Wendy Friswell – Collaboration for Ripple Effects

– Wendy Friswell   What if nonprofits could work together to meet the deeper needs of a community? That was the question that was present in our community as we started Spirit of Giving. Spirit of Giving is a collaborative, nonprofit organization with focus on children and families in South Palm Beach County, Florida. It…

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Ross Halleck – Giving is Good Business

– Ross Halleck   At Halleck Vineyard, our raison d’être is “Building Community Through Wine.” What does this mean? Giving is part of our business model. Responsible businesses offer value in multiple ways. Supporting nonprofit efforts is critical to our communities. Wine builds community socially, but an equal passion is leveraging wine to assist nonprofits…

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Sarah Cunningham – Creating a New Religious Community

– Sarah Cunningham   With my dad as a pastor, I never imagined church was perfect. But worship was exciting to me and a core part of my identification as a member of my local church. My first job was as a church staffer in my early 20s, an idealistic life stage when I wanted…

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Aaron Scheinberg – Veterans Serving on the Home Front

– Aaron Scheinberg   The Mission Continues: Veterans Serving on the Home Front   On Sept. 11, 2001, everything changed. I was one of the 4,000 cadets at the United States Military Academy, West Point, just 40 miles north of the World Trade Center. We soon became acutely aware that our military career would take…

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Connor Gwin – Millennials and the Church

– Connor Gwin   Millennials are the topic of many conversations in the Christian church these days. Depending on whom you ask, this generation will either destroy or save Christianity. Either way, most agree that Millennials are not in the pews. Every two weeks or so, a blog post lists the “Five Ways to Attract…

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Cynthia Adams – GrantStation Forum on Changes in Philanthropy

– Cynthia M. Adams   Over a year ago, I read a report that changed my long-held belief that philanthropy, especially in the world of grant makers, seldom changes and, when it does change, the change is slow. The report was called 10 Innovations in Global Philanthropy, published by a group out of London called…

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Ariel Lev – Coworking’s Impact on Nonprofit Startups

– Ariel Lev   The word entrepreneur may relate to one’s status as a business owner or describe a type of person. In most cases, “entrepreneurs” have started for-profit organizations. Recently, social entrepreneur has described those starting organizations that are mission-oriented over profit-oriented. According to Stanford Social Innovation Review, this ambiguous term is used to…

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The Cabell Brand Center: Think Globally, Act Locally

– Tamim Younos and Angela Conroy   Planet Earth faces many challenges, including poverty, peace, and environmental health. Many problems have local origins with global consequences. Therefore, solutions must be sought at the local level. Organizations with missions to bring benefit to society must think not only about immediate and local problems, but think holistically…

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J.R. Briggs – Redefining Success

– J.R. Briggs   How you define success defines you. Success isn’t good or bad, but we all have some sort of metric of success. For me, more than anything else, success is stewarding well what’s been entrusted to our care. It’s a stewardship issue. Some of this may not work for the non-religious sector,…

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