It’s a common refrain among nonprofit leaders. “Why do these funders have to tie our hands so much? If only we had more…Continue
Added by Heather Stombaugh on February 20, 2014 at 10:49am — No Comments
Technology in the classroom has been a hot topic among educators for a number of years now. Some of the technologies being deployed in the classroom include computer workstations, laptops, tablets (including iPads), iPods, videoconferencing technologies, wireless Internet, SmartBoards, robotics and more. Though not a technology per se, educators are also increasingly integrating social media into their classrooms.
In my opinion, ten years ago it was fairly easy to write a grant…Continue
As a follow up to…Continue
Added by Heather Stombaugh on October 14, 2013 at 1:05pm — No Comments
Innovation is “the introduction of something new” or “a new idea, method, or device.” In the nonprofit sector, innovations take the form of new service delivery models, devices (such as medical equipment or adaptive equipment for people with disabilities), management methods, strategies,…Continue
Added by Heather Stombaugh on August 13, 2013 at 3:41pm — No Comments
As a grant writer, you may wonder why I’m writing a blog about infographics. Aren’t those the things you see on Pinterest? Why should grant writers care?
Infographics are a ubiquitous communication tool, and they’ve been used for years (think about your nightly weather report on TV). Let’s look at a recent example: the Giving USA 2013 Highlights. I’m a particularly big fan of the following element from page 1 of the…Continue
Added by Heather Stombaugh on June 25, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments
As I prepare for another grants workshop, my focus turns to three basics components of grant seeking. These components or steps in the process can be the “deal-breakers” for winning an award:
1) Know thy…Continue
Added by Linda Gatten Butler on June 12, 2013 at 5:03pm — No Comments
Linda Butler’s last blog, “Are You Grant-Ready?” addressed an essential concept in grant seeking: there’s much more to getting grants than just writing beautiful copy. Grant makers generally care about four elements when they consider investing in a nonprofit.
Added by Heather Stombaugh on May 21, 2013 at 1:12pm — No Comments
In order to position your organization as grant-ready, this article offers two core ideas. First, criteria are identified that a fundraiser can use to assess an organization’s capacity for grant seeking and readiness. Second, steps are discussed to identify ways for implementing organizational practices that enhance grant-readiness. These core ideas are reflected in the Grant Professionals Association’s (GPA; www.grantprofessionals.org) Grant…Continue
Added by Linda Gatten Butler on April 4, 2013 at 5:03pm — No Comments
Added by Heather Stombaugh on March 23, 2013 at 11:47am — No Comments
Today I received a link to the 2013 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report from Kivi Leroux at Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com. I look forward to reading this report every year because I know the treasures within will help nonprofit leaders I work with position their nonprofits against…Continue
Added by Heather Stombaugh on January 15, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
You grant got approved! Hurrah, it’s time for celebrating. And, it’s time for a plan of action for keeping your funder in the loop about how you are spending their money, and how successful your project is. All funders want to know the unvarnished truth and explicit details on the management of your project, and if you are accomplishing what you set out to do.
Here are 4 actions to follow to make your grant reporting a breeze, and to keep your funder in the palm of your…Continue
At an early age, I learned how misplaced a focus on money, property, and status over all else can be. When the Nazis occupied my home in what is today the Czech Republic, my very courageous and astute father had the guts to drop and give up everything on a moment’s notice, home, business, cars, a very comfortable lifestyle, to get me, my mother and himself, out of there in a very short window of opportunity. His belief was that money was to be enjoyed, but not clung to, not worth one’s life.…Continue
Writing the grant proposal is only one part of the grants process. Comprehensive grant prospecting is crucial to the success of your grants program, and it’s all about approaching the right foundation at the right time with the right request. With thousands of private, community, and corporate foundations as well as countless opportunities through local, state, and federal governments, how do you find the needle in the haystack? How do you find grants?
Knowing is Half the…Continue
Added by Heather Stombaugh on September 28, 2012 at 3:23pm — No Comments
Most non-profits are always on the lookout for novel ways to grow their asset base. One that often gets overlooked is in-kind gifts. Organizations use these types of gifts instead of a cash grant. In the technology world, these goods can include new and refurbished computers, printers, hardware of all kinds, software, and educational materials. Corporations are delighted to donate spare items because their “giveaways” are only the small cost of the products.
The advantages to…Continue
Race to the Top – District: Applying as a Consortium, on Thursday, August 30, 2012 from 2:00-3:30 PM EST. Find the slides and register here: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-district/resources.html
Added by Priscilla Brennan on August 30, 2012 at 5:12am — No Comments
Race to the Top has an overview webinar today from 12:00PM to 3:00PM EST. You can find the slides for the webinar and register at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-district/resources.html.
If you are a data junkie like me, you were ecstatic to hear that HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) released the 2011-2012 Area Resource File. They call it “a database containing more than 6,000 variables for each of the nation's counties” and say it “is designed to be used by planners, policymakers, researchers, and others interested in the nation's health care delivery system and factors…Continue
Added by Heather Stombaugh on August 2, 2012 at 3:32pm — No Comments
When you’ve been in any business for more than a few years, you begin to realize that “old” ideas are often recycled and given new labels. You chuckle to yourself and think, “I did that 10 years ago and we called it something else—this isn’t anything new—but I’ll go with it."
Well, meet today’s current recycled trend: tribes.…Continue
The grant process is complex, worrisome, and daunting at times. All organizations want the process to be easier, with less stress.
We know that funders are an all-important part of the development, ongoing effort, decision, and (after winning a grant) part of the evaluation process. In other words, they are vital to a grantee’s success. Contrary to what you might think funder relationships can a real blessing instead of something to be feared. Here are 3 tips for building a…Continue