Looking back at #IEDCToronto

This year's International Economic Development Council Annual Conference really lived up to its promise to "Connect. Collaborate. Create." Not only was the conference packed full of great educational sessions, there were countless opportunities for attendees to network and connect with their…

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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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Succession Planning: A Vital Component of Fundraising Preparation


When nonprofits start preparing for a large funding campaign or strategic initiative, there is a check list of to-dos that readily come to mind. Brand awareness, board engagement, and a strong plan that investors will get behind. Strong executive leadership…

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Veteran Homelessness: Fundraising FAQs

Earlier this year, thousands of nonprofit professionals gathered in Washington, D.C. to attend the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Annual Conference. This event provides resources and training to those working to address America's epidemic of homelessness, from nonprofits to governmental…

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Did you #AmplifyACCE this year?

This year’s Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ (ACCE) Annual Conference was, quite possibly, the best ACCE conference we’ve ever attended! From line dancing at the Wild Horse Saloon (what a hoot!) to ACCE President Mick Fleming’s moving goodbye toast,…

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Collaboration Over Competition: Escaping the Nonprofit Hunger Games

Do you feel like you are living through the Nonprofit Hunger Games? Do you feel you have to compete with other nonprofits for funders? Are you making decisions based on a scarcity mentality where it feels like there is not…

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8 Questions Fundraising Counsel Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Answer

Convergent Note: The following is a brief excerpt from the article “8 Questions Fundraising Counsel Shouldn't Be Afraid to Answer,” recently published by NonProfit PRO and written by Partner Lee Mikell. To read the full article, follow the link at the…

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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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Top 5 Emerging Community College Trends

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This year marked the 97th anniversary of the American Association of Community College’s Annual Convention. I’ve been fortunate to attend this event every year for the last ten years. I've even had the honor of presenting several times. This year’s…

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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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