Donor acquisition can be a daunting task for smaller grassroots organizations. Who has the time, the staffing, or the resources for a donor acquisition strategy when you’re a staff of a few or none? Here are some tips offered in a recent session at Foundation Center San Francisco.
“Quiet on the set!” With that shout, documentary filmmakers Brandon Kramer, Lance Kramer, and Aqiyla Thomas from Meridian Hill Pictures transformed a chock-full classroom at Foundation Center-Washington, DC, into a world where anyone with an iPhone or iPad can create videos that move people to action.
In fact, organizations and funders are often on two sides of the same coin with respect to identifying issues ripe for advocacy. While community organizations that know their target populations intimately are well-positioned to discern and document unmet needs that funders can help them to address, funders are also apt to recognize emerging unmet needs, by detecting trends and making connections across funding requests.
Ten years ago, I received a call asking, "Would you be interested in joining our board?" It would have been helpful to have a list of questions to ask current board members and the executive director before I began this journey.
How many people have unrealized dreams of improving the health and well-being of people in their community but lack the resources that are necessary to successfully realize them? Ironically, these are the same dreams that could transform the health of people who live in their communities and do not have access to primary health care. It could be the perfect combination for impact—people who are from the community helping those in the community.
There are two ways you can spot that you’re wasting your time with a bad fundraising strategy. Veteran fundraiser Armando Zumaya discusses identifying the true ROI of a fundraising campaign and developing relationships.
Free professional development opportunities to help you move forward in your nonprofit career.
Placemaking has recently come under scrutiny for not achieving equitable community development. As one urban Ohio grantmaker recently remarked, “Placemaking is becoming placetaking”. With this in mind, what role can the public humanities play in supporting better models of community development that benefit all who wish to flourish in place?
Deeply understanding local context allows sector professionals to develop programs, services and funding streams in a targeted way. But it also serves another purpose; it enables them to appropriately assess how best practice models and more generalized research from outside the local community might be applied to the issues that they are seeking to address.
Michael C. Savino discusses how to understand the business goals of potential corporate sponsors, and whether your nonprofit can support those goals. Be sure to join him for his encore presentation of Sponsorship for Nonprofits: Putting a Price Tag on What You Do on July 29!