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RPR Fundraising relaunches as Ascend Partners Group, LLC

Consulting firm to non-profits merges with The Richard Mahan Group; New associates join professional team.

ascend_headerRPR Fundraising, LLC has merged with the Richard Mahan Group effective March 1, 2015.  The newly combined consulting agency has been renamed Ascend Partners Group, LLC, reflecting the firm’s professional expertise in assisting non-profit organizations in growing and expanding their business to the “next level” of performance.  The newly merged firm, which has relocated its headquarters to Sacramento, CA, will continue to provide critical services that include fund development, strategic planning, human resources management, and financial management while adding an expanded menu of marketing and public relations services for its clients. Continue reading

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Library foundation stewarding donors, advancing mission at same time


I can read about Frank Sinatra’s life while sipping his family’s wine…an excellent pairing if ever there was one.

Last spring I attended the annual “Authors on the Move” event in Sacramento, the signature fundraiser for the Sacramento Public Library Foundation. It was a terrific event that included opportunities to interact with authors of a wide variety of books meeting every interest (and to purchase their books as well). Even better, during the dinner portion of the evening the authors rotated table-to-table among the audience so that each table got the opportunity for some extended time and conversation with three different authors throughout the night. Continue reading

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Eating burgers for a cause

September 18 has been dubbed “National Cheeseburger Day” by whoever makes decisions on “official” days. Just last week there was a “National Cabernet Day,” which as a wine enthusiast I of course wholeheartedly supported. And of course “National Ice Cream Day” (next happening July 21, 2013!) is a favorite as well.

Cheeseburgers and craft beers will be on the menu at the Sacramento Burger Battle

Cheeseburgers and craft beers will be on the menu at the Sacramento Burger Battle

Aside from also loving a good cheeseburger, I’m a big fan of National Cheeseburger Day this year because of a very cool event taking place that day at Raley Field in West Sacramento. The first-ever Sacramento Burger Battle occurs that evening, pitting 15 different local restaurants against each other in a burger tasting competition where attendees get to vote alongside official judges (all while sipping drinks and also sampling some tasty desserts…what could be better?). Better yet, the entire event is a fundraiser for a great cause, combatting Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Continue reading

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Benchmarking Facebook page growth among Sacramento nonprofits

Very interesting glimpse by Betsy Stone at the growth in Facebook presence/following among Sacramento-based non-profit organizations over the past nine months.

Betsy Stone's The Philanthrophile

We interrupt our series on strategic planning for nonprofits to check in on an important tactic. Although organizations like NTEN collect and report valuable benchmark data about online communication and fundraising by nonprofits, they usually survey nonprofits that are much larger than those in a community the size of Sacramento.

Starting in March 2010, I began collecting information about Sacramento nonprofits’ Facebook results. Initially I looked at a dozen or so. In September 2011, I expanded my efforts and started tracking more than 30 organizations’ Facebook pages. I took another snapshot today.

Since I have more data for the 9-month period, I’ll report that. Excluding three outliers, nonprofits here in Sacramento experienced an average growth of 38.6% in “likes” over the past 9 months. Among nonprofits who had between 500 and 1,000 “likes” as of September 2011, Effie Yeaw appears to be the winner. In September 2011, they…

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