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Affiliate Spotlight: RAND Strategic Solutions, LLC

Posted By Charlotte Gill, 3 hours ago

1. What is your business name?

RAND Strategic Solutions, LLC


2. What do you (or your business) specialize in?

We are a consulting firm that provides everyday solutions to a business’ everyday problems.  For nonprofits, we carry that an extra step and show you how to achieve the maximum impact in your community, creating a solid foundation on which to operate.  Whether it’s fine-tuning your mission and vision statements, developing SMART strategic goals, or creating measurable program outcomes, our job is to ensure your success!


3. How did you get started in consulting?

About five years ago, I had the opportunity to leave the corporate world and venture out on my own, creating RAND Strategic Solutions, LLC.  I have been able to work with a diverse slate of businesses, meet many interesting people, challenge my limits, and most importantly, help others be the best at what they do.


4. What are you really good at?

I excel at determining the root cause of an issue so I can develop the appropriate solution that resolves your pain points.  I tell it like it is and give you candid honesty.  My personal sweet spot is creating strategies that move the needle for your agency and help you identify those obstacles (risks) that will prevent your success.


5. What is your firm really good at?

RAND Strategic Solutions is really good at showing you how to operate your nonprofit like a business, finding that perfect balance between corporate world best practices and the mission of your nonprofit.  For example, every business should have:

·         Mission, vision, and values statements

·        Strategic goals and objectives (and what the risks are to not accomplishing them)

·         Measurable program outcomes

·         Fiscal accountability (yes, somebody needs to count the beans on a regular basis and know what they mean!)

·         Diversified cash flows (and which have the highest ROI)

·         An effective board of directors and adds value to your agency

·         An organizational structure that helps you run smoothly

Give us a call for a complimentary meeting to see how we can help you with these and other opportunities.


6. What do you do better than your rivals?

We focus specifically on the business aspect of your business.  While well versed in leadership development, corporate culture, organizational development, coaching, or toxicity in the workplace, these are people-based topics and solutions.  Of course, the people in your organization are your greatest and most important resource, and RAND Strategic Solutions makes sure your business model supports and complements your people.  Your business framework (backend operations, logistics, front office, marketing, development, etc.) needs to be effective and efficient in order to offer the best programs possible and achieve maximum impact in your community. 


7. Who are some of your clients?

Our clients have included a broad range of sectors such as academia, the visual and performing arts, interior design, home staging, digital marketing, product and promotional branding, health and wellness, and banking.  Some of our nonprofit clients are the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, the Martin County Library System, Women Empowering Women, the Arts Council of Martin County, St. Mary’s Healing Center, CareBag, the Interagency Council of Martin County, and our own Nonprofits First.


8. What’s the most unique aspect of what you do?

I believe our uniqueness is the fact that we can take a complex situation or problem and transform it into a simple workable solution that is easily executable.


9. Who inspires you?

That’s a difficult question as it is hard to choose just one person.  I would say, however, that the philanthropic mindset of the people in Palm Beach and on the Treasure Coast humbles me.  There is so much generosity and outpouring in our communities as we try to address the multitude of issues people face on a daily basis.


10. What cause or mission is close to your heart?

We need to ensure people have access to the basics:  shelter, food, clothing, education, and healthcare.


11. What is your connection to the nonprofit community?

My connection to the nonprofit community started with the United Way of Atlanta, serving as a loaned executive for the annual campaign.  I worked on the combined Federal and state campaign and learned firsthand what huge needs we had in the community.  Ever since, I have tried to help close that gap.


12. How can organizations best reach you?

I can be reached via email at or by phone at 772.600.5529.  You can also check out our website at

Tags:  Affiliate Consultant  Fundraising  Leadership  Nonprofit Philanthropy  Strategic Planning 

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Top 99 Grantmakers in Palm Beach County

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Thursday, July 18, 2019

As a Funding Information Network partner, Nonprofits First subscribes to The Foundation Center – a database of over 140,000 grantmakers. Does your nonprofit have strong relationships with your granting partners? Are you connected to foundations that align with your nonprofit’s mission and vision? There is always work to be done in this area - that's why it's called development!

Grant-seeking is a process and building relationships with funders takes time and effort. On average nonprofits in the United States receive about 16% of their overall funding from Foundations - with a majority (70%) of revenue coming from individual donors. (Source: Giving USA) Grants are small but important piece of a diversified revenue stream. 

Here are the top grantmakers based in Palm Beach County that fund programs in Palm Beach County: (Source: Foundation Center)

1.       Community Foundation For Palm Beach And Martin Counties

2.       Quantum Foundation

3.       E. M. Lynn Foundation

4.       The Bay Branch Foundation

5.       Lost Tree Village Charitable Foundation

6.       Lattner Family Foundation, Inc.

7.       C. Olsen 1990 Private Foundation

8.       Frank J. Lewis Foundation, Inc.

9.       Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation, Inc.

