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  • CommunitySuite Implementation: A Project Management Adventure

    There is something rewarding about creating and completing projects. This especially holds true when it comes to making sure our clients’ implementation and onboarding runs smoothly and on-time.

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  • Need a Quick Project Management Fix? Try a Checklist!

    Need a Quick Project Management Fix? Try a Checklist!

    Now, as a project manager and nonprofit consultant, I use checklists of various types and complexity on all sorts of activities, and I find them extremely helpful.

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  • The Foundant Knowledge Project: A Philanthropy Story Sharing Experience

    The Foundant Knowledge Project: A Philanthropy Story Sharing Experience

    In June of 2017, we hatched a plan. What if we created a “survey” to gather experience, advice, opinions, and knowledge from our grantmaker and grantseeker communities?

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  • The Unrealized Power of the Student Essay

    The Unrealized Power of the Student Essay

    In this article we are going to talk a bit about why students struggle with the essay, how we can use instructions to elicit more thoughtful responses, and how the stories told in student essays. . .

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  • A Formula for Achieving Impact

    A Formula for Achieving Impact

    Achieving impact does not depend on whether your assets are small or large. What does matter is that you focus on subjects that are important to you, and that you care about.

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  • What the heck is "The Cloud"

    What the heck is "The Cloud"

    If “The Cloud” is confusing to you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Here, find comfort in what "The Cloud" really is.

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  • Our Clients' Support Means the World to Us

    Our Clients' Support Means the World to Us

    There are companies all over the world striving to offer great customer service, and falling short. There are also companies where it seems to come naturally to their culture. So, what’s the secret?

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  • Notes from a Young Foundation

    Notes from a Young Foundation

    We and others like us are in the process of re-imagining how to honor generations of community generosity by investing it back into community benefit through effective grant making.

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  • Two Tricks to Get Stuff Done When You Don't Have a Hard Deadline

    Two Tricks to Get Stuff Done When You Don't Have a Hard Deadline

    Do you struggle to stay focused and get stuff done? When you don't have a hard deadline, it can be hard to get started! Check out these tricks from Jana Hexter of GrantsChampion.

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  • "What Would Betsy Say?"

    "What Would Betsy Say?"

    Here’s a simple 3 part framework to help you get squarely inside the mind of the reviewers who are reading, rating, and making decisions about your grant proposal. It’s called the 12-12-12 Scenario.

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  • GRANTS, GRANTS Baby

    GRANTS, GRANTS Baby

    Because I have a love for old school rap (Baby Got Back is my go-to karaoke), I knew right away a grant rap was in order...

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  • Nonprofit Staffing 101: What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

    Nonprofit Staffing 101: What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

    Every nonprofit aims to reach an optimal level of teamwork, but not everyone knows how or even where to begin in the hiring or executive search process. Here is what your Nonprofit needs to know.

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  • Trying to be Objective with Program Goals

    Trying to be Objective with Program Goals

    It is important to ask the questions: What do we want to accomplish, and how will we know we did? If you can answer THOSE questions, you are well on your way to creating effective goals and objective.

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  • Building Proposals for Easy Management and Future Funding

    Building Proposals for Easy Management and Future Funding

    Building proposals for funding takes a lot of work, coordination, and time. Save yourself some time by creating the right building blocks for your program.

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  • 5 Grant Management Best Practices for Nonprofits

    5 Grant Management Best Practices for Nonprofits

    Grant management is often overlooked and underappreciated. Here are 5 suggestions that will help improve your grant process and help you focus your precious time on other, more impactful activities.

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  • A Grant Team of We, Not Me

    A Grant Team of We, Not Me

    Do you feel like a grant team of one? Or, conversely, do you have an idea of who your grant team should be, but have a difficult time actively engaging them?

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  • #EarnGPC: At least, five reasons to get certified!

    #EarnGPC: At least, five reasons to get certified!

    Everyone gets to the “place” in their career where they start thinking about the next step and what they want moving forward. Here are 5 reasons to get certified!

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  • Is Excel Costing You More Than You Realize

    Is Excel Costing You More Than You Realize

    It’s tempting to use software for multiple purposes, thinking you’re being cost prudent; but forcing a tool to do more than it’s intended can cost you more than you think you’re saving.

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  • Maximize Relationships to Win More Grants

    Maximize Relationships to Win More Grants

    For too long in our profession, there has been a divide between grants and development. People give to people, not proposals. Check out how maximizing relationships plays a role in winning more grants

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  • Write the Letter of Inquiry: A Step in the Right Direction

    Write the Letter of Inquiry: A Step in the Right Direction

    The LOI gives the funder a thumbnail sketch of your organization, the need you are addressing, and a description of your project plan. Here is a helpful guide to writing that letter of inquiry.

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