Mercy Corps Northwest provides support and resources to people taking action to improve their lives. It works to pro- vide equitable access to the knowledge and capital that will help individuals improve and succeed as emerging entrepre- neurs or in other life endeavors.
Beginning in 2017, Propeller Consulting entered into a partnership to support
Mercy Corps Northwest’s goals in the Portland community. Propeller donates the time
and talent of its team for business seminars,
short- and long-term business advising,
speed mentoring events and internal process
improvements related to various loan applications processes.
To date, twenty Propeller staff has contributed three or more hours to the improvement
and success of the Mercy Corps mission.
This constitutes nearly 30 percent of the firm.
“We are change makers and energy-bring-
ers. We are a local firm deeply committed
to living, working, playing, helping and im-
proving our community,” says Heather Mc-
Farland, Agile Practice Director of Propeller.
“We believe that life is not work alone and
that fulfilment comes in many shapes and
sizes; that our ability to give and make social
change allows us to keep our commitment to
people inside and outside our firm.”
McFarland says Propeller’s leadership
understands and supports the needs of each
person to be holistically human. “We lead
action and change by doing good work,
acting as we think, and creating balance in
all that we do,” she says. “Our community
moves forward faster when we bring the en-
ergy and talent to help it progress.”
And the work is not just lip-service.
Propeller showcases community service
each month at the staff meetings. “Dur-
ing that time, we have shared the results
of the work and have more than 30 percent
of the firm actively participating with an-
other 5 percent of the firm indicating intent
to serve and developing ideas on how they
can personally contribute to the work with
Mercy Corps,” she says.
And about once per week, Propeller has
at least one person inquire about how they
can support it.
“Propeller achieves its own definition of
success and balance by sharing their talents
both inside and outside the firm,” McFar-
land says. “They have committed to the
success of each participant in every Mercy
Corps program which, in turn, motivates
the team and strengthens the vision for a
As far as winning an Excellence in Social
& Community Investment award, McFar-
land says the award is an incredible honor
for Propeller. “We are also optimistic that
this award will showcase our partnership in
such a way that more organizations are in-
spired to help Mercy Corps or help out with
another local organization.”
Q&A: How does the work align with
Propeller’s overall mission?
McFarland: “Built into the Propeller ethos
is our commitment to people. By working
with local people and organizations, we
can demonstrate the value of good work,
balance and the unique talents of all
those we interact with. Our ability to build
strong relationships and inspire others to
make positive change is simply part of
who we are.”