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NPFX: The Nonprofit Fundraising Exchange

Oct 11, 2023

With inflation rates peaking at 9.1% last summer (the highest since 1981), nonprofits are feeling the strain. Higher prices drive up the cost to provide programs and services while also increasing demand for those services; on the fundraising side, every dollar raised has less buying power. In today's episode, we'll look at how two nonprofits fighting food insecurity are overcoming these challenges and growing their operations despite economic realities.

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Ali Colbran, Director of Development at Feeding San Diego, is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing Feeding San Diego’s fundraising program, including major gifts, grants, corporate partnerships, annual funds, and development operations. Ali has 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Her previous development work supported UC San Diego, The New Children’s Museum, Sacramento Children’s Museum, and the California Association of Museums. She has a Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Ali is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at the University of San Diego.

Nicole Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of the Community Foodbank of Central Alabama. With 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, she's managed federal, local, and privately funded projects to lead the Community Food Bank in its current growth and expansion. A graduate of Samford University, Nicole has lived and worked in Birmingham for over 30 years. She currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of Feeding Alabama, the State Food Bank Association and on the Board of Directors for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). She was named in the Who’s Who in Nonprofits by the Birmingham Business Journal in March of 2023.

Russ Phaneuf, a co-founder of IPM Advancement, has a background in higher education development, with positions at the University of Hartford, Northern Arizona University, and Thunderbird School of Global Management. As IPM's managing director & chief strategist, Russ serves as lead fundraising strategist, award-winning content creator, and program analyst specializing in applied system dynamics.

Rich Frazier has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 30 years. In his role as senior consultant with IPM Advancement, Rich offers extensive understanding and knowledge in major gifts program management, fund development, strategic planning, and board of directors development.