What have you learned since joining Social Venture Partners AZ?
At Ideas Collide and in my work at Ideas Collide, I am always amazed at the business creativity, leadership and innovation happening every day in Phoenix. Partnering with SOCIAL VENTURE PARTNERS Arizona has opened our eyes to even more people and organizations doing amazing work to build a better Arizona. There is so much potential here and we feel honored to be a part of the momentum and changing happening through a progressive and innovative organization like SVP.
Where are you involved / hope to be involved this year?
An essential part of the Ideas Collide culture is a solid commitment to community programs and supporting the Valley nonprofits, arts organizations and numerous social enterprise initiatives around the Phoenix area. Through our agency’s incubator and IC Gives programs, our agency and team members have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars and thousands of hours to local programs, charities and organizations. Through Social Venture Partners, we hope to not only mentor young future leaders in Arizona, but also continue to connect with future organizations that share our same vision and commitment to growing and increasing opportunities for everyone in Arizona. Many of our team members volunteer work hours and personal time as part of the commitment to giving back. We have mentored Fast Pitch recipients and finalists, we have sponsored SVP events and we will continue to find many ways to fully participate and support the mission of SVP Arizona.
What was Fast Pitch like as a new Partner?
Ideas Collide has been attending Fast Pitch since its second year! Ever since that first experience, we immediately wanted to be involved. We walked away from this year’s Fast Pitch energized seeing the growth and excitement that surrounded the event. Now as a Partner organization to SVP, we are further inspired and excited to see the impact SVP is making within our community.
This year, based upon being a new Partner, we are already working with one of the Fast Pitch organizations on strengthening their messaging and marketing. As Partners we hope to continue to make an impact by recruiting further talent and support from our team, finding opportunities to connect organizations with areas of need and further building a strong network between the nonprofit, private and public sectors as a whole.
Advice you have to anyone on the fence about joining?
If you truly want to be invested in the community, and make a difference through small, yet innovative and determined leaders, Social Venture Partners is the perfect conduit. Social Venture Partners allows for a level of giving back, mentoring and giving social entrepreneurs a helping hand matched by no other organization in the Walley. Just since joining as Partners we have made some great connections and friendships.
Ideas Collide is very dedicated to giving back to the community where we work, live and play. If we want to make a positive difference, we have to be invested and more than just giving money, but by participating and giving time and energy. For Ideas Collide and for our leadership team, we felt that SVP Arizona provided the best connection and opportunities to further our vision and mission, which is why we increased our participation with SVP by becoming fully invested Partners. Come join us!
Tell us more about Ideas Collide and how your values align to SOCIAL VENTURE PARTNERSAZ.
Ideas Collide solves communication challenges by building custom marketing solutions for clients both within Arizona and across the globe. Since Ideas Collide launched in 2005, we have always been committed to giving back as a core business value and we deeply care about our community, city and state. Social Venture Partners allows Ideas Collide to be intimately involved with local businesses and leadership from across the state, allowing for new connections, partnerships and friendships that could have never been formed otherwise — it is a very natural alignment between SVP Arizona and Ideas Collide and we can’t wait to see what we will continue to build and strengthen in the future.
Joel Eberhart is the Vice President of Marketing and Community Development at Ideas Collide with experience in digital marketing, advertising, social media and marketing strategy. He has been with Ideas Collide since 2010 and focuses on creating long-lasting and strong ties with community organizations along with developing marketing plans, proposals and content strategies for a variety of clients. Joel is proud to be a 4th generation Arizona native and works closely with Arizona businesses, non-profits and other organizations in building relationships between the agency and the local community working with important organizations like the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, Heritage Square Foundation and Local First Arizona. Along with the responsibility of community development, Joel represents Ideas Collide at numerous conventions, conferences and leadership forums across the United States. Prior to Ideas Collide, Joel worked for a Public Relations Firm where he led media relations for the internationally renowned Project Artemis program and client Thunderbird School of Global Management.
This article originally appeared on the SVP Arizona blog.