We’ve Got Spirit!

Each September we have CCAH’s annual spirit week: a fun-filled week including to-order omelets, relaxing chair massages, an amazing day of service, and so much more!

Each day had its own treats and surprises in addition to our weeklong, office-wide “secret pal” game, where those who participated gave and received little gifts throughout the week and had their gift-giver revealed face-to-face at our Thursday happy hour … it was such a fun way to get to know our fellow coworkers!

Monday

We were greeted with an omelet chef upgrading our Monday morning breakfast and delighting staff with fancy flips on all our custom orders!

We also had an epic scavenger hunt in place of our weekly all-staff meeting where we were challenged to recreate funny photos and take a field trip to the Subway up the street.

Tuesday

It was ice cream day! This fun treat was a great way to beat the heat at the end of summer and gather with coworkers who we don’t usually get to see. We also kicked off our Office Decorating Competition, where teams worked together to come up with a theme and impress the judges with their creativity.

Wednesday

For our annual day of service—read all about it here if you missed it last week—we are proud to have packed 192 boxes ourselves, which will help #endseniorhunger by feeding seniors in need right here in the DC metro area and add to the over #1millionmeals packed this year! Before we left, we were also treated to an in-office lunch.

Thursday

CCAH brought professional masseuses into the office offering ten-minute massages for a little relaxation between meetings. Always a big hit, the two masseuses were booked all day!

The Office Decorating Competition judging also happened Thursday so that we could award the winners their prizes at Closing Ceremonies, also known as company happy hour that night.

And these teams did not disappoint in their decorations. There were competing shrines to Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber as two superfans convinced their teams to take part in their fanaticism. Taylor Swift’s team was passing out crowns, while Justin Bieber’s was playing a soundtrack of his greatest hits—just what the rest of the office wanted to hear as they were starting to wind down their Thursdays… 

One team turned their office into an exclusive club, Club Polo, complete with light up signs and their very own bouncer. The club rules included polo shirts, flip flops, and diet coke, after their fearless leader, Jenny Allen.

One team created an interactive caption contest, inviting the office to take part and come up with their funniest jokes.

And another team turned the entire office into Candy Land, even taping down construction paper game spaces along the hallways between the various offices they spanned. 

At happy hour, employees were recognized—from buttons for those celebrating their first spirit weeks; plaques for those celebrating two years; and CCAH swag gifts for the class of 2018 and those working here for five, ten, fifteen, and twenty years.

Sunny Matani received the coveted CCAH Spirit Award for going above and beyond for his coworkers, always ready with a joke to lift someone’s spirits. The Spirit Committee judges determined that they could not possibly have chosen a winner for room decorating, but with award names like Biggest Fan (for the Taylor Swift team) and Most Likely to Visit the Dentist (for turning our office into Candyland), it was clear that everyone was a winner!

Friday

After a long week full of great quality time spent with coworkers, everyone was ready for the weekend. We held a company continental breakfast—fruit, croissants, donuts, and bagels—and our “Buck-Up” happy hour in the kitchen and, like every Friday, closed another wonderful week at CCAH.

 

Now we are back to work, refreshed and ready to take on Q4 and another full year of doing great work for all our amazing clients! 

CCAH Annual Putt-Putt Tournament

It’s summer, which means one very important tradition is about to happen at CCAH: CCAH PGA. This annual putt-putt tournament is a staple of CCAH culture and has been around for almost as long as the firm itself.

It’s also the largest athletic competition of the year at CCAH, which means that participants of all ages, abilities, and affiliations brought their A-game to this Friday festivity.

“If I’m going to win anything at CCAH, it’s this,” said Trent Cubine, a summer intern and CCAH PGA hopeful. With putt-putt legend and two-time champion Sean Coogan out of the office on Friday, this tournament was anyone’s game.

CCAH PGA founder and facilitator (as well as CCAH Chairman and Partner) Jim Hussey made it clear that competition is not the focus of the tournament. “It’s been a good opportunity for team building, to take a break from things,” Hussey said.

