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Q&A – Private Public Partnership

One of the programs of the East Bay Community Foundation is it’s public/private partnership program. We thought you might want to know about this, so we asked questions on your behalf. What is the Foundation’s public/private partnership program? Based on the reality that neither government, business, the non-profit sector nor the philanthropic sector alone possesses the resources to resolve our most pressing challenges, our partnership program is dedicated to forming partnerships that pool resources from different sectors to develop solutions to specific problems.  Specifically, we look to partner with the private and public sectors. To make significant change, we need to go beyond the power of one.  We need the power of many. Does this initiative provide funding for local non-profit?    Funding for local non profits who focus on our […]

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Asking for money is just one step in the process

Now more than ever many organizations are looking closely at their fundraising programs. Leadership expects the fundraising department to do more, often with less. Organizations and institutions are being challenged in new ways and development departments are facing new demands. One of those demands is to move away from development to focus more exclusively on fundraising. Development is the long term process that includes fundraising. It also includes identification, cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgement, engagement and stewardship. In these times you may feel the pressure to focus on bringing in the money and may be asked to ignore the larger part of the development cycle. But you may be cannibalizing your development and fundraising function in the process. Identification is the process of identifying individuals with the interest and financial means to […]

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I'll take a percentage

Imagine this. Your nonprofit organization is short on funds. A former co-worker tells you she knows someone looking to give $25,000 to an organization like yours. She says, “I’ll introduce you and facilitate the process if you give me 10 percent of whatever she gives you. You know, a finder’s fee.” Or what about this. Your neighbor says your organization is a perfect fit for grants being made by the Obama administration. He says, “I’ll write the grant. If you get it, you pay me 10 percent. If you don’t get it, you don’t have to pay me.” What do you do? The above scenarios might seem ideal. You don’t have to do anything and your organization will financially benefit. You don’t have to hire staff, engage board members or […]

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I’ll take a percentage

Imagine this. Your nonprofit organization is short on funds. A former co-worker tells you she knows someone looking to give $25,000 to an organization like yours. She says, “I’ll introduce you and facilitate the process if you give me 10 percent of whatever she gives you. You know, a finder’s fee.” Or what about this. Your neighbor says your organization is a perfect fit for grants being made by the Obama administration. He says, “I’ll write the grant. If you get it, you pay me 10 percent. If you don’t get it, you don’t have to pay me.” What do you do? The above scenarios might seem ideal. You don’t have to do anything and your organization will financially benefit. You don’t have to hire staff, engage board members or […]

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Q&A with the East Bay Community Foundation

The East Bay Community Foundation has been bringing together philanthropists and non-profit organizations since 1928. We thought you might like to know a bit more about the foundation, so we posed some questions on your behalf. What is the mission and vision of the East Bay Community Foundation? Our mission is to be the organization of choice for philanthropy in the East Bay through leadership in leveraging all assets in our communities to speed the transformation of low-income, disadvantaged, impoverished, underserved and underrepresented people. Our vision is to broker solutions to the East Bay’s most pressing problems, achieving measurable transformation or significant change in our communities.  We strive to be a vital resource of intelligence on the East Bay; to provide our own leadership for change and to help develop […]

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Q&A with the East Bay Community Foundation

The East Bay Community Foundation has been bringing together philanthropists and non-profit organizations since 1928. We thought you might like to know a bit more about the foundation, so we posed some questions on your behalf. What is the mission and vision of the East Bay Community Foundation? Our mission is to be the organization of choice for philanthropy in the East Bay through leadership in leveraging all assets in our communities to speed the transformation of low-income, disadvantaged, impoverished, underserved and underrepresented people. Our vision is to broker solutions to the East Bay’s most pressing problems, achieving measurable transformation or significant change in our communities.  We strive to be a vital resource of intelligence on the East Bay; to provide our own leadership for change and to help develop […]

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How diverse is your board?

The board of directors of a non-profit organization is responsible for the organization’s financial health. The board is also charged with hiring and evaluating the executive director, creating policies and procedures that guide the work of board and staff,  with articulating the organization’s mission and vision, and ensuring the organization has access to the funds it needs to deliver on its mission. But who are these board members? Who is making decisions for the organizations we rely on and are engaged with? If you are a member of a church or other religious organization, attend or work at a community college, seek food from a local non-profit or food bank, visit a museum, ride the bus or visit a hospital you are interacting with one of the thousands of Bay […]

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Cause marketing – everyone wins

Cause marketing is one way for businesses and non-profit organizations to partner with each other to create value, generate revenue and increase visibility. Here’s a real life example. In November we leased a Subaru Legacy. We love it! Great car. Great lease price. Meets all our needs and those of our new dog. In our search for a new vehicle Mel spent months test driving cars and negotiating lease prices. We found the Legacy by chance. We drove by a Subaru dealership on our way to the movies and saw a Legacy out front with a sign that said $199/month. Well that’s a great price. And Mel said it’s top rated by Car & Driver magazine. We were sold. But we got more than we bargained for. The dealer told […]

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Women celebrities who give back

The May 2009 issue of More magazine features Ten Women Who Give Back. If you didn’t have a chance to read it you can view the slideshow online. So many women are busy giving not only of their time  but of their money. These are women who are involved with cause marketing programs, raising funds for non-profits, and managing their own foundations. Read philanthropy profiles Oprah Winfrey (of course!) as well as Salma Hayek, Gloria Estefan, Bette Midler and More! Learn who is supporting multiple sclerosis research, YouthAIDS, the ASPCA, New York City’s parks, breast cancer support services and research, victims of violence and abuse and more!

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Fundraising – Your New Career

Links updated: 2014 Is it time for you to start a new career? Is it time to make a difference in the world? To use your best skills for the benefit of those things you believe in the most? If so it may be time for you to become a fundraiser. Fundraising was listed as one of the top 30 careers for 2009 by US News and World Reports. (Thanks for Michael Magane for bringing this article to our attention!) What exactly is fundraising and why would anyone want to be a fundraiser? Fundraising is a career with many opportunities for people with a variety of skills. We wrote about this  at the beginning of 2008. At that time real estate agents and mortgage brokers were reeling from changes in […]

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