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Partnerships, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions. Sandra Lamb of Lamb Advisors talks about collaborations of all kinds between nonprofits. When are they right for you? When should your board be talking about them? How do you decide what organizations to collaborate with and what’s the process?
Leslie Goldman and Casey Rotter from the US Fund for UNICEF share their expertise in cultivating your next generation of donors. We talk about events, engagement and empowerment of those 21 to 40.
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Good afternoon and welcome to the show. This is tony martignetti non-profit radio, and i’m your aptly named host tony martignetti we’re always talking about big non-profit ideas for the other ninety five percent, and last week was no exception we had the morning after the big event, three guests explained how best to follow-up your events and why it’s important to include follow-up plans in your pre different preparations? That was a recording from fund-raising day in june in new york city, and the second segment last week was giving us a two thousand eleven report we had holly hall features editor from the chronicle of philanthropy, talking about her concerns from last year’s report and how they were answered in this year’s report, and then bob evans joined me. He was fromthe e-giving yusa editorial board, and he shared some important conclusions from the report this week. It is partnerships, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions. Sandra lamb of lamb advisers talks about collaborations of all kinds between non-profits where they write for you, when should your board be talking about? Um, how do you decide what organizations to collaborate with? And what is the process for doing that? Then engaging generations x, and why leslie goldman and casey rotter from the us fund for unicef will share their expertise on the subject there, both in those generations. But we don’t know their ages for sure. On all of thiss weeks, guests are from fund-raising day conference in new york city last month. Those two segments will be after this break. Stay with me. You didn’t think the tubing getting ding, ding, ding, ding cubine you’re listening to the talking alternate network to get you thinking. Nothing e-giving duitz are you stuck in your business or career trying to take your business to the next level, and it keeps hitting a wall? This is sam liebowitz, the conscious consultant. 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Then please join us, starting monday, may second at ten am for love in the morning with morning alison as a professional matchmaker of seen it all, please tune in and call as we discuss dating, relationship and more. Start your week off with love in the morning with marnie alison on talking alternative dot com. Talking alternative radio. Twenty four hours. Hyre no, this is tony martignetti non-profit radio coverage of fund-raising day two thousand eleven, we’re in times square in new york city at the marriott marquis hotel. My guest now is sandra lam. She is president of lamb advisors. Her conference seminar topic is share the wealth creating and funding winning organizational collaborations sandra, welcome to the show, thank you very much. Tell us about lamb advisors first, you have interesting niche in in working for non-profits absolutely my niche is working with non-profits on mergers, acquisitions, collaborations, partnerships, lots of words we can call it consolidations, strategic alliances and your seminar topic is creating and funding these alliances. I would guess start with how do we know when we need some kind of a partner in a smaller midsize non-profit how do we know my my thought is that it’s a good topic of conversation to have at the board? Because you’ll find out, as you have that conversation that’s strategic alliances are part of ah portfolio of strategic initiatives that aboard should be talking about at all times. Ok, so there are this is not because we’re not only talking about mergers, but taking someone over or being you know, it doesn’t have to be the end of the organization, this could be a very friendly partnership, so absolutely in fact, when you think about it, they really have to be win win partnerships, they’re both both agencies have to find find reasons to want to be working together in a closer relationship. And so then again, the audience for the show is small and midsize non-profits how would ah on executive director bring this topic to the board? How did they convince the board that this is something that should be talked about? Ongoing? I would advise an executive director to talk with a chair first and begin the conversation there with the executive committee, and then i suppose i would advise her to hire someone like me to work with the board because my experience is most most boards don’t initially think of this as something they want to get involved with. That’s not true all the time, but it’s often the case changes, changes difficulty. Why do we have to change why we should think about joining forces with another non-profit so it does help to have someone like third party facilitator to really begin. Working with the board on the advantages and disadvantages of such a such a combination. Okay, what are some of the advantages of a partnership? A major advantage is it is a way to grow the mission of the organization, grow the mission. And i want respect through a partner who brings more clients, brings a geographical spread, brings even new sources of funding possibilities, brings real estate space. That might be important, but just to grow the impact of what the non-profit is currently doing. Okay, is there a committee on the board where these conversations should start? Maybe after the executive committee, where where would where