Thread Journal

Everyone Deserves a Chance to Connect and to Learn

A conversation with Jeanna Finamore, Executive Director at MentorPrize

“When you mentor someone, you take their story home with you. It becomes part of your story. It changes you and the way you see the world around you.”

Thread: Your role at MentorPrize is your first in the nonprofit sector – why did you choose to make the transition from the corporate world at this point in your career?

Loree Lipstein

July 6, 2018

The Future Is Bright

Thread Principal Tracy Shaw reflects on recent powerful fundraising efforts of the next generation

It’s Valentine’s Day 2018 and my heart is breaking. I’m at my computer, it’s the early afternoon and my social media feeds begins to flood with the horrible news: another school shooting and mass murder, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Parkland,

Loree Lipstein

April 10, 2018

Smiles Required

A conversation with Jamie Clem, Development Specialist at EarthEcho International

“Touch base in some way at least once a quarter and smile when you’re talking on the phone, even if you’re just leaving a message. It’s all about relationships and well-tended ones often yield exciting results!”

Thread: Why did you choose development/fundraising as your profession?

Loree Lipstein

April 9, 2018

“Gerbil Clippings:” My Favorite Fundraising and Nonprofit Reading

Looking to round out your reading on philanthropy and nonprofits? Thread's own Holly Richardson shares her list of must-read and must-share resources

“Gerbil clippings” are random articles and postings I missed on my own but am absolutely thrilled to read. My mother and I coined the term, as she has a long history of sending me unexpected articles from a motley variety of publications – think The Economist,

Loree Lipstein

March 7, 2018

Take a Victory Lap, Not a Sprint

How EarthEcho International increased individual giving by more than 100%

When Thread began working with EarthEcho, its primary funding source was corporate partnerships, followed by foundations. EarthEcho sought to continue growing these important relationships while also building a more robust individual giving program that would take advantage of the immense support individuals offer every year to nonprofits in America [as demonstrated by GivingUSA’s annual analysis].

Loree Lipstein

January 31, 2018

Falling Into a Great Fit

A conversation with William Ross, Development Manager at Reach, Incorporated

In my opinion, having people there who have your back while you grow as a professional is priceless.

Thread: Why did you choose development/fundraising as your profession?

William: I’m not sure I would say that I “chose” development,

Loree Lipstein

January 31, 2018

3 Tips for Nonprofit Startups Looking for Funding

This post originally appeared on the CASE at Duke Blog on June 9

A March 8, 2014 New York Times article highlighted the rapid growth of the nonprofit sector, citing an Urban League study that determined that during the 10-year period between 2001 – 2011, the number of nonprofits in the US grew 25%,

Loree Lipstein

June 13, 2016

Tying Everything Together

The story behind the thread brand identity

A trademark (a.k.a. “logo”) is the symbol by which an organization represents itself. While the foundation of successful brand identity often starts with a simple graphic element, it derives meaning from the principles that inspire it, becoming more than the sum of its parts.

Loree Lipstein

February 9, 2016