Workplaces that encompass a culture of appreciation, positive energy, and a sense of value give organizations purpose, direction, and a standard of behavior that motivates teams to aspire to greatness. This kind of culture applies internally but even more so to those the organization serves.
“One thing I’ve learned is that the best for-profit companies focus obsessively on just a few things–the needs or desires of their customers, the quality of their product or service, and the character and skills of their people. If they serve their customers well, hire well and treat their people well, they will thrive. Revenues and profits will follow; they are essential to a company, but they are not its reason for being. This connection between doing good and doing well isn’t as direct in the nonprofit world, unfortunately. But I have to believe that nonprofits that focus on serving their clients well will also succeed when it comes to raising money.”
Marc Gunther, Editor and Writer at Nonprofit Chronicles
Culture provides the tools necessary to foster passion within an organization; it creates a group of people who share your passion, and are excited to go the extra mile.
PASSION IS CONTAGIOUS
Passion is what fuels many of those who work in the philanthropic sector; and when passion drives what you do, it is easy to let it overflow into all aspects of life, often sparking inspiration and motivation in others. Philanthropy leverages resources and relationships to, simply put... get s**t done. It is a team effort between grantseekers and grantmakers to make changes and feed growth that cannot be done alone. The “meaning of life” is not to be the biggest and the baddest but to serve, give, and tackle social issues. Philanthropy has established a culture that thrives on giving, and giving is an expression of what you stand for, where your heart is, and where you seek to make a difference.
At Foundant, we are inspired and driven by each one of our clients, their hard work, and dedication to the sector. Therefore, we expect more of ourselves - to be more than software, to invest in client relationships (not just dollars), and to never give up on solving pain points for our clients as well as celebrating their triumphs. From these relationships, we have the opportunity to work hand in hand with passionate individuals who spark fires in the Foundant team.
ATTITUDE TRANSLATES INTO ACTION
Philanthropy is a community of humanitarians, people who improve lives, and transform communities. This impact goes far and fast, and we are inspired to dive in and do our part.
For the month of April we focused on being a catalyst:
Living in the beautiful city of Bozeman, Montana it’s almost routine to be captivated by the mountainous landscape and beauty that surrounds us everywhere we go. We have the ability to leave work and hit the trails, the rivers, or the slopes in a mere 30 minutes. And we want to enjoy this privilege for years to come. That is why we laced up our boots and hit the ground running this Earth Day to restore a network of trails within the Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park.
We also committed to planting a tree for each of our webinar attendees - so far, this has resulted in 105 trees!!
If you want a tree planted in your honor attend the May 9th Grant Lifecycle Manager Demonstration Webinar.
1% of New Business
During the month of April, we promised to reinvest 1% of new business back into the philanthropic sector. This totaled $5,064 dollars for the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, specifically for the completion of the Main Street to the Mountains trail system. Check it out here. Gallatin Valley Land Trust connects people, communities, and open lands through conservation of working farms and ranches, healthy rivers, and wildlife habitat, and the creation of trails in the Montana headwaters of the Missouri and Upper Yellowstone Rivers.
Thank you for sharing your passion with us. You have created an attitude of gratitude within the walls of our organization.