were the conversation go? Well, i would say after the executive committee, it’s, a conversation the full board should have. Now, i will eventually work with a smaller committee of the board on a much more frequent than regular board meeting basis. But at this point, it’s a it’s a really a full board conversation. Okay. Strategic conversation about the future of the agency, which ought to include thinking about murders. Well, mergers. So we have been talking about partnerships before. So what does a merger look like? All right. The merger? Merger zoho word that has lots of different meanings. I use it just to talk about any kind of a coming together of two non-profits to form a closer relationship which benefits the mission’s about. I used the word murder for a very simple reasons. It’s a short word and many of them were. And its many of the words that we used to come together in a closer relationship are long and are cumbersome and our stuttered over. So this was a short word that says two non-profits air going to form a closer relationship. Okay, and neither one of them sacrificing their identity? Not necessarily in some cases, yes, but not necessarily. Okay, so let’s, talk about the where the board is considering something friendly, bringing in a partner that does have some of the advantages that you suggested, maybe more space or more clients or geographic breath that the the organization itself does not have. How do you go about finding the right organisations? Toe look out to reach out to after after the board has decided. Okay, let’s do ah, but let’s let’s look beyond ourselves. How do you start knowing where to look? Okay, well that’s that’s, a research phase and i start real close to home. I talked to the executive director, the senior staff and the board members. They may they may know some other organizations they admire or that do the same kind of work they do, and they may know other board members on this board so you could start right there. But then you spread out and look att websites look att similar mission organizations look, a umbrella organizations look, a government organizations that work in the same area found most foundations will have lists of their grant by issue area on their website, and you can see where foundations air funding, similar types organization so it’s a typical market research to get a long list of of potential partners and then begin to narrow that list down by by eliminating those that don’t fit the kind of criteria that the board and i have put together that was necessary. Okay, so this is still in the research phase. You haven’t still reason haven’t reached out to any of those organizations on your list yet. That’s right? Ok, so not so different really sounds like from unemployment from hiring perspective. From your you’re doing research star, search it’s. The same kind of thing. You have a description of it’s, not a job description, but it’s. A description of what who you are and what you want in a partner, and what that partner may want in you. You know, you’re buying and selling, as i often say. You’re listening to the talking alternative network. Are you suffering from aches and pains? Has traditional medicine let you down? Are you tired of taking toxic medications, then come to the double diamond wellness center and learn how our natural methods can help you, too? He’ll call us now at to one to seven to one eight, one eight, three that’s two one two, seven to one eight, one eight, three or find us on the web at www dot double diamond wellness dot com way. Look forward to serving you. Is your marriage in trouble? Are you considering divorce? Hello, i’m lawrence bloom, a family law attorney in new york and new jersey. No one is happier than the day their divorce is final. 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You might say where where would we like to improve? So we could improve delivery of our mission, and this could be anything from we need better office space or better programming space to we need to have other diversified funding streams that maybe we could be introduced by another by the partner to, uh, we need to we need to just fine some place where we will have a more stable future outlook, a larger organization within who was umbrella, we can have a more stable outlook. Ethan annual particularly is true an annual smaller non-profits and the annual push to try to balance that. Budget, raise the money and survive. So there are lots and lots of reasons that non-profit might be looking at another non-profit too, to merge with and so after we’ve done the research and pared the list down to ah, a short list who? Well, i’m assuming the next step is starting to reach out to the potential partners exactly who does that? We i always work with kayman the boardmember and the executive director i try to work at a high level is possible. I occasionally will make cold calls myself if no one knows someone on the other side, but we really try to find a connection within the agency to reach out. And there is a script i write the script, which on the phone call goes out, yes. So now this is the interesting part. I’m interrupting, but who makes? I mean, when the first call comes, we’d like to be your friend. Or you know how, tio, how do you script that you’re calling your cold going of a strange organization? Or maybe you know of them, but they don’t know you. How do you make that first contact? What does it sound like? That’s? Assuming that the person that we have calling out knows that other person or or or has a connection of some kind, it may not be direct knowledge, but khun drop a name of knowing that usually goes like this. You know, i’m on the board of x and we’re thinking about our strategic alternatives, and one of the things we’re thinking about is entering into a closer relationship with another non-profit where we we could both benefit from