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Reviewer Reflections on Funding Grant Proposals grant writing

We’ve narrowed it down to a small group of applicants. The proposals are all focused on meeting a mission that matches ours. They all present nicely and are written well, using proper grammar and no misspellings. The request is focused and cohesive. The narrative and the budget are...

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How to Attract New Donors building community support fundraising relationship building

Aah. Attracting new donors to your cause. You can always use new donors. The question is, “How do you stand out in a crowd and draw people to your cause who will give to your nonprofit?”

Target Specific Donor Groups

When nonprofits talk about their efforts to gain visibility, most of...

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How to Prepare Your Board to Fundraise for executive directors fundraising

Is your board excited about fundraising? Probably not. They may think that fundraising and governance don’t have anything to do with one another. They may see fundraising as management’s responsibility, with their role only holding staff accountable for financial results. Or they may...

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Three Fundraising Benchmarks to Use with Your Board evaluation for executive directors

A nonprofit board has a fiscal duty to make sure that resources are raised and allocated to meet the organization’s missions. Often, however, boards have unrealistic expectations about how much money can actually be raised. They have no way of knowing, and thus planning for, how many...

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How to Make Sure You Always Have More Money than Month financial management for executive directors

I know what it’s like - sweating the finances – when not as much money is coming into your nonprofit when it was expected to come in. Government payments are delayed yet you are still expected to run the programs they fund. Grants were submitted later than anticipated. A major gift...

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How to Ask for Enough Grant Money financial management grant writing

Crafting a budget is often then hardest part of grant writing. It was for me when I first started. I was a program developer, not an accountant. When accounting created the budgets, they had costs I didn’t recognize. And when I crafted them, accounting invariably added expense lines. Which...

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How to Easily Raise More Money development planning fundraising

Raising money doesn’t have to be complicated. The best fundraisers are volunteer ambassadors who talk about their agencies’ missions and mission impact. Not all dollars cost the same to raise though. To really know if you are making money, you need to measure net, not gross, income....

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The Executive Director’s Guide to Putting Out Fundraising Fires for executive directors

In any one day, a nonprofit executive director’s duties can include managing operations; satisfying funders and donors; informing and inspiring board, staff and volunteers; listening to clients; communicating your mission and accomplishments to the public; assessing community needs;...

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A Strategy for Data development planning fundraising relationship building

by Deron J. Tse of DjT systems: Business Systems Consulting

We make data-based decisions.

What does that mean for your nonprofit? You collect data on your constituents usually starting off with required transactional data points like contact info and transaction amount. Your organization might...

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