One observation that has held true over the years of working with nonprofits is how siloed the development and communications teams are. Each time I bring the subject up, whether in conversation or at speaking engagements, I see people nodding in agreement.
As we watched the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey unfold in Texas this weekend, our hearts ached for all the people affected. With every news update, we realized that the damage caused by Harvey would be unprecedented, and that it’s going to take the communities affected years to recover.
In our work with nonprofits, we see deeply committed people working hard to support their organization’s mission.
It’s safe to say that the news isn’t always the most uplifting thing to watch, but last month two news stories shocked and amazed us because they showed the power of people to unite for good.
Every year, local, state and national funders that support the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s work in early literacy, gather for the Funder Huddle. Attendees have the opportunity to meet other philanthropic funders in the grade-level reading community, share challenges and successes, and collectively drive toward bigger, stronger and better results. This week, we attended the 2017 Funder Huddle in Denver. Continue reading
Collective impact. I’m sure you’ve heard these words before. It’s a term used in philanthropy to describe what happens when organizations from different sectors agree to solve social problems using a common agenda. When they align their efforts and measure success together. Continue reading
The story of philanthropy today is the story of two revolutions. One is a technology revolution. The other is a monumental change in how people give. As nonprofit professionals, we’re at the frontline of both of these paradigm shifts in information control. Continue reading
This week, philanthropic and grantmaking professionals from across Florida gathered in St. Petersburg for the 2017 FPN Statewide Summit on Philanthropy to discuss what’s working, share best practices and explore the evolving landscape of the social sector. Continue reading
Most early adopters will admit there’s something exhilarating about being among the first customers of a new company or the first to use the latest tech and tools to improve their lives. While just 15 percent of the population fits into this group, they have a lot in common. Continue reading
We’ve talked about the significant change brought about by the Internet in recent blogs about The Donor’s Journey, Digital Moves Management and developing Donor Personas. The following piece, written by our client Bob Ottenhoff, president and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, is a case study illustrating what happens when these and additional elements come together. Continue reading