What Does It Take to Nurture an Online Community? PEOPLE!

Nonprofit/Community Benefit Organization Consultants Facebook Group Meeting #3  On February 9, 2017, members of the Facebook Group Nonprofit / Community Benefit Organization Consultants continued exploring what it takes to nurture an online community. A project of Creating the Future, this Facebook group has more than 500 members, each of whom in some way serves the … Read more

Racial Equity: What Will it Take?

There seems no better way to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday than to announce the upcoming episode in our Making Change conversation series – a conversation about racial equity with diversity and inclusion advocates Desiree Adaway and Ericka Hines. (Update: That must-watch / must-listen conversation happened on March 9th. You can watch / listen / download below). Merriam … Read more

Creating Systems to Engage & Support Humans

This is the third in a series of posts about creating a monthly contributors campaign. Get oriented quickly with our prior meeting summaries here and here, where you can also watch recordings of the meetings. A few months back, we launched an experiment – to consider what it would take to create a monthly contributors … Read more

Building a Nurturing Network Part II: Who are the Participants and What Conditions Will Bring Out Their Best?

What does it take to support the members of an international online community? On December 13, 2016, 15 members of the Facebook Group Nonprofit / Community Benefit Organization Consultants began exploring what conditions would need to be in place to maintain the supportive nature of the group, and to allow each member to maximize their … Read more

“You better keep on pressing. There are people who need us.”

The day after Election Day 2016, Creating the Future hosted an online conversation for people who were struggling with those election results. You can find that recorded conversation here. Through the many expressions of sadness and disbelief, there was also immense optimism. The longer we talked, the more each person began to realize that the … Read more

"Contribution" as Deep Engagement: Connecting Human to Human

Where does that uneasy feeling come from when an incoming call is from a community benefit organization we care about? It may be because we assume a pattern is about to be repeated: (1) Make a monetary contribution. (2) Receive a phone call that begins with thank you, then swiftly moves into considering giving more. … Read more

Building a Nurturing Network

What would be possible if everyone had an online space where they could feel safe and nurtured, all while being intellectually nourished with smart conversations about their work? What if that space is the home for others who work in the same field, and each person acknowledges that everyone has something to offer? At Creating … Read more

Creating a Monthly Contributors Campaign: October 20, 2016 Meeting

If the world we want to see is one where relationships between institutions and individuals are built upon trust – just like it is in real friendships – what might “walking the talk of true friendship and trust relationships” look like in the day-to-day of developing a fundraising campaign? As Creating the Future is about to develop a … Read more

Monthly Contributors Campaign: On-ramp for Engaging Real Friends

“Being the change we want to see means walking the talk of our values.” * If the change we want to see is a world where relationships between institutions and individuals are built upon trust – just like it is in real friendships – what might that look like in this highly transactional world? This … Read more

Infusing Business with Purpose – The Making Change Broadcast

LISTEN TO THE BROADCAST HERE or Download the MP3 (To download to your hard drive, right-click {or click and hold on a Mac} on the link above and select “Save Target As”.. or “Save Link as”… depending on your browser) Please join the meeting by watching right here on Friday, June 5th at 4:00 p.m. … Read more