One of the big reasons I launched Social Velocity a few years ago was that I saw the potential for the social entrepreneurship movement to leave the nonprofit sector behind. The nonprofit sector is undercapitalized, struggling and at times inefficient, to be sure. But we cannot abandon it. Social Velocity exists to help remake, rework and re-envision our great nonprofit sector. To help it become more effective and sustainable at creating the large scale social change required to solve the mounting list of problems facing our country and our world.
But that kind of change, like any significant change, requires convincing others that there is a better way. To that end, I am often invited to speak to nonprofit boards, staff, associations, conferences, donors about new ways of doing things in the nonprofit sector. I speak on a variety of topics, many of the same topics I cover in the Social Velocity blog.
Some of the topics I can and do speak about are listed below.
I love convincing nonprofit leaders, volunteers and funders that there is a better way, that organizations and their ability to create change can be transformed. Indeed, the future of our country and our world very much depends on the ability of our social change sector to find and execute on effective solutions to social problems. If they aren’t able to perform, then ultimately we are doomed.
If you would like some help convincing your board, staff, donors, colleagues that there is a better way for the nonprofit sector, you can invite me to come speak. It’s one of my favorite parts of my job. Check out more information on our Speaking Engagements, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Financing not Fundraising for Social Impact
Based on our popular blog series, Financing Not Fundraising, this topic shows nonprofits a new, more effective way to fund their work. The nonprofit fundraising cycle is a vicious one. Nonprofit staff and boards are worn out with countless events, direct mail letters and grants. There is a better way. This session will explain how to finance, not fundraise for, the social impact your organization wants to achieve. Participants will learn about concrete ways to move their efforts to raise money in a totally new direction, resulting in more money flowing through the doors, a more engaged and effective board, a more energized and integrated staff and ultimately more achievement of the mission of the organization.
Getting Your Board on Board with Fundraising
A nonprofit’s board of directors is often not doing as much as they could to bring money in the door. This interactive session gives board members and nonprofit staff an understanding of how fundraising works in the nonprofit sector, where boards can be most effective, how to get the board excited and engaged in fundraising, and the concrete steps to get them moving.
An Overview of Social Innovation for Nonprofits
This session will give participants an overview of the social innovation movement and the innovative people, organizations and funding vehicles that are solving social problems in new, exciting ways. This session is full of case studies and examples that will give nonprofits a great understanding of this new movement and ideas for how they can approach their work in new ways.
Creating a Successful Fundraising Plan
Without a plan it is very difficult to raise enough money to meet your goals. This session gives participants a roadmap for creating a realistic, achievable, tactical plan for raising the money the organization needs to operate. Participants will learn the steps and begin the process for creating their own annual fundraising plan that they can take back to their board and staff.
Raising Dollars from Individuals
Individual donors are an untapped opportunity for many nonprofit organizations. Individual dollars make up 80% of the private money flowing into the sector, yet many nonprofits don’t have an active individual donor program. This session will give participants a roadmap for finding and cultivating individual donors, communicating effectively with them, engaging them in the work of the organization, and ultimately keeping them invested for the future.
Growing Nonprofit Organizations
As part of the social innovation movement there is a desire among philanthropists to grow what works. Nonprofits are beginning to look at factoral, as opposed to incremental, growth of their programs. But in order to replicate their programs, a nonprofit needs to understand what growth in the nonprofit sector looks like. This session will explore nonprofit growth case studies, discuss how you fund significant growth, and what a growth plan needs to look like.
How to Raise Growth and Capacity Capital
Growth and capacity capital are just fancy terms for the money that is often so hard for nonprofits to find: money to build their organizations. Funders traditionally like to pay for programs and direct services, rather than salaries, infrastructure, technology and systems. However, with a good funding pitch and a strategy for finding funders interested in building an organization, nonprofits can break out of the starvation cycle and start raising money to strengthen their staff, organization and infrastructure. This session will help participants do just that.
Philanthropy is changing. More and more donors are interested in funding organizations that can demonstrate impact, as opposed to those that simply talk about organizational needs. If a nonprofit can figure out how to message the impact they are having in the community, they will be much more successful attracting donor investors. This session will explore how to message impact and give concrete ways to more effectively communicate with potential investors.
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