Invest Now, or Regret Later

By Mary Moss, Partner. The Dow Jones all-time high of 34,811 happened on May 7, 2021. Given the year we have had, I have been astonished at U.S. economic performance amid the disruption of the pandemic, the calls for justice, and political polarization. Yet, experts continue to promote economic optimism this year and in the coming years, some saying that the best is yet to come. Of course, all of that is subject to opinion and evolving data. The economy and philanthropy are partners for life, and when the former does well, so does the latter. In 2020, depending on which report you read, overall giving increased slightly, or increased in some sectors, or decreased. In 2021 so far, we are seeing donors give generously, respond faster with pledges and payments, and volunteer more freely. Every capital campaign moss+ross is supporting is finding success. [...]

Client Success

Record $2M gift launches AI Program at the NC School of Science and Mathematics  "A $2 million gift to the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics from alumnus and entrepreneur Carl Ryden '89 and his wife, Ashley -- the largest private gift in the school’s history -- will launch a program putting NCSSM on the leading-edge of public schools in America for learning about artificial intelligence and its place in society, NCSSM announced Thursday." (click here for the full article) Thomas F. Looney, Chair of the NCSSM Board of Trustees; Karen LeVert, Chair of the NCSSM Foundation; Carl Ryden; wife Ashley Ryden; NCSSM Chancellor Todd Roberts; and UNC President Margaret Spellings (Photo courtesy of NCSSM)

2020-02-28T18:03:44-05:00January 14th, 2019|All Posts, Client Highlights|

Show your board some love

At this year’s AFP Philanthropy Forecast, held January 26, Mary Moss led a roundtable where participants discussed the importance of strong board leadership. As part of the conversation, Mary asked participants what was on their minds. The issue most cited was that board members did not have a full understanding of their roles and responsibilities, and therefore had unclear expectations for the staff, and vice versa. Suggestions to address this issue include the following: Present a written and up-to-date job description to each potential board member before joining the board so expectations are clear from the beginning; Plan a board orientation in the first months of a new board member’s tenure that involves staff and key board members; Ask the board chair to have one-on-one meetings annually with all board members as a way to check in to see what [...]

National Philanthropy Day in the Triangle

Mary and Susan were honored to host Barker French and David Reese from East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) at our table for AFP’s National Philanthropy Day on November 12. Barker represents the very best qualities in a fundraising volunteer, and we were proud to nominate him for the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser recognition. Barker has a passion for working with the poorest children in Durham. In 2008 he envisioned a community partnership similar to the Harlem Children's Zone with the goal of preparing East Durham's children for college or a career. As a result of his hard work and vision EDCI was launched in 2009 with a mission to create a pipeline of quality services for children and families in a 120 block area of East Durham. For more information about EDCI, please go to: http://edci.org/

2020-02-21T18:22:54-05:00December 4th, 2014|All Posts, Client Highlights|

moss+ross at the 10th Annual NC Philanthropy Conference

The 2014 NC Philanthropy Conference gathered hundreds of development professionals last week at the Durham Convention Center. moss+ross co-founders Mary Moss and Susan Ross, and senior associate Chuck Fyfe gave a presentation that promised to make everyone’s life more organized – and who doesn’t need that?! Susan said she and Mary were happy to be part of the conference and have a chance to welcome the rest of the state to our part of the world.  “We have benefited from career-long associations with AFP and were proud to present on a topic we consider essential to good fundraising: good planning.” One feature of the session was adaptation of the Critical Path Method (CPM), used frequently in the mainstream business world, to the demands and nuances of nonprofit work. “These methodologies can be scaled and customized to greatly benefit nonprofit work, [...]

2020-02-21T18:22:01-05:00August 19th, 2014|All Posts, Team Expertise|
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