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Podcast About LifeSouth Blood Donations During COVID-19

In this Village Creed podcast, Kermit Farmer interviews LifeSouth Community Blood Center's District Director Sharon Carpenter while he's...

Apr 24, 2020 • 0 min read
Let's Not Go Back To Normal

While it is natural to want everything to feel "normal again", we have to face the facts: normal wasn't working! Let's find a better way to...

Apr 13, 2020 • 14 min read
Connecting Local News Agencies with Community COVID-19 Resources

How does your news agency collect COVID-19 resources to share with your community? It's important to share the latest resources and efforts...

Apr 2, 2020 • 6 min read
5 Tips on Working From Home from Village Creed

Many of us are working from home in our joint effort to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. If this is you, go ahead and give...

Mar 30, 2020 • 5 min read
The Alabama COVID-19 Response: What You Need to Know

Learn more about this statewide effort to coordinate resources in-real time through a cloud-based platform. Stay informed about services...

Mar 26, 2020 • 9 min read
Hopetown: A Hallmark of Social Impact Entertainment

A joint venture partnership between Brave Road and Village Creed aims to connect the trend of Social Impact Entertainment to real-world...

Mar 24, 2020 • 15 min read
A Suite of Remote Collaboration Tools

Coming May 15th: Remote engagement documented and recorded in a custom CRM to meet ongoing needs or your organization. Our remote tools...

Mar 17, 2020 • 6 min read
Connecting Social Impact Entertainment to Communities

A joint venture partnership between Brave Road and Village Creed aims to connect the trend of Social Impact Entertainment to real-world...

Feb 27, 2020 • 5 min read
Supportive Housing and Resources For All

Brave Road and Village Creed are partnering with the SDS Captial Group to provide a holistic approach to assist people experiencing...

Feb 26, 2020 • 11 min read
A New Approach to Veterans' Care

Brave Road and Village Creed are partnering with the UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellness Center in Los Angeles to bring awareness to veterans'...

Feb 18, 2020 • 7 min read
New Approaches to Systemic Issues in Foster Care

Organizations in LA County, CA are collaborating on a new Foster Care Initiative to connect foster youth with resources and mentors in...

Feb 14, 2020 • 6 min read
A Love Letter to Community

As it is February, I have been thinking a lot lately about the approaching Valentine’s Day holiday and what it means to me. It is commonly...

Jan 31, 2020 • 2 min read
Businesses We Love - WeHero

What kinds of corporate giving is your workplace involved in? Do you participate in office-wide charity drives? Perhaps you get together...

Jan 27, 2020 • 4 min read
Mapping the Road to Recovery

Our geographic information system (GIS) allows organizations and individuals to coordinate recovery efforts and resources like never...

Jan 17, 2020 • 3 min read
ONE Suicide Prevention Protocol for Lee County Youth: How We Got Here

Over the last two years, the Children's Policy Council of Lee County has worked to coordinate resources and efforts to help youth. They...

Jan 13, 2020 • 9 min read
The Impact of Real-Life Work Experience on Students

In an increasingly competitive marketplace, it can be hard for young people to find their way. Real-life work experiences can help them!...

Jan 7, 2020 • 2 min read
Creating meaningful community through the power of technology

Technology in the classroom has become a powerful resource for students and teachers. How can we leverage this technology to allow students...

Jan 3, 2020 • 4 min read
Is Village Creed a Volunteer Platform?

When many people first hear about Village Creed, they think we are a volunteer platform. However, our platform was created to empower...

Jan 2, 2020 • 3 min read
3 New Year's Resolutions That Serve Others

Do you have any New Year's Resolutions? What if we all made resolutions to serve others this year?  

Dec 28, 2019 • 5 min read
Book Recommendation: Everything is Figureoutable

I read ‘Everything is Figureoutable’ after it was recommended to me by a friend upon graduating from university. The author, Marie Forleo,...

Dec 28, 2019 • 4 min read
What We Love About TechSoup

We love sharing inspiring and innovative companies that we love with you. TechSoup is an organization we are particularly passionate about....

Dec 14, 2019 • 3 min read
Connecting Service Organizations with Local News Agencies

How does your local community hear about the work your organization is doing? We believe it's important to share the latest and best work...

