Philanthropy and Fundraising

I'm a partner with Dallas Social Venture Partners (DSVP), a partnership of professionals and social entrepreneurs who are committed to strengthening our community through the thoughtful application of our collective dollars and business expertise.  One of my roles in DSVP is serving as chair of the Philanthropy Education Committee.  This committee organizes educational events of interest to DSVP partners and others in the nonprofit community.  I want to announce three upcoming events to which you are invited.  All of these events are being offered at no cost. The 1st event is a book review discussion of Dan Pallotta's book Uncharitable on Wednesday, May 9th, 6:00-7:30 P.M. in suite 210 of the North Dallas Bank Building, 12900 Preston Road in Dallas.  Uncharitable, published in 2008, was "a passionate, thought-provoking look at the nonprofit section."  Pallotta founded a now-defunct company that raised hundreds of millions of dollars for charities, but was more or less hounded out of business because of what many considered unorthodox fundraising methods.  A pioneering social entrepreneur and expert in nonprofit sector innovation, Pallotta has been acclaimed by The New York Times, The Economist, and The Stanford Social Innovation Review.  He is the founder of Advertising for Humanity and the Charity Defense Council.  Pallotta is a William J. Clinton distinguished lecturer and a regular contributor to The Harvard Business Review Online, where he writes about transforming the nonprofit paradigm.  Pallotta was the guest speaker at the April DSVP Social Innovation Lunch series.  I will lead this discussion focusing on how some of the ideas discussed in Uncharitable can be applied to philanthropy and fundraising.  The book is available through Amazon.  Please register here

2nd is a talk by fundraising guru Bill Lively on "Fundraising Through Personal Relationships" on Monday, May 21st, 4:30-6:00 P.M. at Communities Foundation of Texas, 5500 Caruth Haven Ln.  Lively has spearheaded campaigns that have raised hundreds of millions of dollars for SMU, the performing arts center, and Super Bowl XLV, and is soon moving to Washington D.C. to lead a major fundraising effort for National Geographic Society.  At this event Lively will offer a deeper understanding of what is needed to most effectively capitalize on personal relationships.  Please register here

3rd is a presentation by George Ellis and Bethany Detrich on creating and expanding your strategic network on Tuesday, June 12th, 6:00-7:30 P.M. in suite 210 of the North Dallas Bank Building, 12900 Preston Road in Dallas.  Ellis is a long-time DSVP partner and has been involved with many organizations in the community, including founding the Entrepreneurs Foundation of North Texas.  He co-authored a book called The Little Green Book of Venture Philanthropy.   Detrich founded a company called Online Sales Productions, now called Leadership Growth Partners, in 1997, and after 20 years in marketing, sales, management, and high performance training, she developed a leadership development program called Grow Leaders Now.   She has been a consultant for many large companies.  Registration for this event will be announced soon.

Recent grants received by our clients include:

$60,000 for a school for severely developmentally disabled children - for a scholarship fund for children from low-income families

$25,000 for an agency providing services to women trying to leave the sex industry - for a new Resource Center

$10,000 for an organization providing temporary housing and support services for women recovering from substance addiction - for general operating expenses

Murray Covens, Principal

North Texas Nonprofit Resources