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The Difference: Nonprofit Fundraising in a For-Profit World

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In every community, nonprofits compete for a narrow pool of supporters. Many struggle to stand out and make their case the most compelling a funder will hear. What is the difference that will allow your nonprofit to reach fundraising goals and ultimately achieve financial sustainability? That's exactly what this podcast will address! In each 15-20 minute episode, we'll interview fundraising industry experts from all sides of the table and discuss what has made the difference in major investments, feasibility studies, and successful capital campaigns. We hope to provide you with tips, trends, and topics that make you think and help your nonprofit grow in 2020 and beyond.

In every community, nonprofits compete for a narrow pool of supporters. Many struggle to stand out and make their case the most compelling a funder will hear. What is the difference that will allow your nonprofit to reach fundraising goals and ultimately achieve financial sustainability? That's exactly what this podcast will address! In each 15-20 minute episode, we'll interview fundraising industry experts from all sides of the table and discuss what has made the difference in major investments, feasibility studies, and successful capital campaigns. We hope to provide you with tips, trends, and topics that make you think and help your nonprofit grow in 2020 and beyond.

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United States

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In every community, nonprofits compete for a narrow pool of supporters. Many struggle to stand out and make their case the most compelling a funder will hear. What is the difference that will allow your nonprofit to reach fundraising goals and ultimately achieve financial sustainability? That's exactly what this podcast will address! In each 15-20 minute episode, we'll interview fundraising industry experts from all sides of the table and discuss what has made the difference in major investments, feasibility studies, and successful capital campaigns. We hope to provide you with tips, trends, and topics that make you think and help your nonprofit grow in 2020 and beyond.

Language:

English


Episodes

Recruiting Talent and Being Recruited

5/27/2022
We are joined in this episode by Tina Winner, CEO and Founder of Winner Partners, an executive search and recruitment firm in the economic development, chamber, and nonprofit space. Tina and Jay discuss the importance of being a "super collaborator" and activating relationships as a leader in your community. Tina also shares her experience with the changing face of public-private funding and how that is affecting leadership today. And, of course, we had to dig in to Tina's favorite...

Duration:00:19:27

What Makes People Give?

5/16/2022
Tim Kachuriak joins us in this episode for an interesting discussion on Why People Give. Tim is the Founder and Chief Innovation and Optimization Officer for NextAfter, a fundraising research lab consultancy and nonprofit training institute. He has spent his entire professional career digging into this question. Hint: he thinks it's an irrational decision that doesn't make sense. Tim is adamant in his belief that human connections are at the core of philanthropic donations, and there is ONE...

Duration:00:22:57

A Leadership Framework for your Nonprofit

4/18/2022
Antony Bell started his consulting firm, Leadership Development, Inc. after noticing that there were more than 64,000 books on leadership and yet still so many of the CEOs and leaders he was working with were struggling. He has consulted for Nike, Bank of America, the Girl Scouts, March of Dimes, the US Treasury, and more. In this episode, he tells us about his leadership framework that applies systems thinking to help drive success at any level, in any environment. It starts with two...

Duration:00:25:06

Solving Workforce Shortages

3/31/2022
Bethany Quinn, VP of Content and Strategy from Golden Shovel Agency, joins us to unpack the topic that is on everyone's mind these days: workforce shortages. Golden Shovel has helped hundreds of EDOs and Chambers shape and tell their stories through services including branding, marketing, strategy, web development, and online communications. Workforce shortages are a primary concern for their clients today. Bethany talks about some new solutions she's seeing in tackling this issue from...

Duration:00:22:14

A Funder's Point of View

3/14/2022
Tom Berquist, CMO of one of the largest financial institutions in the Northwest, joined our podcast for an interesting conversation from a funder's point of view. Tom discusses how he developed Boeing Employee Credit Union's philanthropic strategy over the last 20 years—and especially in the last 18 months—aligning their giving with their area of expertise and interest in impacting social justice. Who Tom meets with, who they decide to fund, how much support (and what kind) is offered. All...

Duration:00:25:20

Your Mission and Model: Strategies for Success in 2022

12/22/2021
An expert in community growth, author, and respected chamber leader, Casey Steinbacher was a guest on this episode of our podcast. Casey's book, From Relevant to Essential, talks about how chambers, EDOs, and nonprofits can ensure the critical status they achieved during COVID and work to combine their mission and model for success. Casey shared a few of her mantras on the symbiotic relationship of businesses and communities plus her thoughts on what's on every community leader's mind...

Duration:00:26:31

Case Study: The Path to Capital Campaign Success

11/23/2021
Bonnie Lowe, CEO of The Chamber of Lawrence, Kansas, joins us in this episode to talk about Rising Together, their five-year, $2.5 million economic development plan with the EDC of Lawrence. The feasibility study paving the way for stakeholder input, leadership from Bonnie and key community partners, campaign management expertise from Convergent--all of these ingredients led to an extremely successful capital campaign with strong commitments from investors. Bonnie discusses timing,...

Duration:00:19:33

The Chamber Renaissance

10/25/2021
Sheree Anne Kelly, CEO of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, joins our podcast to discuss the three pillars of success for chambers today and the "chamber renaissance" emerging as so many chambers of commerce rise to align their mission with the needs of their community, provide courageous leadership, and discover sustainable business models to ensure their future. Sheree Anne discusses the importance of having a vision for community impact and utilizing the funding models...

