEQUENT PHASES

Phase 2 (Jan-2021 to Apr-2021): Program Pilot ($30K)

·       Recruit 2-5 volunteer personnel to assist with membership program and service engagement, donor and grant fundraising management, & social media networking and digital print branding

·       Soft launch of online CRM portal and develop internal process documentation and troubleshooting protocols

·       On-board 10-20 initial program members, collectively provided over 50+ advising sessions/check-ins and engaged in 250+ hours of community service

 

Phase 3 (May-2021 to Dec-2021): Program Launch ($60K)

·       Recruit full-time Membership Engagement Coordinator to support program members and volunteer personnel

·       Soft launch partnership with a local nonprofit organization to collaborate on community service opportunities

·       On-board 20-30 additional program members (~50+ total), collectively provided  250+ advising sessions/check-ins and engaged in 750+ hours of community service annually

 

Phase 4 (Jan-2022 to Dec-2022): Program Adaptation ($120K)

·       Recruit part-time Grant Specialist & Web Developer to support funding initiatives and expand online advisory services capabilities

·       Soft launch of educational resource tools integrated with the Strategic Advisory Framework and piloted with established members and partnerships

·       On-board 35-50 additional program members (~100+ total), collectively provided 500+ advising sessions/check-ins and engaged in 2000+ hours of community service annually

 

Phase 5 (Jan-2023 to Dec-2023): Program Expansion ($300K)

·       Recruit full-time Associate Advisors to provide specialized coaching to enhance total family support services

·       Soft launch Strategic Advisory Framework resource portal and piloted with local nonprofits, schools, and community-based organizations

·       On-board 50+ additional program members (~150+ total), collectively provided 1000+ advising sessions/check-ins and engaged in 3000+ hours of community service annually

 

updates

Completed IRS Form 1023EZ for 501(c)(3) tax-exemption status (Dec-2020)

Waiting Federal approval. 

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