Tom’s Takeaways in 2023: A Year of New OVP’s

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It’s been quite a year for Convergent and we are rolling into 2024 with a full head of steam.  As some of you know, for all of our more traditional campaigns, we develop what we call an Organizational Value Proposition®, or OVP.  For clients engaged in economic development activities, we move to a more straight […]

Address Housing Shortage through Economic Development Strategies

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Putting plans in place requires the actual fundraising itself. Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Organizations (EDO) can pursue numerous avenues to meet fundraising goals. Most economic developers can utilize the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program to access grants to develop viable communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding […]

Leveraging Your EOY Fundraising Data for Campaigns

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In Q1, nonprofits, chambers, and economic development organizations should review their 2022 giving data in an EOY fundraising review. It is essential to identify critical insights into year-end gifts that could lead to long-term investor relationships and future contributions. In a previous blog, Turning Data into Dollars, Convergent’s General Manager Brian Abernathy referenced real examples of organizations […]

Survey Says: GrowthZone’s 2023 Annual Chamber Survey

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  GrowthZone, a leading Chamber CRM solution, just released their 2023 Chamber survey results, we found the trends to be very interesting, particularly through the lens of fundraising.  You can review the details for yourself at GrowthZone.   The surveyed Chamber leaders’ top 3 concerns were: #1 Member Engagement & Retention, #2 Growing Membership, and […]

Nonprofit Management During a Recession: How to Keep Your Mission Moving Forward

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Nonprofit management during a recession can make or break an organization. Keeping your mission moving during a recession is a difficult task made more challenging by increased demand for services and the potential for declining revenues. As discussed in the Harvard Business Review, the public hopes that nonprofits will expand during a recession but “The […]

Is Your School Ready for a Capital Campaign?

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Walking before you run, reading over your notes before the big exam, pouring the foundation before the main structure–these all seem like obvious steps in achieving a goal. Yet, in my career as Head of School at several institutions over the past 30 years, I have seen numerous schools fall short of their capital campaign […]