Resources for Growing

Explore our many blog resources on board development, grant research and writing, development leadership, fundraising, budgeting, and much more.

Bless and Release | How to Fire Bad Volunteers

Let’s be honest for a minute. Bad volunteers DO exist, and nonprofits struggle to fire bad volunteers generous enough to work for free. It is important to clarify that there are “bad volunteers,” and then there are volunteers who are a “bad fit” for your...

Rejected: What to Do if Your Grant Proposal is Denied

No one likes it when their grant proposal is denied. If your organization just received a grant denial letter, you might be wondering, “What next?” Rather than toss the bad news into the trash and move on to the next proposal, it is essential to complete due...

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How to Leverage Multiple Grant Donors for a Project

Do you have a fantastic project design and grant narrative crafted but fear "putting all your eggs in one basket?" Relax! Simply consider ways to leverage multiple grant donors for the project. The good news is that grantors do not expect or want you to limit...

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What to Do After the Grant Award Notification

You researched, you wrote, and you submitted a stellar grant proposal. After what seemed like a lifetime of waiting, you received an award notification stating, “Congratulations! Your proposal was selected for a grant award.” After the initial excitement of an...

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Crafting a Stellar Vision and Mission Statement

 A nonprofit’s message is everything. What one says and how one says it can either open doors or burn bridges. Thus, crafting a stellar vision and mission statement is critical to any successful nonprofit. Nonprofits generate thousands of messages to connect with...

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What to Include In Partnership Agreements

Partnership Agreements- we all know we should have them, but what should they include? If you are ready to revamp your existing partnership agreements or establish new collaborations, today’s blog is for you. The most successful partnership contains these five...

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How to Communicate with Foundations: Clarifying Questions

Are you researching foundation prospects for a program, project, or organization? Have you discovered questions that you can’t find an answer to on the foundation website, 990-PF, or another research platform? These are typically the questions that make for great calls to program officers and really help clarify if your organization is a good fit for their current priorities or upcoming grant cycle.

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Pre-Program Design Sets Grant Writers Up for Success

Your grant writer can do everything else right: develop relationships with foundation officers, present comprehensive financial reports, craft a beautiful narrative to highlight your organization’s history and prior successes, check all the right boxes, but that isn’t enough to secure dollars.

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