December 2008 – Representatives of Dare Mighty Things, Inc., a social service consulting firm located in Portsmouth, NH and Arlington, VA., were invited to speak this week at the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives event, Models and Strategies Day: Proven Approaches for Investment in Frontline Nonprofits. The event was held to provide an opportunity for more than 100 Foundation leaders to explore innovative models that have proven successful for funding, evaluating, and extending the impact of community-based non-profits choosing to engage critical societal needs.
David Van Patten, president of Dare Mighty Things, Inc. presented Techniques for Ensuring Success in New Ventures, covering a range of issues from Application Assessment to Sustainability Training. Dawn Pilkington, program director with Dare Mighty Things, Inc., sharing best practices of capacity building intermediaries, also addressed the group of government officials, policymakers, business leaders, philanthropists, and faith-based and community leaders.
The pair also participated in the Compassion in Action Roundtable held as part of the full-day event. Addressing the issues of Strengthening Compassion: Building the Capacity of Frontline Faith-Based and Community Organizations, Van Patten and Pilkington featured their work in a number of initiatives including Dare Mighty Things’ work in support of the Compassion Capital Fund, Mentoring Children of Prisoners and Access to Recovery.
Over the past eight years, the Federal government has invested billions in strategies designed to harness the creativity and personal touch of small- and mid-sized nonprofits to address the full spectrum of social challenges. An expansive array of models have been designed, tested and refined – many of which have proven highly effective in tapping and growing the distinctive strengths of grassroots organizations, while also mitigating their weaknesses. The work of the FBCI has included projects focused on specific areas of need, as well as capacity-building initiatives relevant to any social service nonprofit. Dare Mighty Things, Inc. has been called to assist in the design, implementation and growth of several such projects.