Actigiving—The Next Phase in the Evolution of Episodic Giving

Connection Cafe

After proposed federal budget cuts, Meals on Wheels also experienced a surge in public donations. And this next phase brings together the powerful sentiments of activists with the much needed support of donors. Goodbye, slacktivism. Hello, actigiving. For more than a decade now, there has been much debate about whether online activists would ever turn their clicks into gifts.

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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. A proposal should include more than just the organization’s mission statement and program description. The proposal should include a detailed description of how the program will be executed, how exactly the pieces fit together to achieve the desired outcome, and of the different phases involved in implementing and running the program.


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An Interview with BWF on the Value of the RFP Process

Cloud 4 Good

Request for proposals, or RFPs, help define projects, set expectations, and ensure the right clients and/or vendors are selected to help businesses grow effectively and efficiently. When does the planning phase end?

The HEROES Act – How This Proposed Legislation Could Provide Relief to Social Good Organizations

Connection Cafe

As with most legislation, it is unlikely that this bill will become a law in its current form as passed by the House, however it begins a conversation among the House, Senate and Administration on the next phase of COVID-19 relief. Here are a few of the amendments proposed by the HEROES Act –.

How to Create a Highly Successful Major Gifts Program

Connection Cafe

We’ve tracked the shrinking donor pipeline and proposed the lifetime value strategy as a way to engage with donors and correct a trend that threatens the future of higher education fundraising programs. . They might be in a stewardship phase for one gift at the same time a different officer is cultivating a relationship with them for a ne w gift. Use proposals to manage cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship . The Problem: .

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Grant Seeking 101: Finding the Right Fit

Connection Cafe

While every grant is different, generally, the bigger a grant, the more involved and time-consuming it will be, both during the application phase and during the reporting phase after you receive the grant. Nonprofit Nonprofit Fundraising applying for grants Grant funding grant proposalIn my last post on getting started with grants , we covered the basics of grants and how to determine if your organization was ready to apply for grants.

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The Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide


Check your organization’s website, recent RFPs, grant proposals, etc. Use this section as the “elevator pitch” for your fundraising proposal. The critical next step in this initial planning phase is to determine the assets your organization has at its disposal. Tip: At this phase in the planning process, it’s also a helpful exercise to consider the potential for future giving.

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


Here's how it works: Grant Management plans consist of three main sections: Grant Proposal, Award, and Grant Details. The Grant Proposal section allows users to specify the Grant Type (i.e. Operating, Annual, Project, Endowment); denote a brief Proposal Summary of the Grant, which appears as a Pinned Note on the organization contact record using the new ‘Proposal Summary’ Note Category; as well as designations for the Proposal Manager, Secondary Staff (if desired), and the Amount.

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Win Approval for Your Next Tech Project: A Guide

The Modern Nonprofit

Just like building a house, your project (and related costs) consists of three phases: design, build, and maintenance. First, there is a design and planning phase. Second is the build, or implementation, phase.

Better Data, Better Donors


By looking at reports that group your grants into their different phases (e.g. letter of intent, research, proposal submitted, etc), you’ll be able to see any bottlenecks your team is facing and identify any phases in your grant process that need extra attention. (This is the final post in our New Year, New Heights development series. Need to catch up?

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Citizen Philanthropy: Delivering Impactful Pro Bono Support From Anywhere

Saleforce Nonprofit

Grounded in the in-depth interviews and several ideation sessions, we proposed five new concepts to pivot V2I’s business model, which we jointly refined to two concepts. Upon further refinement, we crafted a phased approach for implementation to support V2I in their execution.

[ASK AN EXPERT] Will Grant Funders Give To You If You Have Too Much Individual Funding?


Or, they’re tired of soliciting local organizations and/or friends, and would prefer to have you secure that money by writing grant proposals. Our Ask An Expert series features real questions answered by Claire Axelrad, J.D.,

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Business Process Reviews – SO much better than they sound!


The final phase of the project is traditionally the review of the findings and the recommendations of the subject matter expert. Discussion of proposed options will include both platform and process, allowing your organization to choose the best path forward.

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Accessibility Goals: Moving Past Compliance

Forum One

With the Virginia Department of Education’s I’m Determined initiative, we brought in key audiences at a discovery and design phase, much earlier than traditional audience testing would take place. List accessibility as a requirement in your Request for Proposals (RFP).

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Imagining Apps for a Better World at Mozilla Ignite App Challenge Idea Jam

Tech Soup Blog

The idea jam is the first phase of the Mozilla Ignite Apps Challenge , a public/private partnership between the White House Office of Science, the National Science Foundation, and the Mozilla Foundation. At last Thursday's idea jam, despite only having about an hour to brainstorm, eight ideas were proposed. The first phase of the competition, the brainstorming round, ends on August 23. Proposals can also be submitted in the next phase, the development round.

