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Using Bonds In 5 Easy Steps...

While learning about the bond market might not be as fun as watching James Bond fight bad guys and drink martinis (shaken, not stirred), understanding the appeal of your nonprofit to enter the bond market and the potential debts that may be incurred is important when first entering the capital market. During a session at […]

Policies, Procedures And The Grants Professional...

It’s a well-accepted best practice that the development of grant proposals should be well coordinated with the administrative, financial, human resources, and programmatic functions of the organization. Since each of these functions require specialized expertise and knowledge, involving them in developing grant proposals helps guard against mistakes and misrepresentations. “Communication between people who serve different […]

10 Questions to Ask Your Supporters...

Where are you from? What do you do? Where did you go to school? Do you have any siblings? These types of questions roll out at rapid pace at restaurants across the country every weekend as individuals on first dates seek to learn more about one another. The better two people know one another, the […]

Program Start-Up Comes With Demands...

When you win a major grant award, a tsunami of demands roars in with the money and all too often your buoyant “we won” high sinks beneath the stress. “Project start-up is tough, and careful management is critical,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center, Los Angeles, Calif, Los Angeles, Calif. “Serious missteps at this […]

Meaningful Engagement With Young Professionals...

They seem like a match made for the movies. Small organizations are often looking for new, active supporters to take their missions to the next level. Millennials, their impact on the world broadening, are seeking out ways to engage. Placing the two together in the movies might be as simple as locating a shaded park […]

4 Requirements For A Partnership With Staff...

Leaders believe that their value lies in, well, leading. They believe that they have a responsibility for creating order, control, consistency and predictability, and that it is by emphasizing those elements that they achieve the best results. In his book “Stewardship,” Peter Block argues that leaders can attain more through partnership, distributing ownership and responsibility […]

4 Steps For Outcomes For Prevention Programs...

Grants are social investments that are intended to produce positive change. Defining intended change is easier for some types of programs than others. “If you’re working to improve the health of diabetics, the proposed outcome may be a specific degree of decrease in blood sugar levels of participants,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center […]

Going Outside Of Your Introverted Comfort Zone...

Putting on the broad grin and being a people person is the hardest part of the job for some fundraisers. Their love for mission might have driven them to their careers, but — the introverts that they are — they feel more comfortable working from their desk than out meeting with people. Matthew Taylor Siegel, […]

Capitalize On Remote Development Staff...

You have a development position opening at your organization, a small community foundation in a rural part of the country. You have two options: You could depend on the hour-or-so radius around your organization headquarters from which in-person candidates might commute or you could go national with a remote employee. Amy Wolfe, president and CEO […]

5 Techniques That Will Boost Morale...

Is it better to be loved or feared? Michael Corleone grappled with that question. While some bosses might prefer to be feared rather than loved, most would prefer for their employees to enjoy working for them. After all, that leads to better morale. Yet being a boss who everyone loves to work for doesn’t necessarily […]