Results: Environmental & Animal Services

Grand Opening

Home sweet home: Humane Society begins historic move to new site

It's just about a five-minute drive from the Humane Society of Greenwood's current location to its new facility along Airport Road. But the journey to get there? That's been a trip years in the making - and one that triumphantly ends today when nearly 200 stray cats and dogs move into a modern, $3.1 million facility that brings added safety and comfort to employees and animals alike.

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Posted on August 25, 2018
Miscellaneous News

Coffee with George: Carol Wick, bringing solar power to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma

Principal Carol Wick recently sat down with The Orlando Sentinel's George Diaz to discuss her work with Convergent client sonnenBatterie. Sonnen, who is one of the largest solar battery producers in Europe, is working to help stabilize the power grid in Puerto Rico by bringing solar power to an area devastated by Hurrican Irma.

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Major Announcement

Humane Society of Greenwood moves forward with new facility

A March vote by the County Council — which, in a symbolic gesture was unanimous — closed the book on efforts to bring a modern animal shelter into Greenwood. The 15,000-square-foot, $3.1 million facility will be built on 10 acres across from Leath Correctional Institution, funded in a public-private partnership between the county and Humane Society of Greenwood. The county has committed a maximum of $2 million for the shelter, while the Humane Society is spending $1.2 million in privately raised capital for a spay and neuter clinic as well as a community education room. County officials began contracting with the Humane Society in 2002 to operate the shelter. A groundbreaking ceremony was in mid-July, and the complex is expected to open this spring.

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North Carolina Center for Nonprofits Annual Conference

Before a surgeon can operate, the surgical team must check the patient’s vital signs to ensure they are healthy enough to undergo the procedure. Similarly, a capital campaign is a major operation impacting the financial health of your nonprofit. A feasibility study is a critical…

Many nonprofit organizations have been solely dependent on government funding for so long that the idea of pursuing private sector funding can be a bit intimidating. Where do you even begin? I recently had the opportunity to talk about effective fundraising processes at the National…

It’s the end of the fiscal year and you’re a few bucks short of your annual fund goal. The reserves are thin. What should you do to close the gap? Here are the top three things you should never do. 1. Send a mass email and post on social media that you must raise funds by year-end.

Feasibility studies are a critical first step in fundraising. They typically are 20 to 30 questions in length and give you a great perspective on your organization: how people view the board, the effectiveness of the team, and who in the community should lead the…

Your capital campaign is over. You’ve secured the funding needed to implement your strategic plan, grow your services, make capital improvements, etc. Now what? Having a strong investor relations program is a critical element of every capital campaign.

Does your case for support look something like this? “We have to serve more people, so you need to give us more money.” Unfortunately, many nonprofits tend to put out a similar message. Inevitably, at the end of the fiscal year, you’ll see another one:…

Conducting a funding feasibility study is an important first step every organization must take before launching a capital campaign. This process helps you determine the viability of your project before investing significant time and money into the campaign. A well-executed feasibility study will paint a…

Capital campaigns are a group effort. Simply having a strong executive director or board chair at the helm is not a guarantee of success; it’s all about having the right team assembled. Convergent is happy to share Allison’s guest blog post as it provides valuable…

You’re in a team meeting when lightning strikes: your team just hatched the most incredible idea! It has the potential to answer all your problems, fix community issues, and revolutionize your organization. It is so tempting to go out and try to raise money for…

If we are being honest, on most days our inboxes are buried under a barrage of email. Many of the emails are automated email newsletters from businesses or organizations that we support. Many get marked “read” without us ever opening them or reading them. Really…

Convergent Note: The following is a brief excerpt from the article “Counterpoint: Feasibility Studies and Other Reasons Outside Counsel Can Help Small Nonprofits,” recently published by NonProfit PRO and written by Principal Mark Bergethon. To read the full article, follow the link at the bottom of…

Initiating a capital campaign is an exciting opportunity. It’s a time when you can help move your organization forward in a very dynamic way, although there are always a few challenges that will arise during a campaign. Many Executive Directors & CEOs might find themselves…

By Mark Bergethon We are excited to have Principal Mark Bergethon featured in FundraisingSuccess’s “ProSpeak,” which features essays about “the nitty-gritty of fundraising, written by the people who do it every day.” Here is a quick look at the article: Through the implementation and analysis…

The Central Florida Foundation (CFF) is a public grant-making foundation that serves as a trusted philanthropic home for more than 400 charitable funds throughout Central Florida.    Convergent has had the good fortune to get to know CFF better over the past several months, and…

Throughout this blog you’re bound to see many posts where we refer to “investors” and nonprofit “investments.” Don’t worry though; you are in the right place. This blog is meant to help nonprofits get a better understanding of the fundraising process, and we believe that…

A recent article in the The Chronicle of Philanthropy has spurred a lot of discussion among the principals here at Convergent. The article cites a study by Szu-chi Huang, assistant professor of marketing at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, in which she suggests that…

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Convergent came to the table with a unique approach - one of approaching funders as 'investors' and asking them to think about an investment rather than a donation. They led us through a process to carefully identify our targets, craft a value proposition that could be measured and supported, and helped us deliver a message that we would have never been able to do on our own.

Ted LeBow, Board Member
Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, PA

I can't express enough how grateful I am to Convergent. This is the second feasibility study that I've been through with the Humane Society and it was SUCH a positive experience. I felt like this was truly a collaborative effort between Convergent and HSOG.

Karen Pettay, Executive Director
Humane Society of Greenwood County, SC