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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 […]

You Made A Plan. Now What?...

Cartoonist Allen Saunders said it first, and John Lennon made it sing: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” These days, most nonprofits leaders must know the feeling.  You’ve invested in a strategic planning process, you worked through a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats). You articulated coherent and […]

Grants: Focus On Concepts, Not Terminology...

Is an objective the same thing as a goal? Is a method the same as an output? “It depends on who you ask,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “When it comes to terminology in the world of grants, the only thing you can count on is inconsistency.” But while […]

4 More Tips for Collaborative Grant Proposals...

Collaborative efforts can offer more comprehensive responses to community challenges than any one organization alone can deliver. “When the muscle and know-how of multi-talented teams focus on a mutual concern, there’s a real opportunity for impact,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “Laying out a coordinated approach in a collaborative […]