What do funders look for in grant proposal budgets?


Demonstrating credibility is one of the most important factors in a grant proposal. You may be surprised to learn that the budget in your proposal plays an important role in illustrating your organization’s credibility.

How to Write an Effective Grant Proposal


While you can use several marketing elements from your individual donor campaigns in your grant applications, creating effective proposals requires some additional considerations. Below, we’ll cover nine best practices and tips on how to write a winning grant proposal.


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How to Write a Rockstar RFP (Request for Proposal) for Your Nonprofit Website


If you’re a nonprofit needing professional services, you’ll often be required to create a Request for Proposal (RFP) before hiring a vendor. It can also help to speed up your project timeline.

Our EveryAction Hero: Reproductive Health Access Project


Reproductive Health Access Project works at the crossroads of the medical community and the reproductive rights space to mobilize and train clinicians to ensure access to abortion, contraception, and miscarriage care. How did the Reproductive Health Access Project start? It allows us to stay on top of each phase of the proposal we’re working on. Reproductive Health Access Project occupies a unique space, right in the middle of reproductive rights and primary health care.

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. What is temporary project staffing and why might that be needed? .

Essential Grant Writing Tips for Your Nonprofit

The Modern Nonprofit

They exist for all kinds of nonprofits and a huge variety of projects. Read on to see how you can maximize the effectiveness of your grant proposal: 1. In your proposal, explain how and why your organization fits those guidelines. Don’t use empty jargon in your proposal.

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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.

Sustainability at Classy: Project Green and Our Corporate Commitments


A big piece of our sustainability strategy is in partnering with Project Green, a community of Classy employees passionate about integrating sustainability into Classy’s stakeholder groups—our customers, our staff, our investors and partners, and our community. .

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Key aspects of writing a kickass 'Grant Proposal' for your project


Grant proposals play a key role in the process of fundraising. What should the grant proposal contain? The corporate or organization you are sending it to pay keen attention to every detail and scrutinize it thoroughly before they agree to offer you the grant. How should one make it easily understandable at the same time develop an emotional connection with the person reading it? We’ve come up with the following key facets addressing these important questions

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10 Tips for Working With Vendors for a Successful Digital Project


If you are a nonprofit manager charged with managing a technology project, what can you do to ensure your project is successful? When the vendor is good, and the relationship between client and vendor is stable and collaborative, the project will be successful.

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

NonProfit Hub

But I’m not going to be there pumping you up as you try to write your first grant proposal. (I We have written several blog posts on dos and don’ts, but if you’re looking for some real-deal proposals, check out my list below. Grant writing isn’t a perfect science—there are things that these proposals did well and probably some things that they could improve on, but they worked. This next example illustrates my answer to the question, “how long should my proposal be?”

Money for your nonprofit: Writing a grant proposal

ASU Lodestar Center

Consequently, nonprofit professionals should be well versed in crafting and compiling well-written grant proposals. Whether you’re appealing to the government, private organizations, individual investors, or charitable donation services, every grant proposal should include the following: Cover letter. Proposed strategy for meeting those goals. If your introduction fails to convince a reader that the rest of your grant proposal is worth reading, then it probably won’t be read.

TechSoup Grant Series: Write the Winning Grant Proposal

Tech Soup Blog

This week in our TechSoup Grant Series: One Hour a Week to Success , we are ready to focus on writing a successful grant proposal. If you use your organization's strategic plan as a foundation and have a fully developed grant project, this stage of the process should progress smoothly. read more. Donors Donors Finances Fundraising Grants for Technology Online Grantseeking Running Your Organization

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Timing is Everything… Proposals in the Prospect Tab of The Raiser’s Edge®

Connection Cafe

Lately I have seen some discussion groups, listservs, and blogs on when to create a proposal in the Prospect Module of Raiser’s Edge® or for that matter in any fundraising legacy system. The timing or stage at which you create a proposal is truly up to each nonprofit organization. This can come from an internal database analysis, wealth screening, predictive modeling project, a peer/board review, or just plain discovery of a prospective donor from a staff or volunteer member.

Agile Project Management for Families

Allegiance Group

Typically when we write about parallels in our lives with technology or project management, the focus is on what we can learn and incorporate into our working lives. At Beaconfire we often use Agile Project Management techniques to achieve successful projects. He also proposes the idea of a family mission statement. Business Strategy and Process Project Management Technology Web

Tell Me a Story: How to Use Interviews to Enhance Your Grant Proposals

NonProfit Hub

Storytelling is a great way to liven up your grant proposals, capture your readers’ attention and add more emotional connection to your cause. Most of the time you know who has been positively impacted by your organization, but feel free to put out a call for volunteers to assist you with your project. Plus, these answers will directly apply to what you are going to write in your grant proposal. You don’t just have to limit using your stories for grant proposals.

