6 Tips for Better Grant Management

Connection Cafe

When it comes to getting—and managing—grants, common pitfalls can be avoided with the proper tools and policies in place. With all the budgeting, tracking, and reporting that can go into the process, managing grants can seem like a full-time job. Most grant proposals require a budget.

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Why You Should Stop Relying on Grants to Fund Your Nonprofit

NonProfit Hub

If you’re thinking about starting a nonprofit and the plan is to use grants alone to get it funded—think again. So many first-timers think grants are the way to go as their main funding source. But, typically, most granting organizations won’t do startup work.

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Donor-Advised Funds: Insight from the Experts

Connection Cafe

Donor-advised funds are a hot topic. According to a study released this fall by the National Philanthropic Trust , the assets held in these charitable funds increased almost 24% last year to a whopping $70.7 Further, contributions coming out of these same funds grew by 27%.

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9 Things to Look for When Evaluating a Grant Proposal

Connection Cafe

Ensuring that your foundation makes impactful grants to the right nonprofit partners starts with a thorough proposal evaluation. This timeline should serve to help you, as the grantmaker, to monitor the progress of the grant and ensure it’s on track with hitting various milestones.

Survival in the New Age of Grant Management

Connection Cafe

This post is part 2 of our New Age of Grant Management series. If you haven’t already, make sure to go back and read part one, Welcome to the New Age of Accountability in Grant Management. No longer is grant funding free money with very few strings attached.

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Donor Spotlight: Lavelle Fund for the Blind

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

One foundation that has been a committed supporter of our work is the Lavelle Fund for the Blind. The Lavelle Fund exemplifies the tremendous social return that bold philanthropy can create. The Lavelle Fund also supports programs benefiting the developing world.

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Donor-Advised Funds: Philanthropy’s Hot-Button Issue

Connection Cafe

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) have become one of the hottest tools in philanthropy over the last few years. While the funds have been around for decades, the 1990s ushered in an increasing interest in DAFs as financial planning and planned giving tools.

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Get Your Nonprofit Grant Funded By Asking These 5 Questions

John Haydon

Every nonprofit grant proposal is both a funding opportunity and a chance to share your vision and connect with a new audience. To write a great grant proposal sure to impress those all important Program Officers, ask yourself these […].

5 Best Practices for Negotiating Funding for a Thriving Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

In the nonprofit world, the beneficiaries of nonprofit services usually provide little, if any, of the revenue to fund the services they receive. 5 Best Practices for Nonprofit Funding: 1. Your mission needs funding to be sustainable and successful.

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Unlock the Door to the Right Funders with a Powerful Grant Strategy| Part 3

Connection Cafe

This blog is the third in a three part series that will focus on the tools you need in order to build a comprehensive grants seeking program. Today’s post will focus on how to build a grant strategy and apply it to your grants calendar. Grants are hard work.

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Do Your Homework First, Write Second—Examples of Successfully Funded Grant Proposals

NonProfit Hub

Nonprofits are turning more and more toward grants as a source of funding for their causes, and that’s not a bad idea—if and only if you can devote the necessary time and energy into it. But I’m not going to be there pumping you up as you try to write your first grant proposal. (I

Unlock the Door to the Right Funders with a Powerful Grant Strategy| Part 1

Connection Cafe

This blog is the first in a three part series that will focus on the tools you need in order to build a comprehensive grants seeking program. Today’s post will focus on how to create a Grant Decision Matrix. Do you begin planning before the need for funding arises?

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Where to Find Grants for your Nonprofit Organization

NonProfit Hub

Finding grants for your nonprofit organization is a lot like shopping for a pair of jeans. Plenty of resources exist to find that perfect grant for your organization that has the style, flexibility and price tag you need – or maybe that’s the jeans. Featured Grant Writing

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Unlock the Door to the Right Funders with a Powerful Grant Strategy| Part 2

Connection Cafe

This blog is the second in a three part series that will focus on the tools you need in order to build a comprehensive grants seeking program. Today’s topic will outline a 6 step process to grants research. You need to fund a project.

