Start by Asking “Why?”

Outcomes Start by Asking Why

Nonprofit leaders are constantly hearing about how important impact and outcomes are to funders. Articles with titles like, “Study: A Nonprofit’s Impact Is the Most Significant Consideration to Funders,” and, “Why Outcomes, Not Output, Is the Key to Nonprofit Sustainability,”…

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Two Coasts – Two Conferences – One Message

Change. According to noted Psychiatrist, RD Laing, “…change is so sped up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.” Earlier this month I attended two conferences focused on the future of Community Colleges, one…

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Meet Our Newest Principal!

Carol Wick originally joined the Convergent team as a Partner to launch our Making Mission Happen Division. The goal of the new division was to expand Convergent's ability to help organizations grow and secure the funding needed to "make mission happen." Now, not only can…

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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

Fundraising

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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