The fund development manager for a specific company has moved on, leaving an email list of contacts. Reviewing that list raises questions about the list:
Grantseekers need to avoid assumptions when putting together a proposal. In the new book, Grantsmanship: Program Planning & Proposal Writing, Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif., suggests that an astute application reader finds any number of assumptions or unsupported claims in most grant proposals.
Despite the importance of screening would-be nonprofit employees or volunteers, the stressed of business or even simple human failing can cause hiring managers to make mistakes.
The increasing sophistication and low cost of electronic equipment, as well as the need for real-time meetings with people who are not geographically close to each other, make videoconferencing an increasingly useful part of corporate and nonprofit communication.
Leadership involves talents, true, but leading effectively also means doing it right — on a regular basis. In his book “Seven Disciplines of a Leader” Jeff Wolf wrote that highly effective leaders know and utilize 11 practices, which he says will both sharpen leadership skills and lead to better operation.
Prepare to see more videos, more images and more infographics coming from nonprofits in 2015. According to authors of the new 2015 Digital Outlook Report from Care2, NTEN and hjc, 68.4 percent of survey respondents reported planning to use more video this year than last.
Any nonprofit leader can explain the value of a donation: It’s a donation. It’s money. We need money to fulfill our mission.
“When you’re developing the budget for a grant proposal, be sure to consider indirect costs,” said Holly Thompson, contributing editor at The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “Because each grant-funded program is dependent upon your organization’s infrastructure, indirect expenses are an important part of the proposal budget.”
Just as effective nonprofit operation requires more than a desire to do good, it also requires more than throwing money at a problem and hoping it will go away.
It is one thing to say a nonprofit must have a culture of risk awareness. It is another thing entirely to create, promote and sustain such a culture throughout an organization. An organization with a good risk-awareness culture is better prepared to manage risk and to handle problems when they occur.
Current Print Edition
June 2, 2015Table Of Contents
Volume 29 No. 7
In The News