Global s Seeks Micro Grant Proposals

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I ran into him again at the NetSquared Conference this week and learned about Rising s: Rising s, the outreach arm of Global s , is now accepting project proposals for the first round of microgrant funding of up to $5,000 for new media outreach projects. That's David Sasaki from Global s. We had the pleasure of meeting in London at the Global s Summit in 2005.

The ongoing revolution in philanthropy: An open-ended reading list

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

Answers on grant proposals if nonprofits were brutally honest with funders. Trust-Based Philanthropy Project. I recently had a conversation with a friend and colleague about what I perceive to be a revolution in progress.

Grantseeking Basics: Developing a Grant Project

Tech Soup Blog

One tip I could have used early on was to plan and design the grant project before writing up a query letter or proposal. A grant project consists of the actual activities that will help solve the compelling issues in your community identified in your strategic plan and needs assessments. Discover your grant project by working with the goals, objectives, and activities already defined in your strategic plan. based on the types of projects they fund.

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Business Case-ing your way through Non-Profit Project funding issues

Allegiance Group

Are you struggling with getting leadership to sign off on budget for your Technology or Marketing project? Do you constantly find yourself in situations where you can’t get enough funding for projects? Put your strategy hat on and focus on the following questions, while trying to work toward presenting successful business outcomes: How will the technology investment project enable the org to carry out its mission better or faster?

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Rising Voices Seeks Micro-Grant Proposals for Blog Outreach

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Rising Voices , the outreach arm of Global Voices , is now accepting project proposals for the second round of micro-grant funding of up to $5,000 for citizen media outreach projects. Ideal applicants will present innovative and detailed proposals to teach citizen media techniques to communities that are poorly positioned to discover and take advantage of tools like blogging, video-blogging, and podcasting on their own

What Makes an IT Project Successful? Nonprofit Edition

Connection Cafe

What makes an IT project successful? But as many of us have found out the hard way, on-time and on-budget projects do not necessarily mean a new system will realize proposed goals and yield expected value…or that users will even adopt the system as desired. Executive involvement is a primary variable in predicting the success of an IT project. Or, projects halt altogether when parties disagree and there is no way to make a definitive decision on a key issue.

TechSoup Grant Series: Develop the Grant Project

Tech Soup Blog

you examined your strategic plan and needs assessments, identified a need in your community, and began to brainstorm project ideas. This week you will develop and plan your grant project. As you define your project you will be designing (and sometimes even writing) your proposal. Our last post in our TechSoup Grant Series: One Hour a Week to Success! ,

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Confessions of a Project Manager

Allegiance Group

The science of project management is commonly defined by the Iron Triangle: a triangle whose sides represent project scope, time, and resources (or cost). Project managers are trained to tell their clients: “Pick any two.” Many a project manager instinctively latches on to this concept as the quintessential answer to keeping projects under control, expecting the client will see it the same way. And when is there a project that’s not messy and complex?

A Free Agent for Hunger: Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project

Beth Kanter

Christopher Whitlatch from the Foundation responded to her tweet with that had a few bags they could donate. Not too long after that, the Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project was launched. So, I contacted the Food Bank and proposed we collaborate. The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project collects gently used tote bags for distribution to the region’s food pantries. Says Sue, “The Food Bank has been very supportive and encouraging to our project.

Sharing Foundation Nominated For Omidyar Network Collaborative Funding Proposal

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Sharing Foundation is honored to be selected as one of the possible recipients of the Omidyar Network team-based collaborative funding projects. Read the proposal 4. Read my Flickr Story About Leng Sopharath, an orphan being sponsored for college by the Sharing Foundation I've been a board member of the Sharing Foundation for the last three years and volunteer several years before that.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Learn about new and proposed accounting and auditing standards and how they will impact not-for-profit entities and their auditors. Xperience Design Project. Xperience Design Project. The Xperience Design Project (XDP) is a two-day, business-focused experience for association professionals and partners. It's finally here! If you loved our 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar get ready for our new, improved, and updated 2019 calendar!

Museum 2.0 Rerun: Inside the Design of an Amazing Museum Project to Capture People's Stories

Museum 2.0

It made me dig up this 2011 interview with Tina Olsen (then at the Portland Art Museum) about their extraordinary Object Stories project. They designed a participatory project that delivers a compelling end product for onsite and online visitors… and they learned some unexpected lessons along the way. The project arose from a grant announcement from MetLife Foundation around community engagement and outreach. The proposal to Metlife was all video.

8 Organizations to Support this Black History Month


Black Teacher Project. Black Teach Project is the definition of “small but mighty.” The Southern Poverty Law center also has an intelligence project working to track and expose hate groups across the country and a Teaching Tolerance Program that produces and distributes (entirely for free) anti-bias documentary films, books, and lesson plans! Advancement Project.

Pepsi Refresh Project: An Insider's View - Guest Post by Bonin Bough

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In December, I wrote about Pepsi's bold move of not spending money on Super Bowl ads for Pepsi beverages but using the money for lethal generosity through its Pepsi Refresh Project. With the launch of public voting on the Pepsi Refresh Project , now is a good time to discuss the efforts we’re taking to set the new standard for transparency in online contests. Through the Pepsi Refresh Project, we’re helping to move people’s ideas from wishful thinking to reality.

