Childcare and Workforce Development: The Critical Link for Fundraising Now

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Childcare is getting a lot of press these days.  Beyond the mountain of evidence that it pays huge dividends in reading skills, graduation rates, secondary education attainment, and lifetime earnings, the link to economic development is becoming increasingly important.  Many of our clients now consider it an integral part of their economic development program of […]

The Role of Cybersecurity for Nonprofit Organizations

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News of cyber-attacks and data breaches have recently crossed our news streaming platforms at a frighteningly increasing rate. Already in 2024, dozens of companies in all industries, ranging from American Express to United Health, have reported breaches affecting millions of customers. A recent Harvard Business Review analysis cited that, globally, the number of cyber-attack victims […]

5 Ways Nonprofits Can Improve Data Quality and Insights

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In many ways, a nonprofit is like a small business. While businesses try to increase sales and make a profit, nonprofits attempt to collect donations and drive support for their causes. In both cases, data allows you to make more informed decisions that boost incoming revenue. However, you can’t make reliable decisions if your data […]

Creating a Nonprofit Operating Budget: 4 Best Practices

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Thorough financial planning is critical for nonprofits of all sizes and in all verticals. To make the greatest possible impact, you not only need to maximize your fundraising efforts but also properly allocate the funding you bring in to cover all of the costs associated with your mission and operations. The most important financial planning […]

Five Examples of Nonprofit Collaboration to Enhance Public Engagement and Fundraising Results

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Now, more than ever, collaboration is a necessary implement in the toolbag of every successful nonprofit organization to enhance public engagement and boost fundraising efforts. By working with community stakeholders, nonprofits can amplify their impact, reach new audiences and achieve greater success in advancing their missions.   In today’s often volatile economic landscape, the call for […]

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 […]