Matching People to Purpose: Finding Your Next Great Nonprofit Leader

Recruiting strong leaders at the executive and director level is more important than ever, and increasingly difficult for nonprofits and social impact organizations. Key decisionmakers are tasked with finding someone who can navigate the many disruptions of our moment while guiding an organization confidently towards its North Star. Attracting the right candidates requires thoughtful planning before the search even begins.

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Get to Know Us: Lily Hamilton, Associate

Fairmount is settling into 2022 with a new office and new members of our team to connect with! Our latest Get To Know Us feature spotlights Lily Hamilton, Associate, who joined Fairmount in Fall 2021 after being introduced to Philly through their work as a Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow for the Bread & Roses Community Fund. Lily’s commitment to justice and background in community organizing, grantmaking, and social work brings an equity and mission perspective to their planning, fundraising, and executive search projects. Lily earned their Bachelor of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work, and a Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Policy and Practice.

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Seizing a Transformational Moment: Unlock Federal Funding to Fuel Your Nonprofit’s Growth

The American Rescue Plan promises that help is on the way. Like the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of more than a decade ago, it stands to be an historic federal investment that will shape our communities for years to come. So, what do you need to know, and do, to get ready to seize these opportunities for your organization?

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Campaign Readiness – Part 2: Putting Your Marathon Training Plan into Action

Fairmount recently shared our three steps to capital campaign readiness that are essential to any organization planning for this marathon fundraising journey: 1) a compelling vision, 2) ready leadership, and 3) ardent supporters. There are simple, yet impactful, things you can do now in each of these areas to get ready for launch. Focus on answering these three questions and your capital campaign plan is underway:  Continue reading

Campaign Readiness: Your Marathon Training Plan

Is there a capital campaign on the horizon for you? Maybe it’s a year away, maybe five years. Either way, today’s the day to start getting ready.

Campaigns aren’t business as usual: they’re an all-hands-on-deck effort to raise a lot of money in a specific period of time. Even the strongest organizations need to up their game. In Fairmount’s experience, three key elements need to be in place, preferably before a campaign starts, in order to be successful: Continue reading

Get to know Fairmount Ventures: Gregory A. Davis, Associate

Gregory A. Davis, Associate, brings to his work at Fairmount a deep focus on social justice and community development, which has been a through-line across his academic and professional experiences. His research- and writing-focused projects draw on his past work in grantwriting and grants management, and in the public sector. Greg holds a B.S. in Community and Regional Development from Temple University. Continue reading

Get to Know Fairmount Ventures: Anneliese Van Arsdale, Project Manager

Anneliese Van Arsdale, Project Manager, assists clients in all facets of resource development, from grant writing to capital campaign management. She leans on her frontlines experience to inform her understanding of the challenges clients face as she helps them pursue strategic goals, embark on big projects and seek financial sustainability. Anneliese earned a B.A. from Kenyon College, where she studied dance and drama.

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Get to Know Fairmount Ventures: Adela Smith, Vice President & Partner

Adela Smith, Vice President & Partner,relies on social work values and a keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities nonprofit leaders face when planning for their future. She develops business, fundraising, and board development strategies for Fairmount’s clients that are at once ambitious and achievable. Adela earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice. Continue reading