Posts Tagged "grants"

Taking Stock – Q3

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Board Development, Communication, Development Audit, Donor Cultivation, Featured, Foundations, Membership, Plans and Budgets, Staff Development, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Taking Stock – Q3

Back in May, I talked about periodically using some reflective time to “take stock” of where you are right now versus where you thought you’d be at this time (See Taking Stock). Presumably, if you acted on the advice, you: 1) redoubled your effort to close all of your board commitments; 2) evaluated your renewal rates; 3) set up summer activities designed to get your board members and your donors together;  and 4) started thinking about your fall events. In July, I suggested that it was time to do it again (See Taking Stock – Q2), and I introduced the idea that you add a “Forecast” column to...

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Taking Stock – Q2

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Board Development, Development Audit, Featured, Foundations, Plans and Budgets, Staff Development, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Taking Stock – Q2

Taking Stock – Q2

Back in May, I talked about periodically using some reflective time to “take stock” of where you are right now versus where you thought you’d be at this time (See Taking Stock). Presumably, if you acted on the advice, you a) redoubled your effort to close all of your board commitments, b) evaluated your renewal rates, c) set up summer activities designed to get your board members and your donors together, and d) started thinking about your fall events. Good! Time to do it again!   Fundraiser’s Almanac: July Fall Appeal Planning Board Screening of Foundation Officers Taking Stock Direct...

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Board Screening of Foundation Officers

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Board Development, Development Audit, Featured, Foundations, Staff Development, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Board Screening of Foundation Officers

Board Screening of Foundation Officers

  There’s always been a question, in my mind, about who should write foundation grants. It seems to me that the person closest to the project – the project manager or land steward – is in the best position to describe the purpose, scope, goals, procedures, and metrics of most projects. That person is in the best position to write grant requests.   Fundraiser’s Almanac: July Fall Appeal Planning Board Screening of Foundation Officers Taking Stock Direct Mail – Mailhouse   This is not to say that fundraising staff and volunteers are off the hook, though. Fundraisers do the...

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Researching Foundation/Corporate Grants and Calendaring Due Dates

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Board Development, Donor Cultivation, Featured, Foundations, Plans and Budgets, Staff Development, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Researching Foundation/Corporate Grants and Calendaring Due Dates

Researching Foundation/Corporate Grants and Calendaring Due Dates

Let’s nominate April as “Foundation Month” – the month where you lay out all your plans for the next twelve months related to foundations and corporate foundations. So in April, you will be researching possible foundation prospects and/or recruiting volunteers to the task, reviewing your strategic and annual plans to identify potential grant request projects, contacting grant officers, and recording grant request due dates on a Grants Calendar. Fundraiser’s Almanac: March Spring Appeal Planning Editing Appeal Letters Print the First Renewal Letters Now Foundation/Corporate Due Dates Donor...

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