January has flown by! But that didn’t stop our nonprofit friends and partners from creating their usual great content! Here’s a roundup of our favorites from January 2017:
Funding for Good
When should an organization start looking at grants?
By Mandy Pearce, CFRE – Owner, Consultant, & Lover of All Things ‘Development’
Would it surprise you to know that some non-profits have never, and will never turn to grant funding as part of their development plan?
I have worked with non-profits that have been around over 50 years and are just now venturing into the grant world. They usually take the journey because of the economy, but not because they want to rely on grants.
Grant Professionals Association
Prioritizing Prospects for the Overworked Grant Writer
By Kat Champigny, Grant Writer at Gulf of Maine Research Institute and GPA Contributor
We have all been there: “Deadline Season.” There are too many deadlines, too little time, stress is high, and the pressure is on. How do you prioritize which proposals to move forward?
We don’t share an actual water cooler at JustWrite Solutions, but we still find ways to connect with our colleagues; we’re just a little more creative. And it appears we’re not alone. According to a 2012 study by the Society for Human Resource Management, almost half of the organizations polled used virtual teams.
Nonprofit with Balls, A Humorous Look at the Nonprofit World
Hi everyone. Last week, I unveiled the FLAIL Index, a tool that allows foundations to see whether or not their grantmaking process will unleash the demon-god Cthulhu upon this world. I’m now calling it the FLAIL Scale (#FLAILscale), since things that rhyme are always more worth our time. I will be updating the Scale this week, based on your feedback, to increase the aggravation points for certain items, such as requiring people to get anything notarized, as well as add some redemption points.
As we roll into 2017, there have been lots of articles about how philanthropy must adapt, including my post urging funders to increase payout and fund advocacy efforts, as well as this piece on moving away from “charity” toward “justice.” These conversations are critical and we must keep having them. While we figure that stuff out, though, let’s take care of a few logistical things foundations do that make us nonprofits want to roll up a printed-out copy of our tax filings and beat ourselves unconscious.