Don’t Say “No” for Your Prospect

Me: “Let’s brainstorm on who might invest in your social enterprise startup capital.” NPO: “We should ask Mrs. Brown. She’s a great prospect for this. But then again, now isn’t a good time for her because she has moved recently. And, she makes a generous gift to our golf tournament. And, she might not like… Read More

Help – Thanks – Wow

Last month I completed my term as president of the AFP Suncoast Chapter. That milestone led me to reflect on my term and write some closing thoughts. I’m currently reading Anne Lamott’s book “Help Thanks Wow.”  Her writing inspired my thoughts about the past two years in our AFP chapter. Help The board members and volunteers… Read More

Wait, Don’t Just Pick Up the Phone

  So, you have decided to move forward with a call to a prospective foundation funder (after considering this information we shared in our last post, Call Me… Maybe: Determining If You Should Call a Foundation Prospect). The most important thing to remember: the contact you make with a potential funder can make or break… Read More

Call Me… Maybe: Determining If You Should Call a Foundation Prospect

To contact or not to contact? That’s the million-dollar question (okay, let’s be realistic – the $40,000 question). You’ve identified a new private foundation that might fund your organization, so you want to make contact with them right away and tell them all the ways your organization is a great investment opportunity for them. Now’s… Read More

Stewardship of Social Enterprise Investors

Successful social enterprise requires capital investment. I am honored to work with the organizations participating in The Patterson Foundation’s Margin Mission Ignitioninitiative. My role is to support their capital investment fundraising efforts. Social enterprise business planning is hard work and not coincidentally, raising the capital can be hard work, too. Once the business plan is… Read More

3 Ways to Turn Failure Into Adventure

I took my kids on an adventure. Or at least I called it an “adventure.” My kids called it a “fail” (they are teenagers, that’s how they talk). I wasn’t willing to admit defeat. What’s the difference in adventure and failure? I think it is in the learning. If you learned something from your failure,… Read More

Raising Investment Capital and Fundraising – Not the Same

In 2016, I worked with five nonprofits engaged in The Patterson Foundation’s Margin Mission Ignition program. After completing a strenuous business planning process, it was time for these organizations to implement their plans. A key part of any social enterprise plan – and ultimately successful implementation – is raising investment capital. It’s not uncommon for nonprofit… Read More