10.   Walter & Adi Blum Foundation, Inc.

11.   The Celia L. And Victor W. Farris Foundation

12.   Sidney Kohl Family Foundation

13.   Palm Health Foundation, Inc.

14.   Libra Foundation, Inc.

15.   J.M. Rubin Foundation, Inc.

16.   The William H. Pitt Foundation, Inc.

17.   HE Hill Foundation

18.   P. J. Callahan Foundation Inc.

19.   Raymond Zimmerman Family Foundation

20.   C. Kenneth And Laura Baxter Foundation, Inc.

21.   The David Minkin Foundation

22.   United Way Of Palm Beach County

23.   Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Foundation, Inc.

24.   The Fortin Foundation Of Florida, Inc.

25.   R. A. Ritter Foundation

26.   Halperin Foundation Inc.

27.   Scaife Family Foundation

28.   Mestal Foundation, Inc.

29.   Marcy And Leona Chanin Foundation, Inc.

30.   Lawrence J. & Florence A. Degeorge Charitable Trust

31.   Forrest C. & Frances H. Lattner Foundation

32.   Kristine Olsen Private Foundation

33.   Michael & Annie Falk Foundation

34.   Eleanor Patterson Reeves Foundation, Inc.

35.   The Geo Group Foundation, Inc.

36.   The John F. Scarpa Foundation

37.   Harvey And Phyllis Sandler Foundation, Inc.

38.   The Raymond L. Golden Family Foundation, Inc.

39.   J. Ira And Nicki Harris Family Foundation, Inc.

40.   The Mary Alice Fortin Foundation

41.   The Liman Foundation, Inc.

42.   Sun Capital Partners Foundation

43.   Nextera Energy Foundation, Inc.

44.   Sandelman Foundation

45.   The Azeez Foundation

46.   The Edward & Lucille Kimmel Foundation, Inc.

47.   Denise And William Meyer Foundation

48.   Edward T. Bedford Foundation

49.   Kessler Family Foundation

50.   R. Cathleen Cox Mcfarlane Charitable Foundation, Inc.

51.   The Pechter Family Foundation

52.   Mark And Mary Freitas Frietas Foundation

53.   McNulty Charitable Foundation, Inc.

54.   Johnson Scholarship Foundation

55.   Jewish Federation Of Palm Beach County

56.   The Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation

57.   Hufty Foundation

58.   Harcourt M. And Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation, Inc.

59.   Mildred & Abner Levine Family Foundation

60.   Marshall And Vera Lea Rinker Foundation, Inc.

61.   The Selma And Irving Ettenberg Foundation

62.   Richard L. & Lois S. Werner Family Foundation

63.   The Stiles-Nicholson Foundation

64.   The Joan B. And Richard L. Barovick Family Foundation

65.   The Rothschild Family Foundation Inc.

66.   The Nancy Brinker Charitable Foundation

67.   Richard S. Johnson Family Foundation

68.   Kanders Foundation, Inc.

69.   The Bruce E. And Robbi S. Toll Foundation

70.   Daelansa Foundation

71.   Alan H. & Harriet L. Miller Foundation, Inc.

72.   Gubelmann Family Foundation, Inc.

73.   Sam W. Klein Charitable Foundation Inc.

74.   Gary Peters Family Foundation, Inc.

75.   The Isenberg Family Charitable Trust

76.   The Connors Foundation, Inc.

77.   James Held & Kenn Karakul Charitable Foundation Inc.

78.   Samuel C. Cantor Charitable Trust

79.   Jerome & Anne C. Fisher Charitable Foundation

80.   Norman Shulevitz Foundation, Inc.

81.   Cornelia T. Bailey Charitable Trust

82.   Whitehall Foundation, Inc.

83.   Eda And Cliff Viner Family Foundation, Inc.

84.   Garvy Family Foundation, Inc.

85.   The Marvin H. Davidson Foundation, Inc.

86.   The Thomas C. Quick Charitable Trust Dated December 29, 1986

87.   Make A Difference Foundation Inc.

88.   Sidney And Jacqueline Wolgin Foundation, Inc.

89.   The Annette & Jack Friedland Charitable Foundation Inc.

90.   The W. Bradford Ingalls Charitable Foundation

91.   The Stanton Family Foundation

92.   J.C. Foundation

93.   Kate Obstgarten Private Foundation

94.   Louis & Anne Green Family Foundation

95.   The Steven E. Bernstein Family Foundation Inc.

96.   Levitetz Family Foundation, Inc

97.   Donald A. Burns Foundation Inc.

98.   Alice Busch Gronewaldt Foundation Inc.

99.   Richard And Peggy Greenfield Foundation


To reserve the Grant Research Center at Nonprofits First, call 561-214-7435.