Dec 5, 2019 • 8 min read
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Lessons Mr. Rogers Taught Us About Kindness and Community

In the Fall of 1962, Fred Rogers stepped into the homes of millions of Americans via television sets nation-wide. His children’s program,...

Nov 30, 2019 • 5 min read
Book Recommendation: Rising Strong

Rising Strong is a book about resilience. Our world is full our opportunities, failures, hope, and sorrow. Developing resilience is...

Nov 30, 2019 • 2 min read
One Community. One Background Check.

Everyone wants to live, work, and serve in a safe community. We go to great lengths to secure our homes, our schools, and our personal data.

Nov 20, 2019 • 9 min read
Creating an Internal Design for Your Marketing Framework

Does your organization have a North Star document that guides all of your communications and marketing? Based on your mission, this...

Nov 19, 2019 • 0 min read
Managing Mission-Driven Organizations

As a leader of a mission-driven organization, you wear many hats. From relationships with your board to daily operations and managing...

Nov 18, 2019 • 0 min read
Branding Your Mission in the Digital Age

Creating a consistent and compelling brand is vital in this digital age. Build trust with your audiences by creating a brand story and...

Nov 18, 2019 • 0 min read
Uncover Your Child's Appetite for Learning

Every child has unique talents and passions. In order to spark these passions and prepare them for success, it is important to expose your...

Nov 18, 2019 • 0 min read
Every Community Needs a Grocery Store of Services

The self-service grocery store model has completely changed the way we shop. How can this model be applied to the social service sector? 

Nov 12, 2019 • 6 min read
Tell Your Story & Be Found by Millions through Candid

If you have ever worked with a nonprofit or philanthropy, then you might be familiar with the work of Foundation Center and GuideStar....

Nov 12, 2019 • 3 min read
When Helping Hurts

Brian Fikkert, President of Chalmers Center, joins Joe from Love>Poverty to talk about his popular book When Helping Hurts. This book shows...

Nov 8, 2019 • 0 min read
Meet Opportunity Collaboration: Interviews, Stories and Reflections

The Impact podcast by Innovate Social which brings new perspectives and stories related to social entrepreneurship and how you can create...

Nov 8, 2019 • 0 min read
Understanding Lean Impact for Nonprofits

Ann Mei, the author of Lean Impact, discusses with Whole Whale how value, growth and impact work together in driving Lean Impact for...

Nov 8, 2019 • 0 min read
How to Stand Out Like A Stand Up Comedian

In this Whole Whale podcast, comedian Leigh Kessler shares what social impact organizations can learn from the world of stand up comedy and...

Nov 8, 2019 • 0 min read
How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Learn from Simon Sinek how asking one simple question "Why?" can transform what you do. Hear how inspired leaders and the inspired...

Nov 8, 2019 • 0 min read
When Strength Becomes Weakness

Excellence comes from doing what you do best -- but you need to make sure you're doing it at the right times. Adam Grant explores how...

Nov 8, 2019 • 0 min read
Become Friends with your Rivals

Adam Grant talks about how we can learn about friendly competition from Olympic skiers, elite marathoners and ... food truck vendors....

Nov 8, 2019 • 0 min read
Fundraising for Mission-Driven Organizations

Mission-driven organizations must cover necessary expenses including salaries and program expenses to achieve its goals. This is vital. In...

Oct 31, 2019 • 10 min read
Q & A Young Professionals and Social Impact

Hannah Le is a student at Wharton Business School and an impressively young professional who has founded The Good Startup, a blog dedicated...

Oct 31, 2019 • 8 min read
Giving Tuesday is Just Around the Corner!

It’s Giving Season It’s November, which means it’s the beginning of the Holiday season. Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the...

Oct 31, 2019 • 5 min read
Show Me Your Friends and I'll Show You Your Future

I am blessed to be surrounded by amazing individuals. Individuals who have shaped and molded me. I have always believed that the people you...

Oct 29, 2019 • 14 min read
Scale Programs to Meet Local Needs Around the Globe

How can we spread effective programs to communities around the world who need them most? This question has plagued development workers for...

Oct 29, 2019 • 3 min read
Overhead vs. Impact

The “O” Word There has been a steady increase in private financial giving over the last decade. More than ever, individuals are trying to...

Oct 28, 2019 • 8 min read
Communicate Efficiently with Your Stakeholders

Do you have trouble communicating with all of your organization's stakeholders? From the faithful volunteer, to your every-blue-moon...

