How The Wakeman Agency Helped a  Historic Organization Transform its Signature Event and Increase Revenue Generation

How The Wakeman Agency Helped a Historic Organization Transform its Signature Event and Increase Revenue Generation

The YWCA of the City of New York partnered with The Wakeman Agency to revitalize the YW’s Salute Luncheon. Like many nonprofits, the YW’s small development team struggled to manage the scope of such a large event with their limited resources. When they enlisted The Wakeman Agency’s support, they had less than four months to organize the Salute Luncheon—an effort that usually takes a year of planning.

Having coached many organizations on events strategy and execution, The Wakeman Agency was able to call upon a breadth of experience when looking at the YW’s needs. A quick analysis of their situation allowed The Wakeman Agency to identify immediate improvements to the YW’s event communications, planning process, and donor strategy.keep reading

Philanthropy and White Supremacy: A Conversation with Pamela Shifman & Vanessa Daniel

Philanthropy and White Supremacy: A Conversation with Pamela Shifman & Vanessa Daniel

Institutional philanthropy plays a pivotal role in advancing social change, but far too often these same organizations hinder progress through systematic white supremacy. Vanessa Daniel and Pamela Shifman highlight the challenges and opportunities to bring about equity in the sector. The conversation highlights the huge disparity in funding and support for organizations led by people of color, who often receive less than their counterparts.keep reading
6 Tips for Gala Planning That Nobody Ever Told You

6 Tips for Gala Planning That Nobody Ever Told You

We love planning galas. Galas allow us to combine all of our organizational strengths – strategy, creativity and execution- while also giving us an opportunity to stretch and grow, as we try new things.keep reading
Wakeman CEO Chosen for Prestigious 914 Inc. "Women In Business" Award

Wakeman CEO Chosen for Prestigious 914 Inc. "Women In Business" Award

Shirley Chisholm once said, "If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair." As the founder of a social change agency, I have often found myself not only bringing the chair, but the table too, to conversations and spaces in which I advocate for the nonprofits we serve. keep reading
Ana Marie Argilagos on Philanthropy By, For and About Latino Communities

Ana Marie Argilagos on Philanthropy By, For and About Latino Communities

There are an estimated 55 million Hispanic people in the United States, comprising over 17% of the population and Ana Marie Argilagos is working to usher in a new generation of philanthropy that is for, by, and about the Latino community. Looking to fill the gap unmet by institutional philanthropy, Ana talks candidly about what philanthropy looks like for Latinos and the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.keep reading
Edgar Villanueva on Decolonizing Wealth in America

Edgar Villanueva on Decolonizing Wealth in America

Through a fascinating look at the history of our country, Edgar Villanueva provides a powerful, insightful argument for us to evaluate institutional philanthropy today. He believes that the way forward is to "heal the pain of the past and restore balance to the land." Tune in to hear his powerful call-to-action to decolonize wealth in America.keep reading