Author: Nancy Patterson

I have spent the past 23 years working in the nonprofit sector serving community-based causes–educational institutions, arts and cultural organizations, healthcare providers and nonprofit start-ups. I began serving as Associate Vice President of Leadership & Fund Development at Chattanooga State Community College in August of 2013. I also own a nonprofit consulting business which I started in 2005 and co-founded a legal tech company with my husband in 2011.

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Chattanooga Heroes Fund honors, supports victims and their families

On July 16, 2015, an unthinkable act of violence and terror hit my hometown, taking the lives of four Marines and one Navy sailor. As our community came together to support the victims and their loved ones, we showed the world Chattanooga’s strong heart. (more…)

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PBS, WTCI deliver content that educates, informs, inspires

By now you know I am a history buff and big fan of PBS. So it will come as no surprise that on this President’s Day, I am pleased to introduce you to a new Presidential collection called 60-SECOND PRESIDENTS brought to you by PBS LearningMedia and PBS Digital Studios.

Have fun exploring and be sure to share (more…)


Introducing Felt Storyframes for iPhone — just in time for the Holidays!

You may have heard me say it before– Felt has reimagined handwritten cards for a mobile society. It’s true. And this month, the Felt team has introduced the iPhone version just in time for (more…)


Quotes on Teamwork & Service to Others

“I love teamwork. I love the idea of everyone rallying together to help me win.” – Jarod Kintz, A Zebra is the Piano of the Animal Kingdom

“The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.”James Cash Penney

“True happiness can only be found when you stop worrying about yourself and try to look out for those around you. Helping people can give your life (more…)

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Meet The Give App

The Give app is a cute little App full of doing goodness in the palm of your (iPhone) hand.  Thanks to a partnership with Guidestar, the Give app provides mobile access to donate to more than 1.9 million nonprofit organizations.

All Give donations are 100% tax-deductible through their accredited charitable donation processor, Network for Good.  According to the Give app website, (more…)


It’s all about the impact but is it impactful?

  • noun: the effect or influence of one person, thing, or action, on another.
  • verb: .
    come into forcible contact with another object; have a strong effect on someone or something.
  • adjective: having a major impact or effect.



Happy Giving, Happy Songs

Happy Giving

A couple of years ago I shared a TedTalk about the scientific proof that people who donate money are happier. That talk, presented by Michael Norton, was recently featured in an NPR “TED Radio Hour” episode exploring ideas worth spreading. (more…)


The Ultimate Vision for the Guidestar Exchange

Last month a LinkedIn email from the group “GuideStar — The Nonprofit Conversation” caught my attention.  Written by David Mundy, eCommerce Manager at GuideStar, he wrote an article on the vision behind the GuideStar Exchange. Here is an excerpt: (more…)


Most “shared” posts on Nonprofitunity

I thought it’d be interesting to list the top five blog posts from Nonprofitunity that received the most shares from my readers: (more…)