If you haven’t been following Vu Le’s irresistible blog Nonprofit AF (formerly known as Nonprofit with Balls), you’re missing something. Subtitle of the blog: “Make Mondays suck a little less.” Vu is one of the cleverest, most insightful thinkers about nonprofit work I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. For those of you who don’t know Vu, he’s the executive director of Rainier Valley Corps, an organization promoting social justice by cultivating leaders of color. Recently, Vu has become interested in a fundraising model which challenges the traditional “donor-centric” approach. He calls it “community-centric fundraising.” As Vu sees it, it’s great to be thoughtful and caring about donors, but not to the point where we unintentionally allow donors undue influence over mission or programs, simply to retain their goodwill (and their money). The organizational mission must take priority. And since almost all nonprofits serve a community, geographic or not, raising money through community involvement is more inclusive and more impactful. The community has a greater stake in the organization’s outcomes; all can contribute according to their means. I find this approach so refreshing! It merits serious consideration. Listen to the conversation and let us know what you think. While you’re at it, check out Vu’s Nonprofit AF posts on the subject!
Conversations with Ellen and Leading Practitioners, Technologists, Journalists and Other Provocateurs about Funding Nonprofits
Hello, everyone! This is Ellen Bristol, founder of Bristol Strategy, performance management geek and nut for metrics. After years of working to improve the productivity and strategic management of the fundraising function, we decided to launch a podcast series, to interview experts, practitioners and provocateurs with both conventional, and decidedly UNCONVENTIONAL, ways of talking about, thinking about and implementing strategies for funding their nonprofit organizations, to achieve the mission, serve the client, and bring about desirable social change. While we all want to see our organizations thrive, there are many different ways to keep nonprofit organizations financially healthy.