Offering a means for donors to give their money online is standard practice for most nonprofits, but many organizations fall into the trap of thinking that once “something” has been put on the Worldwide Web, then everything is copacetic.
Fundraisers are aware of the need for stewardship, but as Jennifer K. Pelton of Public Justice Center Maryland (PJCM) said, they should not get so hung up on stewardship mode that they forget to ask for something once in a while.
When examining information on funders, you’ll often see phrases such as “gives to pre-selected organizations only” or “does not accept unsolicited proposals.” These signal that the funder selects its grantees using an internal process that does not include reviewing applications.
So much of fundraising means telling the story that the method of doing that telling is of increasing importance.
As if managing a nonprofit isn’t risky enough, sometimes it is necessary to hire an employee — and to check that employee’s references.
Nonprofit organizations start because someone has a vision for some kind of change. Very often, it is literally one person who has that vision. That can be a good thing if a charismatic individual can rally allies and money enough to make a difference.
Ever walk into a room and forget why you went in there? It helps to write things down, sometimes even the simple things.
The fund development manager for a specific company has moved on, leaving an email list of contacts. Reviewing that list raises questions about the list:
Grantseekers need to avoid assumptions when putting together a proposal. In the new book, Grantsmanship: Program Planning & Proposal Writing, Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif., suggests that an astute application reader finds any number of assumptions or unsupported claims in most grant proposals.
Despite the importance of screening would-be nonprofit employees or volunteers, the stressed of business or even simple human failing can cause hiring managers to make mistakes.
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Volume 29 No. 8
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