Powered By Professionals

Powered by Professionals (PBP) (https://www.poweredbyprofessionals.com/) is a national fundraising and event management firm, based in New York City, that specializes in helping charity and non-profit organizations exceed their fundraising goals. Utilizing their unique strategic approach (https://www.poweredbyprofessionals.com/fundraising/), PBP identifies the key individuals involved in your organization including board members, honorees, and committee members, and works with them to transition their personal relationships into fundraising relationships.

Over the last 20 years, PBP has worked with over 100 nonprofit organizations (https://www.poweredbyprofessionals.com/clients/) to maximize their fundraising efforts and in the process have managed and produced hundreds of in-person, virtual, and hybrid events (https://www.poweredbyprofessionals.com/production/), resulting in close to $150 million raised for these charities.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, PBP has been at the forefront of the virtual and hybrid event space (https://www.poweredbyprofessionals.com/hybrid-and-virtual-events/), working with dozens of nonprofits to rethink their fundraising strategy and take both their event and fundraising online. Here are a few tips from PBP that can help you plan a successful virtual fundraising event (https://www.poweredbyprofessionals.com/nonprofit-virtual-event-examples/):


Whether you are looking to go hybrid or fully virtual for your annual fundraising gala, awareness run/walk, or benefit concert, you will need to determine your event format and how you envision it happening so that the rest of the event planning falls into place. Once you have figured out what parts of your event you want prerecorded vs. live, create an event timeline (https://www.poweredbyprofessionals.com/event-timelines/) and run of show to start outlaying your event planning process.


There are so many types of virtual event platforms available now; it can be difficult to decide which to use. PBP is constantly exploring new platforms and revisiting existing ones, as the platforms are continuously evolving and adding new services. Sometimes a combination of different tech platforms works best for your event. PBP has a couple blog posts that can help you pick the best platform for your organization linked here (https://www.poweredbyprofessionals.com/virtual-event-tech-questions/) and here (https://www.poweredbyprofessionals.com/vendor-highlight-tech-platforms/).


You cannot rehearse too much. If your event has live components, you will need to make sure all your speakers know how to access the event, when they will be seen on screen, and how they will interact with the audience. Even if your event is fully prerecorded, you will need to watch your video content many times to find the best places to put any graphics, make sure the videos transition well, and that your program’s message is clear to the audience. The more you rehearse, the more flawless your event will be because you will be able to pick up little details you may not have thought of before.

For more virtual and hybrid event fundraising and event planning tips, tune into our webinar on September 21, where PBP CEO and Founder, Darren Port, will be discussing how to adapt your event and fundraising strategy in a world of COVID-19 uncertainty. More information about the webinar and how to register is below.

Register for the webinar here.

Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy

Interviewee: Ilene Corina

President & Patient Safety Advocate


The Nonprofit Resource Hub is thrilled to announce that our nonprofit partner list is growing. This summer, we added 16 new nonprofit organizations to our community! In this month’s newsletter, we are featuring the Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy. The mission of Pulse CPSEA is to raise awareness about patient safety through advocacy, education & support.

We met with Ilene Corina, President & Safety Advocate at Pulse CPSEA to learn more about the work of her organization and why it’s important everyone knows about their work and how you can get involved.

NRH: How and why did you choose this organization to work with?

Ilene: I founded it in 1996 as a support group for survivors of medical injury when I realized,  after the death of my son, there was no place that people could learn to be aware of medical errors and safe patient care. There were so many stories of death and injury caused by the healthcare system but no one was talking about the how or why in a way patients and their families could learn to avoid an injury or worse.

NRH:  Tell us about one success story you are really proud of.

Ilene:Too many to name – each person helped.  Each program that people attend. Each time someone says “I learned so much”  

Also I was voted in the Top 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare of Modern Health Care and Top 50 of Becker’s Hospital Review.  About (icorina.com)   I tracked down the people who wrote the article to find out why I was awarded that and they said because they did the research.  Selected for a scholarship for a year’s training from the AHA in patient safety led my work in patient safety and aiding vulnerable populations HealthCareEquality – Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy  and my 13 years as a Commissioner with The Joint Commission holding my own with some of the leaders in patient safety and patient care.

NRH: What is the biggest challenge to working in the nonprofit industry (or with your organization in particular) since the start of the pandemic?

Ilene: I like visiting patients and their families in hospitals and even though studies show that patients with family do better, the rules have changed.  We began Remote Advocacy  Constant Remote Advocacy – YouTube  instead but we have grown since the pandemic and now hold three programs a month and have connected with caregivers and board certified patient advocates around the country.  We have grown faster than we can keep up.

NRH: What’s the latest event you are promoting for your organization and how can the community get involved to support you ?

Ilene: Our Comedy for a Cause is a fundraiser on September 26th but we also need sponsors and help with The TakeCHARGE Campaign programs    

TakeCHARGE 2021 – YouTube  

We are looking for help to plan the TakeCHARGE Campaign.

NRH: What are you most looking forward to as the NRH grows and evolves?  

Ilene:I like networking and meeting new people.  People involved with nonprofits know what it’s like to work hard.  We also need to meet groups of people who we can share TakeCHARGE with and people locally who can become ambassadors for the program/campaign.

NRH: What services would you love NRH to provide nonprofit organizations with?

Ilene:Board members and interns.  We also need advisors. I put in 16 hour days seven days a week and often it’s not enough to feel like I have accomplished anything. I need someone to say I can help run a business.  I am in this for the passion. Not because I have been trained or went to school for it.  Ideally, we need funding to hire an executive director.  We have never had one.

NRH: How can we get in touch with you?  

Ilene: For more information about Pulse CPSEA, log on to: https://pulsecenterforpatientsafety.org/

We would love for our new NRH community members and partners to participate in this year’s TakeCharge campaign. For more information, log on to: