Archive November 2012

  • Tamara Schweitzer Raben, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: November 29, 2012

    The PBS Nightly Business Report featured the S&I 100 Index as part of a segment on Giving Tuesday this week. Giving Tuesday is a new campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It builds national awareness around the many ways to give back during the holidays and it encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. The PBS segment below points out that one of every four dollars that will be given to charities this year will be donated during the holiday season.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPrDdWm2vtw

  • Anne Sherman, Social Impact Exchange at Growth Philanthropy Network
    Posted: November 15, 2012

    For 12 years, I was a consultant to dozens of nonprofits, working with them on strategy and evaluation.  Over and again, during the course of the engagement, a CEO or board member would say, “We are the best kept secret in [our city].”  What they meant was that they were proud of the innovative, high-quality work they were doing, but were frustrated by the challenges in attracting the attention of stakeholders, particularly potential funders.

    With today’s launch of the S&I 100 Index, the Social Impact Exchange is taking a step to help great nonprofits to share their secret.  The S&I 100 is the first-ever broad index of U.S. nonprofits working in education, youth development, poverty, or health and have evidence of results and are ready to grow.  

  • Theresa Schieber, The Whelan Group
    Posted: November 15, 2012

    This is the first post in a three-part series on how to raise growth capital to scale your nonprofit.

    There is a lot of talk these days about scaling nonprofits. Collective impact. Social innovation. Funder collaboratives. Buzzwords sound exciting, but how do they help you raise the capital you need to actually get to scale? How does a business plan lead to money? What do you actually need to go out and do? This three-part series seeks to add a practical voice to the conversation.

    Too often I see nonprofit leaders with a good idea and a plan in hand, stumble when it comes to raising the growth capital. There are many reasons this happens. We will explore three, and the strategies to combat them: 1) the Lone Ranger Syndrome; 2) the Missing Board Syndrome; and 3) the Facts and Figures Overload Syndrome.