When Neil Simon’s play “The Odd Couple” was made into a movie, people loved craggy Walter Matthau as the slovenly Oscar and trim Jack Lemon as the prissy Felix. Perfect casting.
Giving donors or supporters a painless online experience is key to getting them to donate or in other ways support an organization or cause.
Communication failures cause many of the problems organizations confront in managing grants. “Clear, consistent communication takes time and focus,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center, in Los Angeles, Calif. “But communication tasks are often left out of the structured grant management system. Everyone just assumes everyone else is communicating. And that’s a mistake.”
Once you’ve visited a major giving prospect, you’ll have to document the event and elements of the conversation. Your call report or trip report will help others know about the prospect, and will be a refresher the next time you contact the potential donor.
What’s working, what isn’t? Fundraisers have developed many strategies that have become enshrined in the playbook. But, those in the nonprofit sector also understand that there is still a strong element of a work in progress.
Fundraisers routinely check their return on investment (ROI), but they don’t always take a close enough look at just what they are tracking or hoping to learn.
The phrase “grants management” tends to conjure up visions of rules, regulations, and U.S. Office of Management and Budget circulars. “Grant recipients tend to think of grants management in terms of staying out of trouble and avoiding ‘gotchas,’” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center, in Los Angeles, Calif.
Any grantmaking entity wants to make sure that organizations receiving its support assess and monitor the health, performance and sustainability of grant fundraising efforts. In plain English, organizations that receive money want to make sure they are getting the most out of their donated dollars, and the organizations donating those dollars want to make very sure that the organizations are making the most out of their donated dollars.
Establishing a charitable gift annuity (CGA) is more than just accepting the donor’s contribution and saying thanks, although those are important.
Forms, forms, forms. Who likes ’em?
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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