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    12 grant tasks to do during the COVID-19 crisis

    March 24, 2020 | Melissa Reams

    We’re a little over a week into processing and responding to the COVID-19 crisis. By now, you’ve probably worked through most of the logistics of keeping your staff and clients safe, canceled programs and events, and considered how you can best serve your community during these unprecedented times. You’ve also probably thought about (or stressed […]

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    Your grant proposal was rejected. Now what?

    January 20, 2020 | Lauren Ingold

    Ahh!!! That feeling of excitement (along with a deep sigh of relief) when you submit your final grant proposal. You’ve spent many hours writing, gathering data, drafting budgets, editing, and so many other tasks required to put together a strong grant proposal. Now that you’ve submitted your proposal, all those struggles become a distant memory […]

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    16 New Year’s resolutions for nonprofit organizations

    January 7, 2020 | Breyana Davis

    Happy New Year! It’s time to get back to the grind and prepare for an exceptional year ahead! If you haven’t already, take some time to reflect on your nonprofit organization’s greatest accomplishments and most challenging moments of 2019. What are you most proud of? Who helped drive your success? What could you have done […]

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    Creating a grant calendar for year-long success

    December 10, 2019 | Lauren Ingold

    As a new year approaches, it’s essential to think about your development plan and how grants will impact your overall budget. Creating a strategic grant calendar that’s timely and resourceful can set your organization up for a successful fundraising year. Here are some tips that will set you up for a productive year: REVIEW YOUR […]

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    7 ways to reduce the stress of writing grants

    October 22, 2019 | Melissa Reams

    Grant writing can be stressful!. Between the looming deadlines, the neurotic details some funders want, and the constant fear of not having enough funds to pay your staff, grant writing can stress out even the calmest people in the office. While there’s no way to get rid of all the stress that comes with grant […]

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    5 easy ways to use social media to find and win grants

    September 17, 2019 | Breyana Davis

    How are you currently using social media in your organization? Maybe you use it to market your organization’s branding, promote programs and events, educate others on the topics you address, or establish and strengthen partnerships. Have you ever thought about using social media to find grants? What about to help you win more grants? Social […]

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    How to analyze key informant interview data

    August 20, 2019 | Breyana Davis

    Welcome to Part 3 of the 3-part series: Everything You Need to Know about Key Informant Interviews. Be sure to check out  6 Tips for Planning Successful Key Informant Interviews and How to Conduct a Successful Key Informant Interview before you read this post. By this point, you have planned and conducted your key informant […]

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    How to conduct a successful key informant interview

    August 6, 2019 | Breyana Davis

    Welcome to Part 2 of the 3-part series: Everything You Need to Know about Key Informant Interviews. Our last post discussed how to plan a key informant interview. If you haven’t read Part 1, you can check it out here: 5 Tips for Planning Successful Key Informant Interviews. Now that we know the steps in […]

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    6 tips for planning successful key informant interviews

    July 23, 2019 | Breyana Davis

    Key informant interviews are one-on-one assessments that allow you to gain insight about specific community problems from key leaders and stakeholders. As with most assessments, it’s important to identify and organize your plan of action before you get started. What community issue(s) will you address? Which partners and community members will be interviewed and how? […]

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    How to write a grant report when your funder has no reporting guidelines

    July 9, 2019 | Melissa Reams

    A grant report is a formal way for you to update your funders on what you’ve accomplished with their grant money. Many funders have some grant reporting guidelines, but some funders have no guidelines at all. While the latter may sound like a dream come true, it can be hard to write a grant report […]

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