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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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  • Why Your Net Grant Matters

    Why Your Net Grant Matters

    Grantees incur costs preparing your grant application. It takes time for nonprofits to fit language to your unique questions and format, and customize financial documents to your specifications.

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  • Nonprofit Staffing Strategies: Four Expert Tips for Success

    Nonprofit Staffing Strategies: Four Expert Tips for Success

    Do you need to revamp your staffing strategy? A strong staff is vital to the success of a nonprofit, so check out these four tips for your staffing success!

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  • Start with Why: Grant Writers are Great Storytellers

    Start with Why: Grant Writers are Great Storytellers

    Grantwriting can be time-consuming and draining so how can grantwriters reframe their thinking to stay motivated?

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  • More than a final report: New ideas for funder “stewardship”

    More than a final report: New ideas for funder “stewardship”

    Stewarding relationships with funders come with barriers that make it difficult to cultivate effective relationships. Follow these guidelines to develop a plan for funder stewardship.

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  • Fundraising Compliance: Are Your Directors on Board?

    Fundraising Compliance: Are Your Directors on Board?

    Your board members should be the champions of your fundraising efforts, and compliance is a key prerequisite. Compliance allows you to plan and budget for necessary expenses.

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  • Think "Friend-raising" for Authentic Fundraising

    Think "Friend-raising" for Authentic Fundraising

    If the idea of jumping into fundraising makes you or your board nervous, try reframing the conversation to think about "friend-raising" - making intentional connections with people and organizations.

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