Category Archives: Nonprofits

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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Ask Dalya: ‘We’ vs. ‘You’ in Appeal Letters

Q: We are writing an appeal letter and we’re trying to figure out what pronouns to use. You see, we’ve taken your advice to heart that we should include our readers in a “conversation on paper.” That means using the words “you” and “your” as much as we can. But sometimes we have to talk about what the organization is doing. It gets confusing. Help!

A: Yes, it can be a bit tricky at times, if you’re not careful.

A simple switch from the “we” of the organization to the “you” of your reader goes like this:

Original: We want to bring native plants back to our community. But we need your help!

Suggested revision: You can help improve our city’s environment by planting and saving native plants. They bring many benefits to our community and help us avoid eco-trouble down the line.

Did you see what I did there? Changing the perspective like that is pretty clear.

But did you also notice that in the suggested revision there’s a “we” also — and it now includes the reader? That second sentence is now talking about “our city’s environment” and “our community”. No longer is it “we” the organization needing “your” help.

The rule of thumb operating here is this: Continue reading