Help is on the way

If your organization is grappling with whether or not to merge with another organization or close altogether, you are not alone. The current economic climate is posing many challenges to the very existence of some organizations. For many donations are down, grants are smaller or postponed, and government funding that used to be relied on may simply no longer be available. If your organization is grappling with difficult issues due to the downturn in the economy, there is help. The San Francisco Foundation has created a new fund called the Nonprofit Transitions Fund to help organizations reduce costs, increase productivity, merge, dissolve, or reorganize. The following is a list of the activities they are prepared to support. Back office collaborations (including rent, equipment, group insurance joint purchasing, and centralizing human […]

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How To Ask Your Donors For More Money

Are you willing to ask your donors for more money? What would it mean to your organization if you asked your current donors for a second gift? Do you think that because they have given once this year you shouldn’t ask them again? If you are willing to ask your donors for more money, here are ten things to consider as you prepare to ask. Ten Steps to Asking Your Donors For More Money: Share what your organization is doing now Share organization’s  recent (and current!) successes and how donor’s gift made a difference Share your vision and goals – what you are seeking to accomplish. Be concrete. “The current economy is impacting our students ability to stay in school. There are 32 seniors who will be unable to graduate this June because they have […]

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Perspectives on philanthropy

Changes in the economy, the stock market and employment rates impact non-profit organizations and the foundations that provide funding to them. We posed a few questions to Cedric Brown, director of the Mitchell Kapor Foundation related to these changes. 1. How is the current economic climate impacting giving by Foundations? The endowments and total assets of many foundations have “taken a hit,” a term I’ve heard repeatedly around the philanthropic community. This means that many foundations, like nonprofits, are re-examining and scaling back to most-essential programs and administration. The recession has had a mixed effect on the grant monies that foundations are giving out – some funders are scaling back, while others see the need to make even more grants in order to help nonprofit organizations to sustain their work […]

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Learn about grantwriting from a former program officer!

Take advantage of this new NONPROFIT FUNDRAISING WORKSHOP SERIES. Here’s your chance to learn in a small group, interactive setting about what makes a proposal stand out. Learn how to frame your story, and how to get to know foundation staff given the cultural and power dynamics impacting relationship building. Learn from Learn from Darlene Hall a former program officer of color with 6 years experience in philanthropy at family and community foundation. Community-based workshop locations in San Francisco and Oakland, California. Workshop 1: Writing Your Best Proposal in April April 2, 14, and 21 in San Francisco April 15 and 23 in Oakland Workshop 2: Building Relationships with Funders in May May 7, 12, 19 in San Francisco May 13 and 21 in Oakland Costs: • $40 for one […]

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One million women for women

Barack Obama has introduced his economic stimulus package. Cities and states around the country are creating theirs. What will be the women’s economic stimulus package? How can we as individual women and men invest in changing the current and future conditions for women and girls in California and ultimately our country and the world? The One Million Women for Women Campaign launched by the Women’s Foundation of California is one way to invest in this change. This campaign is asking one million women (and men!) to support change in California. Together we can increase women’s economic prosperity, access to affordable healthcare, safety and leadership. With one million women (and men!) giving $10 each The Women’s Foundation of California will raise $10 million to help change public policy and conditions in […]

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How To Solicit a Gift

Have you been asked to raise money for a non-profit, college, hospital or church? Are you willing but not sure how to proceed? Is it your job to prepare volunteers and staff to solicit gifts? If so, How to Solicit a Gift was written for you! We wrote How to Solicit a Gift: Turning Prospects into Donors for two reasons. To help people learn how to ask others for a gift to an organization or institution they believe in. And to help the staff of non-profits, colleges, churches and hospitals understand how to best prepare volunteers to solicit gifts. Fundraising is much more than simply asking people for money. 90% of fundraising is preparation. Only 10% is actual solicitation. Learn what it’s all about and how you can succeed.

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Everything You Need to Know about Fundraising

fundraisingday2009Join us at Fundraising Day 2009 in San Francisco on Monday May 4th!

Fundraising Day 2009 is the West Coast’s premier full-day training conference designed for today’s development staff, executive directors, board members, volunteers, and consultants—from newcomer to seasoned pro. Fundraising Day 2009 offers ideas, tools and opportunities to refresh your skills and ignite your enthusiasm.

If you are charged with raising money for your organization this is the conference for you! Everything you need to know under one roof.  Meet your peers. Meet experts in the field. Learn best practices. Consider attending if you are a volunteer or a staff member. Get answers to your questions and find a way to help your organization.

Topics include: Raising Funds in Challenging Times, Annual Fund, Major Gifts and Campaigns, Donor Stewardship, Reality Grantmaking, Online Giving, Issue Caucuses, and much more! Scholarships are available if you need financial assistance! (more…)

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Fresno City College Secures $800,000 Kresge Grant

Yes – it can be done! Fresno City College receives an $800,000 matching grant from the Kresge Foundation for their first capital campaign. They are raising $4 million to rennovate and restore the Old Administration Building – the oldest higher education building west of the Mississippi River.

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