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2016 MW&A Summer Newsletter

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Over the summer we have watched the stock market inch past its highest point, and the national job reports show steady growth. Our economy is definitely looking up. Yet, it seems the philanthropic sector is always the last to feel the positive effects. But there can be no doubt– the positive economic impact is reflected in everyone’s bottom line. During the first half of 2016 we’ve seen greater investment in staff, creation of new positions and a resurgence of capital campaigns with many of our current and former clients. Meanwhile, on the giving side, 17 new foundations have emerged in the West Coast region alone, with an anticipated 110+ traditional grant-making foundations nationwide by the end of the year – all with well-defined guidelines and plans to support health, education, social services and the arts. Of course at MW&A we have already begun canvassing many of these new Foundations to discover the viable opportunities that will be coming up in the New Year. This outreach is invaluable, but as I preach to all our clients, it is all about relationships.   Consider giving us a call about our Foundation Relations and Grant Development program specifically geared to identifying funders best suited to your organization, as well as maximizing your development efforts with each grant request. To view our Summer Newsletter in its entirety, please click here and feel free to forward along to your friends and...

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Saratoga Performing Arts Center has selected Michelle Whiting & Associates

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Saratoga Performing Arts Center has selected Michelle Whiting & Associates

Michelle Whiting & Associates has been selected to conduct a search for one of the most beautiful performing arts venues in the country.  Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) has it all–history, majestic location, dedicated staff, a blue ribbon board, and an annual roster of performances and artists that is unparalleled. The new Director of Marketing and Corporate Relations will provide the creative vision to further enhance the SPAC brand, implement a marketing plan to support two years of activities leading to the 50th Anniversary in 2016, and leverage long term partnerships as the summer home of the New York City Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra. Saratoga is nestled in a region where the Adirondacks, the Berkshires and the Hudson River Valley converge in a sophisticated town known for its horse racing, polo, and upscale resorts.  This is a career-making opportunity with the added benefit of a beautiful locale. Click here to view the job...

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Orange County United Way has selected Michelle Whiting & Associates

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Orange County United Way has selected Michelle Whiting & Associates to conduct their search for a Vice President of Investor Relations. Orange County United Way (OCUW) is a 90-year old organization with powerful brand influence. They focus on issue-specific priorities to drive change in a diverse community comprised of 34 cities and 28 school districts. In the most recent fiscal year, OCUW raised $18.4M through the generous contributions of more than 1,000 companies and 40,000 donors. Over 187,000 people have benefited from OCUW’s support of life changing programs. The Vice President of Investor Relations will cast the donor engagement and major gifts strategy to support the mission of...

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Vice President of Investor Relations for Orange County United Way

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Vice President of Investor Relations for Orange County United Way

ORANGE COUNTY UNITED WAY MISSION & ORGANIZATION    Orange County United Way (OCUW) mission is to “improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of Orange County to strengthen our community.” OCUW engages individual donors and local corporations to support the education, income/financial stability, health and housing needs of Orange County’s most vulnerable populations. Over the next ten years, Orange County United Way is challenging the community to come together to help the next generation of Orange County children succeed by focusing on the building blocks for a good quality of life: Education, Income, Health and Housing. This focus has created an organization-wide commitment to mobilize all sectors of the community: corporate, grant-making, donors, and 87 community impact partners. Towards this goal, OCUW has redefined its approach to individual donor engagement. VICE PRESIDENT OF INVESTOR RELATIONS The Vice President of Investor Relations is a newly enhanced position intended to oversee the planning, strategic development and implementation of all major gifts procurement from both individual and institutional donors. The Vice President will provide the strategic direction and oversight of OCUW’s Investor Relations team members focusing on individual major donors, donor affinity groups, grants, endowments, and special events related to these areas. Ultimately, this leadership position will create the strategies, program based campaigns, and major gifts leadership circles that engage existing donors, identify potential new donors, advance relationship building with those prospects, and pursue timely and appropriate solicitation of gifts. The Vice President of Investor Relations will be required to: Increase the non-workplace giving from the current $4 million to $8 million over the next four years. Design, plan, develop, and execute a comprehensive strategy to increase major unrestricted gifts on behalf of OCUW to enhance the mission and vision established by the Board of Directors. Implement a comprehensive plan to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward individual donor prospects at the $100,000+ level, and work collaboratively across the organization to secure maximum gifts from identified prospects. Work collaboratively with OCUW volunteers and staff members to identify opportunities to connect donors to OCUW through the four targeted programs as well as one-time projects. Design process that will increase the use of community philanthropists in the leadership, cultivation and solicitation process. Implement creative ways of packaging and marketing OCUW programs to targeted philanthropic supporter Design strategies to enhance both the planning giving program and the endowment fund. EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE and CAREER PATH The ideal candidate has a creative, entrepreneurial and innovative approach to work, the ability to represent OCUW professionalism, and possesses strong and engaging communication skills (both written and spoken.)   At a minimum, this position requires: Bachelor’s Degree, a Masters is preferred Seven – ten years of increasing experience and responsibility in Major Gift Solicitations and Campaigns, Endowment Development, Communications and Special Events as they relate to Major Gifts and Individual Donor Engagement Campaigns. Significant knowledgeable of the Southern California philanthropic sector COMPENSATION OCUW is offering an industry competitive salary based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience, OCUW also offers health, dental and retirement benefits. APPLICATION PROCESS Please submit the following to moc.setaicossAdnagnitihWellehciMnull@nageM. 1.) Cover letter:  All candidates are strongly encouraged to develop a cover letter that describes how their qualifications, experiences and past successes in building major gifts and individual giving programs fully intersect with United Way Orange County’s needs for this position....

