Housing & Shelter

Martha’s Village & Kitchen Celebrates 28 Years of Service

Palm Desert Patch  |  Full Article 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…

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$2.7 Million Pledged to Martha’s Village Fundraising Operation

Palm Desert Patch | Full Article “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….

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Besieged by demand, United Against Poverty needs space to grow

By Kate Santich  |  Orlando Sentinel  |  Full Article “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…

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Prevent Homelessness. Looking Ahead.

Orlando Sentinel  |  Opinion  |  September 17, 2017 “Many Central Florida families live paycheck to paycheck. Imagine if you lost not only a week’s wages but all the food in your refrigerator and freezer? Many…

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Chapel Hill homeless shelter finds new home

After almost 30 years without a permanent facility, the Chapel Hill homeless shelter now has a place to call home. The community house has adequate space to accommodate its residents with a kitchen, a dining…

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New addition to Bob Hope Village has special meaning for residents

“Bob Hope Village in Okaloosa county unveiled a whole new complex Friday morning. The village was founded to make sure retired enlisted widows had a place to live, regardless of their incomes. The new $18…

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Safe Homes Raising $3 Million For New Shelter, Office Building

Safe Homes, a nonprofit that intervenes to stop domestic violence, serves hundreds of women each year in Augusta and nine surrounding counties. On Thursday, it launched the public phase of a $3 million capital campaign…

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Safe Homes of Augusta Plans To Build Bigger Shelter For Domestic Violence Victims

“Georgia and South Carolina have some of the highest reports of domestic violence in the country. Last year, Safe Homes of Augusta helped more than 800 people stuck in violent relationships. Now, they’ve got a…

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Start by Asking “Why?”

October 26, 2017

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…

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Veteran Homelessness: Fundraising FAQs

August 10, 2017

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…

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Turning Data Into Dollars

March 23, 2017

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,…

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The Benefits of Hiring Outside Fundraising Counsel

September 12, 2016

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…

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4 Steps to Keep Your Board Engaged in a Capital Campaign

March 30, 2015

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…

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7 Fundamental Principles Of Major Capital Campaigns

October 10, 2014

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…

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A Foundation’s View On Outcomes

June 04, 2014

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…

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Donor Vs. Investor: An Important Distinction

February 24, 2014

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…

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Campaign Giving Options: Quality Beats Quantity

February 06, 2014

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…

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Competing for Community Funding: Housing for Homeless Men Case Study

November 21, 2014

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,…

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Disappointing Feasibility Study: A Transitional Housing Facility Case Study

November 21, 2014

Duluth, Georgia-based Rainbow Village has been providing transitional housing to homeless families with children for 23 years. In 2008, the organization’s leadership determined it was time to significantly expand their mission … with a goal…

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