The long history and continued excitement around CCAH PGA is a testament to the tournament’s success. “We started this tournament twenty years ago,” Hussey said. “It’s actually been going on longer than some of the participants have been alive.”

Maryann Chan attempts to extricate herself from the office area of HR Coordinator, Chastity Morris.

Account Representative Cindy Edward was a CCAH PGA first-timer hoping to make a strong entrance to the field. Though she began with a strong start putting through the hallway by the printer, she started to tally up the strokes in the lead-up to the front desk area. When asked about whether she had high hopes about making it to the finals, Edward responded “definitely not. It’s like poker, where when you first play, people are like ‘you did really well’ but I think this is kind of it. I’ve lost my touch.”

Many competitors dressed for the occasion, though opinion varied about which type of attire was optimal for the tournament. Account Executive Maryann Chan wore a pragmatic, professional combination of golf shirt and golf skirt, a traditional putt-putt outfit for her. Intern Trent Cubine wore a golfing glove to avoid blisters, though he was seen playing without it in the championship round.

“You’ve got to dress for the green,” said Senior Acquisition Planner Steve Paddock. “I’ve been looking for an opportunity to wear my Figment the Dragon socks for some time now. If not today, then when?”

Once the top six competitors had been determined by pool play, it was time for the course to receive some … improvements. Among the additions to the course were a barrier of pink packing peanuts, an inflatable ninja, overturned office chairs, an ornamental rug, several binders, and a plastic skeleton.

The first competitor to make it through a tricky gap by Account Rep Kyra Rogan’s desk, Kopf said that that was the moment he started to think he might have a chance to win it all. “As long as I could hit it over the leg of the plastic skeleton without it bouncing back into Shannon’s office, I thought I would probably be in the clear,” he said.

Kopf landed the shot and putted his way to the course’s end, followed by Erin Devost in 2nd and Trent Cubine in 3rd.

The only contestant under 21, Kopf appreciates the irony that he won the grand prize of a gift card to The Punchbowl Social, a popular late-night destination in Arlington. “Fortunately, they have plenty of food there too,” Kopf noted. 

After the competition was done, the course disappeared as fast as it had materialized. But don’t think that the excitement of CCAH PGA is gone.

After all, CCAH PGA 2020 is just around the corner. 

Catherine Algeri prepares to round the final corner in the championship round, while spectators, officiators, and other competitors look on.

LCV 2019 Capital Dinner

CCAH is proud to work with the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), an organization that fights for the environment, making it a political priority. They focus on “meaningful action to combat climate change,” fighting to maintain the safeguards we have already established as well as championing new laws and protections to further support our future.

CCAH was honored to attend the League of Conservation Voters’ Capital Dinner at the Hyatt Regency in DC this past Wednesday as they celebrated a year of unprecedented victories on behalf of our earth — even as they fought against unparalleled opposition to environmental action. The speeches from LCV leaders, such as Gene Karpinski and Carol Browner, and environmental champions, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Representative Joe Neguse (D-CO), made the night a true celebration of environmental victories, as well as a reminder of the need to keep fighting. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi highlighted in her address, LCV has been “the driving charge” in defending our environment for 

the last 49 years. 

Despite their tireless work and that of other advocates for the protection of our environment, there is still much work to be done – particularly in the face of the current political administration. Optimism shone through when considering the milestones that have already been accomplished, but this feeling was dovetailed with urgency and the need for greater and more drastic changes to prevent impending, irrevocable climate catastrophes. Environmental stewards were recognized and awarded, and dinner was environmentally friendly and locally sourced, perfectly complementing the night’s theme.

CCAH recognizes that it is only through constant and dedicated work from all of us that we will achieve a lasting and beneficial impact. We are proud to be able to support such an important organization as they approach their 50th year supporting environmental action. With lights the color of PMS 7725 and LCV’s new logo all around, the night was a beautiful tribute to all they have accomplished this past year, and an important reminder that Our Earth Is Worth Fighting For.

