Date: Oct 01, 2018Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Community Partners: Brainstorm With Innovative Youth Empowerment Org to Maximize Impact of its 20th Anniversary Fundraising

Mon, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Fiver's leadership seeks our assistance as it prioritizes its competing needs in ways that amplifies appeal to donor universe

Sign Up: HBSCNY Community Partners Website

Nonprofit: The Fiver Children's Foundation

Fiver empowers children to make positive ethical and healthy decisions, to become engaged citizens, and to succeed in school, careers, and life choices. Its programs are experiential, inquiry-based and free of charge to all participants. Fiver makes a 10-year commitment to every child it serves, starting when he or she is 8 yrs old. It is celebrating its 20th year of program expansion and fundraising success next year. Read about Fiver's Theory of Change

Project: Brainstorming (Oct 1) to Maximize Fundraising Success

In anticipation of Fiver's 20th anniversary year, its leadership seeks to prioritize thoughtfully its well-developed list of capital projects and specific program enhancements to maximize success of a fundraising initiative planned for next year. Important goal of the initiative is to support long-term objectives for the organization, including that its youth participants are engaged citizens possessing 21st century skills to succeed in their schools and careers, and they are equipped to make good lifelong choices.

Specific Discussion to include:

  • How best to prioritize and communicate Fiver's competing needs to ensure it is investing in long-term outcomes and deepening impact on the youth served?
  • What mix of needs the organization has articulated has the greatest potential appeal to activate donor base and expand it? And, how might this differ among donors from Central NY where its camp is located vs donors from NYC area?
  • How might introducing Fivers first 'capital campaign' and/or establishing an endowment enhance or detract from maximizing its anniversary fundraising and/or the longer term financial and programmatic goals of the organization?
  • Should Fiver seek to define success beyond pure dollars raised metrics? How?
  • What new ideas might team share that Fiver has not yet considered?

This Community Partners brainstorming session is not a fundraising solicitation. This is a team think tank organized to assist Fiver with some fresh thinking and approaches.
Alumni volunteers will not be solicited.


  • Our evening session will be Monday October 1st, 6:00-8:00pm at Fiver's Office in Midtown (address will be provided volunteers).
  • Interested HBS alumni should sign up by September 26th at
  • The brainstorming session will last approximately 1 ¾ hours. Light prep materials will be shared with volunteers in advance of the session.
  • Beverages and light fare will be provided by Fiver.
  • Questions? Contact Project Coordinator Margaret Brown, MBA 1984 at


Date Time

Date: Oct 01, 2018Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Magaret Brown, MBA 1984