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Grant Writing Issues

Although grant applications and procedures are generally self-explanatory, many applicants fail to receive grants simply because they ignore the rules altogether or don’t invest the time and effort to properly and professionally assemble their materials. Incompatible Match Although there are … Continue reading

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Grants for General Operating Support

n pursuing general operating support grants, you can improve your chances of success by taking the following actions. Focus on results. To persuade a funder to provide operating support, you should explain what they can accomplish with unrestricted funds.  It … Continue reading

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Don’t Take It Personally When Your Grant Request Is Denied

The typical reaction when a nonprofit organization has had a grant request denied is to wonder “Why did they turn us down?” A more appropriate reaction would be to wonder “Who did they fund instead of us?” Most funders, especially … Continue reading

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How To Have An Excellent Board of Directors

A good nonprofit board of directors doesn’t just happen.  It must be worked on.  If you want to have an effective board of directors for your nonprofit organization, you should take these factors into consideration. Size The number of board … Continue reading

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Why People Ignore Your Newsletter

Most donor newsletters suffer from at least one of the following flaws.  Many suffer from all seven. Flaw #1 Your newsletter fails the “you” test.  A good donor newsletter is friendly, even intimate, in tone.  If you instead use an … Continue reading

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Diversify Your Funding Sources

Cash revenue streams for nonprofit organizations include, among others: Individuals (this represents 75% of charitable giving in the U.S.) Foundation and corporate grants Government grants (federal, state, and local) Community/civic groups Churches United Way Fundraising events Fees for service (from … Continue reading

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Why Nonprofit Organizations Have Difficulty Attracting and Keeping Volunteers

The primary reason nonprofit organizations often have difficulty recruiting volunteers is that the volunteer duties they are offering are not as interesting to volunteers as watching television.  The New Volunteer Workforce; Stanford Social Innovation Review, previously reported, “Our research shows … Continue reading

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Keys to Effective Nonprofit Organization Websites

Nonprofit organizations tend to have limited budgets and limited involvement from members for planning, designing, and maintaining websites. This often results in a site that doesn’t achieve everything that it could for the organization and the people involved. In recent … Continue reading

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How to Give Recognition to Grantors

These ideas can also be applied to donations other than grants. Thank-You Letters Writing a thank-you letter to grantors is the most basic way to recognize their grant, and you should send these letters as soon as possible.  A good … Continue reading

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Words of Wisdom, and Myths, about Grant Writing

Words of Wisdom 1. Grant writing is not a get-rich-quick scheme.  Many funders take months to make a decision, and some make decisions only once each year. 2. Grant writing should be only a part of your overall fundraising strategy.  … Continue reading

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