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Meet Our New Team

By | Room40 Hiring, Room40 News | No Comments

]No summer holidays for us, we’ve been busy searching and finding 3 new recruits for The Room40 Group Team. We’re so glad to welcome these new folks to our team! We’ve gotten bigger which means we can support you better and develop new exciting insights.

Introducing our new lineup:

Associate Consultant Staff Team PhotoLiz Keeffe, Associate Consultant
Liz recently graduated with her MBA in Nonprofit Management and a Masters in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University. She brings experience in education and community development to the Room40 Group. The Team hopes that her farming experience and love of gardening will save the office plant.

Favorite Place in Boston: Liz enjoys walking along the Charles River with her dog, Tonia.

 
 

Analytics Product Manager Staff Team Photo

Karla Sordia, Analytics Product Manager
Karla brings a unique combination of public and nonprofit experience to Room40. She loves hiking across New England and programming macros in Excel. She has a degree in Economics from the University of Rochester and is originally from Monterrey, Mexico.

Favorite place in Boston: The Minuteman trail, especially along Spy pond, where she walks her dog.
 
 

Marketing and Sales Associate Staff Team Photo
Karena Viehbacher, Marketing and Sales Associate

Karena recently graduated with a Masters in Management from Babson College. She grew up between France and the United States before settling in Boston. Many of her sentences start with “So I was listening to this podcast…”

Favorite Place in Boston: People (and dog) watching from the South End Buttery with a latte and newspaper.

We’re growing – and hiring – and need your help!

By | Room40 Hiring, Room40 News

Hello from Room40!

Things are going great over here. In fact, we’re creating four new positions that will be the perfect fit for someone you just might know. Help us and that perfect someone find each other and we’ll thank you ‘til the end of time. Seriously. Free paperclips every time you come by our office.

We’ve all met those people that make us think, “Wow, I wish I had the right position for you.”  You know who they are— bright, driven, fun to work with. In short, they’re exceptional. You’ve probably met a few of them in your career, but not more than 3 or 4.  Well, that’s who we’re after.

At Room40 we’re known for consulting work that blends the strategy tool-kit honed at top firms with the experience gained as executives at nonprofits ranging in size from $5M to $150M. A growing number of organizations also know us for our revenue and impact analysis— a proprietary, data-rich set of insights that help nonprofits grow, change and improve.

Our team is growing in both areas of our work. We’re looking for

  • an Analytics Product Manager who will dive deep into messy, complicated data sets about nonprofits and their work and later emerge (to wild applause!) with beautiful data visualizations;
  • a Consultant (more senior) and Associate (more junior) to take these insights and help our nonprofit clients use them to change the world for the better; and
  • the perfect Marketing & Sales Associate who can tell these stories far and wide, so that an increasing number of nonprofits learn and improve from our work.

How can you help? We’re so glad you asked! Share the news and help us find those exceptional folks we’d be lucky to work with.  Drop us a note and tell us about them. You won’t be sorry you did. We promise. Paperclips are just the beginning.

All the best,

Ben, George and Anna

The Room40 Group

We found a partner in crime!

By | Room40 News

We found a partner in crime!  A soulmate!  Our better half!*

We’d like to introduce our new BFF:  GuideStar. We share a love of data and analysis, travel, sunsets, long walks on the beach…  oops.  I mean, commitment to data innovation and data distribution resulting in nonprofits making high-quality, data-informed decisions.

GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information for nonprofit organizations.  Working together, we will create valuable tools, informed by data, for the nonprofit sector.

The first result of our collaboration is The Map of Opportunity, showing the distribution and concentration of philanthropy across the U.S. – and how to use the information to raise more money.  If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out.  It will change the way you think about how much you can raise for your organization.

“We strive to provide data and analysis to help nonprofits make better decisions,” said Adrian Bordone, vice president for strategic partnerships at GuideStar. “Our collaboration with The Room40 Group is a sensible step in this direction by strengthening fundraising strategy and execution.”

Partnering with GuideStar will raise the awareness of our work and help us build a community of nonprofit leaders who value data and learning from each other – which only makes our work better (and more fun).  So, yes, we’re a bit smitten.

We look forward to sharing the results of our collaboration with you.  Stay tuned!

