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Communication With Board Fosters Fundraising...

COVID-19 and the shutdown have put the role of nonprofit boards in sharp focus. It’s a good time to reexamine your understandings and expectations of your organization’s board. What is it that boards actually do? A good way to think about it is to remember the “required and elective” scheme. Boards are required to see […]

Take A Deep Breath and Squeeze...

It’s easy to get lost in the details of a proposal or an online application for funding. Do you have all of your tax documents together, resumés for the key personnel, data on major activities, data about who will be served, who’s on your board and their profiles?   Now try getting all of that into […]

Earned Media And Advocating For Your Work...

One of the elements of a persuasive proposal is the credibility of the applicant. Nonprofit leaders should think about what it is that establishes organizational stature and value to the community. Hint: It’s probably more than just your own claims about your successes or your longevity or your staff resumes. A frequent request from potential […]

Plans Change And So Do Grant Applications...

Cartoonist Allen Saunders said it first and John Lennon made it sing: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” These days, most nonprofit leaders must know the feeling.  You invested in a strategic planning process, you worked through a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats), you articulated coherent and […]

Grants: Why 1 Plus 1 Must Equal 2...

Good proposals show that there’s a need for the program being proposed. One way to do this is by presenting statistics that give an accurate picture of the situation. Your organization’s credibility rests, in part, on demonstrating that you understand the problem you’re addressing. Avoid a common mistake — presenting only big national numbers when […]

Google Supports Women With $31M In Grants, Services...

Google.org, the charitable arm of the amorphous search engine, launched a $25 million grant program on International Women’s Day to provide funding and Google expertise to nonprofits and social enterprises creating pathways for women and girls. It is called the $25 million Google.org Impact Challenge for Women and Girls. Google is also providing $6 million in […]

Grants: First Decide What Still Works...

Yuval Noah Harari, the Israeli historian and author, says that for humans to make it into the next chapter of our story, we need two things: resilience and the capacity to embrace and survive the big changes we will face. How about the 22 million humans who work for nonprofits in the U.S.? What are […]

Time To Evaluate Your Board’s Effectiveness...

COVID-19 and the shutdown have put the role of nonprofit boards in sharp focus. It’s a good time to reexamine your understandings and expectations of your organization’s board. What is it that boards actually do for a nonprofit? A good way to think about it is to remember the “required and elective” scheme. Boards are […]

Funders Unite to Support Los Angeles Arts Nonprofits...

A group of funders led by the J. Paul Getty Trust have banded together to support small- and medium-sized arts organizations. Under the heading The LA Arts Recover Fund, a dozen initial funders have raised $38.5 million. The fund’s grants will provide a minimum of two years’ operating support to Los Angeles County arts organizations […]

DAF Accounts Totaled 873,228, Up 19.4%...

Grantmaking from donor advised funds (DAFs) to qualified charities increased almost 30 percent, during the first six months of 2020, from $6.41 billion to $8.32 billion, according to the Donor-Advised Fund COVID Grantmaking Survey. It’s the first sector-wide review of grantmaking from DAFs to charities in response to COVID-19, released by the National Philanthropic Trust. […]