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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: 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.

Results: 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

Programs: 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.

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was referred to Thrive by a colleague, when I decided to transition to working in the non-profit world. Porcia graciously spoke with me about non-profit work, and invited me to one of Thrive's networking events. It was an amazing event, where I saw non-profits collaborate -- sharing what they needed and what they could offer to others. I met several new contacts, all of whom were incredibly helpful. I also met someone looking to hire for a program position. We chatted and hit it off, and after a couple of interviews, I was hired! I am incredibly grateful to Porcia and to Thrive for creating this opportunity. Thank you!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Thrive Alliance is a great place to make meaningful connections, and to receive and share information and offer - I sure have! The Quarterly Forums are particularly impactful... but I have attended MANY helpful workshops and trainings concerning everything from how to run a Board meeting, to Development trainings, to ED Leadership lunches. This organization is great whether you are "new to nonprofits" or an established professional, or a government and business entity. I find the fees and memberships quite reasonably priced - and they now have a pay-by-the-month plan!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Northern California Regional Intelligence Center

Menlo Park Fire Protection District

Thrive helps our organizations communicate and interact with our private sector partners. We exchange information critical to our missions to keep our citizens safe.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thrive Alliance is a critical part of our community. Thrive harnesses its connections in the nonprofit community and leverages its political goodwill to address local needs. I have countless examples of Thrive introducing me to new funding opportunities, potential supporters, trainings, and so much more. In fact, I find myself counting on Thrive to keep me apprised on certain topics. My organization is a Thrive member and I feel fortunate to have their tireless leadership looking out for all of us!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thrive is a great resource for San Mateo County nonprofit organizations. Their quarterly forums, Leadership Circle luncheons, and other programs provide resources, learning opportunities, and connections to other groups making an impact in our community. In addition, Thrive members are able to share messages about programs, events, job postings and other resources through the Thrive email list-serv to extend our reach and learn about what others are working on. This is a great organization that is well worth the membership for the value they provide!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about Thrive! I've been the Executive Director at a small local nonprofit organization that is a member for about 2 years, but this position is my first foray into the nonprofit sector and first experience leading an organization. Thrive's programs have provided tremendous support and guidance for me, whether it be their quarterly forums on hot issues in our community, the leadership circle luncheons where I can connect confidentially with other local nonprofit leaders, or various other classes and programs they offer. The opportunity to connect with others in the sector is invaluable and the staff members are wonderful to work with. If you're a nonprofit in San Mateo County, you should definitely be a member!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thrive has been a tremendously helpful resource to me, individually, and in helping to create a connected community. Their forums and events are spot-on in terms of relevant topics and the speakers are top-notch. I look around the room and know I am in the right place. Thank you Thrive!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thrive is a highly effective alliance of nonprofits in San Mateo County. It has grown from humble beginnings to a large membership base because it provides a potent voice for the vital role of professionals and community members working for the common good so everyone has the opportunity to THRIVE.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thrive does a great job providing non-profit professionals with valuable opportunities to come together and discuss the issues of our day. I'm glad to participate

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thrive is great resource for nonprofit organizations and the community. Their meetings provide valuable networking experiences, and the workshops I've attended have been excellent. Thrive also helps nonprofits connects with potential funders and board members. I encourage others to become members of Thrive!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thrive has been a convener, informer, organizer and advocate for all of us nonprofits in San Mateo County. They're both our voice and the place where we can share our voices with one another toward the common good. Thrive is very well respected and their reputation as a key component of our community is well-deserved. It's hard to place a value on such an organization in the context of direct service, but it's easy to show how much value they have provided toward ensuring that all kinds of services continue to "thrive" in our community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A fantastic organization that helps bring people together to amplify their causes, increase their effectiveness, learn best practices, and yes... enjoy each other's company.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.
Cara

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Beverley2

Board Member

Rating: 4

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!