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Yes, you can print your proposal out on your little desk top printer, then hop in your car and spend 2 hours driving to the funder’s office to drop it off. Or you can plan to get the thing done with enough of a margin to print it on the high quality machines at the copy shop and then spend 20 minutes (or less if you have them pick up) sending it by Fed Ex Super Saver.

Oh, but….

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For the successful ask, it all needs to align.

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Actually you can.

Budget writing is one of the minefields for start-up nonprofits, where you probably don’t have seed money, savings or an endowment, and need to run the business on current revenues.  But writing a budget doesn’t have to be a scary or onerous proposition, although you should be prepared for a lot of research and several drafts.

Here’s a step by step overview of the process.

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At a recent event, a senior staff member was trying to introduce me to someone. “This is Xan, she’s our…. I’m not sure what it is Xan does, hahaha”

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1:  Be a person, not a logo. #smnpchat

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2: Participate in chats run by, or followed by, your target #smnpchat

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3: Find a personal point of connection #smnpchat

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4: Keep the conversation going. #smnpchat

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5: Find opportunities for in-person meetings: meet ups, conventions,etc.

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Correction. You were an artist. Now you’re an artist and a business person, so get over yourself.

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Everybody wants an angel.

Along with “why don’t we just get some grants” it’s the top comment from new small nfp clients– “We just need an angel.”

Well that’s great, and if you’ve got one in (with?) the wings with a few extra $zeros lying around to give to you, go for it.

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You’ve got a Facebook page and a Twitter. You use Constant Contact eblasts, and your Executive Director has a linked-in profile. Seventy percent of non-member sales are on line. But “it doesn’t work, because we never get gifts from the eblasts.” Read the rest of this entry »

So, you have a policy, a rationale, and a tool.

How do you get people to use it? No number of protocols, tools, or rules will get you a clean, consistent database without buy-in from the people using it. And the key is training and support.

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I’m touchy. Probably a consequence of my, well, feeling of consequence. I think I’m really good at what I do, in fact, I have a secret conviction that I’m the best at what I do.

It’s one of the reasons I don’t do that well in heirarchical organizations. I find it impossible to wrap my brain, or behavior, around the  concept that because someone has a more important job than me, it means that they are either more important than me, or somehow better than me.  Not, there aren’t people more important or better than me, more that I consider these to be intrinsic attributes or earned accolades, not things that can be awarded based simply on longevity, age, or seniority. We’ve all had incompetent bosses, right?

When I write something, my instinct is to seek input, but my reaction to that input is often prickly and defensive, especially when presented as “I’ve fixed this for you.”

But I also have a bone-deep belief in collaboration and cooperation. I like “buy-in.” I don’t like to hand tablets down from the mountain anymore than I like to receive them.

This article got me thinking about this. The blogger is talking about offering criticism.

But what if you’re soliciting it?

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