An Inside Perspective on Economic Development Today

Creative Economic Development Consulting CEO Crystal Morphis and I met about seven years ago when we both worked on the Greenwood Partnership Alliance with Crystal providing the strategic plan, and Convergent coming in to test and fundraise for it. Getting to know this intelligent, strategic professional and truly calling her a partner and friend through […]

The Core of our Business as Capital Campaign Consultants

We take our core values seriously at Convergent. They guide our entire approach to capital campaign fundraising. Loving what we do and putting people first ensure that we listen closely to the needs of our clients. This enables us to be both strategic and creative in our recommendations for helping the nonprofits we serve reach […]

A Story of Cookies and Nonprofit Mission Creep

Girl Scout Cookies and Nonprofit Fundraising For some individuals, January brings resolutions to start doing something good for themselves or to stop doing something bad. For organizations including nonprofits, it may mean a new strategic plan or an updated program of work. If you live in the Greater Atlanta area as I do, January brings […]

Taking Care of You: Signs of Burnout in the Nonprofit World

The new year, for many, represents a fresh start and a time to make resolutions or promises to change unhealthy habits. In the nonprofit arena particularly, I often see people wearing many hats, working long hours, and listening to the needs of others before the needs of their own mind and body. A saying I […]

Your Nonprofit in the New Year: 6 Ways of Being for 2020

Each December we find ourselves reviewing our work from the year to determine what to keep, what to throw away, and what to add in the New Year. In over 30 years of working for and with nonprofits one of my most dreaded and frequently heard statements is, “we’ve always done it this way.” The […]

Giving Monday, Giving Tuesday, Giving Wednesday…

Can one day impact your nonprofit’s drive for sustainability? A lot is being said right now about Giving Tuesday. I don’t disagree with the strategy behind this much-publicized day of giving and think it’s a very useful tool in the fundraising toolkit for many smaller nonprofits. Make a game plan, get small donations, and they […]