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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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  • Planning for a Universal Application Move

    Planning for a Universal Application Move

    Any successful move requires three main elements: Take Stock, Make Plans and Communicate, and Get Others Involved.

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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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