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Grants: First Decide What Still Works...

Yuval Noah Harari, the Israeli historian and author, says that for humans to make it into the next chapter of our story, we need two things: resilience and the capacity to embrace and survive the big changes we will face. How about the 22 million humans who work for nonprofits in the U.S.? What are […]

Time To Evaluate Your Board’s Effectiveness...

COVID-19 and the shutdown have put the role of nonprofit boards in sharp focus. It’s a good time to reexamine your understandings and expectations of your organization’s board. What is it that boards actually do for a nonprofit? A good way to think about it is to remember the “required and elective” scheme. Boards are […]

Funders Unite to Support Los Angeles Arts Nonprofits...

A group of funders led by the J. Paul Getty Trust have banded together to support small- and medium-sized arts organizations. Under the heading The LA Arts Recover Fund, a dozen initial funders have raised $38.5 million. The fund’s grants will provide a minimum of two years’ operating support to Los Angeles County arts organizations […]

DAF Accounts Totaled 873,228, Up 19.4%...

Grantmaking from donor advised funds (DAFs) to qualified charities increased almost 30 percent, during the first six months of 2020, from $6.41 billion to $8.32 billion, according to the Donor-Advised Fund COVID Grantmaking Survey. It’s the first sector-wide review of grantmaking from DAFs to charities in response to COVID-19, released by the National Philanthropic Trust. […]

5 Ways Proposal Writing Builds Better Programs...

The temptation is to plunge into a proposal writing frenzy, cranking out thousands of words that seem likely to impress a foundation. Surely if you write a spellbinding proposal you’ll snag that grant! Here’s a modest suggestion: put that cart back behind the horse where it belongs. The most important result of the proposal process […]

Who’s On Your Board?...

The question always comes up: “Who’s on your board and why did they join?” Some of the worst answers are often the most common: “They’re a few friends of the founder. . . the executive director just went out and appointed some people. . . they joined years ago, nobody knows what motivated them.” Nonprofit […]

Creating a Monster Budget Package...

When you’re seeking grant support for a complicated five- to 10-year program, developing the budget can be challenging. Take a five- to 10-year program plan, throw in two or three collaborating organizations as sub-recipients, pile on a required annual matching contribution, and you’ll find yourself in a swamp of numbers you must somehow sort into […]

6 Steps To Showing Funders A New NPO Is Credible...

Organizations where leaders document a solid track record of success are well positioned to attract grant funding. “Everyone likes safe bets,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “To hand over a $250,000 award, the funder needs confidence that you know what you’re doing and will deliver what you’ve promised.”   Many […]

Grants: Nonprofits And Chamber of Commerce Membership...

There are an estimated 4,000 chambers of commerce across the country that have at least one staff person, according to the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. There are many thousands more that are run as volunteer organizations.  Membership can include one-person enterprises, very small “mom-and-pop” stores, small firms, local manufacturers, all kinds of companies […]

11 Steps To On-Boarding A New Grants Professional...

You’ve finally established a full-time grant development position and hired a professional to fill it. Expectations are high. The board assumes grant funding will skyrocket and every manager is scribbling wish lists. Why not? Before this, seeking grants was a hodge-podge of catch-as-catch-can work by everyone from program staff to administrators. This new position will […]