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Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA announces capital campaign for new building

The Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA has announced their 'Building for the Future' capital campaign to build a new facility.'This campaign is not about a building but what happens inside the building. This facility will serve as a community center, providing gathering space for other non-profits and community groups,' said President & CEO of the Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA, Sharon Covey.

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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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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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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…

Convergent Note: The following is a brief excerpt from an article written by Principal Mark Bergethon and published in the Mar/Apr 2017 issue of AmeriDisability, “Florida’s leading publication for individuals, businesses, and nonprofits supporting our disabled community.” To read the full article, follow the link…

Convergent Note: The following is a brief excerpt from the article “Increasing Awareness Doesn’t Fund Your Mission,” recently published by NonProfit PRO and written by Partner Carol Wick. To read the full article, follow the link at the bottom of the excerpt. October is one of…

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…

I recently had the good fortune to speak with a number of smart and engaging advocates at the 2016 National CASA/GAL Conference. They are a group of professionals who have dedicated their careers to a cause as worthy as they come: ensuring that every abused…

In early June I had the privilege of attending the National Children’s Alliance Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. This one-of-a-kind conference provides education, networking, and advocacy opportunities for directors, administrators, coordinators, and board members of Children’s Advocacy Centers. While local CACs are well known for…

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…

As I mention in an earlier blog post, I recently had the chance to attend the Alliance for Children & Families Senior Leadership Conference in Savannah, GA. It was a great conference with some amazing facilitators conducting workshops, and I was lucky enough to find…

A few weeks ago I was fortunate to attend the Alliance for Children & Families Senior Leadership Conference in Savannah, GA. It was my first time attending, and I was humbled to learn about the Alliance and the impressive work they do, along with each of their…

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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It's difficult to receive funding on something that people don't think really exists {human trafficking}. You have to work on having a structure that makes people understand. The Organizational Assessment and Growth Strategy Planning performed by Convergent helped us refine our messaging, develop a replicable Continuum of Care program, and identify key strategic partnership opportunities. It's been a very exciting time for us!

Jill Cohen, Executive Director
The Lifeboat Project, FL

What struck a chord with the entire board was Convergent's insistence that in order to raise significant dollars effectively you really need trained, professional fundraisers. I can tell you of all the things connected to this campaign, the greatest angst for our board was the fear of having to ask for money. Taking away that angst - and replacing it with the reassurance that professionals would be making the ask - instilled our confidence in Convergent to lead a successful campaign.

Rev. Nancy Yancey, Past Executive Director
Rainbow Village, GA