One of the most daunting barriers when starting out writing grants is what all the different types of funders are. There are many, many sources of grants, but not all grant-making entities are created equally. Here’s a quick outline.

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Well, Fundbusters, of course. But seriously, how do you get to the people with the money? Read the rest of this entry »

Everyone I know does step 1, kind of, and then step 5 and step 7. But there’s a lot more to successful grant writing. Do all the steps, and don’t skip any!

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Yes.

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Or, What do you mean I can’t bill you for lunch? Read the rest of this entry »

There isn’t a nonprofit entrepreneur in America that doesn’t hate the idea of a board of directors, of required board resolutions, of relinquishing some control through the annoyance of having to ask the board. Paperwork seems fussy, and if you wanted to be a paper-pusher you’d work in a bank.

Get over it. First, your board is your best friend, and second, the law requires compliance. I’m not crazy about the model myself, but it’s what we’ve got, and you can make it work. Read the rest of this entry »

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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For my state reps:

Next time the crazy lady with the pink hair (that would be me) wants to know what you think can be done for small nonprofits, here’s what you can say:

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I rendered two politicians speechless today.

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I once spent two years cultivating a gift. And the donor I was cultivating actually never did give me a large gift– I got a few nice dinners,  some inkind stuff, a couple of auction premiums.

And then one day he called me up and told me he had just spent about 6 months working on one of his clients, and that they were donating all of the building materials and a volunteer corps for our huge project. I had been telling him about the build-out project, but hadn’t asked him to participate in it. Read the rest of this entry »