The credibility of the applicant is critical in winning grants. Funders must be convinced that the applicant knows what it’s doing and can deliver what it promises. “New organizations face special challenges in this area,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles. “But even new organizations have a history, and many have already made a difference in the community. You’ve got to make the most of what you’ve got.”
Email is not all that different than mail — and not just because of the letter “e.” But seriously, sometimes even boring or basic is better, at least when it comes to crafting your organization’s email messages.
When it comes to grants, funders are looking for organizations that can deliver what they promise. “You’ll either gain or lose credibility in every section of the proposal,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles. “You’ve got to prove that your organization is a serious player.”
The time to experiment or test a radically new brand is not during your nonprofit’s year-end fundraising campaign. Peter Genuardi makes the analogy to a marathon runner: On race day, you don’t try something new — whether new sneakers or a new food.
Everyone considers the traditional subjects of insurance: property damage, workplace injuries, employee dishonesty and management liability.
One type of retirement plan that is popular with many nonprofits is the 403(b) plan.
If you build it they will come — unless they don’t.
It’s OK for nonprofits to draw upon their reserves. It’s not uncommon but it’s also important for organizations to think about implementing a reserves policy long before they tap their rainy day fund.
Americans have been a very litigious people for a very long time (and if you disagree, papers are on their way to you). The use of social media has exponentially increased both knowledge among employees and willingness to do more than gripe around the water cooler (if there is one) or at the unemployment office.
Many executives find that smaller groups can help expedite the work of larger groups. This desire to get things done can also manifest itself in the use of executive sessions, meetings typically held at the conclusion of business from a regular board meeting.