Open Call for 2019 Startup Games Austin Teams!

Open Call for 2019 Startup Games Austin Teams!

Startup Games Austin 2019 will be here before you know it! This year we are excited to bring together Startup Games and Level Up Games alumni as well as some new faces as we lock in teams for 2019. We have a few remaining team slots open for Startup Games Austin and Level Up Games, but they're going fast.

Interested in having your company compete? Sign-up here. 

Impact at Scale Profile: Debi Pfitzenmaier

Impact at Scale Profile: Debi Pfitzenmaier

The Impact at Scale Profile Series brought to you by Philanthropitch spotlights past nonprofit finalists from Philanthropitch and how they are scaling their impact and creating new opportunities for their organization. 

In celebration of #NationalNonprofitDay, we're featuring Debi Pfitzenmaier, the Founding Executive Director of Youth Code Jam, an out-of-school program that encourages upper elementary through high school students to imagine themselves in emerging technology-driven jobs. Debi’s presentation at Philanthropitch San Antonio blew the judges away and garnered Youth Code Jam over $50,000 in prize money.

Scaling Your Impact To New Cities

Scaling your nonprofit organization beyond your existing network and client base can be daunting. Not to mention, even figuring out where to start can be a massive challenge.

Where will new donors or new clients come from? Who do you need to hire to support the scale? Is the current infrastructure sufficient? Should I scale geographically, program selection, client type, or in some other way first? Where's the lowest hanging fruit?

This is a common challenge and is about doing three different things in parallel -- 1) creating a funnel or pipeline of new markets, clients groups, products, or cities to consider, 2) determining the best way to reach that new market, and 3) creating a forecast around success to know what the budget should look like for the larger, scaled organization.

#1 - Create a Funnel or Pipeline for Your New Market

As an example, let's assume you are looking to scale your organization and expand into new geographical markets. Think about these new markets as part of a sales funnel with the top of the funnel (Stage 1) being "Investigation" or cities you want to look more into, and the final stage being "Expanded."

Think about what characteristics you need to see from new markets before you will feel comfortable expanding. Do you need a local hire? Do you need $100K in new donations or revenue from that new market? Do you need to take a few trips there to sign off on the culture or client opportunity? Do you need 10 clients to sign on with your service?

You'll want want to use this funnel to help determine which cities are the best fits for expansion. It’s also important to ensure that you don't commit resources too early or too late in the process, resulting in dollars waste or inefficient spending.

#2 - Determine the Best Way to Reach the New Market

What does development, sales or networking look like in a new market? This is often one of the hardest parts of growth because it requires successfully executing on something new, which is always risky even in the best of circumstances.

Consider how you can try new ideas, and new marketing strategies cheaply that allow you to determine what works best for growth. Think about how you can limit the number of new things you are trying at once so that you can quickly isolate the variables that have the biggest impact on your organization.

How can you leverage your existing connections, donors, clients and services to give your organization the best chance of succeeding in the new market? For instance, our team at Notley is currently expanding Philanthropitch to new cities and recently announced plans for Philanthropitch Columbus, our newest expansion city. We spent significant time exploring cities with a lot of potential and vibrant social impact communities. Eventually we settled on Columbus as our next expansion city because of the collaborative spirit we saw from the existing community and their willingness to partner with us to help bring Philanthropitch to their city.

#3 - Create A Forecast Around Success

Lastly, you'll want to make sure you get the financial projections right. One of the worst things that can happen is that scaling is successful and you get off to the races, only to figure out that you are losing money faster than ever before because you outgrew your financials.

Instead of going down the path of most resistance, carefully consider the costs to expand including a lower than normal initial performance and an increase in management and overhead costs. Think about how you might track real-time and regular performance to your budget so that if things aren't going as you predicted, you can catch it early and make changes quickly. All of these initial hurdles are critical factors as your organization grows.

Want to learn more about how to grow your nonprofit? Start with the basics by getting your unit economics in order, which are the building blocks of scalability, and stay tuned for more NotleyEDU Whiteboard Friday videos from our team that dive deeper into creating scalable models. 

Startup Games Season is Here!

Startup Games Season is Here!

Startup Games is where team building meets charitable giving. Each year we bring together the startup communities in Austin, Denver and Atlanta to compete on behalf of their favorite nonprofits. Startup Games offers a creative approach to team building by brings employees together in games like cornhole, ping pong, and dodgeball. Throughout the years, Startup Games has donated $537,000 to over 200 nonprofits, all while building company-wide memories that last.

Philanthropitch Brings Social Innovation Fast-Pitch Competition to Columbus!

Presented by Kiwanis Club of Columbus & Co-Hosted by SocialVentures, Philanthropitch Expands Nonprofit Innovation In First Annual Columbus Event

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Philanthropitch, the social impact fast-pitch competition on a mission to scale innovative nonprofits, is proud to announce the debut of the first annual Philanthropitch Columbus taking place on March 4, 2019. Presented by Kiwanis Club of Columbus and co-hosted by SocialVentures, Philanthropitch Columbus will take place at the Speaker Jo Ann Davidson Theatre in the Riffe Center Theatre Complex. Founded in 2013 in Austin, Philanthropitch has awarded over $900,000 in donations over its five-year history. 

Philanthropitch is a growing, annual celebration of nonprofit innovation expanding to communities nationwide. Accelerating nonprofits by providing the risk capital they need to expand their impact, Philanthropitch helps nonprofits fund initiatives that aren’t covered by traditional grants. 

The first annual Philanthropitch Columbus will showcase a high-impact group of innovative nonprofits within the local community. With an application period opening later this year, Philanthropitch Columbus selects participating nonprofits based on the scalability and sustainability of their impact-based model. 

