We are so excited to welcome Tom Vance to the Tackle team! Tom recently joined our team as an Associate Consultant and he is already helping make our client’s technology shine.

Tom comes to Tackle with a solid background working on staff at nonprofits. He brings a high level of understanding of the challenges nonprofits face, especially with their technology. His first-hand knowledge of development, fundraising, programming, culture, and communications puts him in a unique position when working with our clients to achieve their technology goals. We are confident you will be in great hands with Tom when working on your next project at Tackle.

Check out what Tom had to say in this Q&A below.

Tell us about yourself.

As a white, queer, lo-fi femme millenial – I approach the world understanding that parts of the world were made for me and other parts were not. Therefore social change work is core to who I am.

In my short life so far, has entailed serving on a capital campaign to raise $15 million for a new homeless shelter; developed and implemented a grasstops organizing strategy to get more funding to LGBTQ+ community organizations; and most recently, built an advancement team to help a Black serving nonprofit survive the COVID-19 endemic.

Through all this time, I’ve been using technology to manage donor relationships and program outcomes to continue securing funding for mission critical work. Helping organizations embrace technology can reduce paperwork, create 360 customer views and help break organizational silos leading to more innovation to solve the world’s leading challenges.

What do you value most when working with clients?

Being a consultant lets you touch the work of multiple missions and the lives of extremely passionate people trying to make a difference in our world. I’m reminded of a quote from Lila Watson, “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” To build the future we want, we have to work together.

What excites you most about helping nonprofits with their technology?

How technology can be used to achieve an organization’s mission. And the easier the technology is to use, the bigger return on investment the organization can get. If I can get organizations out of spreadsheets and disconnected systems, they can scale their work and get closer to fulfilling their mission.

How would your work help Tackle move in the forward direction?

My intercultural development background will support Tackle navigate the challenges of having a growing team of consultants. The more people you have the more intentional about organization culture you have to be.

I’m a bit of a nerd about this because this is how you find out whether your org culture supports diversity and inclusion or not. Many social change advocates use the intercultural development continuum to unpack where a culture is and what work needs to happen to create a more inclusive environment. **Spoiler Alert** self-awareness is one of the critical activities!

Have any other questions for Tom regarding his role at Tackle? I know he would love to hear from you or connect on LinkedIn.

We know Tom will truly benefit our team and our clients, and we can’t wait for you to work with him on your next project with Tackle.

  • With over 15 years working in the nonprofit and technology sector, Shannon has seen a little bit of everything regarding marketing to and from nonprofits. Some good, some bad, but regardless she hopes her insights help strengthen your organization.

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