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How to Be Effective at Generating Community Support building community support

The questions I hear most often from the nonprofits I encounter are, “How do I increase community support for my cause?” and, “Where do I find people to support my nonprofit?”  The answers, strangely enough, are not based on fundraising theory. Rather, they are based...

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How to Be Proficient at Fundraising evaluation fundraising

 

To be successful at fundraising, you need to learn from previous fundraising experiences, either yours or someone else’s. Look at what your nonprofit has done in the past to try and raise money. If you work for a startup with no fundraising history, learn from your peers. When you...

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Cinch that Grant Award by Making a Good Impression grant writing

To understand how funders perceive your grant submissions, let’s take a look at the submission process from the recipients’ points of view.

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Today’s article deals specifically with starting out on the right foot and maintain a positive relationship with...

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Reputation Counts in Getting the Grant Funding building community support grant writing marketing and communications

What is your nonprofit’s reputation? Is it intact? What about your leadership? What is your executive director’s reputation? What about you as the grant liaison? What do others think about you personally? And what in the world does reputation have to do with grant funding?

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To Get the Grant Funding, Make Sure You Follow All the Rules grant writing

If you want your grant proposal to rank at the top of the pile, or in some cases even be read, you must follow all the rules. Some grant presentation rules are obvious because they are given to you. Some rules not so obvious because they are not written anywhere. However, your proposal will be...

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The Value in Involving Your Team in the Hiring Process for executive directors professional development relationship building

By Katherine Spinney, ACC, MT, MSW

Since I was nine, I have had some type of paid work. From newspaper delivery to babysitting to nonprofit executive-ing, I have had more jobs than most people have in a lifetime - which means I have gone through countless different hiring processes along the way....

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How to Rebuild Public Trust Amidst the Negative Organizational Effects of COVID-19 for executive directors marketing and communications

Every nonprofit I know has suffered greatly under COVID-19. As revenues declined and expenses went up, many nonprofits have had to reduce services. There may be people who were getting services who aren’t now. Or people aren’t receiving the same level of services as they did before....

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How to Set Good Revenue Goals Amidst COVD-19 development planning financial management for executive directors

In some nonprofits, the fundraising goal is determined by a budget deficit. Expenses are set first, then committed revenues are put in. The deficit is the fundraising goal for the year. For other nonprofits, the annual fundraising goal is last year’s budget increased by whatever percentage....

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How to Rebuild Your Nonprofit’s Finances During COVID-19 financial management for executive directors

We’ve all been hit hard by COVID. Every nonprofit I know has experienced some kind of negative financial impact because of the pandemic. Expenses went up as cleaning guidelines got stricter. Your nonprofit may have had to invest heavily in personal protection equipment. Revenues are down as...

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