This article was originally published in Nonprofit Hub Magazine Here’s the biggest truth bomb that nobody is exclusively talking about when it comes to nonprofit finances: there’s no way for us to tell you exactly how your nonprofit’s budget should be spent. It would be easy to say “spend X amount of dollars on marketing, funnel X amount into your staff salaries, etc.” But the reality is that those numbers won’t be consistent for every […]
Ask short questions and hope for long answers. That’s one of my key mottos for fundraising. We’ve all been in a class or at a conference when someone got up to ask a question and delivered a soliloquy. When they finished we might even have wondered if there was a question! If you do that in fundraising, you’ll be dead in the water. As you start going on and on your donor’s eyes will glaze […]
Lists of the 10 most common grant writing mistakes are common (I’ve even written one myself), but just avoiding the mistakes isn’t good enough to make yours a winning proposal. And whereas it is easy to come up more than 10 things not to do, on the positive side there are just four major things to remember to get right.