DBD PODCAST: Engaging Local Government as a Major Donor/Partner

    Posted by DBD Team on Jun. 29, 2021

    As a non-profit, how can you connect with local government policy makers who share your vision to serve your community? 

    What knowledge as a "boots on the ground" organization can you contribute to your collaboration with city or state government elected officials to serve your community better?

    In this month's episode of the DBD Podcast, Jon Simons interviews two leaders in the Richmond, VA area who share their insights about successful partnerships between the non-profit sector and local government: Abigail Farris Rogers,  President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Richmond, and Eva Colen, Manager of Office of Children and Families for the city of Richmond, VA.

    This insightful podcast will give you practical ways to engage with your local government to create partnerships that help to serve your community in deeper ways and help officials to solve problems with more efficient, informed solutions, and better policies.


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    Topics: Collaborations, Podcast, Nonprofit, Collaboration, partnership

    DBD PODCAST: Partnerships and Collaborations

    Posted by DBD Team on Mar. 26, 2021

    What are the questions you should ask before engaging in a collaboration? 

    What are the characteristics of successful - and not successful - partnerships?

    In this month's episode of the DBD Podcast, Bruce Berglund, Kellie Wardman and Jon Simons discuss the opportunities and challenges that come with partnering or  collaborating with other organizations. 

    This engaging 24 minute podcast will give you, your team and your volunteers a solid background to making the most of collaborative opportunities that come your way. 


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    Topics: Collaborations, Podcast, Nonprofit, Collaboration, partnership


    Posted by Robin Jordan on Mar. 8, 2021

    The past year has been challenging for everyone. As someone who works with nonprofits, I have been impressed and moved by how these organizations have stepped up to serve their communities in new ways. They’ve managed to make a positive impact for others, even with severe constraints.

    The most important resource any organization has is its staff. Many nonprofits, like their counterparts in businesses, were forced to furlough or lay off employees as revenue streams dried up during the pandemic. That means that the staff who remained were often doing the jobs of several people while also trying to identify new ways of serving that would help to keep people safer during the pandemic.

    Taking care of staff is always critical, but today it is more important than ever.

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    Topics: Nonprofit Leadership, Culture, Communication, Appreciation, Nonprofit, Collaboration, Kindness, Covid


    Posted by Kellie Wardman on Mar. 3, 2021

    By Kellie Wardman

    Does your non-profit have Save-As-Itis?

    Meaning, do you tend to open your previous board meeting’s agenda and click File > Save As to create the next one, plugging in the new date and modifying a few things here and there?

    If that’s the case, you may not be leveraging the true brain power and contributions of board members.

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    Topics: Board Management, Communication, Death By Meeting, Nonprofit, Collaboration


    Posted by Kellie Wardman on Jul. 29, 2020

    This is the second of a two-part series. Read the first part here. 

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    Topics: Development, Nonprofit, Collaboration, partnership


    Posted by Kellie Wardman on Jul. 17, 2020

    In a recent strategic planning meeting, a former hospital president suggested to the committee, “We must collaborate, or we won’t survive.”

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    Topics: Development, Nonprofit, Collaboration, partnership

    1 + 1 = 3

    Posted by Michele Goodrich on Jun. 25, 2019

    In recent years, nonprofit leaders have shown an increasing interest in developing collaborative relationships with other organizations. Several factors motivate this interest, including: encouragement from major funders, a need to conserve resources, an opportunity to eliminate duplication of services and a strategy for increasing overall capacity.

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    Topics: Collaborations, Collaboration


    Posted by Sara Luke on Nov. 17, 2014

    Currently at more than $5 million on their original $4.3 million capital goal, Betsy and Kristi aren’t done yet. The Executive Directors at the Itasca County Family YMCA and ElderCircle respectively are building the shared vision that started more than four years ago.

    In 2010, the Itasca County Family YMCA, ElderCircle and the City of Grand Rapids began talking about the area’s changing needs. It quickly became clear that the three share a steadfast commitment to a better community, and knew it could be stronger if they worked together.

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    Topics: Capital Campaign, Family YMCA, Collaboration, Eldercircle, Itasca County

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