The purpose of a grant proposal is to communicate your organization’s message in a way that instills confidence and inspires support. “When a funder is reviewing your proposal, you’ve got a private audience,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “Don’t squander that opportunity by burying your message beneath a barrage of static.”
It is a given that a nonprofit boards exists to serve a very serious function, and there are constitutions and bylaws meant to ensure that fact and make it well known.
A meeting with a major donor can go just swimmingly until crunch time: closing the deal by asking for a donation.
It’s easy to say, Stop, take a step back, look at the big picture.
Are your board members visionaries? They should be, said Roxanna Trivitt and Jean Anne Zappa of Shively Area Ministries. Board members are the ones with the 30,000-foot view of your organization. They’re the ones who can look down the road to where the organization and its mission will be five, 10, or 20 years from now.
The bottom line is money. Finance has to be at the top of the agenda when developing organizational strategies.
Even a hint of abuse of children can be disastrous for a nonprofit, and most organizations have come to adopt comprehensive approaches to dealing with the issue.
Preparing for a major gifts campaign involves, among other things, assembling and inspiring the best possible team, but it also involves making sure that team is fully prepared for the challenge ahead, whether the team is enlisted solely for the campaign or is a regular part of the organization.
Fundraisers find discovery calls to be: difficult, very difficult, extremely difficult, horribly, and, excruciatingly difficult.
One of the tricky aspects of asking a major donor for a contribution is getting the amount right. Asking for too much can do serious short- and long-term damage. Fundraisers often find themselves getting burned by asking for too little.
Current Print Edition
August 1, 2015Table Of Contents
Vol. 29 No. 9
In The News