that relationship. This is a terrific organization with a wonderful model of service, and we think it’s something that might be valuable to for you to consider. Can we sit down and talk about it for a few minutes? But you’re trying to get a meeting is trying to get a face to face i’m very tactful, i wanted face to face meeting and almost most people will say, sure let’s, let’s talk, let’s, let’s explore and that’s really all we’re asking in that first meeting exploratory meeting and that would be a meeting with the executive director and you ask for a boardmember or two to be present for that first meeting? Yes, if possible. Yes, i’m with sandra lam. She’s principle of lamb advisors at fund-raising day two thousand eleven her conference topic is share the wealth creating and funding winning organizational collaborations we’ll get to the funding part right now. We’re talking about starting to create them. So you have the initial meeting, then with board member or to an executive director? What are you looking for? What what’s? Your objective in the first meeting. Well, you always want to end the meeting with next steps, bond. So the next step would be to say, look, this has been a good meeting. Let’s sign a confidentiality agreement each way. Mutual confidentiality agreement exchange cem information which would not be in the public domain because presumably, we’ve researched everything in the public domain. So this would be confidential and let’s, let’s. Learn more about each other and continue the conversation. That would be the next. Okay, um, at this point, red flags that would lead you to believe that because you’re talking to a few organizations now, this is your short list. How do you start to get narrow down to that one? What kind of things bother you about some that would lead you to say let’s? Let’s. Drop them from the conversation. Well, first of all, some will just fall off because they won’t. They’ll decide that they’re not interested in us. So marsh art list of its five to ten it’s going to cut cut back a little bit, probably even after that first meet on its own. Yeah, but then you’re looking, you’re certainly looking for mission fit. And if you have misinterpreted the mission fit in the course of your research, that would be one reason and the big the big reason would be financial if you start seeing that that the other organizations financial picture is not as you expected. And one of the things that confidential information permit you to do is to see maur in depth, the financial situation, oh, and past that, you know, if you’re looking for let’s, say, you’re looking for leadership, you’re looking for an executive director and you find well, first of all, that that wasn’t a particularly encouraging part of the conversation. And second of all, the culture is so different that we really have trouble with my staff getting them getting them into this other culture. Culture is critical, right? Very critical. We we see a billion dollar fortune, one hundred companies with failed mergers or, you know, less than less than the results that are promised to all the shareholders on the day that everybody’s shaking hands and because they just didn’t fit from from a culture percentage, the organizations were very different, you know, the people are very different, and we’ve just seen that recently in the financial crisis way have and so what is your role in and at this stage of the process? Well, i’m i’m daily guiding this conversation that is going on, providing information, analysing information, coaching the executive director and the board on the next steps from the very minor tactical to the very major strategic moves that were making during the course of this transaction. All right, we’ve narrowed down to one wait, jump again, ok, we’ve gone down from five to ten, some fell off. We’ve decided that the other the remainder is we don’t need or they’re not appropriate. I should say it that way. We’re down to one. How do we how do we say you’re the you’re the you’re our choice? Well, by this time, we’ve learned a lot about each other. And we’ve learned what each thinks it can provide to the other remember, this is a win win, so we both have to win. So at that point, i’m usually drafting a memorandum of understanding i’m not a lawyer by training, but i do this in non legal ways, a memorandum of understanding and agreement. What letter of intent, whatever word you want to use, the point is we’re putting on paper the understanding of the two parties, that sort of high level this is general principles of a little more detail than that, okay, yeah, it gets into gets into what again, what we expect and what they expect from the relationship pre nup. Okay, okay, and that takes us into a phase of negotiating on dh making you always find out that you’re understanding wasn’t exactly like what the other person’s understanding was, of course, so so we’re in a stage of of clarifying on negotiating on dh about this time a lawyer is very helpful because then we’re really getting we’re we’re moving towards the point where we actually have a written agreement that a lawyer has blessed that that describes the relationship that we’re we’re trying. To form. Okay. And how do we, over time, make sure that the relationship is working, as both parties had intended winning for both sides as we go a year, two years, three years into the collaboration how do we assess the success of it? So we don’t end up like the multi billion dollar fortune? One hundreds? Well that’s critical and difficult. One of the ways to do that is board members from each organist nation constitutent board of the combined organization. So you have boardmember sze watching over the who know what’s in the agreement and watching over the execution and the impact of what they’ve done. If it’s a full merger that one of the organization’s essentially has been merged into