Category Archives: Fund Development

Philanthropy in the African American Community: How and Why They Give

The face of philanthropy is rapidly changing to become as ethnically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse as our country’s population – and demographic trends show that communities of color are giving at increasing rates and levels. Aligned with the goals of the founder of Black History Month Carter G. Woodson (shown), greater attention is now being …

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The Nuts & Bolts of Building Your Resources Capacity

Organizations seeking to develop their resources capacity can take heart in knowing that resources are everywhere. How you identify and use them is what makes the difference. Successful resource development does not necessarily require doing more. Instead, it means being more strategic, thoughtful, and deliberate. Below are the five “I’s” of resource development, distilled from …

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Grant Writing: The Most Commonly Requested Attachments

  When applying for a grant, funders will often ask for specific attachments. Read the guidelines carefully and only send what has been requested. Funders may ask for the following to help shed more light on your organization.  Audited financial statement R.S. Determination Letter Board roster Project budget Organizational budget Letters of support or endorsement Resumes …

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Top Nonprofit Crowdfunding Sites

Causes: A platform for individuals and nonprofit organizations who want to change the world Crowdrise: Named the “Top 25 Best Global Philanthropist” CauseVox: A startup social site that focuses on helping small to mid-sized nonprofits raise funds and have a social impact DoJiggy: A complete online event registration/donation management system where constituents can fundraise Fundly: …

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Deciding on a Crowdfunding Site? Use this Checklist

  ✓ Aesthetics: Are the fundraising pages/template appealing to donors? Can you post videos and pictures?   ✓ Ease of Setup: How easy is it to create the fundraising page and are there technical skills needed?   ✓ Methods for Making Donations: Can donors make contributions through credit cards or e-checks and how quickly are …

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Applying for a Grant (Part III)? Important Steps to Follow

  These are the final yet all-important components of creating a grant-writing proposal. This is part of an ongoing blog series; read part II here.   STEP: Establish a Plan for Long-Term Funding ►Show the funder that your organization is working toward sustainability and self-sufficiency ►Determine how ongoing programs/services will be funded ►Develop a strategic …

Posted in Capacity Building, Donors, Fund Development, Fundraising, Grant Research, Grant Writing, Grants Management, Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy

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Applying for a Grant (Part II)? Don’t Overlook These Essential Steps

  It’s important that nonprofits dedicate ample time and resources to create the essential components of a grant proposal package. Here are a few steps in our ongoing grant-writing series. Read part I here.   STEP: Follow Directions ►Don’t lose out because you did not follow directions ►Read the application guidelines thoroughly ►If you don’t …

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Charitable Solicitation Laws FAQs

Below are frequently asked questions The INS Group has heard from clients when establishing a new nonprofit or when creating a strategic fund development plan. Where do I register my nonprofit with the state or how do I know if our organization has registered and is current? Most states now require that charities, nonprofits, and …

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Applying for a Grant? Follow These 4 Steps (Part I)

            Step 1:  Have a Plan ►Develop a written short-term and long-term strategic plan ►Determine the funds needed annually ►Create a line-item budget ►Identify specific funding needs ►Know for what you are asking the funder ►Establish a grant-writing team   Step 2:  Do Your Homework ►Research grant opportunities ►Review the …

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Get the Most from Your Board! A Checklist for Greater Member Engagement

Your board members are likely very busy people and may serve on multiple boards. So how do you engage them, make the most of their talents, and keep them focused on helping your organization grow?  It’s up to you to aide and communicate to board members their role and responsibilities, including: ►Understanding your plans and …

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