Washington, DC, February 26, 2015— Shifting Patterns Consulting, LLC is pleased to announce its contribution to the education revolution for changemakers with the publication of the “Nonprofit Funding and Long-Term Sustainability” Social Good Guide. Filled with practical advice, tips, and resources this publication offers a fresh perspective by combining the art of fundraising with developing the organizational capabilities that make the best use of these funds.
Authored by Kimberley Jutze, Founder and Chief Change Architect at Shifting Patterns Consulting, “Nonprofit Funding and Long-Term Sustainability” explores what first-time social entrepreneurs need to know in order to obtain funding for their nonprofit. More than a fundraising primer, “Nonprofit Funding and Long-Term Sustainability” also discusses how to put the people and processes in place that can sustain social enterprises beyond their launch.
“Nonprofit Funding and Long-Term Sustainability” is one of a series of 20 guides published by Social Innovators Collective. Authored by industry experts, the Social Good Guides are a collection of free subject-specific publications created for startup changemakers. The collection offers guidance on a variety of topics, such as communications, strategy, accounting, legal issues, branding, and marketing.
“The Social Good Guides grew out of a vision for connecting, educating, and providing resources to startup changemakers who often struggle to get the support they need to bring their ideas to fruition,” commented Shana Dressler, Founder of Social Innovators Collective and Creator of the Social Good Guides. “As lack of funding is a common challenge that startup changemakers face, our Nonprofit Funding and Funding Your Startup Social Enterprise guides are essential reading.”
The publication of the “Nonprofit Funding and Long-Term Sustainability” Social Good Guide follows the certification of Shifting Patterns as a B Corporation. Becoming a Certified B Corp propels the company’s efforts to build a stronger changemaker movement by working alongside social enterprises to develop the people and process capabilities needed to address the underlying causes of larger-scale challenges, such as improving education in under-resourced communities. Shifting Patterns joins a growing community of more than 1,200 B Corps in 38 countries and across 121 industries that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
“It’s gratifying to be publicly recognized for living up to the social and environmental performance standards that many of are clients hold themselves to,” said Ms. Jutze. “The B Corporation brand enhances our efforts to build trusting relationships at the outset.”
Shifting Patterns Consulting has the distinction of being the first B Corp in Washington, DC that supports social enterprises in the United States and around the world to strengthen their organizational capabilities.
About Shifting Patterns Consulting
Shifting Patterns facilitates social change by working alongside social enterprises and other changemakers to mobilize resources for addressing today’s most pressing challenges while developing the internal support systems needed for longer-term sustainability. Resource mobilization, institutional support, and partnership development services are tailored to the needs of each client. What separates Shifting Patterns from other consulting firms is an exclusive focus on changemakers, ability to establish working relationships grounded in trust and mutual respect, and a consulting model that strengthens organizational capacity through knowledge and skills transfer thereby reducing the need for external support.
About Social Good Guides
The Social Good Guides are a series of small-business guides created to support early stage social entrepreneurs, nonprofit founders, and individuals working on social impact projects. The goal of the guides is to centralize general knowledge and equip changemakers with information about the essential skills founders need to be familiar with in order to achieve success during the startup phase of their venture building. Each guide has been authored by a distinguished professional with sector expertise in the social impact space, designed by a seasoned graphic designer, and brought to life by a dedicated team of volunteers.
About B Corp
Certified B Corporations meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability as well as legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests and build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. A preliminary step for obtaining B Corp certification entails scoring a minimum of 80 points on the B Impact Assessment and includes categories for governance, workers, community, and the environment. B Lab, which administers the B Corporation assessment, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
For more information, please contact:
Kimberley Jutze, Chief Change Architect