8 Secrets To Writing a Great Nonprofit RPF With Ease [Free Template]


When your nonprofit needs a new vendor or consultant, the standard course of action is to send out a Request for Proposal (RFP) - indicating that your organization is interested in receiving information from vendors. Depending on the project, a request for proposal (RFP) may not be what your organization needs—the lesser known request for information (RFI) or request for quotation (RFQ), which are considerably more streamlined, could suffice.

Building a Business Case for IT Projects: Nonprofit Edition

Connection Cafe

Whether budgeting for an IT project, proposing organizational change, or starting a new program, building a business case is key to getting buy-in, funding, and approval for your initiative, as well as providing a baseline for measuring the investment’s success over time. Return on Investment (ROI) remains a standard measure of IT projects: How will your project impact revenue over time, and how much will it cost?

Adventures in Artist-Driven Public Engagement: Machine Project at the Hammer Museum

Museum 2.0

The Machine Project and the Hammer Museum have just released an incredible ebook documenting Machine's year-long residency at the Hammer in 2010. The 182-page book includes detailed descriptions of projects, budgets, and decision-making processes, along with extensive interviews with artists, curators, and museum staff of all stripes. Several artists offer surprising insights into making participatory projects appealing to visitors. And the projects themselves are brilliant.

American Express "Members Project" - 2008 Experiences - Interview with Belinda Lang

Forum One

I had the chance to interview Belinda Lang, American Express Vice President, Consumer Marketing Strategy, and who was involved with their very inspiring 2008 Members Project. Project description: American Express is looking for projects that will make a difference. Submit a project in the following categories: Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education, Environment & Wildlife, and Health.

The Jing Project: Embed Screencasts Into Conversation

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

And, I have to prepare some instruction in a completely different context, get organized to visit Sharing Foundation projects, pack T-shirts, AND finish the massives amount of work before I go. The jing project is their first experiment in the Mac platform. The project will eventually turn into something else. SpeedGranting is a tool for the Facebook community to help spread the good by getting funding for worthy projects. Click to play.

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Six Steps to Making Risky Projects Possible

Museum 2.0

For this reason, I spoke specifically about how to make dream projects possible at real institutions. Pick apart your mission statement, and look for the words and phrases you can connect your project to. What new projects might allow you to better reflect those aspirations? When you speak in the language of the institutional mission, executives will understand you better and be attentive to the new connections you draw from the mission to proposed projects.

Grant Seeking 101: Finding the Right Fit

Connection Cafe

The next step is to ensure that the available funding matches your project needs. Do your research to get a sense of what that grantor pays out, and whether the amount will cover your projected costs. Think about whether the average grant will fund your project. If you need $90,000 for a project, but the grantor generally gives an average of $5,000 per organization, the grant is probably not a good fit unless you are seeking funding from multiple sources.

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Raise $10,500 in 10 Days for NetSquared Featured Projects

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Of his own accord, philanthropy consultant, Peter Deitz , has launched a 10-day campaign across multiple online fundraising platforms to raise $500 for each of the 21 Featured Projects going to the NetSquared Conference. Voting for the N2Y2 proposal on GiveMeaning. Big thanks to Peter for donating his skills and time to help take these projects to the next level

Luck Is Not a Strategy: The Process of Effectively Securing Grants


I started writing grant proposals when I was in my 20s, working as a fundraiser for a small but dynamic grassroots environmental organization in Alaska.

Project 10 -100 - $10 Million from Google for Ideas To Change the World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Project 10 100 (pronounced "Project 10 to the 100th") is a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible. You can supplement your proposal with a 30-second video. We're committing $10 million to implement these projects, and our goal is to help as many people as possible. Here's how to join in. Send us your idea by October 20th. Simply fill out the submission form giving us the gist of your idea.

Local Governments and Nonprofits Test Crowdfunding for Civic Projects - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

AFP Blog

Local Governments and Nonprofits Test Crowdfunding for Civic Projects - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas : "About a year ago, they launched a crowdfunding campaign similar to what’s found on Kickstarter, the online platform where artists, entrepreneurs, and others seek donations to bankroll creative projects. It promoted the project through videos, mass emails, and social and mainstream media—typical fundraising tools.

Local Governments and Nonprofits Test Crowdfunding for Civic Projects - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

AFP Blog

Local Governments and Nonprofits Test Crowdfunding for Civic Projects - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas : "About a year ago, they launched a crowdfunding campaign similar to what’s found on Kickstarter, the online platform where artists, entrepreneurs, and others seek donations to bankroll creative projects. It promoted the project through videos, mass emails, and social and mainstream media—typical fundraising tools.

What You Really Need When Changing Your AMS

Association Analytics

Data analytics projects get your data in a better condition and cleaner for the new AMS. When moving homes, you get rid of things you no longer need.

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