Duration:00:24:29

Asking Rights Series: Outcomes & A Culture of Philanthropy

9/28/2021
Former Nonprofit CEO Rich Trickel and Development Consultant Amy Sexton join our podcast to discuss outcomes and their importance in fostering a "culture of philanthropy" at your organization. These two seasoned experts offer some key virtual fundraising tips, discuss how to identify philanthropic intent with an investor, and walk through changing the conversation within a nonprofit to focus more on outcomes than activity or outputs.

Duration:00:25:08

Asking Rights Series: Improving Your Fundraising Skills

8/4/2021
Are you frustrated with your board's involvement (or lack of) in your funding? Are you looking for more donors to give at an "investor" level? Have you considered using a fundraising consultant for your campaign? Former Nonprofit CEO and Convergent Funding Strategist Len Romano offers a unique perspective with insight from both sides of the table. He knows it's getting harder and harder to raise money. In this 18-minute episode, Len discusses the trends he's seeing in fundraising today to...

Duration:00:18:25

Asking Rights Series: Building Credibility for Successful Fundraising

8/3/2021
A successful fundraising campaign won't happen by just asking those closest to you for money. Credibility helps your organization build a foundation and open the door for new donors as well as additional investments from current donors. Convergent Principal and Best-Selling Author Tom Ralser discusses the critical elements of credibility and common mistakes made by many nonprofits in the early stages of a capital campaign.

Duration:00:19:48

DEI: Changing the Pace of Progress

6/8/2021
As nonprofits work to make sure DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) are a part of their organization, many struggle with where to start and how to measure progress. DEI Champion and Certified Diversity Professional Antoinetta Mosley joins us in this episode to provide real-world advice and examples on how to move your nonprofit along "the diversity continuum."

Duration:00:21:25

The Time is Now for A Fundraising Campaign

1/20/2021
After completing nine feasibility studies for fundraising campaigns in the past six months, Jay Werth and Brian Abernathy wrote a blog titled "Studies Show Now is the Time for Capital Campaign Fundraising Efforts." This episode dives into that assertion to learn exactly what community leaders, business owners, and nonprofits across the nation are telling us about fundraising now. We discuss the two most valuable attributes of a successful funding effort, and what the outlook is for...

Duration:00:18:53

Introducing The Five-Minute Fundraiser

12/11/2020
What if raising more money to fuel your mission isn't about who you know or how big your marketing budget is? Convergent Principal, author, and fundraising expert Tom Ralser joins our podcast to discuss his newest book, The Five-Minute Fundraiser. The book provides a straightforward story about how your organization can focus on the things that are important to nonprofit funders and raise more money.

Duration:00:16:17

Growing Your Nonprofit

11/30/2020
We're joined by a panel of experts in this episode: Convergent's Pam Reid, Stephen Halasnik from Financing Solutions Now, and Jeff Cochran from Exclamations Communications. All three have vast and unique experience helping nonprofits grow. They provide their perspective on leadership, marketing, finances, and operations for growing nonprofits. Their stories and specific tips provide guidance for nonprofit leaders looking to reach the next level.

Duration:00:33:53

Virtual Fundraising: Strategies and Success Stories

9/8/2020
In this episode, Convergent's Paul Santiago, Carlotta Ungaro, and Jay Werth discuss their experiences managing virtual and hybrid feasibility studies and capital campaigns today. They provide practical advice and real-life stories of how they have overcome challenges (a public campaign kick-off now?!).

Duration:00:24:24

Marketing Your Community Now

6/30/2020
This episode tackles the important question of how and what to market now for your community. We're joined by Colleen Walton from Brand Acceleration, an economic-development focused marketing firm. Colleen shares some stories, tips, and advice for communities looking to "build a new boat", as you're thinking about recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

Duration:00:23:49

Seeing Your World and The People in It Differently

6/15/2020
"Every single day, we get the opportunity to do better." Convergent Project Director Pam Reid shares her perspective and thoughtful advice with us in this episode. A successful nonprofit leader, fundraiser, and best-selling author, Pam's experience and thoughts as an African-American woman in these troubled times is particularly powerful. She offers some great advice on connecting and seeing the world differently to help impact change.

Duration:00:23:13

Fundraising in Uncertain Times

6/15/2020
This episode takes a look back at fundraising during the Great Recession of 2008-2010. Doug Croft was running the Thomasville Chamber in North Carolina and Dennis Hinkle led the Greater Burlington Partnership in Iowa at that time. Both were involved in capital campaigns. Rick Kiernan and Mark Bergethon were on "the other side of the desk" asking for major investments for economic development. We discuss how (and why) the decision was made to continue the campaigns in an economic downturn,...

Duration:00:32:55

COVID-19 and the Community: Will Local Economies Recover?

5/4/2020
International Economic Development Council President and CEO Jeff Finkle joins Convergent Principal Andy Coe in this episode to discuss economic development across the nation and the important work communities are doing to recover from the COVID-19 crisis. The IEDC has provided numerous resources for ED professionals and is helping answer the important questions facing so many right now: "How do we re-open safely and step up to help our local economy?"

Duration:00:24:07