Best Practices for Funding Economic Development

Watch the video below to learn the key steps included in the investment campaign model. This best practices approach is a proven and highly successful way to secure the funding needed to implement a wide variety of economic development initiatives.…

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Fundraising FAQs from Florida Economic Developers

FEDC Convergent Nonprofit Solutions Blog

I very much enjoyed yet another Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) conference this year, and especially having the opportunity to introduce my partner Cheryl Hardy to so many of you. Florida has become our fastest growing market, and as Central…

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Think Big, Be Bold – Insights from MAKO Chamber Conference 2017

MAKO Chamber Conference

Every year Mark attends the MAKO Chamber Conference. This annual meeting of chamber professionals from Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma has grown drastically since its inception, and this year had the largest attendance yet. After each conference, Mark usually shares…

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Is Your Nonprofit Ready to Move to the Next Level? A Capital Campaign May be the Answer!

Convergent Note: The following is a brief excerpt from an article written by Principal Mark Bergethon and published in the Mar/Apr 2017 issue of AmeriDisability, "Florida's leading publication for individuals, businesses, and nonprofits supporting our disabled community." To read the…

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The Benefits of Hiring Outside Fundraising Counsel

Convergent Note: The following is a brief excerpt from the article "Counterpoint: Feasibility Studies and Other Reasons Outside Counsel Can Help Small Nonprofits," recently published by NonProfit PRO and written by Principal Mark Bergethon. To read the full article, follow the…

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Fundraising FAQs from Tennessee Chamber Pros

I very much enjoyed yet another Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE) conference this year. Kyle Spurgeon and his team from the Jackson Chamber of Commerce were out in full force playing gracious host and did a great job all…

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Fundraising FAQs from the 2016 National Charter School Conference

Convergent Principals Rick Kiernan and Mark Bergethon attended and exhibited at the National Charter School Conference in Nashville two weeks ago. While speaking to dozens of charter school representatives about the prospect of launching a capital campaign to secure major…

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7 Fundamental Principles Of Major Capital Campaigns

By Mark Bergethon We are excited to have Principal Mark Bergethon featured in FundraisingSuccess’s “ProSpeak,” which features essays about “the nitty-gritty of fundraising, written by the people who do it every day.” Here is a quick look at the article:…

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Asking Rights, Endowment, & Transfer of Wealth, Part 3: The Time Is Right To Launch A Capital Campaign

Fundraising

By Mark Bergethon How do Asking Rights, endowment, and transfer of wealth impact each other? As part of the Central Florida Foundation‘s 20th anniversary celebration, Mark Brewer, President/CEO of the Central Florida Foundation (CFF), and Tom Ralser, Principal of Convergent Nonprofit {and…

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Asking Rights, Endowment, & Transfer of Wealth, Part 2: Raising Money For Endowment Vs. Facilities Or Programs

Fundraising

By Mark Bergethon How do Asking Rights, endowment, and transfer of wealth impact each other? As part of the Central Florida Foundation‘s 20th anniversary celebration, Mark Brewer, President/CEO of the Central Florida Foundation (CFF), and Tom Ralser, Principal of Convergent Nonprofit {and…

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