People with money give to organizations they know. Who do they know? People of like means. This is especially true when it comes to major gifts: most have a personal connection – though the board – to nonprofits they support. Who is on your board?
We trust the stakeholders of our neighborhoods—not just in our neighborhoods—to identify needs and develop solutions to address them. Community-wide public-private crisis fundraising with an equity and disparity lens: $4+ million for nonprofits.
The power of “voice” is within your nonprofit – let it be heard. Its time to make our voices heard, needs known, and to engage the community in advocacy. You cannot be a “best kept secret” and no one can go it alone. Build a team of advocates.
“My mother was left a widow with two children in1932 at the start of the Great Depression, with no job experience. “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” Where did such a myth — or attitude come from? – Reflections from a 94 year-old activist.