Category Archives: Nonprofits

Remembering Rebecca Vermillion Shawver’s Contributions

Well-known grantwriter and teacher Rebecca (Becki) Vermillion Shawver recently passed away, and I wanted to be sure to share her story and some articles she wrote for CharityChannel. I only worked with Becki a few times but quickly saw that she was obviously a true professional in the field; she will be missed!

Rebecca Vermillion Shawver was the Director of Grant Administration at Brazosport College. She was an active member of the Grant Professionals Association and earned her GPC. Additionally, she was a member of the Council for Resource Development (CRD) for community college fund development professionals. Rebecca was a past CRD Director for Region VI and a past member of the CRD National Board. She presented numerous workshops at multiple regional and national CRD conferences.

A native-born Hoosier, Rebecca continued to serve as a consultant for agencies located in the State of Indiana. Additionally, she was the author of What Funders Want: Developing Evaluation Plans to Support Your K-12 Grant Applications (LRP Publications).

Rebecca was a dedicated volunteer working with the AFS Intercultural Programs. As the Volunteer Chair for the AFS Cradle of Texas Team, she was responsible for implementing and coordinating the AFS high school exchange program in part of Harris and all of Brazoria County, Texas. She hosted 22 exchange students over the past 25 years!

I want to share a few of Rebecca’s outstanding articles, which are among the dozens she authored for CharityChannel: Continue reading

Nonprofit Fundraising Masters Silicon Valley Conference

(We’re helping get the word out about this great event).

Money is the ball bearings of social change. If your Bay Area nonprofit or environmental organization wants to take its efforts to the next level, don’t miss the Nonprofit Fundraising Masters Conference in Silicon Valley on March 29. Save $20 with the “NFM” discount code and join your colleagues for valuable networking, while hearing from the world’s most successful fundraisers as they share their secrets to success, valuable tips and tools, and sources of inspiration!

Learn from the best: The Soul of Money author Lynne Twist, Sierra Club E.D. Mike Brune, Worldreader CEO David Risher, and Consultant Miguel Gavaldon!

Remember, save an extra $20 with the “NFM” discount code when you sign up now, and be sure to tell your friends!

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.