Question: It seems that foundations and other funders hold all the cards in power relationships with grantseekers. Is that true?
At first glance, it definitely can appear that way. It may feel like you are “begging for money” with a virtual tin cup. You may even get nervous when you prepare to speak with a funder one-on-one.
That’s totally understandable. (FYI, many foundation program officers used to be in grantseekers’ shoes so they can empathize with your sweaty palms.)
But while grantmakers hold the purse strings, by no means are they the only ones in the relationship who should be confident, empowered professionals.
Look closely at the situation. Continue reading
I, like many people, do my share of year-end giving to my favorite nonprofits in December. Of course, December and January are usually super-busy times of year for folks who process all of those donations!
I was pleased to receive some very grateful and thoughtful thank you notes from the organizations I supported. I wanted to share one specific letter that stood out. It comes from my local food bank, the Alameda County Community Food Bank, to be exact. You can see a copy of it below:
It starts out expressing gratitude and welcoming me to their community, and goes on to briefly explain what my contribution will do.
Notice that it has a large photo of a child in the upper-right corner and the letter talks a bit about her, a representative of their clients.
This one-pager is short, simple, sweet, and to the point. It also lists the tax ID number at the bottom, as well as the address and affiliations.
That’s all pretty standard best practice.
The most interesting part was the PS and the insert that came with it. Continue reading
If you’re anything like me, you are contemplating your professional development goals and priorities for 2016. It’s time to take stock and think about what’s really important to you as we enter this brand new year. A few questions:
- Do you want to become a more polished communicator, online or offline?
- Are you ready to finally brush up on your writing skills to get the most out of every piece you write?
- Do you want to up your game in grantseeking, content development, or both?
If you would like to discuss options for yourself or your team, I am scheduling a limited number of complimentary strategy sessions. Continue reading
Don’t forget to celebrate YOUR highlights of 2015, including all the great stuff you learned.