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Dave Manning

Grow Meaningful LLC
Barrington, RI 02806
Phone: 339-788-8097

Nonprofit Earned Income Strategy Consulting

Hi, I'm Dave Manning (he/him/his). I help nonprofits generate more earned income.

My Vision:

A world where most people wake up feeling inspired by meaningful work, connected with their communities, motivated to be better, and excited for what's ahead.​ Think how far we'd get!

My Mission:

To help smaller, secular nonprofits generate more earned income so they can afford to grow their meaningful brands, workplaces, and communities.

About Me:

I believe Viktor Frankl was right: our "search for meaning" is the primary motivation in life (not pleasure, not power)-- meaning matters most.

I also believe in using business principles to solve problems that matter (...problems often created by businesses in the first place).

That's why, after a decade in the business sector followed by several years teaching high school business, I formed Grow Meaningful to embrace the idea-generating tensions where for-profit and nonprofit thinking intersect.

"Dave is skilled, experienced and talented in strategy work. He supported my thinking and provided me with amazing resources to use as I begin to plan and develop vision for my work. I can't thank you enough!" (-Lisa P., Philanthropy & Engagement Director)

"Dave has an astute ability to coach clients through complicated situations by helping them to define existing strengths and to focus on opportunities to overcoming barriers to success." (-Roya K., Director of Marketing and Communications)

"Dave was great to do a Business Plan with! He explained the steps very clearly and helped clarify everything! Dave is great to work with." (-Shannon B., Administrative Director)


Additional Keywords:

earned income, earned revenue, social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, business planning, nonprofit venture

Specialties: Fundraising/Fund Development, Fundraising - Capital Campaigns, Fundraising - Events Planning, Fundraising - Feasibility Studies, Fundraising - Major Gifts/Planned Giving, Organizational Planning/Development, Organizational Planning - Collaboration/Mergers, Organizational Planning - Mission & Vision Planning, Organizational Planning - Organizational Assessment, Program Planning and Evaluation, Program Planning - Evaluation & Measurement, Program Planning - Program Development, Strategic/Business Plan Development


Entrepreneurs Forever
Roya Kousari - Director of Marketing and Communications
340 Mansfield Ave Suite 200
Pittsburgh , PA 15220

"Dave has an astute ability to coach clients through complicated situations by helping them to define existing strengths and to focus on opportunities to overcoming barriers to success." (-Roya K.)

I helped Entrepreneurs Forever capture the guiding principles of their organization in a compelling and concise way with new and updated key messaging.

About Entrepreneurs Forever: We're committed to dramatically improving the volume and success of entrepreneurs and small business owners in often overlooked, evolving, or underserved communities throughout the United States.

Community Diabetes Center
Shannon Blondell - Administrative Director
101 North Howard St.
Croswell , MI 48422

I helped Community Diabetes Center develop a strategy to bring in new members, improve their current membership program, increase engagement, and support their fundraising and community-building goals.

This involved starting back at the beginning with a theory of change, social business canvas (/lean canvas), stakeholder mapping, beneficiary mapping, problem tree, and good old fashioned brainstorming.

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