Oct 24, 2019 • 7 min read
Engage Your Community by Giving them a Voice

How does your organization gather feedback from your stakeholders? Asking for feedback from your community is a great way to guide your...

Oct 24, 2019 • 10 min read
Tools to Support Your Event and Program Management

Do you have trouble managing your events and programs? Do you find yourself trying to coordinate volunteers, contact participants, and keep...

Oct 18, 2019 • 5 min read
Showcase Your Experience and Skills with Village Creed

Are you engaged in extracurricular activities? Perhaps you are interested in volunteering or learning from professionals in your community,...

Oct 15, 2019 • 3 min read
Document Your Community Engagement on Village Creed

Are you engaged in your community? Is it easy for you to find services, events, and volunteer opportunities in your backyard? 

Oct 14, 2019 • 2 min read
Impact Reporting

How is your organization collecting and managing data related to your mission?

Oct 11, 2019 • 5 min read
Your Efforts Make a Measurable Global Impact

Are you engaged in your community? Is it easy for you to find services, events, and volunteer opportunities in your backyard? 

Oct 11, 2019 • 6 min read
Measure Progress towards Sustainable Development Goals with Village Creed

How does the UN measure the impact of local organizations related to their Sustainable Development Goals? This is no easy task. Local...

Oct 11, 2019 • 5 min read
Increase Employee Retention with Village Creed

Does your company struggle to retain employees? This can be a drain on your company's time, resources, and progress. Village Creed offers...

Oct 3, 2019 • 5 min read
Begin or Expand Your CSR Efforts with Village Creed

What is CSR? You might have heard the term “Corporate Social Responsibility” used in advertisements, or seen it placed on the back of...

Oct 3, 2019 • 12 min read
Workforce Development + Village Creed

Do you struggle to find skilled workers to fill your open positions? 

Oct 3, 2019 • 5 min read
Book Recommendation: The ONE Thing

Do you feel overwhelmed in your professional or personal life? The ONE Thing shares insights on productivity and simplification,...

Sep 26, 2019 • 2 min read
Lyft-ing up Social Impact: Inside CSR at Lyft

Whole Whale interviews Lisa Boyd, Senior Manager of Social Impact at Lyft. This ridesharing company is setting a standard for social impact...

Aug 23, 2019 • 0 min read
Crisitunities & other storytelling campaign tactics

On this Whole Whale podcast, the Whalers talk with Megan Anhalt, a digital campaign expert who has worked with DoSomething.org, CZI, and...

Aug 23, 2019 • 0 min read
Lean Data with Emma Lalley and Twisha Mehta (Live from SXSW)

On this Whole Whale podcast, Account Strategist Whaler Olivia Marlowe-Giovetti sits down with Emma Lally of New Story and Twisha Mehta of...

Aug 23, 2019 • 0 min read
The Power of a Mission Statement

How many times has someone asked you, "What is your mission statement?" Does this question ever give you a moment of panic? You know that...

Aug 22, 2019 • 5 min read
Smart Goal Setting for Nonprofits

Have you ever spent large amounts of time or energy towards a project, only to realize that it didn't really help you meet your mission?...

Aug 22, 2019 • 14 min read
Developing a Nonprofit Marketing Strategy

Does your nonprofit have a marketing strategy? Consider taking the following steps to begin making a measurable difference in how you...

Aug 22, 2019 • 14 min read
Book Recommendation: Find Your Place

Find Your Place is guide for congregation leaders and individuals who want to help their people or themselves discern and work towards...

Aug 15, 2019 • 1 min read
Settling the Debate: How Do Volunteers Really Want to Serve?

For churches, nonprofits, and schools the question of how to best accommodate for volunteers’ busy schedules has always been front and...

Aug 6, 2019 • 0 min read
5 Things to Consider When Scaling Your Nonprofits

What do you do when you want to scale your nonprofit? Just walk into the unknown and hope that things will play out? Well, you could do...

Aug 6, 2019 • 0 min read
Personal Branding

Creating your personal brand is essential in today’s tech-driven world. Every post, tweet, photo, and upload you make on the internet is a...

Aug 6, 2019 • 2 min read
Why Your Nonprofit Needs a Theory of Change & How to Make One

This article was contributed to our Village Vitals monthly newsletter by Drew Reynolds. This monthly newsletter aims to connect churches,...