the other, there isn’t a lot of legal way you can. You can there’s much. You could do it and why it can be. But if it’s aah looser a filly of your partnership around a program, you can end that at any point. It’s just simply not working. And you want you can unwind it. Should your agreement specify benchmarks for success between this supporting let’s say it is a partnership around a program is it worthwhile to put that into the agreement? Yes, it is. It could be in the agreement itself so that when if there is a falling out or an unwinding it’s very clear that certain benchmarks that were expected have not been made, it should make the unwinding a little less painful. Okay, i was thinking that would set expectations at the at the outset. Okay, that’s creating the creating the partnership was talking about funding it. That was the other part of your workshop here at the conference. How do we fund the issues around funding? Well, the issues around funding are primarily it’s, not cheap, and it takes oppcoll and it takes resource is from each agency, both cash resource is and indirect just time of people working on it, which is a cost, and we’re still on a stage. I believe where the of the foundation world is not yet funding that many of these of these mergers. What we talked about is that if you’ve got a relationship with a good room’s, strong relationship with a foundation already dahna this is capacity building money we’re looking for, and if you’ve got that kind of relationship with that agency, that foundation that does that kind of funding, i think you’ve got a good shot at getting getting agency funding, getting foundation funding, but by-laws i will tell you, it’s, not not every foundation will will step up from the side, you know, so so it can’t be self-funding then it’s not likely toe proceed, then it is far more difficult can’t be self-funding there are some community organizations that make community trust organizations, and there are some there are some groups that some foundations that do this kind of funding there’s one particularly i might mention called sea change lode star, which is a national funder of mergers on dh they they’ll consider once the two ncis where we are in the process. Once the two work together in terms of deciding they wantto proceed, they will they will come in and take a look at it. If they think the merger makes sense, they will fund about a third of the cost in-kind they look, they’re looking for a couple of additional foundations to fund the other two thirds generally rule of thumb. The name of that organization was sieges in the s e a change. Sea change lode star l o d e s t a r center lamb is principal of lamb advisers hyre fund-raising day two thousand eleven conference topic is share the wealth creating and funding winning organizational collaborations. This is tony martignetti non-profit radio coverage of fund-raising day two thousand eleven at the marriott marquis hotel in new york city. Sandra, thank you very much for being against my pleasure is pleasure to have you there wouldn’t be anything, do nothing, e-giving duitz you’re listening to the talking, alternate network duitz wanting to get into thinking. 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Metoo welcome to tony martignetti non-profit radio coverage of fund-raising day two thousand eleven at the marriott marquis hotel in new york city and my guests now are leslie goldmen, senior director of major gif ts for the u s fund-raising assef and casey rotter, manager of unicef’s next generation also with us fund for unicef. Ladies welcome. Thank you. Thank you. You’re working to engage young professionals. How do we define young first, casey? Well, generations x and why, but we specifically narrow that down to between the ages of twenty one and forty. Okay for unicef. That’s twenty one to forty. Leslie, why don’t you start us off? Just generally, how do we engage that twenty one to forty? Set? What do your general principles? Sure for us at the u s fund-raising major donors so when we’re engaging generations x and y, our mission is to engage future major donor so those who can give individual gifts now or hopefully in the near future and just how does units have to find major gift? Sure for us, that’s five thousand dollars or more so some of this group can or does give significantly more than that and others work hard to engage their networks to give it that level. And so we’ve formed a steering committee and e-giving circle and five labbate committees that really allow twenty one to forty year olds to get deeply involved with unicef. Okay, you mentioned gen x and gen y now on tony martignetti non-profit radio we have jargon, jail. There may be some people who don’t know what gen x in general. So why don’t we case you want to define those gen x and general i please off the top of my head generations lima jen a member of generation? Why so proud, member? I think i mean, i think they’re actually now between the ages of sixteen and maybe thirty, okay, but for obviously for the us fund, for unicef’s purposes, we brought that to twenty one to thirty, and then i believe generation lie off the top of my head is thirty two forty think forty six that’s other technically defined, so we we’ve decided to focus that, but this group is generally mobile. They’re well connected, they’re committed to humanitarian organizations. Many of them are extraordinarily well traveled. They care about the world at large, so for unicef, there important prospects for us to engage, and they also bring a lot of passion and commitment to something that they become involved with. So when we looked at filling our major gift pipeline, this was a group that we felt was important to engage now, because when you engage young people in an organization, as their philanthropy go grows, we want that to grow with our our own organization