Event Recap: Diversifying Funding Streams in Nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations are facing unprecedented challenges. State and federal budgets are cutting funding for nonprofits, reimbursements are dropping and the competition for philanthropic support, especially in Greater Boston is only intensifying. New and creative public/private partnerships are growing as nonprofit, corporate and civic leaders must look for solutions to ensure the long-term sustainability of community resources for our most vulnerable populations.

On October 10, a group of about 50 participants gathered to hear an outstanding and distinguished panel of speakers, hosted by the energetic and effusive past-President of the Club, Maureen Alphonse-Charles, who is currently Managing Director of Koya Leadership Partners. Our panelists included:

Jennifer Aronson, who is Associate Vice President for Programs at the Boston Foundation where she oversees the Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking operations and strategy.

Lori Smith Britton, who is the Chief Development Officer at Epiphany School in Dorchester where she is working to help complete the organization’s $25 million Starting Younger, Growing Stronger Capital Campaign and grow their overall development program, in addition to several other projects.

Joan Christel, who is Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Citizenship & Global Inclusion for State Street. In this role, she oversees State Street’s global commitment to corporate social responsibility, inclusion and diversity, and employee engagement. Additionally, Joan holds the role of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for Global Human Resources.

The panelists spoke about wide-ranging issues related to fundraising, from grant proposals to networking. Jennifer and Joan focused in on what Foundations and grantmaking organizations look for in grant proposals, while Lori shared some innovative strategies that she has implemented at Epiphany School and elsewhere.

If you’re a Boston Club member, watch the video on Facebook!

Special thanks to EY for hosting this event.