Strong grant proposals use relevant data to support the request for funding. “You can spot an experienced grantseeker by how artfully they use data,” said Barbara Floersch, Executive Director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, CA. “The successful grant professionals I know are obsessed with data.” Here are a few dos and don’ts for competing with the pros.
As nonprofit staffs struggle to meet the many needs of various communities, they often focus, rightfully, on the needs of senior citizens.
Nearly all (95%) of foundation boards have at least one member with program-specific knowledge. Original donors have a seat on 22 percent of boards while 50 percent of boards have a family member of an original donor. All board members are compensated at 46 percent of foundations, while 7 percent of foundations compensate some but not all members.
Enlisting the cooperation of businesses to start a cause marketing campaign is a lot like fundraising in general: building rapport with the targeted company is essential even before the partnership begins.
Plenty of hard work goes into planning a fundraising campaign, but the hard work doesn’t stop with the idea or the planning. It is necessary to stay on top of things all along the way.
Fundraisers most often respond to application guidelines that solicit information funders need for decision-making. Unfortunately, the quality of the guidelines does vary.
Practice makes almost perfect, and that includes practice for grant writing.
How do they do it? How do people make requests for money that reap results? Apparently, someone knows.
Knowing what people care about, what moves them, can be a huge help in connecting with them, and that includes seeking their support for worthwhile causes.
Funders often complain that they don’t receive high quality grant proposals. Grantseekers often complain that they can’t make sense of application guidelines. “This is a persistent problem, and there’s responsibility on both sides of the funder-grantseeker divide,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
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!