How to Build Trust in Collaborative Fundraising

How to Build Trust in Collaborative Fundraising

Despite having good will and the best intentions, our fundraising campaign failed. It wasn’t because we didn’t meet our funding goal; it was because we were unable to get it started. I initially attributed my feelings of disappointment to the result of being a small...
Should Your Crowdfunding Campaign Appeal to the Heart or the Brain?

Should Your Crowdfunding Campaign Appeal to the Heart or the Brain?

New research from the USC Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab and ESADE Business School investigates whether people are swayed more by emotional or cognitive appeals in requests for funding by social enterprises. Conventional wisdom is that having a compelling story is...
How to Build Collaborative Fundraising Relationships

How to Build Collaborative Fundraising Relationships

What started off as curiosity about creating a supportive environment for social innovators soon gave way to skepticism as the conversation turned to how to move this idea forward.  A prospective partner posed a critical question that the meeting organizers hadn’t...
Lessons From Purpose-Driven Companies

Lessons From Purpose-Driven Companies

Entrepreneurs who run purpose-based ventures are a special breed. Determined to tackle social and environmental challenges with business their tool of choice, these impassioned changemakers give us much hope for the future. But their passionate pursuits aren’t easy....
Social Change Happens Here

Social Change Happens Here

For every movement of social change, there are the tools, resources and support systems that empower those who forge the path forward. Some go even a step further. They stand shoulder to shoulder with the changemakers, helping push the boulders up the hill, shouting...
When Collaboration Proves Difficult, These Steps May Help

When Collaboration Proves Difficult, These Steps May Help

When we work together it’s easy to make assumptions about someone being difficult. However, underneath these assumptions are often problems with the human system we’re a part of, which is what really needs to be addressed. I was involved in a failed attempt to...

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