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How Startup Nonprofits Can Get the Grant of Their Dreams

NonProfit Hub

Getting that perfect grant can be a make or break situation for a startup nonprofit. When Nonprofit Hub was at its beginning, we were lucky enough to receive a grant that helped us get our feet on solid ground. Apply for the right grants.

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Grant Writing 101: Your GPS to Success

Connection Cafe

I once ran my own grant writing business. Master this and you, too, can be a grant writing phenom. Seek support for a “fundable” project: Grants are usually awarded to projects, not to unrestricted annual support. Have other grant writing tips? Wanna know a secret?

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Happy Grant Professionals Week—Our Top 5 Grant Writing Articles

NonProfit Hub

Dear Grant Professionals, We salute you. While we’ve always saluted you, this is the official week we’re calling you out for being amazing (with the help of the Grant Professionals Association ). Without grants, many organizations probably wouldn’t have the funds to succeed.

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Grant Writing Best Practices: 5 Tips from 5 Experts

NonProfit Hub

Grant writing is a great way to secure funding for your organization and has a multifaceted pathway to success. Finding the grants is half the battle, writing the grants is a whole other animal, and we’re not even going to start on reporting after the grant is awarded. You’ve got to know where to find grants for your nonprofit organization , but you also need to know the best tips and tricks to write a stellar grant proposal.

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Online philanthropy course eases access to grant funds | The News Desk

AFP Blog

Online philanthropy course eases access to grant funds | The News Desk : Rozek wanted to begin the course to distribute the foundation’s funds to as many localities as possible. After learning about online courses offered by colleges such as Stanford and Harvard he wanted to include the philanthropy courses already provided at universities by the foundation in the online-learning movement.

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KPBJ.COM | Local nonprofits' grant applications posted online for public viewing and?funding | Business Daily | The KPBJ | KITSAP PENINSULA BUSINESS JOURNAL

AFP Blog

KPBJ.COM | Local nonprofits'' grant applications posted online for public viewing andfunding | Business Daily | The KPBJ | KITSAP PENINSULA BUSINESS JOURNAL : Local nonprofits'' grant applications posted online for public viewing and funding March 12, 2014 @ 12:05am Kitsap Community Foundation has posted online summaries of grant applications from 71 local nonprofit organizations and invites the public to view and possilby help fund the applications.

Empowers Grant for Community Organizing at #OWS from DemocracyInAction

Amy Sample Ward

They’ve just launched the Occupy Wall Street Empowers Grant! The first grant was awarded to Occupy Philly already! Grants will waive setup and monthly fees for one year. Groups not selected for an Empowers Grant are eligible for a $500 award towards Salsa.

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How to Overcome the 4 Roadblocks Facing Your Grant Strategy

Connection Cafe

For organizations that received government funds through grants or contracts, these government agencies require detailed and highly specific reporting and accountability structures to ensure the monies were used appropriately and to avoid fraud, waste and abuse.

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The Anatomy of a Great Grant Application

NonProfit Hub

When it comes to writing a gonna-get-the-gold grant application, it’s all about body language. No problem, see below for a closer examination of the anatomy of an amazing grant application. Check out great places to look for grants on page five of this issue.

The One Secret to Winning Foundation Grants

NonProfit Hub

The guy in the goofy question mark suit who regularly shows up on late night TV proclaiming that anyone can get *free* government grant money by following his program? And following these basics will guide you in establishing a foundation grants system: 1.

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3 Key Changes in Single Audit for Grant Managers

Connection Cafe

The bar has been raised for grant recipients receiving federal awards. With the advent of the new Uniform Guidance, non-federal entities are expected to meet performance measurements, assess risk, and effectively manage their grants to a whole new set of regulations.

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Starting Your Nonprofit Grant Application Story the Right Way

NonProfit Hub

The start of the grant process is similar to writing this article. Tina, the development director, found the perfect grant in the most unlikely of places…) A bold proclamation? Grants are out there just waiting for you.) Featured Grant Writing

How to Prepare Your Back Office for Successful Grant Tracking

Connection Cafe

Grants are an excellent and often heavily relied upon funding source for nonprofit organizations. Awarded grants tend to fall into two unique categories: direct award grants and reimbursable grants. This is a guest post from Carey Carleson.

