A few months ago, a hand full of nonprofit leaders in
our town started a nonprofit book club. We meet once a month to discuss a book
that is either about nonprofits or has lessons that can be applied to
nonprofits. I agreed to lead the discussions and drafted an initial list of
suggested books for the year. It has been a very rewarding and fun experience.
Any given month we have between 5 and 15 participants.
We meet in the Sherlock Holmes room in Two Sisters Bookstore. Someone brings
snacks and wine.
The conversations are as much about sharing common
concerns as they are about the book we are reading. We have a wide variety of
organizations – environmental,
arts, schools, a couple funders and a couple consultants. I know I come away
encouraged from seeing our work with new perspectives.
My goal for this new year is to share the conversation
and books we discuss. Over the next several weeks, we will catch up on the
first three books:
Great for the Social Sector, Jim Collins
Spirituality of Fundraising, Henri Nouwen
Start With Why, Simon Sinek (this link for the book summary and meeting discussion)
Next month we are reading Give and Take by Adam Grant.
We hope those who read this blog will also gain
something from our conversations as well.
Donors who desire to make an impact with their resources are on a life-long journey that typically includes numerous interactions with nonprofit institutions. While describing this journey, Eric addresses the challenges institutions experience in engaging donors.
At each step of the journey, Eric offers tips to institutions to encourage them to create positive experiences for their donors.
Want to learn more about Millennials and nonprofit board service? Contact us to receive a copy of Eric’s recent paper: Millennials and Nonprofit Boards.
Eric discusses the importance of sharing your philanthropic vision with family as he answers the second question from the Magnifying Impact webinar he delivered for U.S.Trust Philanthropic Solutions Group.
How do you engage this generation with your nonprofit efforts? What should you do to engage them in board service? Do you have two minutes to watch a video?
Eric answers these questions from the recent webinar recording session for US Trust Philanthropic Solutions Group. He provides thoughtful insights gleaned from a survey of nonprofit peers from around the world.
Want to learn more about Millennials and board service, please contact us to receive a copy of Eric’s recent paper on Millennials and Nonprofit Boards.
Donor Bliss Consulting is partnering with the Sewing Machine Project. A portion of each book sale will be passed on to this wonderful example of Donor Bliss! If you are passionate about textile arts or are looking for a cause worthy of your support, please visit the Sewing Machine Project website for more information.
View the October Issue: Member Spotlight for an interview with Donor Bliss Consulting!
We have enjoyed being members of the Richmond Innovation Center in Historic Downtown Richmond for the past four months. Just last week they asked if Donor Bliss Consulting would be willing to be interviewed for their October newsletter. We have had such good experiences here that we were pleased to help promote the services and spaces available at the Center.
Magnifying Impact: Making Donor Bliss an Institutional Priority
Eric Billman, Principal Consultant at Donor Bliss Consulting, partnered with USTrust Philanthropic Solutions Group to record the webinar titled Magnifying Impact: Making Donor Bliss an Institutional Priority on 20 September. We look forward to sharing the link to the finalized presentation soon. Contact us to be notified as soon as the webinar is released.