Fundraising is such an integral part of nonprofit work that nonprofit managers often forget to heed warnings about the pitfalls. Yes, it’s necessary, but yes, there is a common-sense approach to this vital activity.
So, the reviewers hated your grant proposal. Much like a failed relationship, you’re left wondering, “Where did it go so wrong?”
It used to be that the only thing you needed to show up with to a job interview was a copy of your resume. It helps to go the extra mile these days by bringing one extra item: A visual presentation of your previous work in the form of a job portfolio.
Sometimes you just have to ask when it comes to finding out why donors have stopped giving.
Just as in fundraising, it is important to appeal to diverse communities to volunteer for your organization. Not only are their many more people able to interview in these communities, but also they could be untapped resources when it comes to fundraising.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, but desperate times sometimes call for standard measures, measures that organizations sometimes forget to implement.
“You should only say, ‘we don’t have the budget,’ if you’re trying to get out of something gracefully,” said Louise Moore, controller at Vestal, N.Y. marketing firm Cull Martin and Associates. “You should set your budget up to do things you want.”
Differing job responsibilities can sometimes make people in the same organization think and act as if they are working for competing organizations or causes.
Financial managers need to be good at one thing: handling money.
The most critical elements of a winning grant proposal are the logic of the argument for support and the thoroughness of the program plan. Still, logic and planning won’t matter if your writing is so garbled reviewers can’t understand what you’re trying to tell them.