We love this statement by Amy Clinton, "The overall success of a grant writer should ultimately be measured by whether or not the organization for which that person is writing grants is building relationships and program credibility with funders and achieving incremental increases in grant funding revenues." Recently, an organization in our community saw the deletion of … Continue reading Relationships with Grantors – Four Tips
Basically, "in the bag" means your fundraising is secured! You know it's true because you've already accomplished the goal. Whew - a sigh of relief. Last quarter of the year...is it really in the bag or are you kidding yourself? As a nonprofit, it can be hard to focus on year-end goals when it's only … Continue reading Fundraising Goals – In the Bag!
You have choices to make. You weigh the options while educating yourself. You make a choice. This is an ideal scenario but it's not always the way it goes. A corporation growing market share (AKA raising money) often limits their options to what they've always done and then expects different results. You've probably heard a … Continue reading Raising Money? A Result of Good Choices.
By Gayle Gross Companies are more cautious about revealing too much about their philanthropic activities, for fear of: being inundated with requests they cannot fill. raising the expectations of potential beneficiaries in a good year. angering shareholders who may perceive the company's charitable activity as giving away profits, or who don’t approve of the organizations … Continue reading Understanding Corporate Giving
Collaborative Networking Events - THE way to spread your wings and SOAR! This is when you partner a business, nonprofit, sponsor and attendees. The business and the sponsor may be one in the same. Business - provides location Sponsor - pays for event amenities (food, etc) Non-profit - featured during presentation Attendees come to NETWORK … Continue reading Simple Steps for Building Networks to Raise Money
The V formation is a volunteer format. Think of birds flying in a flock. V Formation is a pattern most often used by a flock of birds. Birds maintain a healthy balance and do not get tired while flying because they lift each other up. Their wings create an updraft as the flock works together … Continue reading The V formation for Fundraising
1.) KNOW the person/organization you're asking. AND, know why they will say yes when you ask for a donation. Ideas for getting to know them: Invite them to attend activities you're hosting (when you're not asking for money or anything else in return) so you can talk and learn Take a genuine interest in the … Continue reading The 8th thing to do when asking for money!
"The more people you know, the more places you'll go." Sounds like a familiar quote, right? It's close but not quite the same as Dr. Seuss (if you're wondering). Building networks goes hand in hand with raising money and increasing market share. Take the text literally. The more people you know and share your message … Continue reading Raising Money & Building Networks!
How fast are you learning to use social media, hash tags, and your phone for everything?! It's a necessity when doing business these days. What if your job is raising money? How you use the tools improves your chances for being successful. Learning is education and systems are easy to learn when they are introduced … Continue reading Learning to Raise Money
What's the simple truth? Buy-in! When people believe in what you're doing and they can see you're also interested in their mission, it's win/win. Raise money fast by putting together opportunities for people to network with each other. Think about it - networking events - they bring people together AND people like them. You're not … Continue reading Raise Money Fast