now, certainly, the web is critical, teo twenty one, toe cultivating twenty one to forty year old major donors. But let’s, start elsewhere. Is there? Is there? Is there other strategies outside the internet that are cultivating twenty one to forty year olds? Go ahead, leslie. Oh, sure. I think that for us we started with a very active core of friends of the u s funds. So what we wanted to do was to bring them together so that they could be educated about the us fund, that they could feel like they were making a difference. And that they feel like they were bringing their networks together. So that’s, where our steering committee. How are you, casey? How are you bringing them together? Well, we hold. Steering committee meetings and then we hold programmatic receptions and events on dh then we also have smaller subcommittees that kind of narrow in on specific areas, whether it’s events or social media, and they give up their time that way. Let’s talk about good you want to make a point before you were asking how we fund-raising pacific lee from them besides webb on, and one of the ways that we found to be really successful is that we have the group, the syrian committee with thirty members who study different issues that are affecting children and choose to fund specific projects s o that we as an organization have many different proposals in different areas of our work, and so they’ll vote on a proposal to adopt, and then it will have a specific goal monetary goal in a specific outcome as well. And then the group so votes on that and then a book fund-raising for that committee it’s the committee deciding on their own, you’re really empowering the young volunteers, letting because they’re gonna have the most passion for something that they’ve decided they want to do, right? One hundred percent it’s been something you forced. On them, yeah, it’s been really successful not only as an education tool, but as a great fund-raising tool because it encourages they have a sense of urgency and then also a sensitive buy-in that they ownership over that specific project, yeah, sure, the first project that they raise funds for it was called project sprinkles in guatemala and that’s providing micro nutrients to children in need. And because of the success of that project, we were able to take the steering committee down to guatemala to see firsthand what they did. And so, in terms of, um, making them understand the mission of unicef, how we actually accomplish our work on the ground and allowing them to tweet, to block, to hold events, teo, get their friends together. That trip was really essential, and that all came from this project focus where they’ll choose a specific focus, and i think it’s important for people to recognize that your organization doesn’t have to bring people to guatemala, you could bring bringing them to fourteenth street in manhattan if that’s where you’re doing your work well, you’re bringing them and showing them right. Exactly, and i think many other organizations probably. Haven’t easier time than that. Then we do where most of our programs aaron in developing countries. So we try to be kind of experimental and innovative into how we and bring the field to them. Well, so we so often have conference calls with are you with our field staff in the grounds that they’re working in or whenever they’re in town? We hold receptions, more education, mission centric education program? What do some of the events look like that you might host, maybe more social events? Eso if an organization wants to engage his twenty one to forty group, what should they be thinking about in terms of events? Well, specifically, we have two fund-raising events each year, and then we hold smaller cultivation receptions as well that her more program focused, but our two fundraisers with ticket prices are a masquerade ball in the fall, which that kind of embraces augments are current existing campaigns with unicef, which is triggered treat for unicef is a big program we have so this age group wanted to add to that, and they did a masquerade ball that kind of celebrates trick or treat for unicef. But for these the specific age groups, and then we also have every year we have a photo benefit where we’re showing photos from unicef’s work in the fields and that’s ah, usually at an art gallery, so it kind of gets more of the different set of people to attend and there’s more education and program integrated into that so they learn while there, viewing the images, and then all the images are also up for silent auction. I’m going to guess that the twenty one to forty year olds don’t react too well when they’re told what the organization would like them to be doing. And so that goes back to the point you made earlier about having them decide on their own what a committee is going toe. What committee he’s going to take on a priority? Yeah, and what? And one of the things that they felt was important as we were building out unicef snaps generation was this educational component, so they’re invited toe lots of events. They’re invited all sorts of social networking events for all sorts of organizations, and sometimes he’ll come to an event, leave an event and really not quite no what organization they were. Even benefiting so, the steering committee felt it was really critical that the programmatic aspect of unicef be part and parcel of everything that we do. So for example, this photo exhibit has a big educational component, so we’ll have a wonderful photos from the field from unicef’s work, but also facts next to each photograph of something that children are enduring an area that that photograph is taken, for instance, and our steering committee is exceptionally well versed in unicef’s work. So throughout any of these social events, well, here, very rich conversations with their friends about believing in xero that xero children dying of preventable