Yours in pursuit of better decisions, faster,

Anna, Ben, George and Harleen
aka The Room40 Group

 

*Yes, that’s hyperbole.  We don’t actually commit crimes.  And we’re not leaving our spouses to run off with GuideStar.  We’re working with GuideStar to promote great tools for nonprofits, informed by GuideStar’s data and our analysis.  It’s a working relationship we all believe will improve the sector.

 

Show me the money!

By | Cool Analysis, Philanthropy, Room40 News

Yes!  We will show you the money!  The Map of Opportunity: A Practical Guide to Philanthropy in the U.S. is for sale!  Get your very own copy for $495 (individual) or $995 (organization).  Click here to buy it now.

The Map of Opportunity reveals:

  • The distribution of philanthropy across the U.S.
  • How much money is in each of the Top 50 markets
  • Practical advice for raising more money

The Map of Opportunity is an 180-page report presenting never-before-seen data on philanthropy in the U.S.  You will see how philanthropy is distributed across the U.S.  You will get detailed information about philanthropy in the Top 50 markets, from NY, NY to Providence, RI, including:

  • How much philanthropy is from Foundations, Corporations and Individuals in each market
  • How philanthropy is distributed across the counties in each market
  • The top 10 Foundations, Corporations and Zip Codes for individual giving in each market

The Map of Opportunity pairs this critical data with easy to follow how-to guides to help your organization use the data to raise more money.  We show you how to:

  • Create a shared understanding of your philanthropic market(s) within your organization
  • Assess the long-term potential of your market(s) and others
  • Set revenue target(s) for the coming year

Get your copy today.  You won’t be disappointed.

The Map of Opportunity:  Philanthropy in the 381 Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the U.S.

Yours in data and insights,

Anna, Ben, George, and Harleen
The Room40 Group

[Psst…  not convinced yet?  Check out a free download of the Executive Summary and a couple pages of each section.  Take a peek and then buy the other 160 pages with confidence.]

Who is the Room40 Group?
A consulting and advisory group, we work with the leadership of nonprofits to help their organizations improve, grow and change.  We created the Room40 Group to help nonprofits combine data and learning from peers in pursuit of better decisions, faster.

“Where is the Money?”

By | Cool Analysis, Philanthropy, Room40 News

“The need for our services feels endless. We must find the dollars to do more, but WHERE’s the money??”

We asked ourselves this question time and again as nonprofit executives.  It was so pressing – and so hard to answer – that we decided to dedicate ourselves to the data collection and analysis that would help us answer it.  After 2+ years of collecting, analyzing, sharing, testing, head-scratching and validating, we have some data and insights to share.  Data and insights that, we believe, will help nonprofits answer the question: “where can we raise more money?”

In May, we will release these insights as The Map of Opportunity: A practical Guide to Philanthropy in the U.S.  The Map, for the first time, reveals the distribution of the $333B in philanthropy in the U.S., showing the 381 metro areas from which 90% of it originates.  (Just look at all that space without dots — that’s the other 10%.  Yikes.)

The Map of Opportunity:  Philanthropy in the 381 Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the U.S.

The Map is a practical guide to using the data to generate insights and take action, answering these critical questions:

  1. How much philanthropy is in my market?
  2. How much can I raise in my market over time?
  3. What revenue target should I set for next year?

The Map includes data on individual, corporate and foundation giving by county for the top 50 philanthropic markets in the U.S.

Sample Market Overview: Boston, Massachusetts

Three “Insight to Action” sections show you how to put the data to use:

  • Orient Leadership to Markets: Learn how to use The Map to create a shared understanding within your leadership team of the markets in which you raise money – a prerequisite for making better decisions faster.
  • Assess the Potential of Your Markets (and others):  One-third of what you raise can be explained by where you are.  We show you how to combine The Map with peer data to assess the potential of a market.
  • Set Your Annual Revenue Targets:  Now we get tactical and show you how to combine what you’ve learned about market potential with what you know about your internal pipeline, competence and capacity to help you set revenue targets for the next year.

Of course, there is no silver bullet; The Map alone won’t solve all our problems. However, it CAN inform and improve decision-making, helping you raise more money.

Keep an eye out for the big release in the coming weeks.  For $495, you can have your very own copy.  If you want to be sure not to miss it, drop us a line and we’ll put you on the pre-release list for an extra special note when it’s up for sale.  We’re excited to share it with you!

