Building Community Bridges with Further the Work
Further the Work bills itself as a full service consultancy providing nonprofit organizations with strategic planning, organizational development, grant writing, fundraising and project management. However, it is so much more. This B Corporation is a bridge builder: from goals to dreams, from community members to organizations and most of all, across sectors. With a focus on partnerships, they reinforce linkages between community structures, foster significant conversations and match needs with skills, all towards the greater good.
Recognizing that it takes a village, President Rebecca Brown redirects focus onto that village rather than separate entities. In this way, resources are re-distributed to those most in need. Profit is a means to continue, rather than an end. Located in the volatile neighborhood of Richmond, CA, Further the Work holds itself to a high standard, from pay practices to hiring, from conflict management to scheduling. No matter the topic, accountability is key. Highly visible in this small community, they work to counter the constant competition and scarcity dynamics that control everyday life. The B Corp has released the first specific, data-based information for Richmond on violence, re-incarceration, re-entry and recidivism. This is open to all, so that the community can educate themselves. In furthering discussion, the organization created an online forum as Richmondís shared thought-space. With an open door invitation and the hope of providing important document access, shared calendaring and general knowledge, this is an amazing opportunity for the neighborhood to progress.
With such focus and integrity, becoming a Certified B Corporation was a no-brainer.†The entire process, from learning of B Lab to becoming certified, occurred within 72 hours. It is so important to stay focused on mission and find partners who support this. Rebecca Brown sums it up perfectly: ďEvery business would be a better, happier business if they thought about the issues that are at the heart of the B movement. I think that you can redefine profit and value- Yes, you still have to pay the bills. But how really do you want to define profit, how really do you want to define success?Ē
Further the Work will continue to push to increase visibility and build more bridges. Bringing in those with a variety of often overlooked skill sets, they do everything possible to improve local justice, develop connections with leading thought partners and most importantly, build relationships. Why donít you build your own bridge and Better Know this B through their site?
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