Regional Charity had embarked on capital appeal without any due diligence, feasibility, qualified staff, planning. After 1 large gift they had launched their public appeal for 70% of the balance but had stalled. We undertook a feasibility review into both the capital appeal and the state of their revenue fundraising capabilities. Our recommendation to halt the appeal, with a list of actions needed before considering a relaunch, was taken. In lieu, they are focusing on developing a strong revenue team, starting with a specialist corporate fundraiser, on our recommendation. End result: revenue up, reserves untouched, reputation saved, organisation not gone bust.
Our Highlights from the last 12 Months at Purplegrass
A few years ago, together with other Third Sector consultants Francesca Zagni, Annalisa Lalumera, Beatrice Lentati, Mario Belli and Luca Calise , we decided to create, in Italy, an event dedicated to the top of non profit organizations and the profit world: presidents, general managers, directors, secretaries. Thus, the “Nonprofit Leadership Forum” was born. The event wants to compare important exponents of worlds once separated from each other and now closer and closer to nonprofit organizations and their presidents and directors, social enterprises, cooperatives and consortia of cooperatives, companies that perform activities of social innovation and corporate social responsibility, public administrations, B companies, start-up companies, foundations, universities and research centers that investigate and experiment with social innovation. It was the first time, in Italy, that an event gathered leaders of the profit and non-profit world who, finally, were confronted to “get to know each other better” and work better together.
Since 2016, EUConsult Italia has been collaborating in the implementation of the Forum. The theme of the last edition focused on social innovation that is taking on the role of fundamental lever of change in the national and international scenario, contributing incisively to contaminate Profit and Nonprofit subjects. The topics of the last session were four: The scenarios for social innovation, The actors of change: from Nonprofit to Public Administrations, Social innovation: success cases, The near future.