Client Spotlight: The Ark Chicago Moves Into New Building After Successful $23+ Million Campaign

Client spotlight, (3 minute read)

The Ark Chicago collaborated with a team of Alford Group consultants to realize its vision for a new building in West Rogers Park, empowering the organization to expand its services to 20% more of its community.

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Celebrating Black History-Makers: Interview with Niquole Esters

Interview by Brenda Asare, President & CEO and Thandi Cai, Marketing Associate

Black History-Makers transcend boundaries and redefine possibilities. Through resilience and innovative approaches, these trailblazers illuminate a path toward inclusivity, unity and a shared human experience, shaping a future that reflects the best of humanity. We spotlight Niquole Esters, Senior Director of Inclusive Philanthropy at Conservation International, a leader with profound contributions to advancing global conservation efforts.
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Celebrating Black History-Makers: Interview with Darrin Goss, Sr.

Interview by Brenda Asare, President & CEO and Thandi Cai, Marketing Associate

Black History-Makers illuminate a path toward inclusivity, unity and a shared human experience, shaping a future that reflects the best of who we are as humans. Darrin Goss, Sr., President and CEO of the Coastal Community Foundation, exemplifies exactly that. In this interview, we discuss his leadership of the organization in addressing systemic issues, showcasing the vital role foundations play in communities nationwide.
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Celebrating Our Clients: Changemaker Spotlights 2023

Alford Group consultants highlight four fundraising professionals from client teams who inspire us through their dedication to their work and their cultivation of Joyful Connections. 

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5 Simple Strategies to Delight Your Donors on Social Media

Blog post by Lieve Hendren and Francesca Furchtgott (3.5-minute read)

Among all the hats that nonprofit professionals wear, you might feel that the hat of social media manager can be a daunting one. It’s time to approach your content with a focus on delighting donors! Find new and engaging ways to refresh your feed in this blog post written by Alford Group’s Director of Strategic Partnerships Lieve Hendren and content expert Francesca Furchtgott, Founder of ConiferCo, a brand and content marketing agency.

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Celebrating Women Leaders: Chicago Women in Philanthropy

Interview by Shay Upadhyay (5 minute read)

Chicago Women in Philanthropy (CWIP) is a community of philanthropic, corporate-giving and nonprofit women whose members are passionate about helping other women advance in society. Meet two of these women who are nothing short of powerhouses in the Chicago philanthropy scene and, among many roles, serve as Board Co-Chairs for CWIP.  Clare and Lindsey sat down with Shay Upadhyay, Client Service Associate at Alford Group to share their insights about this important work.

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7 Ways to Increase Nonprofit Success as a Community Foundation Leader

Blog post by Lieve Hendren (3.5 minute read)

In the face of unprecedented challenges brought by COVID-19 and calls for racial justice, Community Foundations stand at a pivotal juncture. In this blog, Senior Consultant Lieve Hendren, CFRE, ACC, C-SHRM delves into seven strategic approaches Community Foundations can adopt to amplify their influence and steer their communities toward lasting positive change.

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3 Benefits of a Development Assessment You Don’t Want to Miss

Blog post by Greg Whitney (3 minute read)

Vice President Greg Whitney describes what can be gained from embarking on a development assessment and the long-lasting impacts the process has on the health and success of your nonprofit organization.

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Boosting Nonprofit Growth: 5 Tips for Stellar Consultant-Client Synergy 

Blog post by Madisyn Fairchild (4-minute read)

Working with nonprofit consultants is about meeting a guide who will help your organization blast off to new heights. Let’s break down what this really means and how to make the most of the relationship. 

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Client Spotlight: YWCA Metro Chicago Sustains Growth with Development Assessment

Client spotlight, (3 minute read)

Over the past several years, YWCA Metro Chicago has expanded its service footprint to embrace the needs of women and families in new geographies, doubled its budget size and welcomed a new President and CEO, Nicole Robinson. Given these changes, Alford Group was engaged to conduct a development assessment to identify ways to build on their strengths while ensuring sustained growth.

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Unveiling the Vision: Sharing Your Strategic Plan with Your Community

Interview by Madisyn Fairchild, Client Service Associate (4 minute read)

Jessica Paulsen from Distinctive Schools sits down with Client Service Associate Madisyn Fairchild to share the behind-the-scenes of how the organization communicated their new strategic plan with the community they serve.

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Client Spotlight: Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance’s New Children’s Garden

Client spotlight, (3 minute read)

Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance collaborated with consultants at Alford Group to complete their campaign for the new Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden, providing a free, year-round, accessible adventure for Garfield Park and Chicago families.
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