Promise Programs — Creating a new philanthropic world

Fundraising
Promise Programs - Creating a new philanthropic world

If your state or community has a Promise Program, chances are you've heard your funders say something along these lines: "I only give scholarships, so if Community College is 'free,' where does that leave me?" "I guess I should think…

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Redefining ROI: Moving from a transactional to a transformational mindset

Redefining ROI: Moving investors from a transactional to a transformational mindset

We've all been there. You go in to meet with a potential investor, begin to outline your strategic plan and funding needs and are having a great dialogue. Frankly, you’re in the zone and loving it. After all that great…

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The #1 Question Your Feasibility Study Must Answer

The #1 Question Your Feasibility Study Must Answer

Feasibility studies are a critical first step in fundraising. They typically are 20 to 30 questions in length and give you a great perspective on your organization: how people view the board, the effectiveness of the team, and who in…

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The Five W’s of Investor Relations

The Five W's of Investor Relations: A highly effective way to engage key investors well beyond the capital campaign.

Your capital campaign is over. You've secured the funding needed to implement your strategic plan, grow your services, make capital improvements, etc. Now what? Having a strong investor relations program is a critical element of every capital campaign... and the work…

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Telling the Story of Impact

Fundraising
Telling the story of impact

Does your case for support look something like this? "We have to serve more people, so you need to give us more money." Unfortunately, many nonprofits tend to put out a similar message. Inevitably, at the end of the fiscal…

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Funding Feasibility Studies 101

Funding Feasibility Studies 101

Conducting a funding feasibility study is an important first step every organization must take before launching a capital campaign. This process helps you determine the viability of your project before investing significant time and money into the campaign. A well-executed…

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How Fast Does Your Website “De-Dumb” a Reader?

Chamber of Commerce
How fast does your website de-dumb a reader?

I love business-led, civic-economic nonprofit entities (chambers of commerce), but the affection is seldom nurtured by their electronic identities. I know and respect what they do and who they represent! Why don't chamber websites and social media accounts demonstrate and…

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Mindful Leadership Unleashes Unbelievable Group Outcomes

Mindful leadership unleashes unbelievable group outcomes

Capital campaigns are a group effort. Simply having a strong executive director or board chair at the helm is not a guarantee of success; it's all about having the right team assembled. Convergent is happy to share Allison's guest blog…

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Spotlight on Economic Development

Spotlight on Economic Development

The search for Amazon's second HQ in the United States has thrust economic development into the national spotlight. In fact, one of my favorite sessions at IEDC's 2018 Leadership Summit was the Tuesday morning special plenary session, "Chasing the Big…

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A Promising Year Ahead for Community College Fundraising

In December I reached out to community college leaders across the country to ask, "What are the next big trends in the world of community college fundraising?" While some speculated about the ways social media could become a stronger fundraising…

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