Human Services

Dubuque YMCA reveals look of new state-of-the-art facility

By Brandi Bachman  |  KCRG-TV9  |  Full Article “Plans to improve and expand the current YMCA/YWCA in Dubuque are moving forward. Now the Y is releasing some of the concepts and designs for their future state-of-the-art…

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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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Dubuque’s YMCA looking to build new facility in Port of Dubuque

By Allison Wong  |  KCRG-TV9  |  Full Article “Dubuque’s YMCA building is at capacity, so it’s looking to build a new one. The organization is still researching how it will pay for the over $20…

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Local Boy Scouts Are Halfway to New Exton Adventureland

“On Friday, renowned former Philadelphia Eagles Coach Dick Vermeil gave the halftime pep talk to a standing-room-only crowd of civic and business leaders celebrating $2.7 million of progress toward the Chester County Council of Boy Scouts’…

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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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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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Is Your Nonprofit Ready to Move to the Next Level? A Capital Campaign May be the Answer!

March 02, 2017

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…

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Increasing Awareness Doesn’t Fund Your Mission

October 20, 2016

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…

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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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It’s Time to Move Beyond Outputs

June 15, 2016

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…

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Fundraising FAQs from the National Children’s Alliance 2016 Leadership Conference

June 13, 2016

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…

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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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The Power of the CEO/COO in Transforming Philanthropy

March 20, 2014

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…

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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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