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Funders Must Provide Clear Guidelines

April 22, 2019       The NonProfit Times       105       0

Grants are social investments and to invest wisely, funders look for effective nonprofits that deliver high-quality programs. Unfortunately, some nonprofits that offer deep subject-area expertise, broad community capital, and fiery passion don’t win grants simply because staff don’t know how to interpret funders’ application guidelines.

Grants: Making Sure You Deliver On Program

April 18, 2019       The NonProfit Times       105       0

Winning the grant is just the beginning. Putting the program plan into action, managing the funds, and meeting the award requirements is a marathon-like test of your nonprofit’s competence.

Grants: Evaluation Amplifies Impact

March 11, 2019       The NonProfit Times       105       0

When developing a grant proposal, it’s tempting to think of the evaluation plan as something you tack on once the program plan is in place. But the evaluation plan is an integral part of the program. “It’s the program’s mirror,” said Barbara Floersch, chief of training for The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “It reflects the reality of what’s actually happening rather than the theory of what you thought the program would look like and accomplish.”

Grants: 5 Elements Of An Ethical Program Evaluation

March 4, 2019       The NonProfit Times       105       0

There’s a fine line between research and evaluation, and much has been written on the topic. Research is governed by a plethora of ethics rules. Typical research rules include the requirement to get informed consent from those participating in research, and the need to define how human subjects will be fully informed of the risks and benefits of the research and protected from harm.

8 Ways To Showcase To Funders Your Sustainability

February 26, 2019       The NonProfit Times       105       0

People generally agree that the wonderful work done by nonprofits should continue. Another area of agreement is that the work should receive financial support — from someone else.

Start Close to Home When Seeking Grantmakers

February 5, 2019       The NonProfit Times       105       0

When looking for the grantmakers most likely to support your organization’s work, start close to home. “The idea of a fat grant from a large national-level foundation is alluring,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, calif. “But unless your organization is doing work of national importance, these large funders probably aren’t a good bet.”

In Funder Research, Keywords Are Simple, Right?

January 28, 2019       The NonProfit Times       105       0

Whether you’re looking for government or private grants, you’ll be plowing through a variety of databases to find the funding programs or foundations most likely to support your work.

Record $2.2 Billion Granted Via Schwab Charitable

January 24, 2019       NPT Staff       105       0

Schwab Charitable reported a record $2.2 billion in grants to 86,500 charities during 2018, a 35-percent increase from the $1.6 billion reported for 2017.

Grants: Document the Process When Developing Grant Proposals

January 22, 2019       Barbara Floersch       105       0

You jump feet first into a dizzying whirl of activity; you’re developing a grant proposal. You’ve got to pull together staff members, community organizations, program and evaluation plans, supporting data, graphics, matching commitments, and budgets.

6 Grant Resolutions for the New Year

January 14, 2019       The NonProfit Times       105       0

It’s the time of year contemplation and resolutions. “While the tradition of New Year resolutions is generally focused on our personal lives, I suggest that we also establish a tradition of self-assessment and goal-setting in our work,” according to Barbara Floersch, chief of training and curriculum of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

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