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065: Which Type of Nonprofit Should You Start

Establishing an IRS Tax-Exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit status is imperative to setting up your nonprofit for funding success. Most foundations and federal agencies require this status when awarding grants. Furthermore, this status will help your nonprofit establish credibility as donors will feel confident that you are not a crooked fronted company looking for easy dollars.

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065: Which Type of Nonprofit Should You Start

064: 6 Steps Before You Start a Nonprofit

Market Research will help strengthen your stakeholder relationships and discover if your nonprofit will be filling a gap in your community.

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064: 6 Steps Before You Start a Nonprofit

063: All About 501(c)3 Nonprofits with Lawyer Vanessa L. Williams

Vanessa shares the common struggles that she sees with many nonprofits, as well as gives advice and tips on what documents people need to form a nonprofit organization.

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063: All About 501(c)3 Nonprofits with Lawyer Vanessa L. Williams

062: How will a MOU strengthen your grant application?

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) can strengthen your grant application in the eyes of a funder. It demonstrates a strong, committed partnership to ensure the project can and will happen as it is laid out in the proposal. This commitment gives security to the partners involved as well.

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062: How will a MOU strengthen your grant application?

061: Get Ready & Prepare Strong Letters of Commitment

Follow these tips and learn how to develop a strong letter of commitment. By preparing a quality letter to go along with your proposal, you will demonstrate to funders the high quality of your collaborative commitments.

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061: Get Ready & Prepare Strong Letters of Commitment

060: How to get Letters of Support on Time

The dreaded Letter of Support, yes, the one that you forgot to get and then upload the grant application you’ve been working on for weeks! You suddenly realize you forgot to get your partners to endorse your project. Eek!

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060: How to get Letters of Support on Time

059: How to Boost an Invitation to Apply for a Grant

Yes, it’s true, you need to ask some funding sources on a date before you actually go on a date. That’s what a Letter of Intent is all about. In order to get a date - you need to ASK for a date!

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059: How to Boost an Invitation to Apply for a Grant

058: How to knock your Letter of Inquiry (LOI) out of the Park in 10 Steps!

You will normally find requests for Letters of Inquiry from private foundations. Basically, they want to get a snapshot of what your nonprofit is all about before they consider inviting you to share more in a full proposal. So the Letter of Inquiry is to be succinct and amazing. The saying, “Less is More” is real here.

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058: How to knock your Letter of Inquiry (LOI) out of the Park in 10 Steps!

057: Your Best Year How To Increase Funding, Eliminate Burnout, & Avoid Competition

This activity really shouldn’t take very long at all yet will save your nonprofit hours and hours (maybe even eliminate repeating the same unsuccessful year) and will help everyone at your organization understand the vision.

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057: Your Best Year How To Increase Funding, Eliminate Burnout, & Avoid Competition

056: How to Find Your S.U.R.E. Word for the Year

This word should guide you and keep you focused so you stop chasing shiny pennies, getting trapped in projects that don’t meet your mission or saying yes to partners that aren’t aligned with your vision.

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056: How to Find Your S.U.R.E. Word for the Year

055: Simple 10 Step Checklist to Write Winning Grants

Check out WEGO Consulting’s Simple 10-Step Check to Write Winning Grants. Be sure to check all the guidelines, determine eligibility, prepare, take the steps to create a strong proposal. Then be sure to review and submit. Happy grant writing!

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055: Simple 10 Step Checklist to Write Winning Grants

054:The Secret Formula to Unlock Funding for Your Nonprofit!

This secret formula can unlock millions of dollars from the ether that are waiting to be given to your nonprofit. It can increase partnerships and relationships at an exponential level. It can increase prosperity for your staff so that they are no longer glorified volunteers.

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054:The Secret Formula to Unlock Funding for Your Nonprofit!

053: How do you win Grants when you're a new Nonprofit?

This week’s podcast is focused on a wonderful question that we receive quite frequently. Thank you to Susan Silverman, President of the Women’s Tax Resolution Center, Inc. for asking, “My challenge is we are a very small and new nonprofit and don’t have enough of a track record for grants..." Tune in to learn six ways your organization can secure funding!

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053: How do you win Grants when you're a new Nonprofit?

052: Thanksgiving Fundraising 7 Tips for Success

This week we have so much to be thankful for! Tune in as we share 7 tips with you to increase your fundraising success around Thanksgiving. These ideas can be used for other holiday seasons throughout the year for fun, meaningful fundraising.