“We’re excited to bring Philanthropitch’s social impact fast-pitch competition to Columbus’ community of innovative nonprofits,” said Dan Graham, Co-founder of Notley. “With Philanthropitch, our goal is to channel best practices that lead to high-impact outcomes. Through this event, we hope to spread socially-minded approaches that are scalable and sustainable across communities nationwide.”

Philanthropitch is redefining how corporations and communities award charitable donations while establishing an ecosystem that prizes social innovation in the nonprofit sector. Instead of attending the traditional fundraising gala, audience members can vote for their favorite nonprofit finalist to receive the event ticket proceeds as part of the Audience Choice Award.

“SocialVentures is thrilled to co-host Columbus’ inaugural Philanthropitch event, Notley Ventures’ inspired platform for engaging the corporate community with philanthropy in new and exciting ways. The nonprofit and social enterprise sectors are exploring new paths in their collective quest for social justice, and SocialVentures and Philanthropitch will bring new energy to the movement.”

The Philanthropitch Columbus social impact pitch competition features a judges’ panel including Doug Ulman, President & CEO of Pelotonia and Columbus 2017 Nonprofit CEO of the Year. Additional judges will be announced later this year representing Columbus’ community of successful entrepreneurs and philanthropists investing in nonprofit innovation.

Corporate teams also have an opportunity to participate in Philanthropitch as corporate supporters during a branded check presentation. Current Columbus corporate supporters include Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams.

Opportunities to become a judge, sponsor or corporate supporter are available for local individuals and organizations interested in getting involved. Contact the Philanthropitch team at questions@philanthropitch.org to learn more or visit www.philanthropitch.org.

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Notley Partner Profile: Brian Hall of Traverse Legal

Notley Partner Profile: Brian Hall of Traverse Legal

This post is part of the Notley Partner Profile series to spotlight socially responsible companies in Austin. Each month we will profile a new partner and spotlight how their organization is doing good in the community, best practices on engaging in social impact as a company, and key impact areas within the Austin community.  

Brian A. Hall is the managing partner of Traverse Legal, PLC’s Austin, Texas office, doing business as Hall Law, a law firm focused on IP and Business Law, including litigation and transactions. He leads the law firm’s service offering known as TraverseGC, a monthly fixed-fee subscription service providing General Counsel services to organizations, including non-profit organizations.  Brian is a regular author and speaker on topics ranging from entrepreneurship to law practice management, and he regularly mentors individuals and advises entities at all stages of the startup ecosystem.   

Startup Games is Coming Back to the Mile High City!

Startup Games is Coming Back to the Mile High City!

Startup Games is coming back to Denver, but this time as a one-day headline event at Denver Startup Week!

Spanning the week of Sept 24-28, Denver Startup Week is a week-long celebration of Denver’s startup ecosystem that looks at innovations by founders, developers, product managers, designers, marketers, sales teams, and makers. Join us September 26 to go head-to-head in friendly competition during Startup Games' team building tournament for charity!

Building A Development Funnel Strategy, presented by NotleyEDU

Building A Development Funnel Strategy, presented by NotleyEDU

NotleyEDU invites you to join us for a free breakfast discussion on Funnel Strategy: The Key to Closing More Nonprofit Donations and Sales. In this discussion, you will learn how to create a donations and sales funnel that meets and exceeds your nonprofit revenue goals.

Like many nonprofits, having a strong development program that captures, nurtures, and converts new donors and sales leads is essential to sustaining and scaling as a cause-based organization. Join us to learn tips and tricks on funnel strategies and come away having learned how to begin building a strategic development funnel for your organization ahead of the Fall fundraising season.

Staying Mission First: Why Zero-Sum Thinking Doesn't Work in Social Impact

Staying Mission First: Why Zero-Sum Thinking Doesn't Work in Social Impact

One of the most startling aspects of the not-for-profit ecosystem is the fierce competition that exists between organizations. Who will get the donor funding? Are we protecting our sponsor list from prying eyes? Is our brand getting prime placement in the brochure? What's our market share for serving the community?

This type of zero-sum thinking is the status quo in the capitalistic, for-profit markets. After all, a dollar of profit for one shoe company is a dollar of profit not made at another shoe company. But should that type of organizational competition exist in the nonprofit space? What does it even mean to "win" as a impact-driven organization?

Meet the Team: Emily Seropian

Meet the Team: Emily Seropian

Insightful, empathetic, independent, sarcastic, and amusing. Say hello to Emily Seropian! She is our Event Coordinator here at Notley, meaning she is in charge of every facet of our events. She loves the variety of people/partners/vendors that she gets to meet and work with every day. In her own words, “every day is different, you definitely never get bored.”

Meet the Team: Kelly Ballard

Meet the Team: Kelly Ballard

Kelly is the Director of Youth Entrepreneurship here at Notley, which means she works to make sure that our local youth population has an abundance of entrepreneurial opportunities. Kelly recently joined the Notley team in this role through her work at Student INC, the creator of the nation’s first K-12 entrepreneurial education pathway model is raising the bar on youth entrepreneurship in Austin. Student INC empowers local students to become innovative leaders in their city through entrepreneurial education.

Clarice Blanco | PR & Content Intern

Clarice Blanco | PR & Content Intern

Hi there! My name is Clarice Blanco and I hail from the heart of Texas (Austin), though I was born in San Diego, California. I am currently studying English at Texas State University-San Marcos with a minor in Studies in Popular Culture. Everyone seems to wonder what exactly Studies in Popular Culture means, but it’s the basic analysis of significant aspects of everyday life ranging from mass media through the history of cultural trends and phenomenon.