Governance, Governance, Governance

BoardAssist

Governance, Governance, Governance. The governance issues Cooper Union have recently faced have provided the latest reminder that in nonprofits the mantra should be governance, governance, governance. finance governance

The Pros and Cons of Nonprofit Grants

NonProfit Hub

And, almost always, grants are the driving force of that frustration and tedium. Folks new to the industry seem to have an overblown notion of what grants can and should do for their organizations. They’re great tools—don’t get me wrong—but a grant can’t be your silver bullet.

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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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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.

Establishing a Grant Office at a Healthcare Organization

Connection Cafe

The decision to establish (or restructure) a grant office is one that requires human and capital resources as well as diligence in execution. So, it’s crucial to the ongoing success of your grant office that there’s clarity within the organization around: . Why you need a grant office.

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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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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. How to Build a Grant Decision Matrix.

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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. Look for Government and Private Sources.

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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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The One Secret to Winning Foundation Grants

NonProfit Hub

Government and The Foundation Center, there are over $544 billion up for grabs each and every year from thousands of sources. (To Government spends on Social Security in a year — and about $40 billion more than what’s spent on Medicare and Medicaid!). Featured Fundraising Grant Writin

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Help I Just Lost My Google Ad Grant

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: George Weiner from Whole Whale wrote this insightful piece about the Google Ad Grant program. Help I Just Lost My Google Ad Grant – Guest Post by George Weiner. Whole Whale has managed tens of millions of dollars in Google’s amazing grant.

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Report: Rural-Based Organizations Receive Fewer Grants than Urban NPOs

NonProfit Hub

What the city slickers do get is grants—and they get them at a much higher rate than rural folks. percent of the real value of domestic grants from 2005 to 2010. Considering that 19 percent of the population live in rural areas, the conclusion is that most grants go to urban areas.

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

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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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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Research Friday: Lessons in board governance

ASU Lodestar Center

The Central Asia Institute is only one nonprofit organization that has fallen from grace due to poor nonprofit governance. Thankfully, a recent survey conducted by BoardSource in 2012 shows signs of increased governance among nonprofits 2. Ethics and Nonprofit Governance.

Government contracts and nonprofit organizations: Problems and solutions

ASU Lodestar Center

There is a long history of nonprofit organizations partnering with the government, usually at the state level, through contracts to help provide for and respond to community needs. Increase your potential for writing a successful grant application. sector and the government.

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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SFpark wins a Good Government Award!

Mobile Commons

Congratulations to SFpark, which just won a Good Government Award from SPUR , an organization devoted to “good planning and good government in the San Francisco Bay Area.” The SFpark team designed and implemented a large pilot program under tight time constraints, demonstrating innovation within an area of the public realm that is often taken for granted. All Posts Blog Customer News government Success Stories

Grantseeking Basics: Researching Funders Part One – Government

Tech Soup Blog

Find the first installment of this series, Developing a Grant Project here. As Stephanie Gerding mentions in her piece, “there is not one directory, website or database that will neatly list all the grants that match your specific project.” Federal Government Grants.

Change Climate Change: A New Approach to Grant Applications?

Amy Sample Ward

It’s an interesting combination of social media-based contest, submissions of ideas comments and voted on by readers, and traditional grantmaking, requiring all submission to also fill out a grant proposal for their requested funding. Change Climage Change: Grant Proposals Open. Green Mountain Coffee will provide four grants for $200,000 each (payable over 5 years) to support the work of reducing climate change. Submit your grant proposal to Green Mountain Coffee.

Grantseeking Basics: Developing a Grant Project

Tech Soup Blog

Like it or not, grants are a necessity for nearly all nonprofits to stay alive and do good work. One tip I could have used early on was to plan and design the grant project before writing up a query letter or proposal. Many if not most funders publish the size of the grants they award.

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Money for your nonprofit: Writing a grant proposal

ASU Lodestar Center

While most nonprofits find funding from a variety of sources, one of the staples of charitable support comes in the form of grants. Consequently, nonprofit professionals should be well versed in crafting and compiling well-written grant proposals. grantwriting grants Alex Gomory

Kessler Foundation Signature Employment Grant | The SocialPath

Vertex Systems

All interested candidates must submit an online concept application by February 15, 2011 at 5 PM EST. After scoring and review, a selected group of candidates will be asked to submit a full grant proposal to Kessler Foundation by June 2011.

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How to Generate Association Revenue Through Grants – It’s Easier Than You Think

SocialFish

A commonly overlooked solution to the challenge is to seek funds for specific programs and projects by applying for grants. Applying for grants can certainly sound like an overwhelming task, but it really doesn’t have to be. Subscribe to grant funding resources. Writing A Grant.

Government, Community, and Corporate Partnerships to Expand Broadband Access

Tech Soup Blog

Elliot spoke with Alice Loy at the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship , one of a group of recipients of grant funding from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Project (BTOP).

Making Grants Data Work: Nonprofit Data Jam, May 10

Connection Cafe

No, "Nonprofit Data Jam" is not the label on the mix CD you listen to while deduping your donor data file. :) It's an upcoming event in DC, hosted by the New America Foundation, on the topic of how funding and grants data could be shared and used in other ways. Imagine if communities, donors, journalists, and funders had easy access to grants information from foundations. Author: Seth Merritt.

