Category Archives: Fundraising

A Brand New Resource for Nonprofits: MissionBox.com

The nonprofit sector is a strong and vibrant community full of people willing to help each other out. And now more than ever, it’s important to come together and work as allies and mentors.

The value of being mentored seems pretty obvious: new skills, confidence, friendship, etc. And in fact, the research shows that people who are mentored get more job promotions and earn more than people who aren’t.

But mentoring is also great for mentors: networking opportunities, leadership development, and a stronger sense of community.

Jesse Bethke Gomez, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living, was mentored early in his career. And now he’s paying it forward by helping others overcome their fears and develop their strengths:

So yes, nonprofit professionals like Jesse shine when they connect, learn and share with each other. They get stuff done. And they make a bigger impact.

But do you really need a trusted ally?

Why you need a trustworthy nonprofit ally

Most nonprofit leaders are too stressed out or distracted to find that trusted friend or colleague who’s walked in their shoes.

But allies (mentors, peers, friends) are often essential for success. Here are a few examples:

  • A veteran grantwriter offers guidance to a novice grant writer that helps him achieve greater results.
  • A promising nonprofit start-up founder connects with an experienced leader who points out blind spots and encourages a drive toward success.
  • A newly hired Development Director is struggling to meet her capital campaign goals. She exceeds that goal with tips from a veteran fundraiser.

Find your nonprofit ally

Do you have experience or know-how to share with a nonprofit? Are you a nonprofit leader looking for guidance?

MissionBox.com is a newly launched free resource that helps connect nonprofit leaders with that perfect peer who is seeking guidance. And vice-versa.

The goal? Stop “reinventing the wheel”! Create a larger sense of community, and together, make a bigger impact.

Learn more about becoming a MissionBox ally by joining here for free.

You’ll find several articles of mine on the new MissionBox.com website!

2/15 Webinar: Grant Strategy for CEOs, Directors, and Board Members: What You Need to Know to Succeed

I’m returning to Nonprofit Webinars (sponsored by 4good.org) this February 15 to present my new webinar forCEOs, Directors, and Board members interested in empowering their grantseeking teams to be more successful.

Most nonprofits need to attract grants to help pursue their missions or carry out specific programs. But perhaps — like many other nonprofit executives — you have been less than thrilled with the results of your organization’s grantseeking efforts. How can you boost your team’s efficiency and effectiveness?

In this webinar you will learn some strategic tips to get the most out of your grantseeking dollars. We’ll cover:

  • How to ensure that your organization is ready to seek the grants you need
  • Strategic decisions you will need to make
  • How to rally the organizational capacity you will need
  • How to prepare for the informational needs of grantseekers
 (You can find a full article on this topic HERE).

 

The February 15 webinar is FREE. Just register HERE.

 

 

My latest journal article: “Time to Reclaim Your Power in Funder Relationships”

If you are involved in grantseeking, you are probably familiar with the Grassroots Fundraising Journal (or should be!). Published by the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training, the journal contains articles to promote the connection between fundraising, social justice and movement-building.

I have a full-length article in the January-February issue, titled “Time to Reclaim Your Power in Funder Relationships.” The piece reminds us that funders rely on nonprofits to fulfill their missions, and offers tips for interrupting the lopsided power dynamics that often plague those relationships. Check it out here!

(To get you started, I reprinted the first several paragraphs below.)

GRANT FUNDING HAS A LOT TO DO WITH POWER. Who has the money, who gets the money, and what are the dynamics between the two groups?

At first glance, it can definitely appear that foundations and other funders hold all the cards when it comes to their relationships with grantseekers. After all, grantmakers control the funds and seem to have complete discretion over how the money is doled out.

As a grantseeker, you may feel like you’re begging with a virtual tin cup. By accepting this position of powerlessness, you may hope funders take pity on you. Or maybe you will learn to answer their questions with the answers they want to hear. If they visit your organization, you often find yourself bending over backwards to please them. You would never think of biting (or even challenging) the hand that may feed you. Continue reading

Double Holiday Gift: Free LOI Reviews

Happy Holidays!

To help you celebrate and thank you for your support, I’m giving you a Double Holiday Gift! It’s perfect for anyone working with grants who needs some feedback on a Letter of Intent.

PART I: A chance to win a free review of your LOI

PART II: 4 free recordings of LOI feedback and training

Could you — or a staff member — use some customized feedback on a Letter of Intent (preliminary grant proposal)? While colleagues may be helpful, or just too busy, a third-party expert perspective is often exactly what you need to view your work as a funder might.

Here’s where the Double Holiday Gift comes in:

PART I: Enter to win an expert, written review of a Letter of Intent for your nonprofit organization or one you support! The LOI should be 1-3 pages in length, and written for a foundation or corporation. The review will take place anytime between January 15 and March 31, 2017: your choice. Valued  up to $175. Entries are accepted through December 31, 2016. Enter to win a Free LOI Review HERE.

The winner will be announced on or before January 12, 2017.

PART II: 4 free recordings of my professional reviews of LOIs. Each recording also includes a brief training. You can find them all on 4good, a free online platform for the social sector:

1) Recording #1 ,  2) Recording #2 , 3) Recording #3 , 4) Recording #4

I hope you enjoy the season with those you love!

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