Results: Health Services

Strategic Partnerships

New life sciences cluster under way at Greenwood Genetic Center

This sounds like an exciting project for both the Greenwood Genetic Center and the Greenwood Partnership Alliance. We look forward to watching this project develop! "The Greenwood Genetic Center Foundation wants to use land around its Greenwood campus for a technology cluster and has enlisted the Greenwood Partnership Alliance to help develop the campus. It will be the future home of human and medical genetics, biotechnology, life science enterprises, and related operations."

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New Leaders/Jobs

Meet our newest Principal!

Carol Wick 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 "make mission happen." Now, not only can we help nonprofits secure funding for strategic initiatives and capital needs, we also assist with organizational development, incorporating earned revenue, executive coaching, evidence-based evaluation, and national/global replication.

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Project Updates

Building Bridges of Hope and Health

Valley Healthcare System is preparing to launch Building Bridges of Hope and Health, as an extraordinary five-year program establishing partnerships to encourage new health initiatives while stimulating economic growth in Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley. It is an ambitious program, building on our First 20 Years of Service (1994-2014) and acknowledging Valley Healthcare System's contribution of over $30 million in fair market value of health care dollars to the community.This spring, Valley Healthcare hired Convergent Nonprofit Solutions to conduct a feasibility study testing six areas including leadership, messaging, and community identity. The results of that study indicate that 85% of the respondents recognized the importance of our mission and goal to provide comprehensive primary healthcare, selected specialties and referral services regardless of individual circumstances. However, the survey also revealed that very few respondents knew of our existence. In an effort to "take our light out from under the bushel" we are inviting community leaders to visit and tour our new headquarters facility.

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Posted on October 31, 2013
Project Updates

Hospice building campaign off to good start

The capital campaign to raise $6.55 million to build an inpatient hospice facility in Victoria is officially underway. Last week, a Hospice of South Texas campaign kickoff event revealed $3,369,471 in confirmed pledges for phase one of the project. "We currently are at 65 percent of our phase one goal of $5,250,000 for the inpatient center," said Hilary Lucas, hospice advancement director. "We will continue meeting with those interested in our pro ject, individuals, companies and foundations." The goal is to break ground in 2014. "We are truly grateful to all who have helped us reach this point. We are halfway there but have much more work to do," she said.

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Speaking

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…

At first glance, hospitals and economic development may not seem to go hand-in-hand, but they are actually an incredibly powerful pairing. Economic development organizations (EDOs) want to ensure the availability of convenient, quality healthcare within their community because it is attractive to employers. In fact,…

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…

How do you decide who to hire to manage your capital campaign? Do you need a “full-service” firm or is an “of-counsel” consultant sufficient? Is it worth the risk to spend the money needed to hire an outside fundraising firm; will they raise enough money...

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We feel that had it not been for Convergent, we would not have been able to make such quick in-roads to our community's gracious, giving spirit. Their campaign leadership methods are effective and adaptive. I can recommend Convergent without reservation.

Terry Robinson, Executive Director
Hospice of South Texas, TX

I want to thank everyone from the Convergent team who assisted in our campaign. Of the varying ways the campaign's success may be measured, I count it a blessing that we achieved what we did. Not just the funds committed but the contacts made, the level of exposure reached, and ultimately, what the funds and exposure mean in terms of how many more we now serve as a result. My thanks is in recognition and appreciation for Convergent serving as our fundraising counsel and for the patience and professionalism demonstrated throughout the campaign.

Phillip Aldridge, Board Chair
Valley Healthcare Services, GA