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Three things to consider before applying for a big grant

Big money attracts big dreams. Imagine what your organization could do with a large sum of money. Large could be $25,000 or it could be $25 million. It all depends on your operating budget. Whether you say “yes” to big money, or turn down an opportunity can impact your organization – and community – for years to come. Learn three questions to ask before making a decision. When you are approached to apply for a large grant it can feel as if your nonprofit has won the lottery. Maybe you’re a grassroots program, a national advocacy organization, or a college or university. In most cases the response is the same: you are excited and begin to evaluate how your programs fit into the grant guidelines. If the proposed grant could […]

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Church Giving Supports HBCUs

Giving to the United Methodist Church is one way to support 11 historically black colleges and universities. Learn more about the Black College Fund and the important role of the UMC in establishing HBCUs. An interview with Dr. Cynthia Bond Hopson….

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THE ROLE OF THE BUSINESS PLAN: Benefits of Using a Business Plan

Here are two examples of the impact a business plan can make on the life of a non-profit organization or institution. Take a peak at the good and the – well, not so good…..

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THE ROLE OF THE BUSINESS PLAN: An Interview with Dr. Jan Young

Strategic planning and business planning – what are the similarities and what are the differences? Learn how to strengthen your non-profit by engaging in business planning. An interview with Dr. Jan Young, Executive Director of the Assissi Foundation of Memphis.

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Marketing Your Organization: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Creating Your Case for Support

Learn how to create or revise your case for support. Learn the basic ingredients needed to create a compelling case for support. Communicate where your organization is headed and what it will cost to get there. Proactively answer questions that donors and funders need answered before they can make a decision regarding whether or not to give and how much to give.

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To Hire or to Plan? Which Comes First?

Organizations often face a dilemma about fundraising: which should we do first – hire development staff or create a fund development plan? We believe that creating a development plan should come before hiring development staff. The high demand for experienced fund development professionals requires you to be strategic in recruiting and retaining staff. Competition for the philanthropic dollar requires you to be proactive in developing and implementing fundraising strategies. A well-prepared fund development plan supports both strategic recruitment and proactive fundraising. Let’s talk about recruitment first. Successful recruitment within a competitive market requires that you define your expectations regarding the position you are hiring for. Larger institutions typically have well-defined job descriptions based on industry standards, but recruiting based on these doesn’t necessarily ensure you will make the right hire. […]

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Prerequisites for Fundraising Success

Learn what you need to know to conduct a successful fundraising campaign. Fundraising requires much more than a willingness to ask others for funds. Learn the details and see how your organization measures up and how you can improve your fundraising.

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