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Thrive Alliance

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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

Rose27

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

THRIVE is more than a resource - it's a catalyst. The diversity of nonprofit, government and for profit members builds community and encourages cross fertilization in all sectors and on all issues. It's like a continuous flow of information, learning, partnering and sharing - all for the betterment of San Mateo County.

There is no other organization like it and I'm so grateful it's there

Board Member

Rating: 5

Thrive is a great place to network. I'm on the Board of California Clubhouse, mental health model we are bringing to San Mateo. We knew we'd be needing a location shortly after gearing up. Lo and behold if I didn't get a tip on a great location at a Thrive meeting. We're here now. One of our Advisers is also a Thrive connection. Plus I've made many other valuable contacts. All smart, interesting people.

Ellen_R

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is nothing quite like Thrive! I am a new member and am already feeling the energy and benefits that come with joining this group. Such a collaborative community – a real ecosystem working together to make the County a better place for all. My practice serves nonprofits and I have connected with folks in need, as well as experts on the nonprofit landscape, that I would never have met without Thrive. Every Thrive event is a learning experience and a chance to meet and collaborate with wonderful people. And Porcia's personal outreach deepens those connections and makes everyone feel welcome. I look forward to many many years as a Thrive member!

Jan C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

THRIVE's networking events are amazing. They are scripted so that you meet and have discussions with many people during the morning, but the special part is the opportunity to announce "a need". When attending one of these events, I announced a need of a nonprofit I was doing an Interim position at relating to starting a capital campaign when it didn't have stakeholders beyond participating families. A couple of people raised their hands, but someone with many many years of expertise in this area who I had not seen in quite a few years came over to me and offered to meet with the Board and give them some coaching and ideas. He came to a special meeting and spent 2 hours giving such important advice that we created a plan to do everything he suggested, began it all right away, and now this org has a head start on the key things to build a bigger constituency before beginning the capital campaign. Without THRIVE's event and the resulting opportunity to get such critical advice from the most experienced person in the area, none of this could have happened and this org probably would have failed completely to generate the funds they will need to build the new site! THRIVE's true unique and wonderful strength is this ability to connect people, that's for sure.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

THRIVE is a wonderful consortium of nonprofits that assists nonprofits in:
- finding collaborative partners
- learning about grant opportunities and funders
- sharing information about other organizations that host leadership and funding seminars

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a member of Thrive I have attended many workshops and seminars on many topics other than my primary interests. As a past Director of CARD of SMC, we trained San Mateo County Nonprofits how to survive and serve their cliental during and after a disaster, small or large.
Thrive not accomplishes this, but cover so many other issues and concerns. It is one of the best resources in the area for information, training, networking and more.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In my view, the primary purpose of Thrive is make useful information available to medium and small nonprofits that otherwise could not hope to get it in a personal forum. (I attended a presentation by Emmett Carson, CEO of SVCF, who basically said "I can't talk to every individual nonprofit, I can only talk to them together through organizations like Thrive.") Thrive does a good job of bringing in speakers, programs, etc., that are truly useful and thought-provoking for nonprofits. Also, Thrive does a great job of encouraging camaraderie and communication between nonprofits. At a Thrive forum, it feels like we the attendees are a true community, maybe even family, which is crucial to our sense of being in the same boat and ultimately on the same team, as well as being able to share, talk, think things through and otherwise process things as a group in ways you could never do on your own or at a really large forum of strangers or even with a few friends. Porcia and Cindy put so much professionalism and spirit into things. I think all these things help foster positive leadership in our local nonprofits.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was a member and volunteer for Thrive before joining the board in July 2013. Thrive is a hidden gem of a resource, that deserves wider visibility and appreciation. They do wonders with a two person staff. I value the Chamber of Commerce-like camaraderie and networking, their promotion and support of the larger nonprofit community of San Mateo county and beyond. No other organization provides such easy accessibility. The programs offered are diverse and worthwhile, and for members, often free of charge. I receive announcements and communications via their listserv that I would not receive through other channels. Thrive's programs have directly benefited me and my own professional development, many organizations I have been actively involved with and friends/colleagues in the nonprofit realm. I have personally hosted two friendraiser/outreach gatherings to spread the word about this valuable community resource.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Our organization has been a member of THRIVE for years. Their quarterly meetings are interesting and timely. They add to our network and help us to make our nonprofit work.

Mary219

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thrive continually offers a large variety of presentations and programs for it's member non-profits for free or very little additional cost. They operate as their mission states including having a focus on wellness for it's employees and members alike. They go out of their way to serve and connect non-profits with each other to support not only viable partnerships, but ones that can exponentially increase their positive impact in the community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Thrive offers a very broad array of learning opportunities for the nonprofit community in San Mateo. These are always well organized and well attended with good speakers. I loved the last one on local giving with a stellar and unusual cast of speakers from small business to large business to foundations.

Heather Stewart

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having worked with so many nonprofits as a municipal governmental liaison, I saw the importance of the regular convening of nonprofit organizations, enabling nonprofit leaders to connect and collaborate around issues and topics that effect their agencies and the whole sector. I joined the board because I saw how Thrive could help be a conduit across sectors and help provide a voice, networking and education opportunities to all agencies and staff - helping the sector thrive, which in turn, helps our communities thrive. For a small organization, it has made a big impact in San Mateo County.

cwright

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so grateful to be a member of Thrive! The meetings are incredible resources for information that have helped our nonprofit immensely and also given us the opportunity to help other nonprofits. The connections we've made have been invaluable. Because of our Thrive membership, we connected with an organization that will provide us with exactly the right personnel we'll need to execute a crucial part of our program. Thrive is such a powerful force for good in San Mateo Country. Every county should have one. My best advice to you is, Join Today!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a former CEO of a nonprofit organization and now a board member, I see how Thrive is able to support and strengthen the sector here in San Mateo County. Thrive provides a venue for nonprofit leaders to come together to network, build relationships with funders, county leaders and other nonprofit leaders. The quarterly meetings provide a valuable resource for Thrive members. No other organization represents the entire nonprofit sector.