The Difference: Nonprofit Fundraising in a For-Profit World

The Difference: Nonprofit Fundraising in a For-Profit World
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 ultimate…

Marketing Your Community Now
Jun 30 • 23 min
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…
Seeing Your World and The People in It Differently
Jun 15 • 23 min
“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…
Fundraising in Uncertain Times
Jun 15 • 32 min
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…
COVID-19 and the Community: Will Local Economies Recover?
May 4 • 24 min
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…
COVID-19 and Nonprofits: Leadership and Connection
Apr 16 • 46 min
“Buildings may be closed, but our work does not end.”Serving the community has been a cornerstone of the YMCA’s mission and history nationwide. Today is no different. Convergent’s Len Romano talks to YMCA of Metro North CEO Kathleen Walsh and YMCA of…
COVID-19 and Nonprofits: Continuing Your Mission Today
Mar 24 • 20 min
“During a time of crisis, you see people step up and stand up to help.”The City Misson in Cleveland, Ohio has served the community for over 100 years with homeless and women’s shelters. They are facing the worldwide pandemic of Coronavirus with grace…
What is the Difference a Consultant Can Make on a Feasibility Study?
Mar 8 • 25 min
Pellissippi State Community College set out to raise $10 million for capital improvements to the school. Their feasibility study and the efforts of Convergent Partner Joe April working with school faculty, staff, and campaign leaders helped them achieve…
An Inside Perspective on Economic Development Today
Feb 5 • 26 min
Rick Kiernan and Crystal Morphis sit down to discuss their inside perspective on economic development. This includes a deep dive on the broadening workforce development conversation, the impact of the “Silver Tsunami”, the biggest challenge facing…
Your 2020 Resolutions
Jan 2 • 15 min
Tips from Senior Project Directors and former Chamber of Commerce CEOs Carlotta Ungaro and Annette Medlin on making resolutions for 2020 that will help your nonprofit grow and flourish.
Trends in Fundraising
Jan 2 • 17 min
With the nonprofit field crowded with competitors for funding and the upcoming election in 2020, let’s look at fundraising trends we will be seeing this year.