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

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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

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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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Community Colleges Leading the Entrepreneurial Way

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“Nimble, inclusive, and entrepreneurial.” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos used these three terms to highlight the unique role community colleges play as a catalyst in workforce development issues. “You’re absolutely essential engines of workforce and economic development — locally and regionally,”…

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Turning Data Into Dollars

Insights from the 2017 National Conference on Ending Family & Youth Homelessness Last month I had the opportunity to join over 1,000 nonprofit professionals at the 2017 National Conference on Ending Family & Youth Homelessness, hosted by the National Alliance…

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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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Community Colleges & Workforce Development: Growing Stronger Together

Community Colleges change lives. We all have heard the stories of the financially strapped students whose dreams of a college degree seem unachievable until a scholarship opportunity opens the doors to their future. Philanthropy at its Horatio Alger-esque best! The…

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Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Readers! The last year has been an action-packed one for Convergent. We launched the Making Mission Happen division, added several highly talented fundraising professionals to our team, crisscrossed the country speaking and exhibiting at industry conferences, and…

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