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The Impact Your Accounting System Has On Grant Tracking

Connection Cafe

I work with many grant funded nonprofits and often come across concerns and pitfalls in many of them that could have been avoided with the proper tools and policies in place. Effectively Track Grant Activity. Manage Budgets for the Grant.

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Program Sustainability is Not Just About Funding

NonProfit Hub

Many of you will recognize this question from grant applications, and unfortunately, it’s one that we often struggle to answer confidently. More than ever, program sustainability is a concern for nonprofits and the grantmaking organizations that fund them.

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Is There Any Grant Money?

Tech Soup Blog

Talk to anyone associated with a nonprofit organization, and they will tell you that there isn't enough grant money. And this increase is of vital importance given the uncertain future of government funding levels. Be aware that grant funding is available.

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New and Improved Data Visualization Tool: Maps for Media Funding

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Nonprofit data nerds will love this new resource from Media Impact Funders and Foundation Center called “ Foundation Maps for Media Funding ,” a free, interactive mapping and research tool that shows the full scope of philanthropically funded media projects worldwide since 2009.

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How Nonprofits Can Build Trust with Strong Internal Controls

Connection Cafe

For nonprofits looking for funding sources, trust is paramount. And if your big promise to donors or funding agencies feels a little shady, you will not be trusted to grow your mission and do the good works you are looking to fund. Fraud or embezzlement of funds.

Apply For a Knight Grant to Fund Your Mobile Program

Mobile Commons

The Knight Foundation is distributing $5 million in funding to breakthrough ideas that “harness mobile technology to inform and engage communities.” In addition to financial aid, the grants will give their winners access to Knight’s network of advisors and industry leaders. The Mobile grant is the third in a series as part of the Knight News Challenge. Prior grants awarded innovations in Networks and in Data. Do you have a great idea for a mobile campaign?

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Big News in Benetech's Human Rights Program: New Funding and Enhanced Tools!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

million grant from the U.S. Here’s why this grant is so important to us: Gathering the stories of victims and witnesses puts human rights fieldworkers and their sources at grave risk. This post originally appeared on the new Benetech''s Blog.

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5 Tips for Grant-Gazing|How to Determine Whether It’s a Star or a Black Hole

Connection Cafe

Maybe you’ve experienced this scenario before: A well-intentioned member of your organization hears about an ‘amazing grant’ that could fund a new project. In a torrent of excitement, the staff member charges off at the chance to enhance their grant revenue. Here are 5 questions to determine whether a grant is a star (worth pursuing) or a black hole (not worth your time): 1. Does this grant & project fit within the long term strategic plan?

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Funding Innovation for Skoll Social Entrepreneurs

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

But not just any money -- we talk about the most difficult money to raise: the unrestricted funding that is the lifeblood for a social entrepreneur. That way, there's more of a connection with the innovations being powered by the Fund, both the successful ones and the unsuccessful ones.

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Identify, Track, and Analyze Gifts with New Grants Management on EveryAction


Many nonprofits receive anywhere from 10-90% of their revenue from foundation grants. These contributions are typically high dollar grant awards that come from foundations, corporations, or the government. Organizations need a structured and effective way of following their grants throughout the grant's lifecycle so they can easily manage this very important revenue stream and track these funds in the same place as major gifts and other sources of revenue.

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How to Take the Blind Date Out of Grant Writing

NonProfit Hub

We are, of course, talking about grant writing. Grant writing is not an easy venture. If you can work to make sure your first contact with the grantor does not happen when they are reading your grant application, your chances improve. Featured Grant Writing

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Friends Don't Let Friends Use Excel to Manage Grants

Tech Soup Blog

Most nonprofits rely on grant funding to support their programs and services. In fact, 46 percent report that grants make up more than a quarter of their funding. Here are five reasons that friends should not let friends use spreadsheets to manage grants: 1.

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Got Grants? Finding Funding with the Foundation Center

Tech Soup Blog

How does your organization find funding? Libraries and nonprofits rely on philanthropy and grants to further their mission, but finding funding for new projects can be a challenging process. Their training tools can help you learn more about grant funding, whether you are a beginner or an experienced grantseeker. Robust search tools allow you to locate potential funding based on geographic area, subject, and recipient type.