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  • The LOI: Is it Right for My Organization?

    The LOI: Is it Right for My Organization?

    Using systems of discernment helps to ensure only grantseekers with the best chance of receiving funding will submit the full set of requirements.

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  • Preparing for a Conversation with a Program Officer

    Preparing for a Conversation with a Program Officer

    Whether you are new to grant writing, or you have been doing it for years, a critical part of your success lies in the relationships that you establish with the foundations to which you are applying.

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  • Values Lead to Decades of Kindness

    Values Lead to Decades of Kindness

    We have an opportunity to kick start a 10 year stretch on the best note possible. To some, 10 years may seem like a tall order, but we’re talking about kindness. Just keep it simple.

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  • 5 Strategies to Offer Your Contributors at Your Next Event

    5 Strategies to Offer Your Contributors at Your Next Event

    There are quite a few giving strategies that can both help your organization raise funds and engage each of the culture types your nonprofit attracts!

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  • Your Community Foundation Year-end Checklist

    Your Community Foundation Year-end Checklist

    Year-end is an exciting time for community foundations, with a flurry of donations and grants by donors. Here are a few items to consider as we head into year-end.

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  • The Top 5 Reasons Your Application May Not Be Funded

    The Top 5 Reasons Your Application May Not Be Funded

    It's difficult when you spend countless hours, weeks, or even months on an application only to find out that it won't be funded.

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  • How Universal Application Helps Create Super Scholarship Programs

    How Universal Application Helps Create Super Scholarship Programs

    Managing high volumes of scholarships can be a major undertaking. Applying for them can be just as stressful. Using a Universal Application for your scholarship funds can help simplify this process.

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  • #GivingTuesday 2019: How to Engage Millenial Supporters

    #GivingTuesday 2019: How to Engage Millenial Supporters

    Millennials are a strong force for giving, and you need to strategize now to reach this demographic on Giving Tuesday. Check out our top engagement tips.

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  • Stop Chasing the Unicorn: Developing Real and Lasting Relationships with Grantmakers

    Stop Chasing the Unicorn: Developing Real and Lasting Relationships with Grantmakers

    Feeling intimidated by those first conversations with funders? Slow down, stop thinking you have to be perfect, and learn how to develop authentic professional relationships.

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  • Examining Scholarship Letters of Recommendation

    Examining Scholarship Letters of Recommendation

    Is the tradition of letters of recommendation a relevant aspect of selecting quality students for your modern scholarship programs?

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  • Framing Data to Tell Your Story

    Framing Data to Tell Your Story

    What better way to relate the importance of the programs you’ve supported and the lives affected by your grantmaking than through storytelling?

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  • Crafting Unbeatable Outcome Statements – with a Twist: A Fill-In-the-Blanks Model

    Crafting Unbeatable Outcome Statements – with a Twist: A Fill-In-the-Blanks Model

    One of the stickiest issues for folks at every level of expertise in the grants world is how to develop strong, solid, funder-friendly outcome statements.

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  • When Your Get-Up-and-Go Just Got Up and Went: Strategies for Productivity

    When Your Get-Up-and-Go Just Got Up and Went: Strategies for Productivity

    There are times when the work comes harder than usual. Here are a few simple ways that you push, pull, or prod yourself into getting the job done.

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  • Is Innovation Necessary? Think before you reach for the "Shiny New Object"

    Is Innovation Necessary? Think before you reach for the "Shiny New Object"

    How can organizations avoid the push to offer a shiny new object when existing services are perfectly fine, especially when funders want to see the shiny buzzwords?

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  • Technology’s Role in Getting Better Applications

    Technology’s Role in Getting Better Applications

    Whether you are making grants or giving scholarships, the number and the quality of the applications you receive makes a big difference to everyone involved.

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  • Donor Data: 4 Essential Things Fundraisers Should Know

    Donor Data: 4 Essential Things Fundraisers Should Know

    Donor data is easier to gather than ever, but managing all of that information can be an overwhelming task. Learn the essentials about managing donor data.

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  • Herding Cats: Training Program Staff to be Grants-Wise

    Herding Cats: Training Program Staff to be Grants-Wise

    We have the benefit of long years of experience and learning—our program staff compatriots often do not. They are probably not trying to be obstructive or obtuse: they just need some education.

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  • How to Drive Donor Engagement: 4 Effective Web Design Tips

    How to Drive Donor Engagement: 4 Effective Web Design Tips

    Your website serves as the primary representation of your nonprofit. Engage your visitors and turn them into donors with these effective web design tips.

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  • Strategic, Need-Based Scholarships: What are they and why do they matter?

    Strategic, Need-Based Scholarships: What are they and why do they matter?

    When most Community Foundations are managing memorial scholarships that are time-intensive and minimally effective, how do you start to provide scholarships that foster positive change?

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  • Using Conflict Resolution Strategies to Strengthen Grantseeking

    Using Conflict Resolution Strategies to Strengthen Grantseeking

    When you encounter workplace conflict, do you react instinctively? Or do you take a minute to think through how to effectively respond? The art is knowing your own preferred approach to conflict.

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