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Google and beyond: How to master search engine research for your grant proposal

ASU Lodestar Center

Carolyn Owens , Grant Writer & Partner. Although I do not claim to be an expert, I am happy to share what I’ve learned in more than a decade of mining the Internet for information to support grant proposals. Read Alex Gomory's " Money for your nonprofit: Writing a grant proposal.".

Using Data Effectively in Your Grants Strategy Development

Tech Soup Blog

utilize data to build cutting-edge grant requests. If you aren't using real-world benchmarks in your grant applications, your organization will have a more difficult time positioning itself among other similar organizations. You can use the information in our State of Grantseeking™ Reports to quantify the status of your grants management program, and more.

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Find More Grants! GrantStation Discount Happening Now

Tech Soup Blog

If you'd like to more easily identify government and foundation grantmakers to help support your organization and mission, you may be interested in taking advantage of a special discount subscription of GrantStation , available to eligible nonprofits only today and tomorrow. For $99 , you can access a one-year subscription of a web-based grant-finding tool to help you seek out and secure greater funding support for your work. An Introduction to Grant Reports (Learning Center).

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Building Windows in Philanthropy: 4 Benefits of a Culture of Transparency

Connection Cafe

Recognizing that taxpayers had a right to know how their dollars were being spent, the federal government took its first steps toward greater transparency in 1966 with the Freedom of Information Act.

Guest Post by Heather McLeod Grant: Reflections on the Personal Democracy Forum

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Submitted by Heather McLeod Grant, senior consultant at the Monitor Institute and a principal contributor to Working Wikily. Now what we’re looking at is the potential of citizens to push governments,” he said. “It’s

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5 Best Practices for Negotiating Funding for a Thriving Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

With recent budget and economic pressures on government funders and private donors, honest conversations are more critical than ever before. This is true even when you are a sub-recipient of a state or local government agency, as long as the funding source is federal.

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Increasing Organizational Buy-in When Building a Culture of Strong Internal Controls

Connection Cafe

When the federal government changed the rules for grant management at the end of 2013, there was a little noticed change that occurred. Nonprofit Management finance financial management grant management internal controls internal controls structure nonprofit culture transparency

25 Ways Your Board May be Failing

BoardAssist

For a great check list on evaluating your board, we reached out to Chicago governance pro, Tom Okarma, for this week’s guest blog. Tolerating poor performance, lack of accountability, and weak governance on the board. Taking volunteers for granted.

#GMN2016 Annual Conference| Observations from Day 3

Connection Cafe

He said that this tragic event brought out many heroes to step up and respond when there was a failure of local and federal government. Foundations #GMN2016 foundations grants management Outcomes philanthropy

The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

Everyaction

We have everything from: Fundraising & Grants. Fundraising & Grants/ @CASEAdvance. Fundraising & Grants. It also offers an interactive opportunity to discuss key forms and governing documents(Form 1023 and Forms 990 and 990-PF.). Fundraising & Grants.

The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

Everyaction

and all over the world, that focus on essential topics like: Fundraising & Grants. Fundraising & Grants / #IFC2016 / @TheResAlliance. Fundraising & Grants. Annual Conference of Grant Professionals. Annual Conference of Grant Professionals.

10 Awesome LGBTQ Organizations You Should Support This Pride Month

Everyaction

The LGBTQ Victory Fund is the only national organization dedicated to electing openly LGBTQ people to all levels of government. The foundation offers grant funding to nonprofits that work to advance equality through research, education, policy, and the legal system.

Our 5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2014

BoardAssist

What nonprofit wouldn’t want to lock in a $10,000 a month grant from Google? In Is Your Nonprofit using Google’s Free AdWords Grant? Let us know if there’s a nonprofit governance topic you would like to see us cover, and we’ll do our best to address it this year.

Seven Ways a Board Member Can Support Their Executive Director and Organization

BoardAssist

Many grant funding agencies look at Board attendance when determining who to award money to when agencies are similar in other ways. governanceWhat do nonprofit Executive Directors really want from their board members?

Top Twelve Tips for Courting New Board Members

BoardAssist

If a foundation asked you to submit a grant proposal for a large annual gift, most nonprofits would make that a top priority. Pull out your last grant proposal. governance volunteer recruiting

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Social Actions Round-Up #24: Government Enters Social Media for Social Change Movement

Social Actions

As a child of the 80's (okay, very late 70's), I am used to government having very little (if any) involvement in technology driven initiatives (outside of the military), and certainly not technology for a purpose. The effects of government 'getting it' are going to be huge. ChristmasFuture receives a $50k creative services grant from Karo. FrogLoop writes about the Joys of Google Grants.

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Great reads from around the web on March 2nd

Amy Sample Ward

CTK Foundation Grant Award: Social Media, Technology, and Poetry for the Soul | Community Organizer 2.0 – "I was contacted by my colleague John Haydon last week to write about an interesting foundation grant challenge by the CTK Foundation. John was reaching out to bloggers, asking us if we would write about the launch of the fourth annual CTK Foundation Heart and Soul Grant Award to nonprofit organizations.

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