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Results-Oriented Accountability For Federal Grants...

Take a walk back a few years. The U.S. Congress passed in 1993 the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) that requires federal agencies to adopt multi-year strategic plans that include the outcomes they expect to accomplish. In 2010, Congress passed the GPRA Modernization Act aimed at creating a fact-based, decision-making framework for program implementation, […]

AWS Opens Imagine Grants Applications...

Applications open today for the 2020 Imagine Grant Program, a public grant opportunity from Amazon Web Services (AWS) for nonprofits that use cloud technology to achieve their mission. Proposals are due by Sept. 30. AWS Imagine Grants provide resources to nonprofits to deploy cloud technology as a central tool in achieving mission goals. AWS seeks […]

It’s Not All About The Pandemic...

In this altered world we share there’s no business as usual, only cascading uncertainties and daily workarounds as we figure out how to offer services while also keeping people safe. In this house of mirrors, grant professionals are confronted with their own set of challenges. How can you propose a solid program plan when it’s […]

Navigating Pop-Up Crisis Funding Opportunities...

When numerous crisis-response funding opportunities become available quickly and several offer support for similar activities, sorting out what to request from which grantmaker can be confusing.  “In a fast-moving, multi-faceted crisis it’s essential to be as organized as possible in connecting community needs to pop-up funding opportunities,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in […]

When Crisis Blows Apart Your Grants Proposal Calendar...

Top grant professionals collaborate with administrators to hammer out an annual proposal development calendar that reflects the nonprofit’s strategic plan and provides a roadmap for what needs to be done when. But what happens when a crisis blows apart that well-considered strategy? Lightning-strike events effect every area of an organization’s work and quickly reorder priorities. […]

Finding an Evaluator for Grant-Funded Projects...

While grant professionals generally know something about program evaluation, few are evaluation experts schooled in the nuances of statistical analysis, control groups, quantification of soft data, and the like. For some grant-funded programs, simple evaluations that rely on pre-and post-tests, commercially available surveys, or pre and post comparisons of straight-forward and easily available data may […]

Just 1% of Grants Go To Immigrants, Refugee Causes...

Even though immigrants and refugees represent 14 percent of the population, local foundations gave barely 1 percent of total grantmaking to benefit those communities in 2017 and 2018. A new tool from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) can provide a state-by-state breakdown, drilling down to find highs and lows across the nation. “Won’t […]

10% Of Fidelity Grants Went To COVID Relief...

Donor-advised fund (DAF) account holders at Fidelity Charitable eclipsed the $200 million distribution goal set for #GivingTuesdayNow. To date, donors have recommended more than $2.5 billion in grants in 2020, an 18-percent increase compared to the same time last year. Almost 10 percent of the distributions, about $236 million, have been designated to support nonprofits’ […]

No Trust, No Money...

After submitting hundreds of grant proposals, it’s easy to get lackadaisical when completing yet another description of your nonprofit. But, don’t do it. Pump yourself up and snap to, because the funder’s belief in the integrity and credibility of your organization will tip the scale for or against an award.  Until the grantmaker believes your […]

Prepare Now to Rebuild Your Program...

The sobering reality is that sometimes the sky really does fall. The challenges of everyday life in a nonprofit have little in common with the profound life-altering crisis of the current pandemic. “This one’s going to test us all to our limit,” said Barbara Floersch, chief of training and curriculum of The Grantsmanship Center in […]