Preparing for her workshop on mergers and strategic partnerships at the 2013 Heartbeat International Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas, Vivan Koob was hoping her hard work would pay off in the encouragement and equipping of her fellow pregnancy help leaders.
When it came time for her to present, however, the room didn’t quite fill up as she’d hoped.
But that initial disappointment was long-gone by the time the calendar flipped to 2014, as Vivian’s pregnancy help organization, Elizabeth’s New Life Center in Dayton, Ohio, was in the process of reaping a bountiful harvest from the meagerly attended workshop.
As it turned out, the presentation Vivan was so busy preparing—and the fact that she presented it at Heartbeat’s conference—was the perfect fit for a strategic grant from the Dayton Foundation.
“It really was helpful to have given that talk at the conference,” Vivian said. “The grant itself is not a large grant, and it isn’t the first we’ve received from the Dayton Foundation, but it is going to go a long way to help us develop strategic alliances that will help us become less grant-reliant in the future.”
The grant covers the cost of a consultant whose role is to build strategic alliances with community entities, and promises to open the door to potential partnerships Elizabeth’s New Life Center may never have had the chance to approach otherwise.
Throughout the process, Vivan has also been invited by the Dayton Foundation to share her expertise on mergers with other nonprofits in the area, again setting the table for future partnerships that otherwise may not have been realized.
“This was an exciting grant for us to have received,” Vivian said. “Being able to say that we’d gone through three mergers and presented on the topic at Heartbeat’s conference really helped us to make our case.”
With two representatives from the development team at Elizabeth’s New Life Center slated to lead workshops at the 2014 Heartbeat International Annual Conference in Charleston, S.C., Vivian is hoping for the bountiful harvest to continue.
Hopefully, this year, the harvest won’t come at the cost of a sparse crowd.
Check out the workshops from the development team at Elizabeth’s New Life Center:
Panning for Gold in the Grant Funding Stream, Kima Jude
Development Bootcamp, Debbie Nieport LAS
Book by Kirk Walden
Review by Jor-El Godsey, Vice President
It’s all too easy to get so close to the trees that you miss the forest.
In our world, we can be so focused on the “trees”—day-to-day tasks needed to accomplish our mission—we miss the “forest” that our movement represents.
Kirk Walden, in his freshly printed book, The Wall: Building a Culture of Life in American and Ending Abortion as We Know It, shows us the big picture of how far we’ve come in the pregnancy help movement over our first 40-plus years. Kirk pictures pro-life Americans—specifically those in the pregnancy help movement—as the figurative wall of Nehemiah built to half its height (Nehemiah 4:6).
Moreover, Kirk challenges us all to remember there is half the wall—more of us doing what we do—yet to build!
The Wall is a short, but invigorating read. Kirk, a seasoned advocate for pregnancy help work, deftly weaves the biblical narrative together with a vision for victory!
Click here to read more.
Formerly Marathons for Moms, Momentium is an exclusive fundraising opportunity for current affiliates of Heartbeat International to connect with runners already in their mailing list as well as the running community. Just recruit runners to join and you’ll literally need not lift a finger for any event details! Marathon runners are already planning and training to attend one or more of the hundreds of races being planned across the nation. They find the marathon for them. The website gives them easy tools to enlist their friends and family in support of you and the great cause of affirming life.
Momentium is a simple but incredibly powerful way for individuals to connect to the pregnancy resource community. It’s a place to join together with others in different cities, towns, and villages all across the United States to help minister to the mothers we see every day. It’s a place people can support women and their unborn children with resources that matter. It’s a place to celebrate life by participating in the largest coordinated pro-life funding effort in the nation.
We have already had folks register to support centers in New York, Colorado, Ohio, and California. Your center, if you are a current Heartbeat affiliate, is already set up to enlist runners or walkers. Please don’t miss this opportunity to raise the funds you need. Remember, each runner/walker commits to raise or give $1,310 by posting their run on Facebook, sending e-mails to friends and relatives, doing collections in churches, etc., while you continue to work in the ministry.
Momentium will process the donations received, supply the runners with goodies (quality running shirt, backpack and more) and forward the proceeds to your center. It could hardly be easier!
Marathon runners - to find a marathon near you, go to MarathonGuide.com.
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