So. You’re working for a social services nonprofit. You’re writing a grant. You’re stuck. How do you show the funder the magnitude of the need? Read on! Or what if you’re the communications person? If you serve vulnerable populations and you can’t put pictures of the people you really serve in your annual report? You’re… [Keep Reading]
And I said, “So, you think that getting a grant is like dialing for dollars huh? That a grant will just plop into your lap and Boom you’ll have a computer lab? I’ll look for you, but here’s something you should know, first.”[caption id="attachment_4549" width="439" caption="grant priorities"][/caption]
You’ve Got Answers! According to LinkedIn, I’m an expert in Nonprofit Fundraising, Philanthropy, Work-life Balance, Non-profit Management, Social Enterpreneurship, and Public Relations. Here are some questions where my answer got chosen as best answer: “Facebook – serious concerns regarding privacy, where would all the ‘facebook’ users go? Plenty of the industry voices are calling for… [Keep Reading]
Are you the lone development person, or even part of a small team? What is one of your biggest problems? If you answered “Capacity” I think you’d be right. How can you build your capacity to raise more money? Well, you can’t put more hours in the day, and you can’t hire more people. Budgets… [Keep Reading]
3. Batch your fundraising appeal letters. Send out 150 at a time. Test out different messages, graphs, charts, quotes, pictures, see what works with who. This way you can avoid an appeal letter that bombs.
If you are fundraising in a small shop, I salute you. It is hard. You come to work and often receive no kudos or respect for what you do. I want you to know that I know what you’re going through. And I appreciate that you take a small part of your limited time to read this.
If you’ve combed the Foundation Center Database over and over, it might be time to start thinking big with your nonprofit. What do you do that the government would like done? Whether it’s providing social services or cleaning up the environment, you could get a steady stream of income from your local or federal government.
What is your call to action like? Is it as good as Amplify Your Voice? If not, consider how to engage a volunteer, no matter what time of the day or night it is, with the skills that they possess right now. Do they like to blog? Make it easy for them to create a blog post about your organization. Do they want to get involved in your next phone-a-thon, special event, walk-a-thon? Then post the date and signup sheet there too. Make it exciting with pictures. Make it easy. They’ll come back again and again to keep working with you.
What is it? Grantwriting is kind of what people think of when they think of development. This is only a small part of what development professionals do. Grantwriting includes researching grants, finding the best prospects, writing a letter of intent, connecting with the foundation, and if approved, writing a proposal and attaching the necessary documentation…. [Keep Reading]
Fundraising is the act of building relationships to help the cause you care about. This can include writing letters and newsletters, throwing parties, visiting people, calling people, doing speaking engagements, and more! What is The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising? The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising is an engaging, fun, and woman-centered model of how… [Keep Reading]