causes, which is a huge mission of unicef and, you know, other other fantastic conversation, so they’re well educated, but they’re also willing to be a thes very social events and taking that mission out there for and every single thing we’ve done is has their buy-in and they feel ownership over that these two events that we do each year came out of their ideas in their brain storming and so that really buy them driving them, you know, it gets them motivated and wants tio they then they bring in their friends and they attend, and they feel very passionate about this project. You hear a common theme about empowering them, having them decide what the what the priority is going to be, and then they’ll be so much more passionate about it. Exactly. And then there’s philantech people grow with us as well. Now, leslie, did unicef do research to find out why young people were leaving events and they didn’t know what they were supporting? Actually, i’m not sure if on that, but on the research side, casey actually has her master’s and fund-raising from gnu and while she was there so heimans center, of course we have guests coming later. Doug white. You know, douglas isn’t okay. He’s been on my show and he’s gonna be on today too. But he’s been on for a full hour talking about one of his books now that’s cable casey’s thesis was on engaging generations x and y in the life of non-profits. But at the same time, she was working in the gift planning department at us fund-raising as a case study for her thesis. And exactly so the research comes right from one of our vario. And so then she was able to craft her own job description, using all of this fantastic thesis research and use that teo craft. This great program, that’s. Great repurpose ing of your of your pieces, turning it into a job. 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Dahna hey, all you crazy listeners looking to boost your business? Why not advertise on talking alternative with very reasonable rates? Interested simply email at info at talking alternative dot com metoo so you were at usf while you were doing the degree? Yes, yes, i was working in the gift planning department, and i kept on, you know, in my class, i was hearing a lot of organizations complaining about an aging donors, and i was working and gift planning. So i was on the end of the spectrum, and so i was dealing with a lot of older little shorts. And then so i kind of started asking, what was our average doner, where we having an aging donorsearch face? And we found that our average doner was sixty two years old, and one thing that eunice is really great at is instilling a culture of philanthropy among children, we, you know, they grow up trick or treating for unicef, which is something i actually did when i was younger, and then we have teach you nastad programs in schools where you learn curricula about children in developing countries, and then we also have can’t we’re on campus clubs in high school clubs all around the country. And so i actually trick or treat for unicef when i was younger and then was part of my campus club, as well, when i graduated, there wasn’t anything for me to really do continue to do to get involved besides donate, which which i did, but they’re still not that action or the next. So the young cultivation khun lied to future employment exactly, and so many people can actually get job way had to find some other way pipeline gets narrower, a zit, these two employment that’s outstanding. All right, so we’ve talked. We haven’t talked deliver lee about the internet because i wanted to start elsewhere, but let’s, go to social media, the web casey generally, how are you engaging twenty one to forties on the web? Well, they’re engaging themselves. So what we’ve done is we’ve launched so kind of wherever you know, we have a limited budget and limited staff time for this. You set up in infrastructure? Yes, my voice just cracked a sixteen years. We were talking about sixteen. Forty and my voice yeah, i’m now free puberty altum my voice has changed. Sorry. So kind of where we see our shortfalls we kind of employed the group to kind of a brainstorm and figure out what we should do so about a couple months. Ago, we launched our social media committee so it’s, a subcommittee it’s run by a steering committee member and all they’re giving circle members that are part of our next generation group and in tandem with our web team, thie us one for unicef and our social media manager, they you know, they developed a plan for what next-gen oration should do so now we’re on twitter. You can follow us at unicef next-gen we have a great facebook page and a lot of their fund-raising is done through the web we have ah, unicef, if you go to unicefusa dot org’s, backslash next generation that’s our main page and it’ll take you to all the other pages, but they fund-raising they create their own fund-raising pages as well, and then there’s pages per each project that we’re doing at the time. Eso it’s really taken off what’s great is the group, you know, divvies up the work, and every month they kind of create a new plan for what they’re going to do on facebook and twitter and whether they’re going to highlight a unicef program or initiative that’s going on at the us fund, or then then they also celebrate each other and things that they’re doing in their personal lives as well. A cz for unicef. I’m with leslie goldman and casey rotter. Both are with us fundchat ghisolf unicef’s next generation and they’re seminar topic is developing the next generation of major donors one of fund-raising holy grails, you’re listening to tony martignetti non-profit radio coverage of next of know this is not next-gen this is fund-raising day two thousand eleven next-gen is coming in november back-up let’s, let’s continue talking about some of the social media properties. So, of course facebook, twitter using