Tag Archive for funding

Storytelling and Grantwriting

I was teaching a class last night on writing foundation proposals, and I made the statement that the most successful proposals tell a really good story.  How can you find your organization’s story? Read more

Stanford University first to raise $1 billion….

Stanford University has become the first university to raise $1 billion in a single year.  They did it in 2012, ahead of Harvard, Yale, USC, and Colombia, in that order, of the .  In FY 2012, roughly 3,500 U.S. colleges and universities raised $31 billion, 2.3 percent more than 2011.  What I found amazing was that the top 10 fundraising colleges collected $5.3 billion, or 17 percent, of the $31 billion, even though they represent only 0.3 percent of the 3,500 accredited, nonprofit schools included in the survey.  You can read the entire article here.

“After the Yes!”

As a fundraiser, you’re probably focusing on “the ask”: how to frame your request in the most compelling, inspiring way. Without a doubt, a strong ask is one of the keys to successful fundraising – but then what? When you hear the words, “Yes, I’d like to help,” how do you respond?

Be grateful and enthusiastic. Show your heartfelt appreciation. Talk about how the gift will make a difference. Then it’s time for the “after questions.”  Many thanks to the folks at Grassroots Fundraising Journal for originally posting this.   Read more

Engaging Corporate Support

I just read a very interesting article in Philanthropy Journal that outlined some new paradigms for nonprofits seeking corporate support.   Read more

Using Outcomes Measures to Improve Your Grant Proposals

A recent article from Advancing Philanthropy suggests that incorporating outcomes measures into your funding proposals can show potential grantors exactly what your organization plans to do with the funds.  Read more

Grantmakers Aren’t Immune from Economic Woes

Grantmakers are suffering in this economy, too.  Many report cutbacks in their assets, and consequently, their budgets.  Others report reductions in staffing and spending, which impacts how they make decisions about which programs to fund. Read more

Charity Navigator Refines Methodology for Rating Charities

Charity Navigator has updated its methodology for rating charities.  Instead of the 1-dimension tool that formerly rated only a charity’s financial health, a second dimension has been added to each rating. Read more