Tags:  Charities  Fundraising  GrantsGiving USA 2018  Nonprofit Philanthropy 

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Member Spotlight: The Guatemalan-Maya Center and Achieve

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The recent Great Give was a boon for The Guatemalan-Maya Center (accredited nonprofit organization and member), which brought in nearly $40,000 during the one-day fundraising event.


The organization worked with the marketing company Achieve (our affiliate member) in raising the money through social media, e-blasts, and a string of volunteers.


How did they do it?


We asked Erica Linguanti, Achieve’s director of marketing, to explain their strategies for the campaign – and describe how similar strategies can help other nonprofits in various fundraising efforts.


It’s our May Member spotlight.



1) How did Achieve help The Guatemalan-Maya Center raise $38,787 during the Great Give?


Erica Linguanti: We developed a multi-channel campaign strategy to help The Guatemalan-Maya Center meet their goal of raising $30,000 to expand their after school program. Here are some of the key tactics we used to support our overall strategy:


1. Identified a clear/realistic fundraising goal. In the case of The Guatemalan-Maya Center, instead of simply having a monetary goal, we equated the goal to the impact: “Help 30 kids succeed in school this year.”


2. Updated their website to be mobile responsive and implemented a new donation platform for pre and post donations. It was important that their donation tool was both mobile friendly and trackable through Facebook conversion tracking.


3. Developed an email messaging strategy to leverage storytelling before, during, and after the Great Give to encourage support.


4. Utilized both paid and organic social media to generate awareness and garner donations. Paid social advertising was especially critical because it allowed us to leverage a variety of retargeting tactics to best reach our key audiences. To really succeed on social you can’t rely on a few organic posts anymore. On Facebook, typically only about 1-3% of your followers will ever organically see your content - and it usually takes at least 5-7 messaging “touch points” before a user will ever consider taking action. For better or worse, Facebook (and Instagram) have become very pay-to-play platforms making your organic social strategy only as effective as your paid social strategy (and vice versa).


5. Created phone scripts volunteers could use to reach out to past donors and encourage participation in the Great Give. Sometimes accomplishing fundraising goals takes a village, so we wanted to setup volunteers for success!


2) Was there anything during the Great Give event that didn’t go as planned?


Erica Linguanti: Initially we were unable to secure a donor match - which was a key tactic in our overall strategy. After this setback, we pivoted to a new messaging strategy. Then, a little over one week before the Great Give, our plans changed again after a $5,000 donor match was secured. While we were thrilled to have a match to help incentivize donors, the last-minute match meant we needed to change our messaging strategy again. With any type of marketing campaign, it’s important to remain flexible! 


3) What advice would you give other nonprofits about raising money during the Great Give or other events?


Erica Linguanti: The biggest pieces of advice I would give to other nonprofits looking to raise money during the Great Give (or other pinnacle events) would be to:


1. Start early! #GivingTuesday is coming in November. Ideally, you should be planning your strategy no later than July/August.


2. Keep your goal(s) simple and tangible. It also helps to humanize your ask by attaching money to actual impact. For example, with The Guatemalan-Maya Center, our goal was to “Help 30 kids succeed in school this year” vs. “Help us raise $30,000.”


3. Leverage paid social media advertising to extend your digital reach and get in front of new audiences.


4. Remember that for “day of giving” events - it’s not just about the amount of money raised. Giving days are great opportunities to bring in new donors for your organization that you can cultivate over time (and hopefully turn into loyal donors).


Learn more about The Guatemalan-Maya Center here.


Learn more about Achieve here.


If your nonprofit has a great story to tell, contact Charlotte Gill at Nonprofits First: 561-910-3891 or

Tags:  Affiliate Consultant  Charitable Giving  Charities  Collaborations  Fundraising  Membership  Nonprofit  Nonprofit Philanthropy 

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Need Funding?

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Monday, July 30, 2018

Do you know a charity in Palm Beach County that could benefit from support in either people power or donations? Of course you do! Submit your information to the West Palm 100 by September 30.

More information here: 


Tags:  Charitable Giving  Charities  Fundraising  Membership  Nonprofit Philanthropy 

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Charitable giving exceeded the $400 billion mark in 2017

Posted By Sophia Raymond, Tuesday, July 17, 2018
For the first time ever, charitable giving exceeded the $400 billion mark in 2017, spurred by growth from all four sources of giving. Check out the infographic from Giving USA. Read More...

Tags:  Charitable Giving  Charities  Fundraising  Giving USA 2018  Membership  Nonprofit  Philanthropy 

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