Once the ink on the grant award dries, a swarm of start-up tasks sends staff off and running — sometimes, unfortunately, in the wrong direction. “Too often organizations look around after six months and find that program implementation is off track,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “If you want to stay on track, don’t start running. Get organized.”
Just as fishing for swordfish requires different preparation than fishing for flounder, fishing for large gifts requires different methods than typical fundraising.
You might be preparing to launch your organization’s first capital campaign, and your head is swimming. For those new to the process, Laura Fredricks, in her book “The Ask,” outlines the four phases of capital campaigns.
Maybe it shouldn’t be so, but often you’ll find fundraisers from different departments within an organization fighting over the same donors. Are they medium or major, annual or continuing?
Despite the creative spark that exists in most of us, good fundraising can often be more about making a good case than about writing the Great American Novel.
While fundraisers are constantly searching for ways to expand organizational donor bases, making sure that existing donors keep giving is integral to continuing missions and keeping the lights on.
The cover letter is the grant seeker’s first opportunity to make a good impression — and first impressions matter. While the job of the proposal summary is to provide context for reading the entire proposal, the job of the cover letter is different. Its job is to provide a snapshot of what’s being requested and to demonstrate the unwavering commitment of the organization’s highest leadership.
Fraud within an organization is capable of damaging donor trust, pushing away good employees and siphoning off much-needed funds.
Nearly 40 percent of financial management teams lack annual fraud prevention procedures, checklists and similar reviews, according to results of the new Nonprofit Financial Management Survey from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).
When it comes to checking the references of a job applicant, a thorough job can help prevent a lot of problems down the line. With that in mind, anyone who is doing the checking wants to ask good questions.
In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!
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