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Big Ideas, Greek Mythology and Pasteis De Nata

Big Ideas, Greek Mythology and Pasteis De Nata

Big Ideas, Greek Mythology and Pasteis De Nata Financial Times Weekend Festival 2022 29SEPTEMBER 2022On September 7, 2022, The Athena Advisors team returned to Kenwood House for the Financial Times Weekend festival. We were thrilled to be back for the second year with...

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Learning to Be Better at Doing Good

Learning to Be Better at Doing Good

Learning to be Better at Doing Good: Reflections on The Racing Upwards Fellowship15SEPTEMBER 2022Back in April, 2022 Racing Upwards Fellows, Diana Angeret and Emma Orefuwa, talked us through what brought them to the fellowship and what they hoped to gain from their...

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Respecting Grantees Maximizes Impact

Respecting Grantees Maximizes Impact

Respecting Grantees Maximizes Impact 18 AUGUST 2022 Natalie Grandison is the Director of Engineering Initiatives for the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation and a former Racing Upwards Fellow at The Athena Advisors. Here she makes the case for why, in...

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Desert Island Desk

Desert Island Desk

Desert Island Desk Where shall I work from today? 04AUGUST 2022Zoe Galea is the Executive Assistant to the President of The Athena Advisors, Robin Heller. Zoe is the Founder of ZCG Consulting LTD and you can find her on Instagram and Facebook: @zoecgalea and LinkedIn....

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A Lesson in the True Meaning of Stronger/Together

A Lesson in the True Meaning of Stronger/Together

A Lesson in the True Meaning of Stronger/Together28JULY 2022Shayna Horwitz is the Development and Communications Director for the Human Trafficking Legal Center in Washington D.C., where our President, Robin Heller is a member of the advisory board. They're...

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Are We Still Hanging Onto Old New Ways?

Are We Still Hanging Onto Old New Ways?

Are we still hanging onto old new ways? 07JULY 2022 A recent Gartner report cites that following the recognised eras of manual labour, followed by the industrial revolution and then the more recent digital revolution, we are now entering “the biggest experiment in the...

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Is Your Mind as Fit as Your Body?

Is Your Mind as Fit as Your Body?

Is Your Mind as Fit as Your Body? 10 JUNE 2022 Achieving and maintaining physical fitness is hard, vital to a good life, and everyone talks about it. Mental fitness is harder, crucial to a successful life and career, and not enough of us talk about it. The good news...

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An Unrepentant Idealist on Transformative Leadership

An Unrepentant Idealist on Transformative Leadership

An Unrepentant Idealist on Transformative Leadership 01JUNE 2022Flagrant inequality surrounds us, yet even our quotidian experiences of inequality do not necessarily change how we live, act, or decide among life’s many choices. Perhaps we take perverse comfort knowing...

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Disclaimer: I Don’t Know Where I Want To Be in Five Years

Disclaimer: I Don’t Know Where I Want To Be in Five Years

Disclaimer: i don't know where i want to be in five years 16MAY 2022 Lucy Hart, Coordinator of Research and Capacity-Building I didn’t know my current job existed until I had it. Genuinely, I am being serious. I did my BA in Human Geography at University College...

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Making Marks Towards Social Justice

Making Marks Towards Social Justice

Making Marks Towards Social Justice 27APRIL 2022Eleni Litt, Artist in Residence, The Athena Advisors There are many ways to think about the connection between visual art and social justice. Even as social justice concerns are increasingly taking a well-deserved front...

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Can Fundraising Be Beautiful?

Can Fundraising Be Beautiful?

Can Fundraising Be Beautiful? 14 FEBRUARY 2022 I think so. Tamaria Kai Perry is Assistant Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community and a...

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Stewarding Your Way to Success

Stewarding Your Way to Success

Stewarding Your Way to Success: A Brief Guide to Donor Stewardship for Nonprofits 28 JANUARY 2022 Mira Philips, Senior Consultant at The Athena Advisors is our in-house stewardship expert. Here she offers a bitesize guide to stewarding nonprofit donors. Fundraising...

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It’s Not You, It’s Us!

It’s Not You, It’s Us!

It’s not you, it’s us! 10 JANUARY 2022 You’re looking for the right consulting firm. We’re looking for the right clients. Here, our Coordinator of Research and Capacity-Building, Lucy Hart, talks us through how we, at The Athena Advisors, decide whether to work with a...

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Reading Our Way To A Better World

Reading Our Way To A Better World

Reading Our Way to A Better World20DECEMBER 2021An overview of The Athena Advisors’ top reads for 2022, by Coordinator of Research and Capacity-Building, Lucy Hart. If you’re anything like me, you have more books you intend to read than you could possibly manage in...

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Mindful or Mindless Fundraising?

Mindful or Mindless Fundraising?

Mindful or Mindless Fundraising10DECEMBER 2021Hana Mandikova, Senior Consultant What is Mindful Fundraising? The concept first came to me as I reflected on some disappointing moments during my fundraising career. I have watched organisational restructures by new...

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Mind the Carbon Gap

Mind the Carbon Gap

Mind The Carbon Gap 25 NOVEMBER 2021 A reflection on COP26 by our Vice President of Strategy and firm's sustainability expert, Laetitia Pancrazi MIEMA CEnv. Laetitia holds an MSc in Sustainable Urbanism from UCL and an MSc in Development Management from The London...

