Asking for support of a foundation requires a great deal of thought. Research can help uncover facts about the foundation that can be extremely helpful when preparing a case for support. That includes interests, past giving history and a mesh with the organization’s mission and the foundation’s desire to help.
In the harrowing task of fundraising in the nonprofit sector, it would seem that the last thing anyone needs is complexity. It’s tough enough as it is.
Good metrics are essential to making sure an organization is functioning well and fulfilling its mission.
Grant-makers at foundations want to help people and organizations looking to do good, but taking them for granted is not a good approach for seeking foundation support. Using some smarts is.
The point of collaboration is not feel-good fuzziness. It’s the impact that all the feeling good will have.
The Nature Conservancy entered into the face-to-face fundraising realm during the 2010 fiscal year, fresh off the economic downturn. The downturn exposed the Arlington, Va.-based organization’s heavy reliance on direct mail and the need for building onto its list universe with a younger base.
Grants.gov is the go-to website for finding federal grant opportunities and submitting proposals. “The feds have transformed the initial 2002 propeller-plane version of the site into a rocket ship,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “Now it’s a powerhouse portal into the federal grants universe.”
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Reaching goals is usually a good thing, but even setting or having goals can be beneficial, providing us with something to which we can aspire.
Nonprofit volunteering usually involves a warm and fuzzy feeling somewhere along the line, but warm and fuzzy won’t work if volunteers are not getting a feeling of making a real difference, of really contributing.
You have a job description, but on any given day, you're probably doing dozens of things outside the scope of that description. Combine that with the challenge of a fast-paced environment and the shifting priorities of funders, colleagues, and board members and it’s easy to fall short of doing your best. By being mindful of your limitations and capacity—and saying “no” when your plate is full—you can actually do more for your cause. In the sixth installment of the Raise and Engage podcast Danielle Johnson and Robin Anderson discuss the power of saying “no” at work.
In the most recent episode of Raise + Engage, Danielle is back with Brian Reich from little m media to discuss how nonprofit professionals can stay motivated and energized in their day-to-day roles. Brian shares his experience working with nonprofits and the lessons and tips he's learn from and shared with them over the years, including tips for avoiding a professional rut, creating forward momentum in your career and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you're considering making a career move or want to ensure you're on the right path, you won't want to miss this inspo-packed episode!
Episode 4: Apps and Hacks to Stay (Mostly) Sane, is all about tips, tricks and tools for sanity. Blackbaud’s own interactive product marketer, Julia Lenz, joins host Danielle Johnson to share some high tech. (and no tech.) productivity tips to help nonprofit professionals stay sane in the crazy world of philanthropy. Tune in to hear:
- Tips for how to spend the first 30 minutes of your day
- The benefits of 15 minute meetings
- Why notebooks are still relevant to a successful organization
- Ideas for better managing your inbox
- Why you should take lunch outside the box
- ...and much more!
Episode 3: Tech. Connection: Solutions, Strategy, and Staff In episode 3 of the Raise + Engage podcast, Danielle Johnson is joined by Chris Geady and William DaSilva, two IT experts in the nonprofit space, to talk technology integration for NPOs: when you need it, when you don’t, and how to do it successfully. Tune in to hear:
- When to say NO to integration
- How to set your strategic plan before even looking at technologies
- Ways to get your entire team on board
- The importance of identifying a project lead
- The RFP process - how it should and should not go
According to Danielle Johnson, straight-shooting host of the Raise + Engage podcast series, if your staff members aren’t the number one advocates for your cause on social media, you’re failing. In the most recent episode, Danielle is joined by Blackbaud’s own social media guru Madeline Turner to discuss overcoming social struggles and creating a social ambassador program at your organization. This entertaining and insightful duo dishes on the importance of making your social media presence human, making the case for a formal social program to leadership, how University of Michigan turned a one time social media campaign into a long term social program, and how Madeline's mom unknowingly became a social ambassador on #GivingTuesday.
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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