The uncomfortable truth about corporate philanthropy

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1. The uncomfortable truth about corporate philanthropy. 

Big companies with deep pockets have the ability to make a huge impact on the success of your org’s mission. But how those pockets are filled in the first place is a question we all need to grapple with.  

2. Silence isn’t golden.

At least, not when it’s preventing you from having the kinds of conversations with your colleagues that build trust, empathy and connection–in other words, the kinds of conversations that get things done

3.  5 ways to show board members their value.

While everyone loves a board of directors with deep pockets, too often, these big-ticket donors fulfill only a small part of their potential while occupying a seat at your org’s table. Getting them to engage, however, often means showing them just how valuable they are, and it starts with some appreciation.

4. Why you should care about the Meeker report. 

Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins has released her much-heralded internet trends report for 2015. And while it’s an obvious read for corporations, your organization should be scouring it as well, that is, if you care about ad spend, or work in education or healthcare, or plan any outreach in developing countries, or…

5. 4 ways to build a better board

How do you evaluate potential members when building your board? Many nonprofits look at candidates’ wealth and board experience, but there’s more to it than that. No nonprofit can thrive without leveraging relationships, but how do you assess something so fluid? Here are four factors to start.

RelSci provides a relationship capital platform that helps create competitive advantage for organizations through a crucial yet vastly underutilized asset: relationship capital with influential decision makers. RelSci’s nonprofit clients use the platform’s profiles and relationship mapping tools to transform fundraising and donor acquisition strategy.

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