Childcare and Workforce Development: The Critical Link for Fundraising Now
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by Tom Ralser
3w ago
Childcare is getting a lot of press these days.  Beyond the mountain of evidence that it pays huge dividends in reading skills, graduation rates, secondary education attainment, and lifetime earnings, the link to economic development is becoming increasingly important.  Many of our clients now consider it an integral part of their economic development program of work on which we are raising money. Just this week, articles in the Atlantic and New York Times examined the topic, with one making a strong case that it should even be free and/or available to everyone in a capitalistic syst ..read more
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The Interwoven Nature of Infrastructure in Economic Development
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by Rick Kiernan
3w ago
Infrastructure serves as the backbone of economic development, playing a crucial role in facilitating the movement of goods and people, providing essential services and supporting business operations. However, inadequate or deficient infrastructure can significantly impede local economic growth and competitiveness. From transportation networks to utilities and digital infrastructure, each component plays a vital role in shaping the economic landscape of a region. Every thriving community must plan for existing infrastructure maintenance and repair or upgrade with the latest technological advan ..read more
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The Role of Cybersecurity for Nonprofit Organizations
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by Jay Werth
3w ago
News of cyber-attacks and data breaches have recently crossed our news streaming platforms at a frighteningly increasing rate. Already in 2024, dozens of companies in all industries, ranging from American Express to United Health, have reported breaches affecting millions of customers. A recent Harvard Business Review analysis cited that, globally, the number of cyber-attack victims doubled in 2023 compared to 2022 – and nonprofits have certainly not been exempt from this nefarious criminal activity. As with businesses and other entities, nonprofit organizations must rely on cybersecurity as a ..read more
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5 Ways Nonprofits Can Improve Data Quality and Insights
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by Gabrielle Perham
1M ago
In many ways, a nonprofit is like a small business. While businesses try to increase sales and make a profit, nonprofits attempt to collect donations and drive support for their causes. In both cases, data allows you to make more informed decisions that boost incoming revenue. However, you can’t make reliable decisions if your data isn’t accurate, complete, and up-to-date. Comprehensive data can give you the confidence to make split-second, informed decisions that lead to lasting growth. In this article, we’ll provide tips for improving your organization’s data quality. As a result, you’ll gle ..read more
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Creating a Nonprofit Operating Budget: 4 Best Practices
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by Jon Osterburg
1M ago
Thorough financial planning is critical for nonprofits of all sizes and in all verticals. To make the greatest possible impact, you not only need to maximize your fundraising efforts but also properly allocate the funding you bring in to cover all of the costs associated with your mission and operations. The most important financial planning tool at your organization’s disposal is its annual operating budget. Jitasa’s nonprofit budgeting guide defines this resource as “a planning document used to predict expenses and allocate resources for your organization. It details both the costs that your ..read more
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Five Examples of Nonprofit Collaboration to Enhance Public Engagement and Fundraising Results
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by Brian Abernathy
1M ago
Now, more than ever, collaboration is a necessary implement in the toolbag of every successful nonprofit organization to enhance public engagement and boost fundraising efforts. By working with community stakeholders, nonprofits can amplify their impact, reach new audiences and achieve greater success in advancing their missions.   In today’s often volatile economic landscape, the call for collaboration has become more pressing as communities grapple with intricate challenges. Convergent Nonprofit Solutions is applying that knowledge toward aligning nonprofit organizations with their ..read more
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Collaborative Strategies for Housing Development: Fostering Community Prosperity
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by Andy Coe
1M ago
The importance of available, acceptable, and affordable housing options cannot be overstated in the realm of economic development. Housing is a cornerstone of thriving communities, providing residents stability, a sense of belonging, and quality of life. Achieving a diverse range of housing options that meet the needs of all users is a complex challenge. In this blog, we’ll explore how community groups, including Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Organizations (EDOs), community stakeholders, and nonprofits can collaborate to develop additional housing options and why this is crucial f ..read more
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Don’t Let Commercial Real Estate Pressures Impact Your Economic Development Goals
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by Andy Coe
3M ago
The economic landscapes of communities nationwide are as unsettled as ever. One facet of this reality is the state of commercial real estate. Beginning with government-imposed shutdowns and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses and individuals have changed their habits, incorporating remote or hybrid work practices into daily life. As a result, the need for large corporate offices or brick-and-mortar stores has declined. Despite returns toward pre-pandemic norms, the current commercial real estate landscape presents a troubling future. Economic development organizations mu ..read more
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3 Tips for Evaluating Your YMCA’s Recreation Program
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by Mary Coyle
3M ago
As your YMCA grows, you’ll begin serving more groups in your broader community, including youths, adults, and senior citizens. One of the most popular ways to do this is to provide well-designed recreation programs that make a positive impact on your community. However, you also want to be sure that your programs provide value to all the groups you serve. If this is the first time you’re sitting down to make choices that will improve your programs, you might not know where to start. That’s why you need to start with an evaluation, where you consider the effectiveness of your recreation program ..read more
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Maximizing Fundraising in a Difficult Economy
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by Mark Bergethon
3M ago
While U.S. economic growth proved to be higher than most expectations in 2023, fears of a recession persist in 2024. Nonprofit organizations are understandably concerned with their ability to raise money in potentially turbulent times. Fortunately, Convergent Nonprofit Solutions knows how to raise money amidst economic uncertainty, proving it during the Great Recession and the COVID-19 pandemic. General approaches like prospect diversification, relationship-building or delivering messages of gratitude should be prioritized in 2024, along with specific techniques like an EOY Fundraising Review ..read more
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