Connected Giving | June 2018 edition
Risk leadership, peer-to-peer giving models and impact investing
This month’s industry news summary offers essential analysis of risk-leadership – what it means and why it’s important, a challenge to impact investing funds, innovative peer-to-peer fundraising models, the importance of not-for-profit professional development, acquisition of high-level donors and impressive statistics on innovation in the not-for-profit sector.
Jump to any one of the edition’s articles by clicking the links below:
- Risk Leadership: A necessary embrace for nonprofit leaders
- Why impact investing funds need to invest in creativity
- Three innovative peer-to-peer fundraising models for not-for-profits
- Australian Executor Trustees: Learning for impact
- Tracking unicorns: In search of the high level donor
- Not-for-profit sector leading the nation on innovation
Risk leadership: a necessary embrace for not-for-profit leaders
Generally, when we talk about risk management for not-for-profits, there is a note of panic in the conversation, writes sector veteran Rob Meiksins. Moving from risk management to risk leadership is a hot-trend, even if not enough time is often taken to discuss what that means. It makes sense that we need not always live in fear of risk: the question is how to be intentional about which risks to take on and how to avoid ones that could be detrimental to the organisation’s survival. Read the full article (5 mins).
Why impact investing funds need to invest in creativity
With an unmistakable need for more creative solutions to global problems, we should be looking to creatives – artists, designers, innovators, and storytellers – now more than ever. Funded competitions are emerging all over the world to tackle problems from Alzheimer’s disease and air quality, but there’s a voice missing from these teams and conversations, says Laura Callanan, founder of Upstart Co-Lab, a fiscally sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Read the article (4 mins).
Three innovative peer-to-peer fundraising models for not-for-profits
With the growth of online and mobile tools, peer-to-peer fundraising is now much more accessible, even to smaller, locally-focused not-for-profits. But ease of access doesn’t equate to ease of outcome. In fact, greater accessibility means the competitive pool is much larger, demanding creativity, dynamism and risk-taking from fundraisers. Most evident in the three successful examples highlighted by Forbes contributor David Hessekiel are an effective alignment of donor community characteristics and interests with the strengths of an organisation and the appropriateness of technology deployed. Hessekiel also offers this free resource on building an innovative peer-to-peer program. Read the full article (7 mins)
Australian Executor Trustees: Learning for impact
Tracking unicorns: In search of the high-level donor
Not-for-profit sector leading the nation on innovation