Philanthropists believed in capacity building before now. It was no accident that 50 years ago new hires had access to extensive training. And leadership gave their fundraising staff opportunities to take responsibility, be accountable, and lead.
Fundraising is all about planning. And action. And change. The changes of 2020 may fundamentally change how your nonprofit operates; they may be temporary; or you may find your organization on a new and more impactful journey. How do you go forward?
Four reasons why some boards easily attract new members while others struggle with recruitment. A qualified and engaged board sets the tone for executive leadership and staff, provides stability in turbulent times, and easily attracts new members.
As the year starts, plan for the year end. Define how you will measure impact, and how you will report on the money you’ve spent. If you receive a new major investment, think about what questions your community may have, and proactively answer them.
Your nonprofit’s fundraising can be judged by the team you build, including staff, and most importantly leadership level volunteers, how well they’re managed, and their productivity in the areas of relationship building, marketing, and fundraising.
It’s time to talk about what you are doing and why. Share and reinforce your vision and goals or introduce adjustments you have made. Let people know what motivates your nonprofit: this can motivate those with a shared vision to become involved.
Crafting a proposal is a lot of frustrating work. You must answer irrelevant questions, compile lists, create new budgets. If your job is to review grant proposals you may slip into thinking you’re grading an English paper, instead of assessing community need.