5 Things to Know Before Hiring a Nonprofit Web Consultant

Get Fully Funded

Develop a request for proposal. A request for proposal (RFP) is a document that communicates your current needs and your expectations from your consultant. After you receive a response from each consultant, begin reviewing their proposals.

Digital Transformation for Government Agencies

Forum One

The process involves a proposal for the funds, which you can apply for with the criteria that they have. In terms of digital transformation efforts, the planning phase can be anywhere from a few months to a year depending on the complexity of the project.

How to Prepare For a Government Website Redesign

Forum One

If you’re not able to clearly define your requirements then you may want to hire a contractor to help with just the discovery and requirements phase. A big part of developing your Request for Proposal (RFP) is knowing which contract vehicle you should use.

Main Ingredients to a Nonprofit Digital Campaign


Nonprofits that forgo a simple landing page and elect to create a dedicated campaign portal essentially build a world in which their audiences can experience the mission, urgency, and proposed solutions of the campaign through a dynamic medium that they won't soon forget. Whether your goals are centered on fundraising, advocacy, or awareness, a kick-off event can help you build financial, political, or social momentum that will fuel your campaign's next phase.

TechSoup Hosts Saturday Hackathon 4 Good

Tech Soup Blog

The day started with demonstrations by two projects that have moved past the initial idea phase. In all, over 10 new technology applications were proposed. The proposals aimed to solve problems such as helping new parents track their child's developmental milestones to identifying scholarships that normally go unasked for. The energy of those in attendance made the day fly by and although not all projects got to the coding phase many valuable connections were made.

The FCC and Accessibility

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Here are my comments on the big picture and a couple of their proposals. Examples of the kinds of solutions that I believe are possible: • Wizards that helps people determine the accessibility features they need, without a focus on disability diagnosis (needs and preferences over disability labels) • Infrastructure that makes it easier for resources to implement accessibility (see the proposed National Public Inclusive Infrastructure-NPII from Prof.

TechSoup Grant Series: One Hour a Week to Success!

Tech Soup Blog

We will cover each phase in the grant writing and submission process: 1. Write the Grant Proposal 6. Wish you knew more about applying for grant funding? Does it seem overwhelming and you wonder how to get started? TechSoup is here to help! Our new grant series, Successful Grants in One Hour a Week , will provide you with small steps that cover the entire grant process.

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[VIDEO] Demystifying the Grants Lifecycle: Grant Seeking Lessons and Pro-tips from the Field


Rachel Sacks, MPH will help demystify all five phases of the grants lifecycle: identifying well-aligned prospects, cultivating funder relationships, preparing compelling submissions, maintaining grants through stewarding and reporting, and submitting renewals.

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Fight Colorectal Cancer: A Rebranding Tale

Judi Sohn

Summary: Out with the old: In with the new: We're still in the honeymoon phase, just thrilled the new look is finally "out there" and is well-received. To make sure we were heading in the right direction, we also solicited proposals from two other fantastic companies for a more traditional identity/website redo. Sure, we could have gotten a pretty new logo and brochure for what we spent on the research phase.

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10 Ways Nonprofit CEOs Get Creative


Propose an interesting caveat to your normal meeting routine by swapping roles, having people work in teams to accomplish a common goal. That first block could lead to the next phase of your nonprofit, which could start with just one word, or phrase. Image courtesy of What does the word innovation mean to you? Does it mean driving sweeping changes in a completely new business model? Changing the way the entire Earth’s population consumes a service or product?

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Nonprofit Consulting Firms: 26 Leaders in Their Spaces

DNL OmniMedia

Create a request for proposal (RFP). Review their proposals. Develop a basic scoring system for each key stakeholder to use when reviewing and ranking each proposal. Capital campaigns based on four primary phases.

TechSoup to Host Mozilla Ignite Idea Jam

Tech Soup Blog

Join the first phase of the program by submitting your proposed app in a public brainstorming session. How would you improve communities if there were an Internet without limits? What difference would you be capable of making that you can’t today, if you had access to super high Internet networking speeds? These are the questions Mozilla and the National Science Foundation have teamed up to ask through the Mozilla Ignite Apps Challenge.

Should You Migrate Your Nonprofit's Website to HTTPS?

Tech Soup Blog

Mozilla recently announced its intention to "phase out" Firefox support for HTTP in favor of the secure HTTPS protocol. Not Just a Phase. By "phase out," Mozilla means that it will only allow sites that use HTTPS to access new Firefox features added after an undetermined date in the future. So what does this mean for nonprofits whose websites don't have security certificates installed to allow for a secure HTTPS connection?

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Vote for our NTC Sessions

Allegiance Group

72% of all Google searches include the phase ‘user experience’, but do people really know what that means? There are many other fabulous sessions proposed, so don’t stop there. In all the buzz about SXSW, let’s not forget about the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) coming up in April 2013. Beaconfire has submitted 4 great sessions for consideration by the good folks in the NTEN community. Help us get these sessions on the agenda, by voting them up.

