This one hour hangout will bridge the what happens first question and the how do we deliver on the mission question. In the start-up phase of any organization, it is critical that an organization develop a strong mission, vision, and values statement to be successful. However, it is vital that an organization clarify its impact to establish the most effective programming, governing and staffing structures to be sustainable and relevant. More and more, funders addressing social purposes are targeting their investments beyond ‘charitable giving’ to investing in ‘sustainable community impact’. After establishing a clear mission for a social enterprise, aspiring social entrepreneurs need to focus attention on the ‘nuts and bolts’ of their business. This includes making strategic decisions about the infrastructure of the enterprise based upon the type of demonstrable social change it intends to achieve.
Lisa M. Fasolo-Frishman, Maxwell School, Civic Engagement, Moderator
Lisa Fasolo Frishman has fifteen years of experience working in nonprofits and foundations. Her current appointment is as a Program Coordinator for the Maxwell program in Citizenship and Civic Engagement. Prior to working at Syracuse University, she served as a major gift officer for The Denver Foundation, and was the Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Denver, which provides grants and technical assistance on a wide range of organizational structure issues to Denver nonprofits. Her expertise includes nonprofit management, fundraising, donor stewardship, and volunteer management.
Francisco Gonima, Consultant-Non-Profit Development
Francisco Gonima is currently the Owner of Francisco Gonima Executive Coaching and Strategy, and the President of Blacktie San Antonio. Francisco’s previous work experience includes over 8 years in upper management of the American Red Cross, where he was responsible for emergency management and preparedness. His expertise includes consulting on community based decision making, strategic collaboration, business start-ups, revenue generation and growth, and nonprofit management.