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  • Notes from the Field: Three Foundant Clients Share their Experiences in Evaluation and Learning

    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.

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  • Fighting Through a Federal Grant: Meeting and Beating the Challenges (Part 3)

    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.

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  • I Survived an OIG Audit Cleanup and Lived to Tell the Tale

    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.

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  • Cyber Attacks: Not Just for Facebook

    Cyber Attacks: Not Just for Facebook

    Small organizations are in real danger when it comes to being the target of cyber-attacks. What can you do to prevent it when it feels like hackers are coming out of the woodwork?

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  • Understanding Federal Grants: Finding and Reading Federal Grant Proposals (Part 2)

    Understanding Federal Grants: Finding and Reading Federal Grant Proposals (Part 2)

    In this second of our three-article series, we will try to get a better understanding of how a federal grant proposal differs from, say, a grant to the local community foundation.

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  • Escape the Labyrinth with Mindful Mentoring: Part 3

    Escape the Labyrinth with Mindful Mentoring: Part 3

    In the third part of the "Mindful Mentoring" series, we’ll take a look at how to sustain a successful mentoring connection and also determine when, how, and why to dissolve the relationship.

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  • Fundraised by Wolves? Grant Work Better Together

    Fundraised by Wolves? Grant Work Better Together

    Together, grantmakers and grantseekers can work cooperatively to generate good ideas and change the world. Here are some key issues that both can address in different ways, but to the same end.

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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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  • 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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  • Finding Federal Grants: The Money-Dress-Mall Analogy (Part 1)

    Finding Federal Grants: The Money-Dress-Mall Analogy (Part 1)

    A factor that applies to many (perhaps most) state and federal grants includes how and where to look for money. In this first of three articles on federal funding, we will consider the money itself.

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  • Successful Onboarding: The most important step to building your team

    Successful Onboarding: The most important step to building your team

    One of the most impactful components of a team member’s successful onboarding comes days, months, or even years before the employee steps through your doors.

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  • 4 Insights to Managing Hiccups in Your Fundraising Campaign

    4 Insights to Managing Hiccups in Your Fundraising Campaign

    Most fundraising efforts are likely to encounter a few minor setbacks. Minimize their impact and avoid future upsets by taking these insights into account.

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  • Moves Management in Grantseeking: How to maximize your grant fundraising with principles from individual giving

    Moves Management in Grantseeking: How to maximize your grant fundraising with principles from individual giving

    David Dunlop coined a framework to describe the steps a fundraiser takes to inspire engagement and charitable giving by donors: “moves management.” It is seldom applied to grantwriting–but should be.

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  • 5 Great Ways to Create a Culture of Excited Giving

    5 Great Ways to Create a Culture of Excited Giving

    Engage your supporters in both time-sensitive campaigns and year-round efforts by demonstrating the importance of their contributions to achieving your mission.

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  • Gone Phishin': What to Watch for and How to Keep from Being a "Big Phish"

    Gone Phishin': What to Watch for and How to Keep from Being a "Big Phish"

    Phishing attacks are increasing in frequency and sophistication. Find out some simple steps to keep yourself from getting caught from Foundant's own expert, Cory Brester.

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  • 5 Tips to Creating a Robust Ecosystem of Online Giving

    5 Tips to Creating a Robust Ecosystem of Online Giving

    Don’t miss out on opportunities to increase online giving to your nonprofit! Follow these tips to engage donors and encourage contribution through your website.

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  • Be a Hero in Student Stories

    Be a Hero in Student Stories

    Like ripples in a pond, our impact goes far beyond our original intention. We are heroes in our students' stories.

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  • Escape the Labyrinth with Mindful Mentoring: Part 2

    Escape the Labyrinth with Mindful Mentoring: Part 2

    Part 2 of this mentoring blog series examines strengthening the relationship once the foundation has been built.

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  • Escape the Labyrinth with Mindful Mentoring: Part 1

    Escape the Labyrinth with Mindful Mentoring: Part 1

    Navigating your career path can be a challenge, especially if you’re embarking on a new journey. Finding a mentor to help guide you along the way can be key to your success!

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  • Executive Summaries: Say it All Without Saying Too Much

    Executive Summaries: Say it All Without Saying Too Much

    As a rule, Executive Summaries are designed to offer your reader a BRIEF overview of your organization’s capacity and proposed initiatives. The BEST Executive Summaries allow you to “hook” a prospecti

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