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Collaboration, Strategic Partnerships, Collective Impact

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Collaboration, Strategic Partnerships, Collective Impact…One funder I know  jokingly says that she ‘fines’ people who use the latter term in her presence. Why? This jargon is overused, misused, and often sometimes works better in theory than in practice. Too often nonprofits seek partnerships with other mission- like organizations, where different philosophies–and competition for donors–mire progress.   But we are seeing great success with organizations trying a different strategy: partners offering totally different services, but with an aligned philosophy. And to take it a step further, partners that are eager and willing to share not just ideas, but donors and resources. A brilliant example is two former MW&A clients, Project Hope Alliance and Art & Creativity for Healing.   These two nonprofits serve very different missions.   Project Hope Alliance, is dedicated to improving the lives of homeless children living in Orange County motels. Art & Creativity for Healing is all about using paint, canvas and imagination to heal emotional trauma in children and adults. Working on projects with Art & Creativity for Healing instructors, the children served by Project Hope Alliance have revealed some specific emotional health needs. Now that those needs are identified, appropriate services can be delivered. More evidence: follow the money. These two organizations jointly applied for and won grants for after school programming. Now they’re heading into a second cycle. Funders like the synergy. Another bonus: some of the expertise has migrated across the borders, as Project Hope Alliance’s child case-worker is now a trained Art for Creativity and Healing facilitator. Not-so-obvious partnerships are successful because the complementary missions extend, rather than duplicate. The more is more, there is no redundancy, and clients benefit.  It’s found synergy, and, we are seeing daily that it...

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New Executive Placements at THINK Together

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New Executive Placements at THINK Together

MW&A recently completed two executive searches for state-wide educational non-profit THINK Together.  While many highly qualified candidates were considered for two posts, Tonia Collinske joined the team as Grants Administrator in January, and Susan Williamson (pictured) came on board in December as the Director of Development. Here’s what Susan says about her experience in the process: What a pleasure to work with Michelle Whiting, a master match-maker, to land my dream job! Michelle is disarming, engaging and a leading expert in the national nonprofit arena and working with her through this process was a fantastic growth experience for me.   I am truly honored to join the amazing THINKers, carefully assembled by founder, CEO and visionary Randy Barth and Orange County fundraising legend and maverick, CDO, Tim Shaw.  I’m already deeply engaged creating and implementing a statewide individual giving and event...

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Common Threads Expands National Scope & Programs

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Common Threads Expands National Scope & Programs

Chicago-born Common Threads launched just over a decade ago as the brainchild of celebrity chef Art Smith. He wanted to teach low-income kids how to cook and eat nutritiously. He’s done a delicious job of it, and the successes mean a continuous expansion of the work. Here’s how they’ve done it. Under the guidance of Founding CEO, Linda Novick O’Keefe, Common Threads began growing impressively in Chicago, with solid partnerships between the city’s public schools and local chefs. Since 2007, MW&A has provided organizational development and foundation relations and grants development consulting to Common Threads, resulting in over $500,000 in new funders throughout the country. Most recently, a generous $1 million grant from WalMart Foundation has taken the program from 28 schools to now over 120 schools. The majority of these schools and program partners sites are in Chicago, but other Common Threads programs have been growing in four additional locales: Miami, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Palo Alto. MW&A committed to leveraging relationships in every major US city where Common Threads is growing.  Novick O’Keefe says Common Threads’ five-year plan includes strategies to extend the reach of the message and mission beyond the classroom.   “With a goal to get 1 million kids cooking, we are ready to take the program into more schools, summer programs, and even into homes, with webcasts that show families how-to.” Making a strategic shift to a national scope is ambitious and the challenges are very real. We’re pleased to be a part of scaling these programs, honoring what matters most in each city where Common Threads is growing, and making authentic connections with local people and concerns to get kids cooking. In February of 2014, MW&A hosted CEO Linda Novick O’Keefe in Los Angeles for meetings with THINK Together, The Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Foundation and the Milken...

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MW&A 20th Anniversary! 1994-2004

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MW&A 20th Anniversary! 1994-2004

An interview with one of MW&A’s first clients in 1994, Lynne Tsuda, Director of Institutional Giving at Girls Incorporated National. “When I was starting with Girls Inc., we crossed paths and just immediately clicked. Michelle is strategic minded, realistic and relationship oriented. She develops and cultivates relationships way beyond the traditional dynamics.” “Michelle is astute and zeros in on exactly what is needed. She simply has a great mind and is not driven by current trends, or how organizations feel they need to react to what the funders want. She assesses the client needs, works on that, and they are always grateful to her.” “Girls Inc. has been shaped with Michelle Whiting’s help in many ways. She was very influential in helping us grow, using her network of connections in Los Angeles when it was time to expand. Because of Michelle, we were welcomed there as a new organization, even in a crowded landscape. And when it was time to build our board, she knew how to do that, too.” “It always amazes me to see the relationships Michelle has kept. She likes linking clients and funders and figuring out how to maximize resources. I think for all of these reasons, Michelle has been well connected with the most cutting edge funders like, Orange County Community Foundation from the start, and there is on-going respect for her...

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