All the best,

Anna, Ben, George and Harleen
The Room40 Group

Good things come in 3s!

By | Growth strategy, Room40 News

Did we say good things? GREAT things. Check it out: rings in a circus; wheels on a tricycle; feet off the ground (and rising) De La Soul is; blind mice; Stooges; members in Destiny’s Child; ingredients in a BLT… we could go on.

Truly, three is a magic number. So in that spirit here’s a little update on the 3 awesome things that have been happening in Room40.

Growth strategy, baby!

We’ve been working with two amazing organizations:  ioby and Braven.

ioby (in our backyards) is a crowd-resourcing platform that provides neighbors with the tools and support they need to create positive change in their neighborhoods.  (Think: opposite of NIMBY.)  We are helping ioby’s leadership develop a strategy, financial model and growth plan to support 5000 projects a year.  Check them out!

For too long, being the first in your family to go to college also meant you weren’t as likely as your peers to get a good job. Braven is changing this – and attracting a lot of attention in the process!  We are working with Braven’s powerhouse team identifying the best growth strategy for them.

We’re always keen to learn about great organizations looking for help planning their growth or adjusting to having grown.  No surprise, some of our favorite projects have been for friends of friends.  So, don’t be shy: you are an excellent matchmaker.  Introduce us to your favorite nonprofit, we’ll do the rest!

Your on-going quest to find the $$!
(aka, “Can’t we get better at this fundraising business?!”)

We are *this close* to introducing our latest labor of love:  a map and practical guide to all the philanthropy in the U.S., broken down by individual, corporate, foundation with detailed stats for the top 50 metro areas.  And what to do about it.  Yeah, get your head around that:  how much $$ is in Boston, vs. San Fran, vs. NYC (and 47 others…) and how it can help you make better decisions, faster about revenue strategy and annual targets.  This is the data and “how to” that we were sharing via LinkedIn posts last fall.  It’s grown up to be a real (big) thing: data and “how to” you can’t live without.  If you want to get on the “pre-release” list, drop us a line.
Is it just you three?

Actually, no.  We loved being 3, but it couldn’t last forever.  We have a fabulous new Associate Harleen.  She comes to us from Boston College, having just spent a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in LA.  She has a passion for nonprofits, a great sense of humor and incredible tolerance for 40-somethings who think they are wicked smaht, pretty cool and exceptionally funny.  Yup – we found our unicorn.  And we’re looking for more! Know some people who would be a great fit for Room40? We’re all ears.

So, those are our 3… what are yours??  Drop us a line and let us know.  And don’t forget to introduce us to your old college roommate who is on that Board that is looking for a consultant to do a strategic plan.   We’ll tell them you’re still as smart and funny as you were back then.  Promise.

– The Room40 Team:  Anna, Ben, George and Harleen

Introducing the new Room40 Group!

By | Room40 News

Greetings from Room40, also known as Ben, George and Anna!

Room40 was founded not too long ago to help nonprofit organizations improve, grow and change. Ben and George, as nonprofit executives and former strategy consultants, experienced firsthand how the right analysis, knowhow, and better practices led to better decisions, faster.  Room40 was created to help nonprofits do just that.

Room40’s first 18 months has proven that lots of you agree! We have worked with over a dozen growing organizations across the country – many you would recognize – giving them a boost that makes it a little easier to change the world.  We also developed a new service unique in the nonprofit sector—Peer Performance Insights —that gives nonprofit leaders access to critical data about philanthropy.

Today we’re taking another big step forward!  Anna Fincke is joining The Room40 Group as a Partner.  Anna comes to Room40 with many years’ Executive and Board leadership experience.  Most recently, she was Vice President of Work Exchange Programs at CIEE, a nonprofit in Portland, Maine.  In this capacity, she led a $20M operating division bringing 30,000 young people to the U.S. each year for cultural exchange programs in a highly regulated and quickly changing environment.

We’ve known Anna a long time—the three of us all started in strategy consulting together many years ago.  We couldn’t be more ecstatic to get this particular band back together.

At Room40, we leverage our experience, our network, and data to help nonprofit leaders make better decisions faster based on lessons learned from others’ success.  Check out our website to learn more about what we do and how we can help your organization.

All the best,

Ben, George and Anna

The Room40 Group
Better decisions, faster.

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