Advancing mission-driven ventures, whether for profit or nonprofit, is first and foremost a comprehensive entrepreneurial journey.
When it comes to increasing your impact, curiosity and listening as a constant practice are as important as applying any other skills, strategies, and practices in your work. In fact, Robert Perez, Founder and Chief Exploration Officer at Wonder for Good, would argue that for changemakers being curious about their audiences is a necessary step to identifying new strategies or refining existing ones to advance mission-driven work.
“I always say it’s so easy to rebuild roofs and homes, but it is very hard to develop a generation that went through a hurricane and earthquakes in less than a year.”
Talking about social impact and not focusing in particular on healing, wellbeing, and flourishing, as part of the mental health discourse, defeats the purpose of mission-driven work. But it is more than just talking about it. The conversation should approach these crucial aspects as a whole, as many of our guests have highlighted during our interviews for the Jet Fuel Series.
Jet Fuel Series: A conversation with Debbie Espinosa, President and CEO of FIND Food Bank – The Desert’s Regional Food Bank, Coachella Valley, California It’s old news at this point that the past year was a challenging one for mission-driven enterprises — forcing them to rethink and adapt their organizational survival and sustainability strategies. From […]
Everybody has benefited from fuller participation of women in every facet of society. And women don’t need a separate category or special treatment — they just need the opportunity and tools to compete.
Communicating the result of your mission-driven work is as important as the programs you are developing. Like equity, design and fundraising, communications strategy is an important part of an organizations long term plan.
The Jet Fuel Series: A conversation with Ben Abraham, Senior Brand Manager at Storyblocks The past year has been a great clarifier. We witnessed the emergence of new trends and the calcification of many others that have been developing for years, all forcing us to adapt, pivot, and rethink our work and personal lives. Many […]
The Jet Fuel Series: A conversation with Rhett Wilson, Vice President of Development, The White House Historical Association, Co-Founder and Board Member, Caravanserai Project. If you’re in the mission-driven sector, fundraising is an intimidating base to cover even in the best of times. The Covid-19 pandemic made it even more challenging and 2021 is not […]
The Jet Fuel Series: A conversation with Susan Gomez, CEO Inland Empire Community Collaborative, and Gabe Maldonado, Founder and CEO TruEvolution In some recent work with a number of partners in California’s Inland Empire region, over 400 area nonprofits were asked about how they were using an equity lens in their work. To our surprise, […]