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Emergency Grants—Are You a Good Applicant?...

When nonprofits are confronted with unexpected funding emergencies, grantmakers sometimes help them out of the bind. “If the freezer at the food bank breaks down, a local funder might jump in and solve the problem before the hamburger thaws out,” according to Barbara Floersch, chief of training and curriculum for of The Grantsmanship Center in […]

Full-Cost Funding Moving At Glacial Pace...

Ann Goggins and Don Howard of The Bridgespan Group in 2009 published The Nonprofit Starvation Cycle in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. That article made a clear, hard-hitting case for what is now called full-cost funding.  The case for full-cost funding argues that by failing to adequately cover indirect costs involved in implementing grant-funded programs, […]

The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide for Grants Management Software...

When you’re accepting digital applications for grants or another purpose, organization is crucial. Today’s grant applicants have high expectations when it comes to the online application process. It’s easy to see the value in quality application software, but making that final product choice can be difficult. Understanding the key aspects of quality software will help […]

NBCUniversal Opens Grant Competition in 11 Markets...

Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, in partnership with NBC and Telemundo Owned Television Stations, has launched a grant competition called Project Innovation with $2.5 million for grabs. The grants will be awarded to nonprofits solving everyday problems through innovative solutions. Project Innovation will award grants across four grant categories: Culture of Inclusion, Youth Education, Next Generation Storytellers, […]

Do Your Part to Support Full-Cost Funding...

Funders increasingly realize that inadequate grant support for the indirect costs associated with implementing grant-funded programs weakens the infrastructure of nonprofits. And, there’s a ripple effect. As nonprofits become less able boots-on-the-ground, communities suffer too. “This is a critical issue that effects the health of nonprofits and their ability to fulfill their missions,” said Barbara […]

Get to Know Close-to-Home Grantmakers...

It’s usual for private foundations to limit grantmaking to areas where the donors live or grew up, or in which they have some personal history. Community foundations and federated giving programs such as United Way also limit grants to specific geographic areas. Many corporate foundations only make awards in areas where corporate offices are located […]

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 […]

Private Funders Don’t Have To Be Objective...

You submitted a knock-out grant proposal to a well-targeted funder requesting just the right amount of money for just the right purpose. You did extensive background research and know for certain that the proposal was a spot-on ask. You didn’t win the award. What happened?  There are countless reasons you might be turned down, and […]

Exploiting The Economic Muscle of Nonprofits...

The nonprofit sector employs more than 10 percent of America’s private workforce, contributes about $985 billion to the economy, and produces myriad benefits that reach into every community and most homes. It’s a powerful, socially-focused engine bent on doing good. Maybe nonprofits haven’t conquered all the problems or brought equal life quality to everyone, but […]

6 Steps To Manage Proactively...

“The best grant managers don’t sit, waiting anxiously for trouble to come knocking,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “They’re proactive. They’re a special sort of smoke detector, monitoring systems and watching quality indicators to sniff out emerging problems and address them before fire breaks out.” Your organization’s policies, procedures, […]