Nurturing Nonprofits: Highlights from The Patterson Foundation's Sixth Thrive & Dine

Nurturing Nonprofits: Highlights from The Patterson Foundation's Sixth Thrive & Dine

Posted on February 12, 2024 by Larry Clark, Managing Partner and Principal, No Margin, No Mission™ & Mike Oxman, Managing Partner and Principal, No Margin, No Mission™

The Patterson Foundation (TPF) recently hosted its sixth Thrive & Dine in Sarasota to mark a significant milestone in the ongoing journey of 26 nonprofits participating in the Margin & Mission Ignition (MMI) earned-income initiative. The event provided a platform for executive directors / CEOs, board members, and staff to come together, connect, learn, share, and strengthen their commitment to social enterprise. Highlights from the Thrive & Dine were captured in this short 5-minute video.




Facilitated by consultants Mike Oxman and Larry Clark from the national consulting firm No Margin, No Mission, the session commenced with two insightful mini-panels featuring six MMI organizations, each offering valuable perspectives and experiences on building and sustaining successful earned-income ventures. The first panel, entitled "Creativity, Consistency, and Clarity," delved into essential ingredients for thriving ventures. Beyond the Spectrum emphasized the importance of humanizing ventures, while Selah Freedom shared strategies for getting noticed in a crowded marketplace. Charlotte County Homeless Coalition highlighted the significance of consistent promotion for driving visibility and interest.

The second panel entitled, "Staying Nimble and Flexible," emphasized adaptability in navigating market changes. Literacy Council of Sarasota stressed the need to stay ahead of shifts, while Resilient Retreat highlighted the value of continuous improvement. Manatee Performing Arts Center emphasized community connection as a key to meeting evolving needs.

After a break for lunch and a celebratory MMI cake, the session resumed with eight MMI organizations presenting a series of 5-Minute Thrive Dives and sharing practical business-building tips. Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity proposed holiday-themed marketing campaigns, while Art Center Sarasota emphasized stakeholder engagement beyond the pitch. Venice Main Street discussed the importance of effective e-commerce platforms, and NAMI Sarasota and Manatee Counties stressed the significance of strategic staffing.

Sarasota Opera highlighted the value of industry connections, while Manatee County Habitat for Humanity shared insights on improving online visibility. Big Cat Habitat emphasized the power of visual storytelling, and Humane Society of Manatee County explored opportunities for spinoff ventures.

The session concluded with a special presentation from TPF's Michael Corley, who expressed gratitude to all MMI participants and acknowledged their dedication. Each organization received an honorarium for participating, underscoring TPF's commitment to supporting their efforts.

The Thrive & Dine exemplified the power of collaboration, innovation, and collective learning in advancing social enterprise. By fostering connections and sharing best practices, TPF and MMI participants are not only enhancing their revenue streams but also amplifying their mission impact within the community.

As these nonprofits continue to implement the insights gained from the Thrive & Dine, they are poised to create lasting change and make a meaningful difference in the lives of those they serve. With ongoing support from TPF and a shared commitment to social innovation, the future looks bright for these organizations as they continue to thrive and grow.

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