Impala, a digital platform focused on making social impact data actionable for the nearly 3 million non-profit organizations and funders in the United States, announced the launch of Paths, a powerful new networking product. Created to enhance the work of fundraisers, prospect researchers, consultants or grantmakers, Paths will help organizations discover and maximize potential relationships opportunities to accomplish positive change in their communities.
“Paths has the power to unite the philanthropy sector and we’re excited to share it with the public and thousands of people and organizations already using Impala in the U.S. and around the globe,” said Shahar Brunker, Co-Founder and CEO of Impala. “Paths is making it easier for fundraisers and nonprofits to accomplish their priorities and is key to revealing critical and actionable connections that otherwise may have been elusive. Identifying and mapping these connections is core to Impala’s mission of democratizing the social impact space.”
“Philanthropy runs on relationships, and an important part of building stronger connections is knowing who is already within your network,” said Simon Dickson, Co-Founder and COO of Impala. “Paths by Impala was developed to simplify this process and show users the relationships that matter, facilitate that all-important introduction and improve the odds of success. We are proud to finally release this product to our thousands of users and thank the many nonprofit and philanthropic leaders who helped inform its development.”
Paths is the latest product, following the launch of Ecosystems, Impala’s business intelligence tool, available to nonprofits, funders and consultants through the Impala platform. Creating an account on the platform is free and gives users easy access to comprehensive profiles of 2.9 million philanthropic foundations and nonprofits in the U.S., including information on grants given and received, financials, impact and an organization's leadership.
Prospect research, funder cultivation, board development and board engagement are time intensive, costly, yet necessary endeavors for non-profit and foundations to achieve their missions. For organizations of all sizes, but particularly those with smaller staffs and tight budgets, relationship building is critical to accessing grants and building community influence.
Paths helps to alleviate stress and level the playing field, having already mapped more than 1 billion relationships across nearly 3 million organizations and 16 million people to help find unique first, second or third-hand connections to facilitate collaboration. Through Paths, a non-profit employee or organization can input their desired connection and instantly have a visual representation of their map to that person. Paths is unique because it finds the connections that actually matter, such as if a member of your team sat on a board at the same time as a person you’re looking to connect with, or if there is overlap in support for the same non-profits. Not only does Paths produce a personalized relationship map – detailing how that user or team is connected to an organization or decision-maker – but it will also share available contact information for how to reach and communicate with them.
“Paths by Impala is a groundbreaking product that is helping nonprofit organizations and funders unlock invaluable connections, allowing them to expand their donor base and enhance their donor cultivation and stewardship efforts,” said Ron Schiller, founding partner at Aspen Leadership Group. “Aspen Leadership Group applauds the Impala team on producing a product that will transform relationship building across the philanthropy sector, enabling nonprofits and donors interested in their work more easily to find each other, and ultimately enabling nonprofits to tap many more fundraising revenue streams and extend the impact of their work.”
Non-profits and foundations have the opportunity to claim their organization and then subscribe to use the Ecosystem and Paths features to further enhance their networking and information gathering experience. Thanks to numerous early partnerships as well as grant support from leading philanthropic organizations, every nonprofit and foundation in Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island, and more than 20,000 non-profits and grantees affiliated with The Jewish Funders Network, already have access to Impala’s platform and Ecosystems product for free.
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