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Working Hard and Working from Home: How Remote Employees are Changing the Game

If you thought working remotely was just for bad weather days, you thought wrong! Across the country more and more companies are offering positions that allow employees to telework up to 100% of the time. Remote workers have limited distractions and enjoy flexible hours. 

What are the Benefits?

According to a study done by Indeed, 57% of remote workers feel more productive working from home than in the office and 38% of remote workers feel equally productive in the office and at home. And their employers agree! 72% of companies with remote workers say their remote workers are more productive when they’re at home. Some companies are even saving on real- estate costs by encouraging employees to work remotely. 

 

 How do I know remote work will be successful on my team?

Working remotely can work for anyone in any department, it just takes a little planning. We spoke with CCAH team members across departments and came up with a few tips to make teleworking successful for your team.

Tip 1: Be Accessible!

If you’re not in the office, its important to be available via phone and an instant messenger like Skype or Slack when email isn’t enough. Being accessible and over-communicating will help your team build trust and ensure nothing slips through the cracks. Rob in Data Management recommends keeping your calendar as up to date as possible to keep everything on track.  

Tip 2: Separate your Work Space from your Living Space

When you work from home, it can be difficult to cultivate a work/life balance. Jessica in Production suggests creating a designated work space. It will keep you organized and ensure you’ve got everything you need to be successful during the work day.

Tip 3: Stay Organized

Remote workers don’t always live in the same time zone as their clients or company. Katie in Account Services suggests having daily check ins with your team to make sure everyone knows where projects stand. This ensures that nothing slips through the cracks and everyone can get support if needed.

Remote work policies allow companies to hire the best employees regardless of location and give team members a better work- life balance.  But remember, no team is the same. While we’ve found these tips to be helpful at CCAH, connect with your team to find out what works for them. Everyone succeeds when they feel supported and valued – whether they’re in the office, or 3 hours away. 

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Rookie of the Quarter – Alyssa Ackerman

At CCAH, we know that progress is what keeps us relevant and keeps us moving toward our mission — advancing change and committing to activism that makes a difference. That’s why each quarter we like to recognize one of our newest employees who is helping move us towards our goals and continuing our push for progress. Our Rookie of the Quarter award is given to an employee who has started their CCAH journey in the past year and has shown their willingness to go above and beyond. They are nominated by the CCAH management committee (our partners, VPs, and president, Kim Cubine), and they exemplify CCAH’s commitment to progress.

image-14This quarter, we are recognizing Alyssa Ackerman.

Alyssa came to Chapman Cubine + Hussey with over eight years of non-profit experience. Prior to CCAH, Alyssa managed the individual giving programs at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Food Allergy Research & Education. At CCAH, she provides strategic oversight and digital program management for multiple clients, including the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and the National Park Foundation. When not working on digital fundraising campaigns, Alyssa can be found volunteering with Girls on the Run, enjoying time with family and friends, traveling, and cheering on the Hokies.

We are so glad to have Alyssa as part of our CCAH family. Congratulations on being our Rookie of the Quarter!

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Client Spotlight: the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

CCF_Logo_V_Pos_4CThe Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is a non-profit, volunteer-fueled organization dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. CCAH began partnering with the Foundation on their direct marketing efforts—direct mail and digital—in 2017, just as the Foundation was celebrating their 50th anniversary.

Client Spotlight: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

As fundraisers, one of the most exciting parts of our job is seeing the results of a campaign: the response rates, the gifts, and the income. It’s easy to get absorbed in using these numbers to measure success, and forget the immeasurable impact we are making. Seeing our clients in action helps us take a step back and see the larger scope of our work, and how critical it is to an organization’s mission. Over the past few weeks we’ve had the pleasure of attending two events with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, seeing first hand some of the programs that our team helps to support.