foursquare at all of people checking in at all. We’ve kind of played around with that not necessary just for next-gen for older, for our other initiatives in tandem with the next generation. So unicef tap project, we haven’t figured out where it’s going to go necessarily yet, but it’s it’s definitely in talks okay, leslie any any consideration of ah app before for next? From extra for next-gen i haven’t been involved in any of those conversations yet, have you? We? I mean, we have some we their social media committee there’s someone who creates app so they’ve kind of talked. About it, but we think we need to grow our facebook and twitter platforms first before we kind of reach out. So we have a good network, and so we’re we’re building that now and then in the future, that’s something that has been brought up in the organization as a whole has developed a great apse, particularly surrounding trick or treat for unicef and the tap project to raise money for clean water program. So i think that as the organization gets more savvy on this, which i have done this year, we’ll be able to really partly that and use it for next-gen okay, okay, casey let’s, let’s talk about the the, uh, the person who develops aps now, so he had here she was here, she she so she had an interest, but the organization doesn’t feel it’s quite ready for developing that going that direction. How do you then? But you managed that donor so that and so that they’re not turned off. But, you know, remain engaged, i think it’s being straightforward and honest with them, you know, giving them the ownership. She’s wanted she’s, the co chair of one of our of the social media committee so i think it kind of while she shot it out there, the group, in discussing it kind of came down upon themselves in the most and was like it’s really not the right time for this to be as successful. So i think just explaining the situation of where you are and bringing them into that decision making power and kind of guiding the conversation, too, so that they get there on their own has been pretty successful. Leslie, you were saying earlier that people who were in the next or next-gen are also invited to other other events that are not next-gen events, so talk a little about tryingto get the different generations toe mingle. Oh, sure, when we started next-gen it was really the end of two thousand eight, meaning the economic situation had taken hold. We did not have much budget, so that meant that we had to look at what re sources were already existing at the us fund, how we can tie in next-gen to things that were already happening at the organization, we sort of lost initially the ability to craft our own events and such, so we’ve got a fantastic snowflake ball that happens every year in new york and los angeles, and many members the committee have bought tickets at that event, but also they’ve engaged their parents to buy tables at the event, so that shows that they’re influencing the older generations their families to get involved with. You know, stephan, we’ve got a lot of young people that take part in that event way. We have a junior snowflake committee, and several key members of our steering committee came from that committees they had already been involved in that we just had a incredibly successful event in los angeles called playlist with the a list, which was amazing karaoke event with some celebrities kind of thing you can only do in l a and the committee out there decided to give the balcony to unicef’s next generation because we have three steering committee members and a subcommittee out in l a. So they sold out the balcony, and that was a way to get their friends to come to next-gen teo unicef event. It was a way for the organization at large to be able to sell more tickets and invite more people, but also garnered a lot of press for the event and the next-gen er’s who come, they do a lot with social media, teo further promote the event. So that’s been really a win win? Is those kind of connection points and the committees the grownup committees for those events kind of provide their their mentors for them. So we sent next-gen members to those committees, and they learned they came back, they were energized there like this committee is amazing, we need toe grow and become that in the future as well. And we also have board are our board’s pretty supportive? So we’re trying. We’re starting to create more mentorship opportunities from our board or there are there any next-gen members on the bored of us fund for unicef? Actually, just recently, we’ve extended an invitation to one of the next-gen committee members to join the national development committee. So now when there’s, a new committee formed for a national border there’s an opening, they will turn to us because we’ve got so many fantastic people involved in say, you know who do who do you have? We recognize that they’re up and comers is leaders to the organization, yeah, and our boards recognizing that it’s the next-gen members that are going to take their places boardmember zzzz they retire from the board and they’ve been committed where we’re actually scheduling some small breakfasts with board members and, say, three or four members the steering committee teo, talk about what it means to be deeply involved with an aw for-profit that that mentorship piece on dh mentorship and including that board four development also developing them, bringing them onto the board. Leslie goldman is senior director of major gifts for us fund-raising ghisolf casey rotter is manager of unicef’s next generation at us fund for unicef. Ladies, i want thank you very much for joining us. Thank you very much. Pleasure. This is tony martignetti non-profit radio coverage of fund-raising day two thousand eleven new york city times square. Thank you very much. Thanks, tony. 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