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3 Best Practices to Multiply Major Gifts at Your Organization

NonProfit Hub

Phase 1: Cultivation—Get to Know the Prospects First. Phase 2: Solicitation—Set Your Gift Goal and Ask for It. Once you have your number set, build your major gift proposal around it. Phase 3: Stewardship—Provide Your Highest Quality Acknowledgements for Your Newly Minted, High-Quality Donors. Roy Cheran is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub.

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What we are called to do now

Museum 2.0

There’s power in giving ourselves permission to be the one to imagine the next phase…what am I contributing to what comes next?” — adrienne maree brown To be clear: I am an abolitionist. The city of Seattle continues to propose an income tax that is, in my opinion, incredibly fair.

Ideas Wanted to Increase Participation in Elections

Tech Soup Blog

Go to during the submissions phase and click the "add your entry" button anywhere on the site. The foundation wants to get a short summary of what you propose to do, what you've done so far, a bit about yourself and your organization, and the outcomes you're working toward. If the foundation likes your idea, and you become a semifinalist, foundation staff members will help you refine and develop the proposal. John S. and James L.

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Common Pitfalls of Using Managed IT Services

Tech Soup Blog

Get Multiple Proposals for Large New IT Purchases. It is highly recommended, regardless of whether or not you have an MSP, that you always get three proposals for any solution you require. You might need a phased approach. Utilizing managed IT services (also called IT outsourcing) can be great for a small to medium-size business, but it does come with some risks. It's important to understand some common pitfalls when using managed IT service providers (MSPs).

The First Global Martus Users Group Meeting

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

On the heels of this cool idea came another, more challenging proposal from Patrick Ball, the head of our human rights program here at Benetech, – what if we put ownership of developing parts of this ecosystem into the hands of our broader community of stakeholders? By doing so, we’ve launched a new phase in the Martus project: the development of a truly interconnected Martus community, in which users work not only with Benetech, but also with each other.

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[VIDEO] Building a Better Grants Strategy Post-COVID


And I want you to think about this because in each of these different phases, there’s different components required. So if you are a smaller organization, you might not need to have 100k proposal in the pipeline.

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3 Steps for Higher Ed Gift Officer Communication During a Crisis

Connection Cafe

Best Practices for Proposals. Be diligent about maintaining great proposal information. Review and update all open and outstanding proposals regularly as you have conversations with prospects and donors. Gift officers have a unique job – even in “normal” times.

Thoughts on Software RFPs

Robert Weiner

I advise my clients to allow 2 weeks for a simple Request for Proposals and up to 6 weeks for a complex one. Techsoup article: Nine Tips for Navigating the RFP Research Phase. I received the following email from Keith Heller , a database consultant who works with Raiser's Edge and Common Ground clients: We’ve been involved with responding to many RFPs over the years and I have a general inquiry that is in your bailiwick.

Enhancing Your Major Gift Fundraising Strategy with Analytics

Connection Cafe

Fundraisers should also analyze how much idealized potential exists for a proposed campaign by calculating the low, middle, and high end of capacity ranges, thus weighting “hit rates” or yield ratios. When embarking on, or in the midst of, the silent phase of a campaign, look to analytics to help identify the giving capacity of leadership donors for the campaign. Once the silent phase is completed, you will need to identify prospects for the public phase.

Fight Colorectal Cancer: A Rebranding Tale

Judi Sohn

Summary: Out with the old: In with the new: We’re still in the honeymoon phase, just thrilled the new look is finally “out there&# and is well-received. To make sure we were heading in the right direction, we also solicited proposals from two other fantastic companies for a more traditional identity/website redo. Sure, we could have gotten a pretty new logo and brochure for what we spent on the research phase.

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How to Develop Really Good LMS Requirements

WBT Systems

The request for proposal you send to learning management system (LMS) providers is only as good as the process you use to develop your LMS requirements. Before you even think about creating a request for proposal (RFP), you must spend time on the LMS requirements gathering and analysis process. If your list is bigger than your budget, you can “park” some of your wish list into phase 2 of your LMS project.

Boost Your Nonprofit Feasibility Study: 4 Key Strategies

Connection Cafe

Nonprofit feasibility studies are a key part of the planning phase and for your next campaign you want to know that your team is getting all you can out of the process. Since they aren’t a member of your staff, interviewees are more likely to be honest with them when they give their feedback about your proposed campaign. Staff members within your organization who have a direct role in the proposed campaign.

Innocentive Online Collaboration Successful in Identifying Potentially Money-Saving Methods for TB Drug Production

Forum One

The result: Simpler and safer methods for making the Phase II TB drug candidate PA-824 have been proposed to the TB Alliance by two winners of a scientific challenge. The two winning proposals were identified as coming from a scientist in China, and a research fellow in Germany. "These

Case Study: An Accidental Techie #FAIL Story


Given the organization-wide scope of my proposed project, effective change management practices were key to the success of the project. If you’re starting with multiple databases, move the data from one which employees from various sectors use first and commit to moving the other, more specialized databases in the next phase in the not too distant future.