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Thrive Alliance

Rating: 4.85 stars   26 reviews 600

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The Sobrato Center for Nonprofits - Redwood Shores 330 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 155 Redwood City CA 94065 USA


Thrive was established in 2000, by a group of leaders from the nonprofit sector to promote collaboration and speak collectively to strengthen the economic and social health of San Mateo County.


Thrive provides opportunity to: Convene - Facilitating issue-based meetings, nonprofit capacity building, workshops and conferences. Connect - Providing relevant information, resources and networking. Collaborate - Promoting opportunities to share services and resources. Communicate - Increasing awareness and understanding of the nonprofit sector. Celebrate - Renewal and recognition.

Target demographics:

promote collaboration and speak collectively to strengthen the economic and social health of the county

Direct beneficiaries per year:

the nonprofit community by bringing together over 1000 people through our programs on issues important to the community and nonprofit organizations.

Geographic areas served:

San Mateo County


Quarterly and Issue Based Forums, Community Resiliency Network meetings, peer group gatherings for Thrive member EDs and CEOs, nonprofit capacity building workshops and events for nonprofit staff and community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been attending Thrive events for years, first as a consultant, then as executive director of a nonprofit, and now as a foundation ED. Every time I attend a Thrive event, I come away with something valuable -- whether it's the content or the connections I make with colleagues. I'm proud to be a part of this network and truly appreciate what Porcia and Thrive bring to our sector.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a nonprofit executive director, and have found Thrive to be one of the most helpful associations I have ever joined. This morning, I will be attending a Thrive event on California employment law, just in time for me to bring on some new hires. I have attended a fundraising seminar that was excellent, and was able to get a discount as a result of my Thrive membership. Thrive offers events like these frequently, and they are always useful. The Thrive staff is friendly, extremely helpful, and devoted to helping organizations like mine succeed. Can't say enough good things about these folks.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a member of Thrive for less than a year. They put on terrific events with excellent content and speakers. It is a really nice opportunity to network and connect with peers and different players in the nonprofit sector. I highly recommend it!

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a member of Thrive almost since the beginning 2003. I have watched the organization grow and provide more & more services in San Mateo County from information, events, training's, to networking. Resulting in a strong organization from which collaborations have blossomed. I appreciate Porcia starting meetings with a small chime and a moment of silence to bring us all together in a focused way.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was so skeptical about how Thrive Alliance can help non-profits. One day, I visited their quarterly meetings. I wasn't expecting much. I had a lot of assumptions the day before the meeting. I thought it was just another raw-raw meeting where everyone cheers on everyone else on then go home.

Well...I was wrong. Thrive Alliance is a great place to get information on how to run a non profit organization. I got to meet others who were in the same boat. Thrive continues to set the pace to make sure everyone knows each other. Attending Thrive meetings is like joining a team. Everyone helps everyone else out.

Porcia is the coach. She's friendly and wants to make sure you're taken care of.

You can get the most out of Thrive is to attend the quarterly meetings. It's such an encouraging place to let your guard down. You also get to meet the who's who of the non profit world. If I didn't join Thrive, I would have not personally meet the movers and shakers of the industry. It was like a dream to personally meet and speak with those who like they're out of reach. With Thrive, this makes all interactions possible.

Visit the quarterly meetings and you won't be disappointed!

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Senior Coastsiders has been a part of Thrive since its beginning. We get invaluable support and connections through Thrive. We just participated in a volunteer fair of UCLA Alumni and it was well organized, well attended, and we felt we made some good connections and it will bring us new volunteers. Thank you for hosting this.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Thank you for hosting the UCLA event. We got to meet some very interesting people and made some good connections. Couple of them have already reached out to us. The questions they asked really helped us understand what people think about when they want to volunteer. Thank you for inviting us. The resources you bring to our nonprofit community are priceless!

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been a member of Thrive since 2001. I originally joined the organization to network with non-profits on behalf of my students for potential internships. What I received was so very much more. I had access to a wealth of resources via the listserv and networking which assisted me in building a strong service-learning, volunteerism and leadership program at the college. Currently I'm a member of the board of Thrive. As a board member I am able to network and make connections for my colleagues in education, local government and non-profit to services and support that are not easily obtaining in other ways. Lastly, I'm a resident of San Mateo and on the board of my local homeowners associate. As a local resident it is validating to know that in San Mateo County we have an organization that is truly the voice of non-profit for the betterment of our community. Thrive is an invaluable organization in continuing to keep San Mateo County on the forefront of creating a collaborative community for all.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

invite more for profits to participate and assist in building a collaborative community for all San Mateo County residents.

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Rating: 5 stars  

if you don't know about Thrive and you work in a non profit in San Mateo County - you are missing out.

I love the connection with younger people who are doing great service in helping our community and providing leadership inspiration in a variety of organizations. Really - I learn about more good, mission driven work each time I attend an event.

I joined Thrive for my organization - Mercy Center in Burlingame - as a sustaining member so that we can help Thrive meet its goals of developing relationships and serving the common good. We are a religious non profit, but I meet like minded individuals who are so committed to those they support that I come away filled with hope for the world.
Thanks Thrive - and all who come to be part of this vibrant community.
Suzanne Buckley
Board member and grateful supporter

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Our organization, Pacific Stroke Association, has been a Thrive member for over 5 years. As an ED, I thank Thrive for its continued commitment and attention to the need of small non-profits. The best reward from Thrive membership came to us recently by the way of having one of its staff member (trained and ready to take on a bigger role in non-profit) join our organization. Thank you Thrive!

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Rating: 5 stars  

As an independent contractor to nonprofits, a nonprofit staff member, and a nonprofit board member, I have been able to access excellent training and networking opportunities in all three roles with Thrive. I belong to several regional nonprofit alliances and Thrive far surpasses what is offered by others! I always look forward to their events and training because I know I will gain something valuable from the experience!

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