The Smart Giver www.SmartGivers.org Charities Review Council
STATUS UPDATE with KRIS KEWITSCH You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. – Martin Luther King Jr. In our last edition of the Smart Giver Newsletter, we said ‘big changes start with small steps.’ Today, we’re excited to share with you the many steps our small but mighty team has taken in order to deliver on our commitment to you. Today’s message is one of excitement and optimism for the future! We are well on our way to ending the year in a strong position. We’re committed to working alongside both donors and nonprofits, strengthening the relationship between the two so that relationships that were once transactional, can transform into authentic and meaningful relationships that better serve our communities. So far this year, we’ve already exceeded our annual goal for engagement of new nonprofits in the Accountability Wizard® review process. We’re now working towards a stretch goal for year-end! While continuing to increase the number of new nonprofits engaged in our work, we’ve also maintained relationships with our existing partners, holding fast at a renewal rate of 94%. What’s new at Charities Review Council? Great question! We’re excited to share with you our new projects, tools and plans for the future. This year, we received new project support from Youthprise to work with organizations serving Somali youth. This project included access to our online capacity building tool, the Accountability Wizard®, customized training engaging local capacity building experts, and one-on-one support. We’re also currently working on a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Toolkit, which will support our nonprofit partners with not only meeting our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Accountability Standard®, but also implementing lasting changes at their organizations. With support from Youthprise, Carlson Foundation, Wells Fargo, and Medica Foundation, we are working on Phase II, which will include bringing the tool and resources online for our partners to use in early 2017.
We’ve also made some changes around our once traditional ‘annual forum.’ Instead of an annual event, we’ll host a biennial event that honors and celebrates the work of the philanthropic sector. FORUM 2017 will be a chance to experience and engage in collaboration, purposeful networking and learning next spring. And like any Council event, we’ll also have some fun! Last but certainly not least, we continue to explore opportunities around finding the perfect office space that is aligned with our current structure, gives us room to grow, and allows us to deliver on our mission and programmatic goals. Stay tuned for an announcement later this fall! We’re so excited for what the future has in store for Charities Review Council. Having you along for the ride makes the journey that much better. Thanks for your continued partnership and support. Sincerely,
Kris Kewitsch P.S. Give to the Max Day* is just around the corner on Thursday, November 17th. With your gift to Charities Review Council you join us on our journey of mobilizing informed donors and accountable nonprofits for the greater good. To give, go to www.givemn.org! *Check out the front page article for more information on Give to the Max Day!
STAY TUNED! We’re gearing up for FORUM 2017 and look forward to sharing more information with you soon. Stay updated with Council news by subscribing to our bi-monthly E-Newsletter at bit.ly/SmartGiversEnewsletter. FORUM 2017 is sponsored by Bush Foundation.