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
People who follow up in a timely manner achieve greater success. It's a bold statement. Do you agree? Take a look at someone who is doing well in growing their future. They share their message and then what? OFFER opportunities to be involved. It's the "O" in SOAR. First, you share your message and then … Continue reading Value of Follow up – PRICELESS
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
Increasing market share naturally happens when relationships are established and then cultivated to be effective, as well as, sustainable. Networking opens doors and then it's time to look beyond the simple connection to determine the deeper dive, which establishes opportunities for giving back. SOAR is a system anyone can learn and implement to be more … Continue reading Building Networks to Raise Money is Looking Beyond the Simple Connection
Have a simple conversation. There are two kinds - Motivational and Informational. They are both important when you're ready to throw in the towel. You make these conversations happen in order to increase your enthusiasm. Motivational conversations are with people who are: Supportive of our mission - who is that? Can you think of a couple … Continue reading Ready to Give Up on Fundraising? TALK
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!
You've heard a watched pot never boils. Let's just say you're fundraising and pushing to fill the pot. You're watching, watching, watching and not seeing the huge increases you were hoping for. The best time to raise money is when you're not needing to raise money! Watching the pot and expecting it to grow at … Continue reading The Best Time to Raise Money Is…
Do you believe resolutions help you raise money? We think of making resolutions for the new year and here we are - already IN 2018 for a week!! Literally, making a resolution is the act or process of resolving. We often think of ways to improve our lives at the end of a year for the … Continue reading Resolutions Raise Money