Lessons from the Spring 2016 DLT Season: 5 Things to Watch Out For This Year
For those that survived the USDA RUS Distance Learning and Telemedicine 2016 grant application season, congratulations! As we are gearing up for another round this Spring, I reflect on the process with several lessons learned.
Corporate Fundraising: Six Steps to Finding Sponsorship Gift Success
Corporate relations is an essential part of any development office and typically falls into two categories: corporate grants, and sponsorship gifts. Depending on the company you’re working with, one gift could be coming from multiple budgets within the organization. Below are a couple of helpful tips to keep in mind when preparing that next corporate…
Grant Management is Not a Finance Function: 5 Reasons Why
Most of the time, grants are performance-based financial vehicles. You have to do something in order to get paid. In growing numbers, funders are also looking to how well you do that something. So why are organizations still viewing grant management as a finance function? Don’t get me wrong, there is still a financial aspect to…
Still working on your Development Plan?
It’s that time of year when organizations are finalizing their development plans for the upcoming year. Whether you’re a development officer or a non-profit CEO, writing a development plan can be a daunting task, especially if it is the first time you’re going through the process. I’ve been involved with organizations that had no plan…
Winning on a proposal – skill or luck? I fashion it’s a bit o’ both!
Are You Failing Grants 101?
How well do you remember middle school? Lockers, watching the clock for the bell to ring, changing classes, who likes whom, keeping track of your own assignments, tardies, the absence of the beloved recess…. For many students, this is their first experience with most of these areas, and when you combine all that newness with…
Property Tax Caps a Top Challenge for Local Governments
These caps were first introduced in 2009 and were meant to help taxpayers. While the caps have certainly accomplished that goal, they have had a dramatic effect on local governments, especially those that are not experiencing growth.
Evaluation: Your Plague or Passion?
In an environment of “proving your worth” evaluation can be the best prescription: it can show that what you do is worth while and you can also show that you saw what was wrong and made efforts to correct course. That’s pretty admirable.
5 Easy Steps to a Better Budget Proposal
It’s that scary beast: the budget! Here are 5 steps to avoid the most common blunders we see.