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New Nonprofits Embark on Earned-Income Ventures Through Margin & Mission Ignition

Posted on July 25, 2019 by The Patterson Foundation
When nonprofits have the ability to conceive and enact a plan to generate revenue, they’re able to unlock new possibilities that strengthen their impact in the community. For five years, Margin & Mission Ignition has provided nonprofits a platform to explore, develop and implement earned-income plans.

Three nonprofits from Sarasota and Charlotte counties will participate in Margin & Mission Ignition 2019, an entrepreneurial initiative of The Patterson Foundation designed to build organizational capacity, boost revenue and strengthen mission impact. Throughout the 30-month process, participating nonprofits will work with No Margin, No Mission, a social enterprise and national consulting firm, to develop and implement earned-income strategies.

Since its inception in 2015, Margin & Mission Ignition has helped organizations strengthen their impact and enhance their ability to serve the community through entrepreneurial strategies. This latest cohort of nonprofits is joining a network of 21 organizations from Charlotte, Manatee, and Sarasota counties with missions spanning from education to the visual and performing arts.

“Over the years, Margin & Mission Ignition has proven to be a game-changer for organizations who have demonstrated the leadership, willingness, readiness, capacity, and culture to develop earned-income streams,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “These three organizations are embarking on a rigorous process that should heighten their mission impact through enhanced revenue. The Patterson Foundation is honored to support this thrivability journey.”

Participating organizations in the 2019 initiative include:
Before applying to participate in the 30-month process, each of these nonprofits attended a series of learning labs with No Margin, No Mission and were evaluated on their readiness to take on earned-income planning. As the initiative progresses, the social enterprise firm will assemble the cohort to learn and share their experiences as they build and execute their business plans.

For more information about The Patterson Foundation’s Margin & Mission Ignition 2019 initiative, please visit or join the conversation using #TPFMarginMission on social media.

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