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Notes from a Young Foundation
We and others like us are in the process of re-imagining how to honor generations of community generosity b...
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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
Planning for a Universal Application Move
Any successful move requires three main elements: Take Stock, Make Plans and Communicate, and Get Others Involved.
Notes from the Field: Three Foundant Clients Share their Experiences in Evaluation and Learning
Foundant CSM, E.C. Byrnes, follows up her article Funders, Take a tip from Michaelangelo, by sharing three client's perspectives on what evaluation and learning mean to their organizations.
Fighting Through a Federal Grant: Meeting and Beating the Challenges (Part 3)
Johna Rodgers talks about some specific complexities with writing a federal grant proposal including tons of tasks, limited time, content, and competitiveness.
I Survived an OIG Audit Cleanup and Lived to Tell the Tale
A personal account of cleaning up an Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Audit and the lessons that were learned from the experience.
Cyber Attacks: Not Just for Facebook