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Margin & Mission Ignition

October 2013–Present

Margin & Mission Ignition

The Purpose

For-profit companies and nonprofit organizations may have different goals, but they share a common need to develop financial models that help their organizations thrive. Through Margin & Mission Ignition, nonprofits gain access to expert guidance so they can explore new ways to build thriving organizations with diverse revenue sources that sustain and extend their capacity to do good in the community. Participating nonprofit organizations are located in Florida’s Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties.

Strengthening the Impact

By engaging No Margin, No Mission, a national consulting firm and social enterprise, The Patterson Foundation is strengthening the efforts of people, organizations, and communities by igniting interest in earned-income possibilities and ensuring nonprofits have access to expertise and resources to develop entrepreneurial, revenue-generating plans to support and expand their missions in a resource-challenged world.

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Why does The Patterson Foundation support this initiative?

By supporting this initiative, The Patterson Foundation is providing the opportunity for nonprofits in our region to learn about earned-income opportunities. Nonprofits that meet participation criteria will learn and share with each other as they go through the 18-month process to develop and implement an earned-income plan. Rather than providing grants to nonprofits, the foundation is providing access to expertise through its engagement with No Margin, No Mission.

Why is this initiative called Margin & Mission Ignition?

When margin grows in a nonprofit, it provides an opportunity to expand the organization's mission. This initiative is about igniting interest in earned-income, exploring possibilities, sharing and connecting experiences, as well as planning and implementing earned-income strategies with nonprofits throughout Southwest Florida.

How do non-profit organizations get involved in Margin & Mission Ignition?

The Margin & Mission Ignition initiative follows this process:
  • In partnership with No Margin, No Mission, TPF invites non-profit organizations in our region to participate in a series of educational labs to learn about earned income.
  • Nonprofits that attend the labs, meet all participation criteria, and demonstrate alignment of leadership, willingness, readiness, capacity, and culture are invited to apply for the 18-month earned income business planning and implementation process.
  • Nonprofits selected will be coached to create and implement viable earned-income plans.
  • Nonprofits will present business plans to investors, donors, and funders in a "fast-pitch" presentation designed to attract needed startup/growth capital.
  • Nonprofits will be mentored as they implement earned-income plans.
  • Nonprofits will learn and share from each other at key times.
  • Consultants will track and monitor progress for a year following the implementation of the earned-income plans.

Is there a fee to participate?

The Patterson Foundation covers all expenses associated with the educational labs, consultation, and technical assistance for earned-income plan development, implementation, and monitoring. Participating organizations must allocate sufficient staff time and talent to ensure full engagement throughout the initiative.

What organizations are participating in 2017?

Four new nonprofits from Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties have opted to take on the 30-month process that will provide the opportunity to develop and implement business plans to build capacity, boost revenue, and strengthen their impact in the region during 2017:

Humane Society of Manatee County
Peace River Wildlife Center
Prospect Riding Center
Satchel’s Last Resort

The following organizations participated in earned-income planning and implementation in 2016:

Charlotte Players, Inc.
Florida Maritime Museum
Gulf Coast Heritage Association (Historic Spanish Point)
The Literacy Council of Sarasota
The Manatee Players, Inc.

The following organizations participated in earned-income planning and implementation in 2015, then opted to complete a bonus discovery in early 2016 — which was a gift from The Patterson Foundation — and have chosen to complete a second earned-income project this year:

Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity
Friendship Centers
Pines of Sarasota

Will The Patterson Foundation fund earned-income projects?

The Patterson Foundation is committed to providing the expertise for nonprofits to learn about earned-income opportunities and, for those that meet participation criteria, to design and implement earned-income plans. The Patterson Foundation does not anticipate being a primary source of startup capital for earned-income projects but has incentivized mission investments through matching challenges.

Who can I contact about the Margin & Mission Ignition initiative?

For more information, contact initiative consultant Michael Corley: mcorley@thepattersonfoundation.org.


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