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Charities Brace For GM Plant Closings...

The plan by General Motors (GM) to close up to five plants and lay off more than 14,000 workers in North America likely will have a significant impact on local charities in the affected regions. Representatives of local charities including the United Way, Salvation Army, and food banks in Lordstown and Youngstown, Ohio expect plant […]

The Right Grant for the Right Reason...

When your nonprofit is in dire need of general operating funds, a program-specific grant won’t ease the pain. “Just because you need money doesn’t mean you need a grant,” said Barbara Floersch, chief of training and curriculum for The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “And just because you need a grant, doesn’t mean you […]

Grants: Is it Time For A Competitiveness Check Up?...

If your organization’s grant proposals seldom result in funding, it’s time for a check-up. Not every proposal will win an award because here are too many variables. But if you’re doing the work correctly, it’s reasonable to expect a good deal of success. “Be sure to think of the assessment process as a “check-up” rather […]

DAFs Continue Torrid Pace...

Contributions to donor-advised funds (DAF) reached another all-time high in 2017 and charitable assets in DAFs eclipsed $100 billion for the first time ever, according to a new report. The “2018 Donor-Advised Fund Report,” by the National Philanthropic Trust (NPT), indicated that contributions to DAFs totaled $29.23 billion, up 16.5 percent from 2016, and grant […]

Use The Strategic Plan To Prioritize Grant Development...

Most organizations have a long list of projects that are reasonable candidates for grant funding. But with limited time available, it’s easy for grant professionals to get lost in a prickly thicket of competing demands. “Grants work should be viewed from the perspective of the organization’s overall strategy,” said Barbara Floersch, chief of training & […]

Corporate Giving Up On Disaster Relief...

Corporate giving increased more than 15 percent during the past three years to a record $23.8 billion, driven last year by disaster giving, according to a recent study. The annual “Giving In Numbers” report is sponsored by CECP: The CEO Force for Good in partnership with The Conference Board. And, 44 percent of companies expect […]

Ground Your Proposals in Hope...

Grant proposals often request funds to work on some of society’s toughest issues — poverty, hunger, homelessness, violence, pollution. When documenting the harm and hardship inflicted on their communities and proving the urgency of the need, grant professionals submerge themselves in a sea of depressing data that can be overwhelming. “It’s easy to get stuck […]

How to Tackle the Grant Budget...

The budget is a make-it-or-break-it component of a grant proposal and while a solid budget won’t win a grant award, sloppiness and inaccuracy in this arena will certainly lose it. “Some people love building budgets, and others find the work intimidating,” said Barbara Floersch, chief of training and curriculum for The Grantsmanship Center in Los […]

5 Reasons To Consider A Grant Coalition...

When a problem, such as an invasive weed species, is spread across a wide geographic area, there’s good reason to question whether a small, localized response is a good investment of grant funding. What’s the good of temporarily thwarting the invader when wind, tires, or foot traffic will just bring it in again from the […]

Capital University Promises Half-Price Tuition To Students of ‘Mission-Centered’ Families...

Capital University, a private undergraduate and graduate school in Columbus, Ohio, has promised to give half-price tuition to members of families who work for a nonprofit or public service organization. The program is scheduled to begin during the 2019 school year. The purpose of the program is to encourage more people to work in organizations […]