When James W. Marshall discovered gold in Coloma, California, in January of 1848, he sparked arguably the most transformative era in the state’s history. The “49ers” jump-started the state’s population, built towns, cities, railroads and schools all over the West, and created a vivid story that has since been showcased in countless films, books and museums.
While the Wild West has had its fair share of economic struggles recently, there has still emerged one golden nugget—and it’s in philanthropy, of all places.
After two years of a recession, the only thing nearly as bothersome as the floundering economy is hearing so few solutions in the sea of problems. In the field of philanthropy, however, Marts & Lundy has found success with a concept that has been a pillar in the fundraising community long before the markets took a dive—public-private partnerships.
In 2005, former Vice President Al Gore had been scheduled to address a group of insurance professionals in New Orleans about climate change and hurricanes. Ironically, Hurricane Katrina reared her ugly head, canceling Gore’s trip. He instead accepted an earlier invitation to address the National Sierra Club Convention in San Francisco. While his thoughts did not wander far from the tragedy unfolding in the Gulf, he emphatically warned the convention of another impending crisis.
The economic recession—while still showing its effects well after its darkest days—is finally being met with a slow, cautious recovery. Nonprofit philanthropy is no exception.
How long have you been working with your current organization? According to Marts & Lundy Senior Consultant Michael F. Sinkus, the answer is probably directly related to your company’s culture.
“Culture causes people to flourish, fail or move on,” he said during a webinar he co-hosted with Marts & Lundy Affiliated Consultant Fran Evans, on November 8, 2010.
Devin T. Mathias has joined Marts & Lundy’s consulting team, bringing considerable experience in the development of annual giving programs, young alumni efforts, donor relations, capital campaigns and the integration of social media into comprehensive fundraising programs. Devin’s experience will be a unique asset to the firm as he sets out to serve clients in the area of social media consulting—specifically as it relates to annual and campaign giving.
Marts & Lundy is pleased to announce the launch of the new Analytical Solutions sitelet. We’re making it easier than ever to learn about our Analytical Solutions services, including Institutional Comparison, Fundraising Projection and Modeling, Assessments and Online Surveys. The mini-site was constructed with our clients’ needs in mind, giving them the most comprehensive and relevant Analytical Solutions services information in an easy-to-use interface.