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052: Thanksgiving Fundraising 7 Tips for Success

051: 6 Ways to Stand Out on Giving Tuesday

As we are quickly approaching the holiday season we will be focusing on tips to help you with your organization's end of the year giving. Check out these 6 ways you can stand out on #GivingTuesday!

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051: 6 Ways to Stand Out on Giving Tuesday

050: The Importance of In-kind Gifts for Nonprofits

In-kind resources are goods, services, and people who offset the costs to run your nonprofit organization; these are your budget relieving resources. Their value should be noted and is an important part of relationship building for nonprofit organizations.

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050: The Importance of In-kind Gifts for Nonprofits

049: Niñas Sin Miedo - Dylan Mehri

Be fearless in following your passions; much like the girls of Niñas Sin Miedo (Fearless Girls). Dylan Mehri shares the mission of Niñas Sin Miedo and his experience in fundraising for this international nonprofit in an exciting conversation with CEO, Holly Rustick.

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049: Niñas Sin Miedo - Dylan Mehri

048: How to Make Cash for Your Nonprofit

How are other nonprofits making money? Can nonprofits even do that? Yes! You are still a business, there are just key differences for nonprofit organizations and what you do with earned income.

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048: How to Make Cash for Your Nonprofit

047: Scared Silly The Frightening Fundraiser Crash

An out-of-control event can impact your fundraiser. Whether that be a storm, your main speaker getting sick, or the power going out. Your job in preparing an event is to set up a contingency plan for anything that you can think of. Think “Plan B” when you are planning out your event.

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047: Scared Silly The Frightening Fundraiser Crash

046: Why Values are Important for your Nonprofit

Values are a critical part of your nonprofit organization. Knowing your organization's values is important in decision making, interactions and implementing programs and projects. This often overlooked component has powerful influence on the culture of your nonprofit!

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046: Why Values are Important for your Nonprofit

045: How to Get Volunteers and Board Members to Write Grants

Running your nonprofit, you find you are in a pickle. You would love to pay a consultant to write your grants, run your crowd funder, develop donors, or spearhead that fundraiser, but you do not have the cash to hire those experts.

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045: How to Get Volunteers and Board Members to Write Grants

044: Are you Frustrating Your Volunteers? 8 Ways to Recruit & Retain Volunteers for your Nonprofit

Volunteers can provide help, support, and manpower for nonprofits. However, does your nonprofit have the necessary processes in place to take full of advantage of your volunteers?

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044: Are you Frustrating Your Volunteers? 8 Ways to Recruit & Retain Volunteers for your Nonprofit

043: How to Find the Best Fit Grants

Seven steps to help guide the review of foundations and grant guidelines. Be sure the foundation and your organization are aligned before you pursue funding opportunities.

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043: How to Find the Best Fit Grants

042: How to Write a Winning Grant

Writing a grant proposal can feel overwhelming. It can be the looming monster in the back of your mind because you know a deadline is coming up, but you just can’t seem to make the time to sit down, read over the application guidelines and start writing.

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042: How to Write a Winning Grant

041: What is the Value of Volunteer Time?

Volunteers CANNOT be given a tax-deduction based on their hours, but they CAN be given a tax-deduction on a number of other items, such as travel expenses, uniforms, donates supplies etc. as long as the nonprofit is a registered IRS Tax-exempt 501(c)3.

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041: What is the Value of Volunteer Time?

040: How to Regain Time and Do Your Job

Have you ever felt like you just have WAY too much on your plate to get any grant writing done? Is the pile of delegations stacking up throughout the day like a perfectly timed factory? Do you say ‘yes’ to additional work thinking you can get it done, but then realize there is never enough time?

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040: How to Regain Time and Do Your Job

039: True or False: Your For-Profit CAN Get Grants

You are developing a really cool solution to a problem or providing a service/product that can benefit others, but the thing is you are a for-profit. You want to help others, but you also need cash to run this part of your business. You aren’t sure if you can get grants for your idea/product/service as you have been getting mixed messages from those around you.

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039: True or False: Your For-Profit CAN Get Grants

038: Overcoming Grant Writer's Block

Here is the thing. It takes focus to write a grant. But the real thing that it takes is a project. If you do not have a specific project that you know you need funding for, then it’s like trying to paint a picture with rocks.

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038: Overcoming Grant Writer's Block

037: How to Become a Grant Reviewer

Did you know that you can make money while becoming a better grant writer? What?! Yes, indeed. It still is a job and takes work - a very intense period of work at that - but it can be done.

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037: How to Become a Grant Reviewer

036: Indirect Cost Rates

Is your nonprofit including an indirect cost rate in your budget and grant applications? Did you know you can have a maximum 10% indirect cost rate according to federal regulations? Learn why your organization should include this line item to your budget!

