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SEVEN TIPS FOR WRITING AN EXCEPTIONAL GRANT REPORT

The end of the year is rapidly approaching. For most nonprofit staff with development responsibilities, that means two things – year end giving appeals and year end grant reports. Some funders are very precise with their reporting requirements. They provide... View Article

December 10, 2018 9:07 am Published by Comments Off on SEVEN TIPS FOR WRITING AN EXCEPTIONAL GRANT REPORT

Outcome Measures – Using Data to Tell Your Story

One of the most important questions for a nonprofit to be able to answer well is, “What is the impact of your organization?” The question comes from donors, funders, and community partners. While stories about individual clients served may tug... View Article

November 21, 2018 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on Outcome Measures – Using Data to Tell Your Story

Planning Your Giving Season to Target Generational Giving Patterns

In April, Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact released their study on the Next Generation of American Giving detailing the giving habits of each generation from the Greatest Generation (they call them “Matures”) to Generation Z. This was the third in... View Article

October 30, 2018 8:59 pm Published by Comments Off on Planning Your Giving Season to Target Generational Giving Patterns

Has Your Nonprofit Kept Pace With Analytics About Charities?

As we near the giving season, I have seen several blog posts and news articles on how to “give smarter” or comparing the “best and worst charities.” In these days of analytics, there are many ways that nonprofit organizations are... View Article

October 21, 2018 2:04 pm Published by Comments Off on Has Your Nonprofit Kept Pace With Analytics About Charities?

CREATING AN ENGAGED BOARD

How often have you heard non-profit staff members or leadership complain that their board members don’t really understand the organization or aren’t as engaged as they should or could be? Or maybe you’ve even thought this yourself? It’s a common... View Article

October 1, 2018 7:13 am Published by Comments Off on CREATING AN ENGAGED BOARD

Building Relationships with Funders Outside of Grant Applications

In our last blog post, The Seven Steps of Effective Grant Writing, we talked about the importance of building relationships with funders throughout the grant writing process. This includes reaching out to grant officers while you are writing grants and... View Article

September 17, 2018 8:09 pm Published by Comments Off on Building Relationships with Funders Outside of Grant Applications

The Seven Steps of Effective Grant Writing

Many nonprofit organizations have members of their staff or contractors who assist with grant writing. The position title implies that writing grants consumes the majority of time for this position. In reality, grant writing is a 7-step process, and steps... View Article

August 29, 2018 7:28 pm Published by Comments Off on The Seven Steps of Effective Grant Writing

Cryptocurrency and the Nonprofit Sector

In July, we shared a Forbes article about Using Cryptocurrency in Your Nonprofit on the Pathways to Growth LinkedIn page that generated more engagement than anything else we had posted. Because of that interest, we wanted to follow up with... View Article

August 18, 2018 10:44 am Published by Comments Off on Cryptocurrency and the Nonprofit Sector

Grant Writing is a Team Sport

Grant writing sometimes feels like a lonely and repetitive role at an organization.  On the surface, writing a grant isn’t a fundamentally difficult task – it’s simply presenting a problem, and your organization’s solution to that problem. However, telling that... View Article

July 31, 2018 8:33 am Published by Comments Off on Grant Writing is a Team Sport

Does Your Organization Have a Living Strategic Plan

A strategic plan…that document every nonprofit organization seems to have, but no one ever reads. If you are a staff or board member of most nonprofit organizations, you have probably participated in a strategic planning process at some point. Perhaps... View Article

June 18, 2018 9:50 pm Published by Comments Off on Does Your Organization Have a Living Strategic Plan