Trent Ricker Addresses Inaugural Nonprofit Cohort of Goldman Sachs 10,000
Small Businesses Program
DALLAS, March 24, 2014
DALLAS, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Trent Ricker, Chief Executive Officer
of Pursuant, a full-service comprehensive fundraising and communications firm,
was honored to serve as the keynote speaker at Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small
Businesses commencement ceremony for its first graduating class of nonprofit
organizations. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a program for small
business owners and executives at nonprofit organizations that links learning
to action. The program is currently active in 18 sites: Chicago, Cleveland,
Detroit, Houston, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York,
Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, the national cohort at Babson College, and six
capital-only states — Kentucky, Maine, Montana, Oregon/Washington, Tennessee,
and Virginia. The program graduated its first class dedicated to nonprofit
leaders at the City Colleges of Chicago's Harold Washington College location.
Through the program, participants receive the tools and support to develop a
customized growth plan that will take their businesses and nonprofit
organizations to the next level.
"It's an honor to have addressed the inaugural nonprofit graduating cohort in
such a wonderful program that the Goldman Sachs Foundation has so generously
underwritten in cities across America. I was thrilled to see this program
expanded to include nonprofit leaders whose passion to impact lives drive them
into mission-driven organizational leadership. A program like this supports
those leaders with the necessary business acumen to strengthen their
organization, create jobs and impact more lives. As a fundraising practitioner
and business leader myself, I applaud this program that Goldman Sachs
Foundation has developed," Ricker explained.
As CEO of Pursuant, Mr. Ricker directs fundraising strategy and communication
campaigns for nonprofit organizations of various sizes. Serving hundreds of
organizations, Pursuant has earned its place on the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing
business list for five consecutive years. As the chief executive of a small
business, as well as an innovative fundraising consultant and dynamic speaker,
Ricker was an ideal fit to address the graduating class.
"Trent was exactly what we encourage our graduates to be in communicating:
effective, efficient and compelling. He gave the cohort a clear connection
between the business skills they have refined in the cohort and the pursuit of
their respective missions," said Bral Spight, the Chicago Executive Director.
"He also gave a valued perspective as someone who understands the funding
hurdles to expanding the mission of nonprofits."
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program runs 18 linked sites throughout
the country and is currently accepting applications for the next classes of
small business owners and nonprofit leaders for their upcoming cohorts.
Participants will gain practical skills in areas such as negotiation,
marketing and employee management that they can immediately put into action.
The program, with curriculum designed by Babson College, the nation's
top-ranked entrepreneurship school, is available at no cost to selected
applicants. Applicants are put through a screening and interview process to
ensure they are the right fit for the program. If you are interested in
learning more about the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, please
Contact: Cassandra Bennett, 1-214-866-7737,
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