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What’s in a name?

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I bet this has happened to you.  You’re trying to introduce someone to another, and you can’t remember the person’s name…it’s right there on the tip your tongue, but you just can’t seem to retrieve it fast enough.  It’s embarrassing… to everyone.   Why? We all understand that a name is important; it has meaning, it defines a person, and knowing and remembering it is one of the key arts of communication.

The same holds true for an organization’s name. Its name reflects the unique mission, style, approach and unique niche that leads others to value its work, and its brand.  It should be memorable, easy to retrieve, and entice its target market to learn more.

For quite some time, we’ve known that the Trust for Conservation Innovation no longer fully represents who we have become since our inception nearly 20 years ago. And, so our evolution to Multiplier began.

The Wayback Machine

Back in 2001, our organization was the brainchild of a forward-looking team at California Environmental Associates who saw the need for a mission-aligned, cost-effective nonprofit organization for a select portfolio of environmental conservation projects. Since our beginnings, we have provided fiscal sponsorship, fast access to 501c3 status, and a flexible administrative and operations platform, freeing up program teams to focus on mission and impact from day one. We’ve built our reputation around a unique “boutique” level of creative and flexible support. To this day, every project still receives the close personal attention that has become our hallmark, together with a direct investment in building the capacity of program teams to accomplish their goals.

A Changing Sector
Fast forward 15 years, and the environmental sector has evolved. Land, ocean and species conservation are still key to protecting and conserving our precious natural resources. Yet there is also a realization that growing threats to our planet and its people require more holistic solutions, both locally and globally. Reflecting this trend, our project portfolio has grown and now spans both crucial land and ocean conservation efforts and an array of cross-sector strategies in public health, environmental education, economic development, clean energy, climate resilience, sustainable food systems, energy efficiency, social and environmental equity, and more. During this same period, we also experienced tremendous growth, with annual revenue across the entire organization more than tripling in just three years. By the end of 2015, our name no longer reflected the intersectional work of many of our projects or the evolution and growth of the overall organization.

Accelerating Impact

In 2016, we went through an intensive year-long planning process that culminated in a revised mission, a new strategic direction, and a resource-enriched approach that deepens our support for projects and our investment in mission-driven impact. Since that time, we’ve put this commitment into action. Our core operations support team – our “backbone” team – has continued to provide the efficient, cost-effective administrative and operations support that is core to our success. And, in 2017, we also added an accelerator team, doubling the size of our staff and bringing in additional senior nonprofit experts to expand our capacity-building support. This infusion of expertise has allowed us to deepen our personalized, wrap-around supports to projects in areas critical to their success, including fundraising, program and leadership development, and outreach.

Our public name change from Trust for Conservation Innovation to Multiplier in mid-2018 aligns our public-facing brand with this accelerator model.

Why Multiplier? Because that’s what we do. Our backbone and accelerator teams work alongside program teams, creating a multiplier effect that helps turn game-changing ideas into planet-saving impact.

Come join us. After all, don’t we all want to protect and foster a healthy, sustainable, resilient and equitable world?

T4CI adds new senior advisor for fundraising and development

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T4CI is proud to welcome Alice Ng as our Senior Advisor for Fundraising and Development. Hailing from New York city, Alice brings over 16 years of experience in the nonprofit sector with hands-on multi-faceted experience in fundraising and development. In this role, Alice will advise and coach our program teams on fundraising and development best practices in areas such as annual giving campaigns, membership development, major donor cultivation and stewardship, foundation support, corporate sponsorship, and fundraising events.

Most recently, Alice served as the Development Director for the Coral Reef Alliance, where she was responsible for the long-term fundraising strategy based on the organization’s theory of change. In this role, she  worked closely with the Program and Communications teams to direct the design of a 10-year $20 million capital campaign strategy, planned and executed the organization’s annual gala, managed the stewardship and major donor recognition program for prominent constituents, and directed the messaging for all direct mail appeals.  She also performed the first-ever analysis donor segmentation of the donor database to better identify untapped giving opportunities and refine approach strategies.

From 2006-2014, Alice served first the United States Director for Animals Asia Foundation, where she supervised the North American operations including strategic planning and growth and development of the organization and then as Development Director where she managed all fundraising efforts across North America. During her tenure, she created and implemented a major gifts program including bequest/legacy giving and donor recognition programs, stewarded all major donor relationships including securing high-level six-figure gifts, oversaw foundation proposals and reporting, and led donor trips to field projects in China and Vietnam.

From 2002-2006, Alice served as Co-founder and Co-director of Animal Balance, a global nonprofit focused on the development and implementation of 100% humane animal population control strategies for dogs and cats on the islands of Galapagos, Dominican Republic, Samoa, Cuba, Cape Verde, Bahamas and Hawaii. Alice is a current member of the Board of Directors and continues to support the growth and expansion of the organization.

Earlier in her career, Alice served as a Shark Conservation Campaigner for WildAid where she focused on reducing the demand for shark fin through education and research.

Alice holds a BS in Management Information Systems from the University of Buffalo and in her spare time, you can either find her climbing in Yosemite or serving as an active wilderness first responder for the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit.

This position is part of our forward-facing strategy focused on providing hands-on advisory support to accelerate the growth and development of the innovative projects that operate under our umbrella. Together with other value-added services in areas of communications and leadership development, these additional advisory services are  provided alongside our core operational supports in accounting, human resources and benefits administration, grants and contracts administration, and general operations and administration.

Earth Day? For T4CI projects, it’s “Earth Always”.

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Founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, Earth Day is now a globally celebrated holiday. The brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson and inspired by the anti-war protests of the late 1960s, Earth Day was originally aimed at creating a mass environmental movement. It began as a “national teach-in on the environment” and was held on April 22 to maximize the number of students that could be reached on university campuses.  By raising public awareness of air and water pollution, Nelson hoped to bring environmental causes into the national spotlight.