Aug 6, 2019 • 6 min read
Q&A: Young Professionals & Social Impact

What does the future look like for the field of social impact? One of the best ways to answer that question is to look at the next...

Aug 6, 2019 • 4 min read
The Connection Between Grants and Capacity Building

Grants are critical funding for many nonprofit organizations. In this article, learn what funders look for when awarding grants and the...

Aug 6, 2019 • 0 min read
Book Recommendation: What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty by Bill Ehlig & Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.

This book focuses on creating a meaningful understanding of those poverty and teaches church members how to compassionately serve their...

Aug 5, 2019 • 1 min read
Book Recommendation: Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington

Up from Slavery focuses on the life and incredible achievements of Booker T. Washington. From his story, we can be inspired to overcome...

Aug 5, 2019 • 1 min read
Book Recommendation: Trying Hard Is Not Good Enough by Mark Friedman

Trying Hard Is Not Good Enough speaks to people who have become disillusioned in their mission because of aimless good intent, countless...

Aug 5, 2019 • 2 min read
Book Recommendation: Redirect by Timothy D. Wilson

You’ve likely heard it said that people are defined by their actions. Redirect agrees, and it shows you how you can use this to your...

Aug 4, 2019 • 1 min read
Book Recommendation: Lean Impact by Ann Mei Chang

Lean Impact  was written for nonprofits and offers excellent advice on the "entrepreneurial version of the scientific method" — the lean...

Aug 4, 2019 • 1 min read
Book Recommendation: When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

When Helping Hurts is a book near and dear to Village Creed. It challenges the traditional model of charity and makes you ask yourself,...

Aug 3, 2019 • 2 min read
Book Recommendation: Becoming Whole by Brian Fikkert and Kelly M. Kapic

While part of charitable work is providing material needs, Becoming Whole reminds us that simply giving “things” isn’t good enough. Brian...

Aug 3, 2019 • 2 min read
How Social Workers Are Changing American Libraries

Across the nation, libraries are bringing on social workers to help connect with and serve their communities in exciting and unprecedented...

Aug 1, 2019 • 3 min read
Book Recommendation: Grit by Angela Duckworth

Grit is a New York Times best-seller that helps us investigate behaviors that might be getting in the way of achieving our goals. By using...

Jul 30, 2019 • 2 min read
Leveraging Technology to Strengthen Local Communities

Our world has become more connected than ever before. How have globalization and technological advancement affected local communities?

Jul 24, 2019 • 3 min read
Why We Serve: The Hotel at Auburn

Our Chief Ethos Officer, Kermit Farmer, recently had the honor of interviewing Hans von der Reigden for our Why We Serve series. Hans is...

Jul 10, 2019 • 6 min read
You are Created for Community

There is an innate desire in all of us to know and be known by others. We long to be surrounded by others. When humans are left in...

Jul 9, 2019 • 4 min read
3 Reasons Why Volunteering Benefits Your Employees

Corporate Social Responsibility is an important topic for businesses of any size. How is volunteering specifically important for productive...

Jul 8, 2019 • 4 min read
How to Fix the Church Greeting Time

Have you ever found yourself beelining for the bathroom during the "church greeting time"? Or perhaps you just shrink against the side wall...

Jul 8, 2019 • 3 min read
Your Community Bulletin Board

The days of seeing your community's activities on a physical bulletin board are over. What if there was a way to see everything going on in...

Jun 17, 2019 • 2 min read
New to Town? Discover what your city has to offer!

So you’ve just moved to a new town. After unpacking boxes for a solid week and about five Walmart-runs for things that got lost in the...

Jun 12, 2019 • 3 min read
Jump Start Your Goals Using Community Resources

Have you ever struggled to accomplish your goals? Consider what resources your community offers to help jump-start your goals.

Jun 12, 2019 • 1 min read
Think Beyond the Giving Tree

Through strategic, innovative and clear branding and communication, nonprofit organizations can break out of the Giving Tree Cycle.

Jun 4, 2019 • 2 min read
The Power of Dignifying Storytelling

Storytelling is a powerful tool for engaging people in your mission. Are you finding ways to tell dignifying stories about the people...

May 15, 2019 • 4 min read
Why Words Matter

Words are powerful. How are you strategically using your words to connect with your audience and draw them into the heart of your mission?

May 15, 2019 • 5 min read