As the leader of Ohio’s only statewide LGBTQ+ organization, founder Ken Schneck knew it was time for The Buckeye Flame to begin “acting like a nonprofit,” as he put it, and design a revenue blueprint to grow the news outlet. The Buckeye Flame had previously secured a $100,000 grant to hire a staff writer on a two-year contract. But Ken, as executive director, was still working 40-50 hours per week without pay while continuing his full-time career as a professor.
Ken was paired with Coach Maria Archangelo, who impressed him not only with her background in higher education, but also her ability to translate his lofty ambitions into checklists and workflows he could create.
“I’M Not Just Hoping That The Incredible People Around Me Are Going To Support The Organization, I’M Actively Empowering Them To Do So. I Think That As Much As I Was Sitting With Those Hopes, I Wasn'T Enabling And Empowering My Unbelievable Board To Help The Organization – And How Could They Possibly Help If They Didn'T Have The Tools To Do So?”
Founder, The Buckeye Flame