And although it’s decades later, there’s still so much to be done. That’s why our projects are on the front lines stimulating change everyday. Here’s just a sample of the plans for Earth Day 2017:

Menlo Spark: We’re celebrating the first anniversary of the Menlo Green Challenge with some exciting contests to help people Park take climate actions, compete with their neighbors to see who can be greenest, and save money.

Sane Energy Project:  On Earth Day, we will be active with all of our volunteers with art windmills, storytelling in the public square with a giant storybook. We’ll be encouraging the public to participate in letter writing, calls, hearings and community meetings.

SOUL:  We’re partnering with The Port of New Orleans on Friday, April 21 for an Earth Day event to clean the storm drains of debris and trash removal. We will plant native water-loving trees at this site in the fall. On Saturday, April 22, SOUL is hosting a maintenance day at the Rosa H. Keller Library’s rain garden. Volunteers will weed, remove invasive species, plant native Irises and mulch.

Would you like to take action to help? Please consider a donation to one of our projects at: http://t4ci.org/sponsored/

What’s your favorite wildlife film?

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Grab some popcorn, because it’s time for T4CI’s top film picks during International Wildlife Film Week.

We all have our favorites and it’s interesting to see how diverse the selection is.

Take a look, and let us know what your favorite wildlife move is by sharing it in the comments.

Carolyn:  March of the Penguins

Kristin: Planet Earth

Kvetka: The Edge

Laura: The Bear

Jessica: The Fight for Survival

Shannon: Out of Africa

Tenzin:  Gorillas in the Mist

Here we grow again: T4CI is looking for a Program Operations Manager

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With incredible growth the past three years, T4CI is currently looking for an experienced and forward-thinking program operations manager to join our downtown Oakland-based team. This is a newly created position and we are poised to hire immediately.

Check out the complete job description and application process at http://t4ci.org/about/pdf/ProjectOpsManager04102017.pdf

Celebrating International Day of Forests

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Today marks the United Nations’ fifth annual International Day of Forests, a day to celebrate the important and diverse contributions of the world’s forests and help to protect the health of forest ecosystems worldwide.

Forests presently cover 30 per cent of the Earth’s land area, or nearly 4 billion hectares. Sustainably managed forests are healthy, productive, resilient and renewable ecosystems which provide essential goods and services to people worldwide. An estimated 1.6 billion people – 25 per cent of the global population – depend on forests for subsistence, livelihood, employment and income generation.

Forests provide goods such as wood, food, fuel, fibre, fodder, and other non-wood products. They provide a range of ecosystem services, from soil, land, water and biodiversity conservation to climate change mitigation and adaptation, from clean air to reducing the risk of natural disasters including floods, landslides, droughts, and dust and sand storms.

Here’s more information on the celebration.

T4CI welcomes new staff member

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Please welcome the newest member of our T4CI team: Kristin Fischer, as the human resources director.

In this newly-created position, she not only fulfills the traditional HR role for the organization, but also works as T4CI’s talent developer, capacity-builder, and executive steward of our most important resources – our team members.

Kristin was formerly the director of people operations at Villarreal Hutner PC and oversaw human resources, and support staff management.  Prior to this role, she was the director of implementation services at Eatec Corporation.

Kristin holds a Bachelors of Arts in History from Kenyon College as well as a Grande Diploma in Culinary Arts at Ecole Ritz Escoffier.

A self-proclaimed “Gilmore Girls “addict, she also enjoys hiking, travel, and Wii “Just Dance” competitions with her family.

Black History Month: Honoring Marjorie Richard

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T4CI is saluting some of the most influential African-American environmentalists and sustainability professionals during Black History Month.

Today we honor Marjorie Richard.

Richard is the first African-American to win the esteemed Goldman Environmental Prize, after her nonstop battle with Shell Chemical whose refinery emissions were slowly killing her community members Norco, Louisiana.

Due to her outspoken advocacy,  Shell Chemical agreed to reduce its toxic emissions by 20 percent, contribute $5 million to a community development fund, and voluntarily finance the relocation of the area’s residents away from the refinery by buying the 225 lots at a minimum price of $80,000 per lot.

 

Forget the Academy Awards: Check out T4CI’s picks

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The 89th Academy Awards are this Sunday.  And although few will take home the coveted Oscar, T4CI wanted to salute some of our favorite movies that meet our mission:

to accelerate impact for initiatives focused on protecting and fostering a healthy, sustainable, resilient and equitable world

And surprise!  Many are not documentaries.  All are chosen by the T4CI staff. So grab some popcorn and take a look:

Are any of these on your top pick list?  What other movies would you add?

We would love to hear your thoughts in our comment section!

Black History Month: Honoring Beverly Wright

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T4CI is saluting some of the most influential African-American environmentalists and sustainability professionals during Black History Month.

Today we honor Beverly Wright.

Dr. Beverly Wright is a professor of Sociology and the founding director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ). For nearly two decades, she has been a leading scholar and advocate in the environmental justice arena. She has created a unique center, formerly at Xavier University, and currently at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The DSCEJ is one of the few community/university partnerships that addresses environmental and health inequities in the Lower Mississippi River Industrial Corridor, the area commonly referred to as Cancer Alley.

Since Hurricane Katrina, much of the work at the DSCEJ has focused on research, policy, and community outreach, assistance, and education of displaced African-American residents of New Orleans. Dr. Wright has been an advocate of the safe return of residents, addressing the critical issues of health and environmental restoration and monitoring fairness as it relates to standards of clean up. The center has been a resource to the community providing education, training, and job placement to displaced citizens of New Orleans.