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 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 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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4 Lessons Learned as an Emerging Nonprofit Professional at The Giving Institute Mentor Series 2023

Blog post by Cassie Bey, Photos by Thandi Cai (3-minute read)

The next generation of changemakers has arrived! Hear from this newcomer about her experience of The Giving Institute’s two-day gathering of sector leaders as she shares takeaways for other aspiring nonprofit professionals.

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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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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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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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6 Trends to Watch in Philanthropy and Fundraising in 2023

By Alexis Cooke, Greg Whitney, Jaron Bernstein, Lieve Hendren, Mariah Hickey and Shay Upadhyay

The world  is changing rapidly and it can be a challenge to stay informed and strategize around frequent shifts. We asked our consultants to tell us what they believe are the most pressing trends in philanthropy to keep on the radar and to share their advice on how to stay ahead of the curve.

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Five Practical Steps to Diversify your Board of Directors

By JoAnn Yoshimoto, Senior Consultant

Before we plunge into the practical “how-to” ideas, let’s consider a few often-ignored questions: Why are we even having this conversation? Why does board diversity matter? Continue reading “Five Practical Steps to Diversify your Board of Directors”

AFP Chicago Virtual Workshop: Building Resiliency, Recalibrating Mission, and Deepening Impact

Virtual Workshop | Online | January 21, 2022 | 12:00-1:15 p.m. CST

Building Resiliency, Recalibrating Mission, and Deepening Impact

As nonprofit organizations continue to adapt to the profound effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, strategic planning, collaborative relationships with board members, and a strong path forward is essential. Our panel of esteemed CEOs described their leadership journeys, shared how they have navigated their organizations to solid ground during the pandemic, and reflected on what is ahead for our sector. Attendees came away from this program understanding leadership principles that leverage change to advance mission and empowered to contribute to an organizational culture that overcomes challenges and articulates a clear, bold vision for the future.

Moderator:

Brenda B. Asare, President & CEO, Alford Group

Panelists:

Greg Cameron, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Joffrey Ballet

Jamal Malone, Chief Executive Officer, Ada S. McKinley Community Services

Bela Moté, Chief Executive Officer, the Carole Robertson Center for Learning

Alford Group Applauds MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett for Donating $2.74 Billion in Transformational Gifts

June 17, 2021

MacKenzie Scott, author and philanthropist and Dan Jewett, educator and philanthropist announced this week another round of grants to 286 organizations across the country, totaling $2.74 billion. Scott granted 384 organizations funds totaling $4.2 billion in late 2020.

STATEMENT FROM BRENDA B. ASARE, PRESIDENT & CEO, THE ALFORD GROUP

Alford Group applauds MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett for their transformational contribution to the nonprofit sector. At an important time in our nation’s history as we take on social injustice, work to dismantle systemic inequities and create a world where ALL people can thrive, MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett are leading the way with their generosity.

We are proud of our clients and other worth organizations who are receiving these gifts and empowering change in communities across the country. Congratulations on being recognized for the deep impact being made every single day and the strategic pathway forward as you activate and strengthen a more just world for ALL people. Alford Group is proud to be your partner today and into the future.

It is not lost on me that Scott’s and Jewett’s announcement comes on the same day as the release of the Giving USA 2021 Annual Report on Philanthropy. The new report announced an all-time high of giving for the year 2020 at $471.44 billion, with 88% coming from individuals. The power of giving by individuals has fueled the nonprofit sector for generations and Alford Group is excited for our collective future together.

Full list of recipients

 

Board Members and Nonprofit Leaders: It’s Time.

By Molly Hansen, Vice President

As we ask ourselves: Now What? What do we do in this ever-evolving “new normal?” It’s time to take action. Here are the five actions to take today.

As a consultant with Alford Group and former development professional with more than 30 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector, when my colleagues and I see what is happening all around us, we regularly ask “How might we have the most positive impact with our clients? How can we improve our work so that our clients can better serve their participants, members, families, patients, students, children and youth?” Continue reading “Board Members and Nonprofit Leaders: It’s Time.”