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Client Spotlight: First Baptist Church of Raleigh

In early 2015, Dr. Dumas Harshaw, Jr. began to to realize that his church’s congregation was changing. The pastor of First Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina knew that his church needed a new plan for the future. “I could see the generation that had been so strong in sustaining the church begin to die …

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Managing Organizational Growth: A Success Story

The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle launched in 1989 with a simple observation: edible food was being thrown out by food vendors instead of making it to the hands of the hungry. Twenty-eight years later, the Food Shuttle has evolved into into a thriving nonprofit that recovers over six million pounds of food a year across seven …

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Why Staff Buy-In Matters

The process of organizational change can be daunting: How will staff be onboarded? Has leadership made the right decision? Will the organization thrive? Like many corporations, nonprofits often make decisions from the top down. However, incorporating staff into the decision making process can have tremendous benefits for organizations—and make change easier in the long run. …

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3 Must-Know Fundraising Trends (and 3 Strategies)

Nonprofits that stay in step with fundraising trends and anticipate what funders will be asking for will be best able to build their capacity in 2018. Here are some top trends:      Trend: There will be heightened demand for nonprofits to articulate the anticipated results of their work and to track whether those results …

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What Are the 5 Key Components of Collective Impact?

When using a Collective Impact model, organizations from different sectors will agree to solve a specific social problem using a common agenda, aligning their efforts, and using common measures of success. Here are the 5 key components for success to the Collective Impact approach: Common Agenda: Participants must have shared vision for change or common …

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7 Keys to a Successful Collaborative Nonprofit Relationship (and 7 Barriers)

Keys to a collaborative nonprofit partnership: Shared purpose Compatible missions and values Shared power Shared view of interdependence Mutual respect and trust Shared control/stake in process/outcomes Shared indicators of progress   Barriers to a successful nonprofit relationship: Lack of common vision Costs not identified upfront Lack of buy-in Conflict among leaders/lack of trust Leadership lacking …

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14 Strategies for Running an Effective Nonprofit Board Meeting

            ►Issue a notice of the meeting to all board members, including the location, time, and an agenda ►Implement a system for board members to confirm their attendance in advance ►Board chair may distribute a more detailed agenda at the meeting ►Chair should lead with a brief summary of what …

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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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Applying for a Federal Grant? The Key Is Collaboration!

  What are the biggest benefits of collaborating with organizations when applying for a federal grant? It can help an organization that does not have visibility and an extensive track record in the community. In addition, it shows the funder that the organization is leveraging resources and a better investment. Organizations should: Identify collaborating partners …

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Joint Grant Seeking: A Strategy for Securing Grants

This article was written by Ruth Peebles, MPA, President of The INS Group for eCivis, Inc, the nation’s leading grants management software solution and the ideal platform for improving local governments’ and community-based organizations’ grants performance. For more information about eCivis, visit www.ecivis.com. To read the full article, click here.

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