Results: Housing & Shelter

Major Announcement

Greater Fremont Development Council wins grant

The Greater Fremont Development Council (GFDC) was one of 14 organizations to receive a grant award from a newly established state fund that aims to develop more rural workforce housing across Nebraska, GFDC announced yesterday. The fund, known as the Rural Workforce Housing Investment Fund, was established through the passage of LB518. GFDC received $850,000 from the state program after raising more than $1 million locally for matching funds that were required for the application process

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Anniversaries

Martha’s Village & Kitchen celebrates 28 years of service

Happy 28th Birthday, Martha's Village & Kitchen! "Martha's began in 1990 when the founders served meals to their homeless neighbors with a donation of $5.00. The organization has come a long way since these humble beginnings and has grown to be one of the largest providers of homeless services in Coachella Valley, serving over 6,000 people each year from its campus in Indio, CA. For the next 28 years and beyond, Martha's Village & Kitchen is committed to providing hunger relief in the community, housing those with nowhere to call home, and creating the opportunity for struggling and hurting community members to overcome seemingly unsurpassable obstacles. Toward that end, the agency is launching a $5 million campaign, MVK: Renewing Hope, Rebuilding Lives."

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Project Updates

$2.7 million pledged to Martha’s Village fundraising operation

Martha's Village & Kitchen has reached a significant milestone for its funding campaign for facility and program improvements. $2,700,000 in pledges was announced yesterday towards Martha's $5,000,000 campaign goal. In addition, another $1,000,000 is pledged as soon as the campaign reaches $4,000,000 leaving just $1,300,000 left to raise. This fundraising success sets a trajectory for the organization to reach, and even exceed its goal.

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Project Updates

Besieged by demand, United Against Poverty needs space to grow

Eric Gray is convinced he can help cut Central Florida's poverty rate in half. But first, he needs a bigger parking lot. Gray runs the busiest nonprofit social-service agency in the region - United Against Poverty - out of a collection of older buildings in an industrial district, sandwiched between the train tracks and busy West Michigan Street in Orlando. With 33,000 clients seeking help last year, the demand has led to an urgent campaign to raise $500,000 between mid-December and mid-January to buy the only property available for expansion.

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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…

Nonprofit leaders are constantly hearing about how important impact and outcomes are to funders. Articles with titles like, “Study: A Nonprofit’s Impact Is the Most Significant Consideration to Funders,” and, “Why Outcomes, Not Output, Is the Key to Nonprofit Sustainability,” are everywhere.  But taking the…

Earlier this year, thousands of nonprofit professionals gathered in Washington, D.C. to attend the National Alliance to End Homelessness‘ Annual Conference. This event provides resources and training to those working to address America’s epidemic of homelessness, from nonprofits to governmental agencies, in an effort to…

Insights from the 2017 National Conference on Ending Family & Youth Homelessness Last month I had the opportunity to join over 1,000 nonprofit professionals at the 2017 National Conference on Ending Family & Youth Homelessness, hosted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness. A common…

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…

What do you do when you launch a capital campaign in the midst of an economic recession, when you face stiff “competition” for fundraising dollars from a series of high profile nonprofits in your area, and when your longtime executive director leaves at the outset...
Duluth, Georgia-based Rainbow Village has been providing transitional housing to homeless families with children for over 25 years. In 2008, the organization’s leadership determined it was time to significantly expand their mission… with a goal of tripling the number of families they serve. They took...

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Rainbow Village, GA