Jean began her experience with the nonprofit sector in 1955 when she was 13 years old. She organized a backyard carnival which raised nearly $500 and she was hooked. She has served as leadership staff for several nonprofits, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of New Mexico, a local hospital and the United Way of Central New Mexico. And, in the years since organizing that carnival fundraiser, Jean has been a volunteer leader with numerous local, regional and national nonprofits, including health and human service organizations, membership organizations, performing arts organizations, and advocacy groups.
In 1995, Jean formed her own consulting company to enable her to share her expertise in nonprofit management, fundraising, planning and Board development with a broad range of local and national nonprofits. She now travels extensively in the US, teaching workshops and consulting with nonprofit of all sizes and scope.
Jean has written two well-received books on nonprofits: Fast Fundraising Facts for Fame & Fortune, now in its third printing, and The ABCs of Building Better Boards, in its second printing.
In 2003, an opportunity to learn about social enterprise led Jean in a new direction. For three years, she taught the PathFinder program for the National Center for Social Entrepreneurs, helping 25 nonprofits on the road to self-sufficiency.
In 2006, Jean formed Social Enterprise Ventures, LLC to build on her extensive knowledge base of nonprofit management and social enterprise training.
Patrick earned his BBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico, concentrating in Entrepreneurial Studies, and his MBA in both Policy & Planning and International Management. He has worked with several small businesses, startups, and nonprofit organizations, training under Dr. Manuel Montoya and Jean Block. His specialties include business strategy development, social and environmental impact analyses, organizational structure creation and development, board development, fundraising strategies, communications and marketing strategies, and social enterprise solutions for nonprofits.
Recently, he traveled to Guatemala with the Social Entrepreneur Corps as a consultant to Soluciones Comunitarias, developing their organizational capacity to provide high-social-impact products (water filters, reading glasses, fuel-efficient stoves, etc.) through the MicroConsignment entrepreneurial model.
Niki Nicastro McCuistion is a management analyst, executive coach and speaker with a focus on guiding nonprofit organizations through strategic planning processes, helping them function and govern more effectively with their boards and teams. A skilled facilitator, she has received a certified speaking professional designation from the National Speakers Association. Niki has an MA in philanthropy and development from St. Mary's University- MN and an MBA in nonprofit leadership and governance from the University of Dallas. She is in process of completing her Certified Fund Raising Executive designation.
Her background includes extensive community and board involvement, and nonprofit senior management experience. She understands first hand fund development challenges, most especially in competitive times. In addition, she is the executive producer/producer of the McCuistion program, now in its 23rd year on KERA, PBS, Dallas, and the author/co-author of 5 business books on relationship building, coaching and leadership; including the recently released Women, Wealth and Giving. The Virtuous Legacy of the Boom Generation. A new work, Social Enterprise Made Easy, is presently in process.
Free has turned to fee. . . . Given this funding environment . . . we have taken some major hits but we are growing our programs, we are not shrinking and we are not laying off people. Our Transcare program is now a mature business and it is really pumping out some money. If we hadn't done that we would be in a heap of hurt.
I was thinking before our last Social Enterprise session ended - What a great exercise in group-think this has been. Definitely worth the on-site, team training experience as opposed to individual learning.
This was one of the best trainings I have attended and I have been to many over the past 26 years with the agency. The training was great due to the materials provided, the feedback and support received from the trainers during the training. I highly recommend this training!
We believe in that class, it was like a sermon! It gave you a new way of thinking. How can we sustain our program? In social service there is the old way of doing things: we depend on the grant, we depend on the state and federal funds. Now it is: Okay, you can self sustain, you can depend on you.
...my directors and I were talking about your Social Venture training and how positive it was for us as a management team.
Wow! My head us still reeling! 2 days, 2 groups, 1,000 ideas... Really good. Really, really good! You light the fire of imagination. You breathe energy into possibility. You give legs to hope. You dispel unrealities, break down walls, and force honest, calculated assessment. Thank you!
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