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3 Easy Practices to Increase Creativity

3 Easy Practices to Increase Creativity

3 Easy Practices to Increase Creativity08NOVEMBER 2021At The Athena Advisors we are dedicated to raising the performance and capacity of our mission driven sector. In this blog post, Boriana Ditcheva, Founder and Head Creative at design firm, Linia Lab offers our...

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A Different Beat

A Different Beat

A DIFFERENT BEAT24OCTOBER 2021At The Athena Advisors we are passionate about advocating for the powerful role the arts can play in the field of social justice. Different to conventional consulting firms, we are committed to raising the performance and capacity of our...

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Financial Times Weekend Festival, 2021

Financial Times Weekend Festival, 2021

Image courtesy of FT Weekend13OCTOBER, 2021A short reflection by Lucy Hart, Coordinator of Research and Capacity-Building   On September 4, 2021, The Athena Advisors journeyed to the historic Kenwood House. A former 17th century stately home in Hampstead, London,...

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Human Trafficking is A Gendered Issue

Human Trafficking is A Gendered Issue

23 SEPTEMBER, 2021 Robin Heller, President of The Athena Advisors, is a member of the advisory board for The Human Trafficking Legal Center in Washington, D.C. This organization does vital work in providing legal support for those involved in terrifying situations,...

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What is Missing in Missing Person Cases?

What is Missing in Missing Person Cases?

9APRIL, 2021By Lucy HartCoordinator of Research and Capacity-Building According to Missing People, a UK based charity whose mission is to reunite missing children and adults with their loved ones, someone in the UK goes missing every 90 seconds. Many of these people...

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The Myth of Thanksgiving

The Myth of Thanksgiving

THE MYTH OFTHANKSGIVING25NOVEMBER 2020By Karla BrollierRacing Upwards Fellow It has been 400 years since the “first Thanksgiving” and now the average American celebrates with a turkey dinner, family, and football and believes the myth that there was a happy feast...

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Stronger Together

Stronger Together

10 SEPTEMBER, 2020  Like many of us during these strange days, the list of people I’m worried about is a long one. My family. Friends. Clients. Strangers near and far. But often, persistently, my thoughts go to one group of people I think will be most affected by...

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Seeking our Next Racing Upwards Fellow

Seeking our Next Racing Upwards Fellow

29APRIL, 2020We are seeking our fourth Racing Upwards fellow at RHI. This is a paid fellowship focusing on people from communities of color who want to add new fundraising skills to their portfolio. Past fellows have been come from all kinds of backgrounds: a...

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More Important Than Ever: Above all, Connect

More Important Than Ever: Above all, Connect

More important than ever: Above all, Connect 16 MARCH, 2020 I woke this morning to the news that my friend Roxy, teaching in Uganda, is going to be evacuated along with thousands of other Peace Corps volunteers, due to COVID-19. It’s not clear what the afternoon news...

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London Calling: A New Home

London Calling: A New Home

20FEBRUARY 2020Three days into 2020, I relocated to London from Washington, D.C. Like most complex, invigorating, and remarkable decisions, several things prompted this move. One was very personal: in October 2019, I married a Londoner I met four years ago while...

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Artist-In-Residence

Artist-In-Residence

28 JUNE, 2019 Doing our work—fundraising, nonprofit consulting—requires the entirety of our hearts and minds. And the arts have a strong role to play in inspiring us and enlivening us. That’s why I’m delighted to announce that we have named our first-ever...

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TMCF X Hennessy

TMCF X Hennessy

30 APRIL, 2019 We are delighted to share the news of a $10 million agreement between Hennessy and the Thurgood Marshall College Funds (one of our clients).  TMCF’s mission is to ensure student success by promoting educational excellence and preparing the next...

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Addressing the Top Operational Challenge of Nonprofits

Addressing the Top Operational Challenge of Nonprofits

13 MARCH, 2019 The 2018 Salesforce Nonprofit Trends Report: Insights from over 450 Nonprofit Leaders into the Trends Shaping the Social Sector tells us that 78% of nonprofits are finding it difficult to keep up with growing demand for programs and services. In the...

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Climate Justice Cannot Wait

Climate Justice Cannot Wait

31 JANUARY, 2019 When 15-year-old Greta Thunberg addressed world leaders at the COP24 in December 2018, she bravely and unapologetically voiced what so many of us are thinking: That our planet and our future are being sacrificed for the opportunity of a few...

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On A Lighter Note, Choosing Meaningful And Joyous Holiday Gifts

On A Lighter Note, Choosing Meaningful And Joyous Holiday Gifts

12  DECEMBER, 2018  As the leader of a social enterprise, I try to make sure that everything we do is in some way connected with social good. The term “virtuous circle” is overused, but the day today business choices really matter to big goals like social justice. How...

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RHI Educational Fellowship

RHI Educational Fellowship

21 JANUARY, 2018 I consider mentorship of up-and-coming professionals one of the most important values of this firm, along with ethics, passion, and social justice. Providing emerging fundraising professionals with great opportunities and skills in fundraising can...

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Waiting for the Pause

Waiting for the Pause

15 FEBRUARY, 2017 It’s been a jarring, complicated time in our world in recent days. From that sunny day in London in June 2016, when I learned the news that the UK voted to leave the EU, to that rainy day in Washington when Donald Trump was inaugurated as the...

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Dot-Com in A Dot-Org World

Dot-Com in A Dot-Org World

01 JANUARY, 2017 As someone who has spent the last six years flying from the US, to London, to Geneva, to Milan, to Munich, to Berlin, to Amsterdam, and to Kiev, all in service of raising funds for global nonprofit organizations, I found the toughest border to cross...

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