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DAF Grants Show Donor Differences By Geography...

New York City residents might provide the most grant dollars overall but other cities’ citizens give a larger percentage to different charitable sectors, according to an analysis of grants recommended by Fidelity Charitable Giving account holders. The Boston, Mass.-based donor-advised fund (DAF) released its Geography of Giving study this morning, analyzing how donors in 30 […]

8 Budget Questions Funders Will Ask...

Funders put the budget and budget justification under a microscope. According to Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif.: “You’ve got to get it right. When you understand their concerns and the questions they’ll pose, you’re in a much stronger position to nail it.” Here’s a list of questions funders are sure […]

Making Sure the Proposal Budget is Thorough...

The budget is a high-stakes, make-it-or-break-it section of your grant proposal. A thorough, logical, and clear budget is certain to increase your likelihood of winning an award. And an incomplete, illogical, and murky budget is just as sure to sink your chances. “We become so immersed in developing the program and writing the proposal that […]

3 Tips for Developing a Program Budget...

Budget planning is an integral part of program planning. “Think of the budget as the bones of the program,” said Barbara Floersch, chief of training and curriculum of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “Without the bones, the program can’t go anywhere. Never wait until the whole program is planned before figuring out what […]

Fidelity Reports Upswing In DAF Grants...

Donor-advised fund (DAF) account holders with Fidelity Charitable recommended $4 billion in grants so far this year (as of July 19), a 48-percent increase compared to the same period last year. There have been approximately 668,000 donor-recommended grants to 105,000 charities this year. Contributions to the DAF also are up by more than 40 percent […]

Schwab Reports Grants Up By A Third...

Donor-advised fund (DAF) accounts in Schwab Charitable increased the dollars granted by 33 percent and the number of grants by 26 percent in fiscal year 2019 compared to the previous fiscal year. San Francisco, Calif.-based Schwab Charitable facilitated more than $2.4 billion in grants to more than 83,000 charities, with among the most widely support […]

Foundation To Let Community Decide On Funding...

The Philadelphia Foundation announced a public voting period for finalists in its $1 million “Key to Community Grants” initiative, which begins next week. From July 8 through July 26, the general public will have the chance to vote and ultimately select nine winners from a list of published nonprofit finalists in the categories of Economic […]

Where to Find an Evaluation Consultant...

When you need an evaluation consultant, you usually need one sooner rather than later. Your proposal narrative might require a high-level evaluation plan to be competitive. The report that’s due next month might require data analysis that’s beyond in-house capacity. “Because program evaluation is an imperative of good management, and because grant proposals require a […]

Grants: Finding The Right Evaluation Consultant...

It’s almost inevitable that most nonprofits will need assistance from a professional evaluation consultant at some point. A funder might require that the program be evaluated by an independent expert. A complicated program might be beyond in-house capacity to adequately assess. Involving an evaluation expert could give a proposal just the needed competitive edge. “Good […]

Impact After The Grant Is Gone...

Some programs are designed to develop a product during the period of grant funding and be done. But the product itself is expected to continue generating impact after the grant funding ends. For example, a systems-change program that results in a law to reduce pollution is, itself, expected to perpetuate the impact. “In these sorts […]