Today on the 501(c)(3)(b)(s) Podcast, Zoot Velasco talks with Todd Hanson, Vice President of the Center for Engaged Philanthropy at the Orange County Community Foundation, recognized as a “center of gravity” for philanthropy in Orange County. Since this administration came to the Foundation, their assets have increased from $43 million to $378 million, and OCCF has now awarded more than $510 million in grants and scholarships since its inception in 1989. This dramatic growth has placed the Orange County Community Foundation as a stand-out among more than 780 community foundations across the nation, placing OCCF as the 8th most active grantmaker among its colleagues, and in the top 10% in total assets. For more than 16 years Todd has provided support to some of Orange County’s most generous families, helping them achieve their philanthropic goals and inspiring effective and impactful giving. He visits more than 100 nonprofit organizations each year to stay informed on the latest programs, services and results. He has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofits and is the former executive director of Camp Fire USA in Orange County. Todd and Zoot discuss the myths around fund development for organizations.
This week we talk about the importance of local collaboratives in developing community, dovetailing our mission with more general community benefit, creating collective impact, and using a "high tide to raise all ships." As our example, we talk with Fullerton Collaborative CEO Debra Stout and Barry Ross, one of the founders of this collaborative and several other collaboratives in Orange County CA.
The hottest thing in fundraising is DIY- Getting your supporters to create small fundraisers for you, online and IRL (in Real Life). Zoot Velasco, our host has been tasked with developing a new webinar on the subject for CharityHowTo.com. He has cajoled and created many DIY fundraisers in his career. Today you will see how it is done.
Today we talk with David Talon, a researcher from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics who did a comprehensive national study comparing for-profit and non-profit sector pay with surprising results killing the myth that you can't make a decent living in the Social Sector.
Today we are honored to speak with Steve Vick, host of the Nonprofit Ally Podcast, Executive Director/Founder of Noble Paws (based in Fairbanks, Alaska teaching people with disabilities how to run a team of sled dogs), and a marketing guru with a passion for content creation, capacity building and program development. The Nonprofit Ally is among the top podcasts for the social sector. Steve and Zoot wade through all the myths and best practices of basic marketing for community benefit organizations.
Does Government funding help or hurt philanthropy? Dr. Jiahuan Lu, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark, takes on this question with his research. He joins Zoot as they debunk the myths that “Government funding is a waste of taxpayer money” or that grants “get you hooked on government support.”
Many in the Social Sector believe the myth that 501(c)(3) organizations are not allowed to advocate for themselves or their causes. Zoot discusses the myths and the reality of advocacy in the Social Sector with David L. Thompson, Vice President of Public Policy for the National Council of Nonprofits, our national advocacy group.