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036: Indirect Cost Rates

035: How to Embrace Grant Rejection

But grant rejections aren't always a bad thing. What?! Holly have you lost your mind? Okay, it’s not the best scenario (I’m not that much of a Pollyanna), but it’s not all lost time, energy, and moola. Let me explain:

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035: How to Embrace Grant Rejection

034 Mind Mapping for Grants with Leone Williams-Rohr

Have you been stuck when it comes to writing grants? Leone Williams-Rohr shares her secret weapon of Mind Mapping for your Nonprofit grant writing.

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034 Mind Mapping for Grants with Leone Williams-Rohr

033: 15 Creative Ideas to Thank Your Funders

Are you racking your brain trying to find cost-effective ways to say, "Thank you" to your funders?

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033: 15 Creative Ideas to Thank Your Funders

032: Finding Foundation Grants Using GuideStar

Are you getting grants from foundations? Does it feel like an uphill battle of constant rejections? Or are you not even sure where to look?

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032: Finding Foundation Grants Using GuideStar

031: The Four BEST Places to Find Contracts for Nonprofits

Do you know what the difference is between a contract and a grant? Are you aware that contracts might be able to cover operational costs for your nonprofit in AMAZING ways?

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031: The Four BEST Places to Find Contracts for Nonprofits

030: GDPR for Nonprofits & Grant Writers

Is your nonprofit GDPR compliant?

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030: GDPR for Nonprofits & Grant Writers

029: Federal Grant Opportunity PLUS the Best Grant Writing Tips Ever

Here is your crash course in looking over federal grant announcements and great grant writing tips!

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029: Federal Grant Opportunity PLUS the Best Grant Writing Tips Ever

028 Grants.gov in a Nutshell: Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons on Grants.gov and what the heck is on Grants.gov

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028 Grants.gov in a Nutshell: Pros and Cons

027: How to Register on Grants.gov

Grants.gov is the haven for federal grants. Are you registered?

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027: How to Register on Grants.gov

026: Where to Find Grant Opportunities

If funding sources are hidden away in some obscure world to your nonprofit, then this becomes the main root of not having any grant money. If you cannot find the sources that hold the money, then you will never be able to tap into the funding.

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026: Where to Find Grant Opportunities

025: What is a Grant?

To find grants, it is first important to understand what they are and what they are not. Let’s start with what they are not. Let me say this very clearly.

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025: What is a Grant?

024: Data Management Plan

Don’t get scared by the term “Data Management Plan” which sounds super academic. Basically what this means is that you need to show...

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024: Data Management Plan

023: Evaluation Plans for Your Nonprofit

“Why should I evaluate a project and why we even talking about that before we just start the project? Can’t I just make the project happen and then look back at it and give my review of it worked or didn’t work?” I hear these types of questions when nonprofits may just want to move. Heck, I asked these same sorts of questions when I was just starting out as a grant writer myself.

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023: Evaluation Plans for Your Nonprofit

022: Developing Projects for Your Nonprofit

There are many options and creativity and innovation are key to unlocking opportunities for projects. But knowing your local and attainable resources is also extremely important.

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022: Developing Projects for Your Nonprofit

021: How to Conduct a Needs & Strengths Assessment

Savvy, productive nonprofits implement a Needs & Strengths Assessment to identify the particular barriers and strengths for their beneficiaries or target priority.

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021: How to Conduct a Needs & Strengths Assessment

020: The Key to Succes. Annual and Quarterly Planning

Annual planning is where it’s at. “Where what is at?” you may be asking. Well, ‘it is the amazesauce productivity that exists for those super successful nonprofits that make you want to drool or cuss at, in trying to understand how they do it.

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020: The Key to Succes. Annual and Quarterly Planning

019: Strategic Partnerships for Your Nonprofit

Sometimes nonprofits exist inside a vacuum. This is not conducive for sustainability, let alone the chance of survival.

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019: Strategic Partnerships for Your Nonprofit

018: How to Get Your Nonprofit from Surviving to Thriving

Is your nonprofit stuck in survival mode? Once you have taken the time and have reviewed your previous year, it is time to set your goals, objectives, and activities, so you can go from struggling to thriving.

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018: How to Get Your Nonprofit from Surviving to Thriving

GWF 0017 Crowdfunding Your Nonprofit

Are you struggling with figuring out how to crowdfund for your nonprofit? In this podcast Steve Vick, Founder of Nonprofit Ally, discusses how to run a successful crowdfunding for your nonprofit.

