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North Texas Funders partnership forms to invest in local nonprofit leaders

Written by Mindia Whittier

Program aims to bolster nonprofit financial sustainability and curb leadership burnout.

A three-year partnership that includes The Dallas Foundation and RevJen Group has formed to bring leadership development, revenue capacity-building training and support to more than 300 nonprofit leaders per year in the North Texas region.

“We are thrilled to partner with RevJen Group to provide North Texas nonprofit leaders with this leading edge opportunity,” said Matthew Randazzo, President and CEO of The Dallas Foundation. “Strengthening North Texas’ nonprofit ecosystem benefits North Texans and ensures the organizations on which so many rely are poised to meet the needs of tomorrow.”

The Dallas Foundation, established as the first community foundation in Texas in 1929, brings together people, ideas, and investments in Greater Dallas so individuals and families can reach their full potential. In 2021, The Dallas Foundation, in partnership with the more than 400 fundholders, invested over $80 million into the community.

RevJen Group is a social enterprise dedicated to the empowerment of nonprofit leaders and the organizations they serve. RevJen partners with nonprofits, funders, and key stakeholders to provide revenue capacity-building training and professionally facilitated peer groups to the nonprofit sector.

Additional partners in the new North Texas Funders initiative include Jenesis Group, Lyda Hill Philanthropies, The George & Fay Young Foundation, and Rainwater Charitable Foundation, among others.

The Initiative was born of a shared vision to combat outdated beliefs and practices in the nonprofit sector and create pathways to more financial and leadership sustainability. It will equip North Texas nonprofits with the tools and support to help leaders thrive and build sustainable revenue models to fuel their organization’s mission. The partnering organizations aim to reduce both financial instability and leadership isolation, burnout, and high turnover, which plague the nonprofit sector and have only worsened during the pandemic.

Through this partnership, North Texas nonprofit leaders will have access to RevJen Group’s revenue capacity-building training and professionally facilitated nonprofit peer groups. This support will empower local nonprofit leaders, strengthen the organizations they serve, and lead to better programmatic outcomes.

The North Texas Funders Initiative will provide North Texas leaders with access to the following solutions through scholarships:

  • Fuel Series Workshops: Provides participating leadership teams with the opportunity to align around revenue, develop and sharpen revenue strategy and build revenue infrastructure while addressing root causes, rather than just symptoms, of their revenue challenges.
  • R-Squared Peer Groups: Provides participating nonprofit leaders with the dedicated time, space, and community to process their most pressing opportunities and challenges in a confidential, professionally facilitated environment, fostering valuable connectivity and support.

As part of the North Texas Funders Initiative, Lyda Hill Philanthropies will be offering scholarships for both RevJen programs to all eligible and interested nonprofit tenants of Water Cooler at Pegasus Park, a social-impact hub within the Pegasus Park development in Dallas. Fuel Series Workshops and R-Squared Peer Groups are part of a suite of capacity building resources that Lyda Hill Philanthropies is making available to 25 organizations at Water Cooler at Pegasus Park.

The development of the North Texas Funders Initiative was made possible by a cornerstone challenge grant of $150,000 for each of the three years from The Jenesis Group and a $50,000 Community Impact grant from The Dallas Foundation.

“We are thrilled to kick-off this initiative, which will address long-standing sector challenges that have adversely impacted the efficacy of nonprofit leaders for too long,” said Brian Joseph, CEO and co-founder of RevJen Group. “We look forward to serving these North Texas changemakers who wake up every day dedicated to making our community stronger through their programmatic impact. I am convinced that we can demonstrate to the rest of the country that investment in these types of partnerships delivers an outstanding ROI for nonprofit leaders, their organizations, and the impact they strive for.”

Individuals and organizations interested in participating as a grantmaker can contact Brian Joseph, CEO at RevJen Group at bjoseph@revjengroup.com. Nonprofit leaders wanting to benefit from the North Texas Funders Initiative program can get information online. Applications are currently being accepted and cohorts are forming for launches beginning in June.

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Mindia Whittier