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Grant Writing: Bringing It All Together grant writing

There are more than 1.56 million nonprofits in the U.S., many of them competing for the same funding. How can your proposal stand out from the rest? To stand out, answer the eight questions below, whether the foundation directly asks them or not.

  1. What need will you meet?
  2. How will you meet the...
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Foundation Giving: Increasing Your Annual Grant Revenues financial management grant writing

According to Giving USA, foundations account for 18 percent of the charitable dollar. Do you want to increase your revenues from foundations over last year? Yes? Start by evaluating last year’s grants performance. Did you apply for grants that were in line with your mission? Were your grant...

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What You Can Still Do to Increase Your Individual, Foundation and Corporate Donations development planning fundraising

It’s the last month of the year. There’s just one month to go to bring in that last bit of money and increase those 2020 fundraising results. What are the things that you can still do to improve your fundraising performance? What can you do now that will improve 2020 results and put...

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Successful Nonprofit Fundraising: It's Not About the Money fundraising

"How can that be?” you say. Isn’t the whole objective of fundraising is to raise money?

Yes, you are raising money. But money is not the goal. Fulfilling mission is the goal. Money is just the vehicle you are using. Money is converted to resources that lead to life-changing impact....

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The Last Two Days of 2019 development planning fundraising

Where are you with your fundraising efforts? What are you doing in these waning days of 2019 to improve your annual fundraising results?

  • Do you have follow-up emails going out today and tomorrow to donors who haven’t given yet?
  • Do you have thank you letters to get out?
  • Are your social...
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The Last Nine Days of 2019: If you Haven’t Yet, Start Now to Improve Your Annual Fundraising Results development planning fundraising

It’s December 23, 2019. It’s probably slow at your office, with many of your co-workers or employees off for the holidays. I always liked being in the office during this time. I liked the fact that I had more time than usual to concentrate on improving my year-end fundraising results...

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2020 Grants Planning development planning grant writing

So, one of your goals for next year is to increase your agency’s income from foundations. After all, according to Giving USA, foundations account for 18 percent of the charitable dollar. And they tend to give larger, major gifts. And, according to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, it...

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The Year End Push: What You Can Still Do to Increase Your Individual, Foundation and Corporate Donations development planning fundraising

It’s the last month of the year. There’s just one month to go to bring in that last bit of money and increase those 2019 fundraising results. What are the things that you can still do to improve your fundraising performance? What can you do now that will improve 2019 results and put...

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Bringing in the Money: The Importance of Thanking Your Donors in Achieving Fundraising Success fundraising relationship building

Every fundraiser knows to thank their donors after donations come in. But how many fundraisers actually do it? Sadly, not many. Try making seven $10 donations to seven organizations new to you and see how many thank you acknowledgements you get. Now count how many you get within two to three days...

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