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  • Put On Your Magic Grantmaker Goggles... and Let's Look at Proposal Budgets!

    Put On Your Magic Grantmaker Goggles... and Let's Look at Proposal Budgets!

    Ever wish you had x-ray vision into the mind of grant reviewers and grant decision-makers, so you could see your proposal the way they see it?

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  • Creating Your Nonprofit's Website: The Essential Guide

    Creating Your Nonprofit's Website: The Essential Guide

    Your nonprofit's website is often the initial point of contact between you and your supporters. Maximize its effectiveness by following this essential guide!

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  • How to Engage the Right Person, at the Right Time, In the Right Way: A Framework

    How to Engage the Right Person, at the Right Time, In the Right Way: A Framework

    Scaling your fundraising efforts are the key to effectively managing your donor relationships AND your organizational mission activities. Strategies to help narrow your approach to fundraising can hel

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  • On Relationships: Recalling the Heart & Mind of Philanthropy

    On Relationships: Recalling the Heart & Mind of Philanthropy

    Often as funders and consultants, we’re distant from the work on the ground and it seems easy for us to stand up, out and above to advise on what should be done, and how it could be done.

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  • Making the Connection: Philanthropic Relationships in a Noise Filled World

    Making the Connection: Philanthropic Relationships in a Noise Filled World

    Making & creating connections isn’t a complicated practice, but it takes work & commitment. In our noise-filled world, how can funders communicate, and be intentional with grantee relationships?

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  • Working with Grantees: A Relationship Worth Building

    Working with Grantees: A Relationship Worth Building

    The dynamic relationship between a funder and their grantees is one worth investing in. Here is some (research based) nuggets of wisdom on funder and grantee relationships.

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  • Ready! Fire! Aim?

    Ready! Fire! Aim?

    Don’t ask, “What can technology do for me?” Instead ask, “How can I leverage technology to do better?” The right solution should be an extension of your knowledge, talents, and passion..

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  • How to Build a Winning Grants Team Part 3: Post & Off Season

    How to Build a Winning Grants Team Part 3: Post & Off Season

    Are you ready to ‘Go the distance’? After wrapping up Spring Training and having a successful Regular Season you’re more than ready to enter Post Season and eventually transition into the Off Season.

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  • Understand your audiences by discovering your own Social Impact Culture Type

    Understand your audiences by discovering your own Social Impact Culture Type

    GUEST POST | Discovering your own Social Impact Personality Type will inspire you to focus on today’s social impact culture mindset. Dive in to gain an idea of your Social Impact Culture Type!

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  • Data Traps: Breaking Free

    Data Traps: Breaking Free

    Dealing with data leaving you overwhelmed? Here is our list of common data traps and how you can break free of them.

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  • Simple Steps to Write an Executive Summary

    Simple Steps to Write an Executive Summary

    A well-written executive summary can arguably be the most important element of the proposal. Check out these simple steps to creating an executive summary that is clear, concise, and persuasive.

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  • The Philanthropy Experience

    The Philanthropy Experience

    A year ago we hatched an idea. Could we gather our community of grantmakers and grantseekers to leverage their collective experience, knowledge, and advice? We surveyed our community and…

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  • Scholarship Planning: What worked, what didn’t, and how to move forward.

    Scholarship Planning: What worked, what didn’t, and how to move forward.

    Action is where the change happens. A well thought out action is what makes the next cycle smoother. Consider the following solutions to alleviate pain points...

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  • Project Management Is About People, Not Projects

    Project Management Is About People, Not Projects

    I bet that your daily workload encompasses far more tasks than what is listed in your job description. How do we do everything, and do it well?

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  • Productivity and Balance: Tips from Foundant

    Productivity and Balance: Tips from Foundant

    Work life balance is, well, a balancing act. Here are a few ways we, at Foundant keep ourselves feeling energized and productive during the day, both inside and outside of the office!

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  • Fraud Prevention: Focus on What's in Your Control

    Fraud Prevention: Focus on What's in Your Control

    Fraud is a buzzword no one particularly enjoys talking about. The word itself carries a negative connotation for all the obvious reasons and many organizations completely avoid the subject.

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  • Should I Hire A Grant Writing Consultant?

    Should I Hire A Grant Writing Consultant?

    |GUEST POST| Many nonprofits look to an outside grant writing consultant to help them pursue funding from government entities and foundations.

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  • Pitfalls in Grantmaking

    Pitfalls in Grantmaking

    |GUEST POST| It’s difficult to navigate all the grantmaking Do’s and Don’ts when trying to balance budgets, grantee relationships, & grant cycles. Take a tip from your peers and avoid these pitfalls

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  • Soliciting Grantee Feedback: A Benefit to Both Sides

    Soliciting Grantee Feedback: A Benefit to Both Sides

    | GUEST POST | To best help the nonprofit organizations that we say we wish to serve, foundations must be prepared to invite open, honest feedback, and communicate findings & decision

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  • How to Build a Winning Grants Team Part 2: Regular Season

    How to Build a Winning Grants Team Part 2: Regular Season

    Now that you’ve had a successful Spring Training and have signed on all the right players for your grants team, let’s strategize for success during the regular season.

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