Happy Birthday Social Venture Partners Denver!

Last night I attended the 10th anniversary celebration of Social Venture Partners Denver at the Grant Humphries Mansion in downtown Denver.  What fun to reconnect with people I had not seen in years, meet some of the new Partners, as well as hear about the progress of this great organization since my involvement ended some

10 Challenges Businesses Have Working with Nonprofits

I interviewed thought leaders from 50 companies for my new book, Business Giving Strategies, due out this fall.  One questions which I asked everyone during the interviews was if they had experienced any challenges working with nonprofit organizations and if so, what were they.  The following is a list of ten of the challenges that

Kiva in Haiti

Kiva is one of my favorite nonprofits as it makes microloans to developing country entrepreneurs and I fully support the notion of encouraging "Trade not Aid" whenever possible.  I checked their blog today to see what if anything they were saying about Haiti.  The following is an update from the Kiva Blog, dated 1/13/2010. "As

You Never Know…

I got a call out of the blue this week from "NK", a now 24 year old man, who was my "Junior Partner" through Denver Partners, a local mentoring nonprofit, for 3 years starting when he was seven.  I had not heard from him in 12 years and was thrilled he made the effort to

Colorado Charity Check Website

Checkthecharity.com uses public records submitted by the nonprofit and the solicitors they hire to help Coloradans decide which charitable groups to support.  The website states it is "A public-private partnership to promote Colorado charities and to inform and protect donors."  I first heard about this new site reading the Denver Post on Friday 11/23/2009 as a business

Make a Difference Day

Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. Millions have participated. In 2008, 3 million people cared

Recession-Proof Resources Webinar for Nonprofits

In November, I will be offering my comprehensive nonprofit training program, “Recession Proof Resources: How Smart Nonprofit Design Strategic Partnerships with Businesses.” The program is being offered via a 4-part webinar (computer and conference call) November 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 10-11 am MT to allow nonprofit participation from anywhere in the country. Nonprofit

New CNCS CEO Nominated!

I was very excited a few minutes ago to read that the Obama Administration has finally announced its choice for CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  CNCS is the nation’s largest grantmaker supporting service and volunteering. Through their Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, they provide opportunities for

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

I signed up today to walk in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Denver this coming Sunday, October 4th. I have participated many times before and I am always amazed how many people are involved in Denver - more on one day than all the people in Bangor, Maine, the small city

High Stakes Raffles for Nonprofits

The July 24-30, 2009 edition of the Denver Business Journal (page A7) had an article by Bob Mook, "Nonprofits hope to win big with high-stakes raffles."  The article describes how many nonprofits are trying what he terms a go-for-broke fundraising strategy in these tough economic times through the use of high-stakes raffles.  The Boys and

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