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Test What Messaging Your Heroes Will Like

March 12, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Little known fact: Commissioner Gordon originally built three bat signals and let Batman decide which one he liked better shining in the night sky. OK, we’re just kidding. But just because it doesn’t work that way in the comic books, doesn’t mean that you can’t test out the kind of calls to action your organization’s heroes respond to best.

5 Realities of Corporate Fundraising

March 6, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Whether you are considering cause sponsorship, “pin-up” or point-of-purchase campaigns, corporate volunteering/employee engagement or cause marketing, your corporate fundraising will succeed if you remember five critical points advised Chris Baylis, president and CEO of The Sponsorship Collective in Ottawa, Canada, in a session “Developing New and Stronger Corporate Relationships” at an Association of Fundraising Professionals Toronto Congress.

To Win Funding, Get Solid Commitments

March 6, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

One organization can’t do everything, and go-it-alone grant proposals that don’t make good use of community networks and resources are not convincing. The most effective proposals include authentic collaborations where participating organizations pursue their own missions while also contributing to a common goal.

6 wealth myths and the legacy dragons

February 20, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Where there’s a will, there are relatives. Nonprofits that benefit from a legacy can find themselves in the uncomfortable position of competing with heirs regarding the terms of a bequest.

5 things to remember about for-profit partners

February 20, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Branding, partnerships, socially responsible consumption or business are all terms that catch people’s attention and even engender arm and fuzzy thoughts about things like “niceness.”

Pave The Way For Easier Corporate Partnerships

February 13, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

Entities all over the country are faced with the challenges of doing less with more and trying to elevate themselves up over the typical rat race. Some associations have taken to corporate partnerships, but such partnerships face a number of challenges including partners’ desire for return on investment, skepticism among boards and staff, and mission alignment.

Boomers are aware of emotion manipulation

February 13, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

You remember the Baby Boomers. Hey, you might even be one. In case you are unaware, they were born after — and grew up constantly hearing about — World War II. The lived through the ‘50s and ‘60s and went to work in the ‘70s, some more slowly than others.

You’re Not a “Grant Writer”

February 12, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

“The terms grantwriter and grantwriting are ubiquitous,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center. in Los Angeles, Calif., “but they’re not right.”
On the most basic level, the terms are incorrect. A grant is actually the funding awarded to an organization by a grantmaker. Grantmakers award (write) grants. Organizations seeking grants write funding proposals, grant proposals, requests for funding, and the like. They don’t write grants.
The notion of a funding request being a proposal is more than semantics. It goes to the core of the process requesting funders to support our work, according to Floersch. A proposal is a document that makes a case. It articulates and substantiates a concern, points a way forward, and specifies the expected results of the proposed effort. At best, it’s a logical, compelling invitation for the funder to join your organization in meaningful work that’s expected to result in positive change.
A grant proposal is both a call to action and an invitation into a partnership. It’s a specific type of advocacy. It’s a blueprint for action, and an agreement between participating organizations.
“Consistently referring to funding requests as proposals begins changing how you and others view the process,” said Floersch. “Most grant professionals bring a host of skills to the job and do much more than write.”
Grant professionals do research, communicate with the community, build alliances with other organizations, work with experts to develop program plans, ensure that expected outcomes are specific and measurable, build budgets, and manage the entire application process.
Writing is only a small part of developing a grant proposal, and it’s only important as a vehicle for clearly articulating the problem, the plan, and the intended results. Clear writing can’t disguise a muddled understanding of the problem or an illogical plan of action. Dramatic writing might initially catch the reader’s attention, but it can’t prop up an argument that doesn’t hang together.
So, if you develop grant proposals, what should you call yourself? A change-maker, partnership specialist, community organizer, or community development specialist? “You decide,” said Floersch. “But odds are you’re doing much more than writing. And even if you’re only doing the writing, you’re not writing grants unless you’re a grant maker.” © Copyright 2017 The Grantsmanship Center.

EU’s General Data Protection Regs And Your Donors

February 12, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

How much do you know about the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect on May 25?
The new regulations, which center on data privacy and transparency, can be intimidating for organization leaders to read and interpret, especially given what’s at stake — penalties of 4 percent of worldwide turnover or €20 million, whichever is higher, in some scenarios.

Protecting Against Breaches is a Fluid Job

February 6, 2018       THE NONPROFIT TIMES      

The computer, tablet, or phone that you are reading this on might already be obsolete, as the old joke goes. Seemingly every week tech companies come out with new devices that are smaller and faster with new bells and whistles. If the adage about the rapid development of technology is true, then so must the evolving threats facing that technology.