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GWF 0017 Crowdfunding Your Nonprofit

GWF 016: Reviewing Wins and Challenges

You are ready to review last year and get going on this year. But how do you do this without it turning into a griping session about all the failures or only celebrating the wins and dismissing any lessons to be learned?

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GWF 016: Reviewing Wins and Challenges

Grant Writing & Funding 015: Your Agenda for Strategic Planning 2018

Hello 2018! It’s a new year and you are ready and organized with all your quarters outlined, projects in place, and all fund-raising events set up, right?

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Grant Writing & Funding 015: Your Agenda for Strategic Planning 2018

014 Creating Credibility & Culture: Part VI Lead Generator for Nonprofits

Lead generators, oftentimes known as free opt-ins or email list builders, are essential for nonprofits.

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014 Creating Credibility & Culture: Part VI Lead Generator for Nonprofits

013: Creating Credibility & Culture: Part V Branding, Call to Action, Website Audit

Oh boy. That’s right. It’s time to address it. The big W. Your Website. This episode is a nonprofit’s crash course on different types of websites, how to communicate your brand, and what you should NOT do on your website.

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013: Creating Credibility & Culture: Part V Branding, Call to Action, Website Audit

012 Creating Credibility & Culture: Part IV Website vs. Facebook

Do you still have a website that was created in the early millennium? You know the one that I am talking about. It is crammed with information in small font and looks more like a brochure than a website. I see this a lot, especially with nonprofits. Instead of communicating a unique mission, skill set or storyline, beneficiaries are given a standard impersonal message.

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012 Creating Credibility & Culture: Part IV Website vs. Facebook

Creating Credibility & Culture: Part III Doing the Swot

The SWOT is best done together as a group, although one could argue it’s a good technique to do by yourself if you are a solopreneur. But really this type of analysis is best for organizations, companies, associations, and so forth that have a common goal.

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Creating Credibility & Culture: Part III Doing the Swot

Creating Credibility & Culture: Part II What is Your Why?

What is your Why? Or more specifically, what is the why of your board members, employees, volunteers, and beneficiaries? This question may seem like a no-brainer until you actually try and answer it. Is your organization challenged by poor governance, a high turn-over staff rate, or disgruntled beneficiaries? It may be due to not asking these four questions that explains what your why is.

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Creating Credibility & Culture: Part II What is Your Why?

Creating Credibility & Culture: Part I. Mission and Vision

Creating Credibility & Culture Part I: Mission and Vision Statements Click below for access to listen to the entire podcast. The six questions that will refine your mission and vision statements from 'meh' to amazing...

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Creating Credibility & Culture: Part I. Mission and Vision

Project Design: Part Five of How to Write a Winning Grant

Welcome to the fifth part in the series The Five Basic Parts to Write a Winning Grant: Project Design Click below for access to listen to the entire podcast. In this article and podcast...

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Project Design: Part Five of How to Write a Winning Grant

The Budget and Budget Narrative

Welcome to the fourth part in the series Five basic parts of writing a winning grant: Budget and Budget Narrative Click below for access to listen to the entire podcast. It’s time to talk about the money...

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The Budget and Budget Narrative

Part One of the 5 Steps of Writing a Grant: About Your Organization

Funding sources want to know about your organization. They want to know that your organization is credible, has adequate staffing and processes to implement the grant, and that you are fiscally responsible...

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Part One of the 5 Steps of Writing a Grant: About Your Organization

Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes

Welcome to the third part in the series: Five basic parts of writing a winning grant: “Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes.” In this article we are going to see where the magic happens...

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Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes

Needs & Target Demographic

Welcome to the second part in the series: Five basic parts of writing a winning grant: “Needs & Target Demographic.” In the first part, we went over the “About Your Organization” section to identify...

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Needs & Target Demographic

How to build a grant writing team

The ideal grant team is comprised of the lead grant writer, the budget lead, the grant coordinator, and any potential specialists. The executive director should really oversee the process and be involved in the design...

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How to build a grant writing team

What are the different types of grants?

Trying to figure out all the grant lingo can be confusing. Holly will break down the different types of grants in simple ways! You will know what a discretionary grant is versus a formula and have a way to even memorize this...

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What are the different types of grants?

The Mindset Behind Grants

This is when being a teenager actually has its advantages. Stop adulting for a second and remember back to when you were 15-years-old.

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The Mindset Behind Grants

066: How to Select the Best Board of Directors

Don't make a desperate plea to fill your board of directors. Be mindful of who you're bringing into your nonprofit organization.Your board members represent the organization whereever they go. If you want to set up your organization for success, choose individuals you believe can help you achieve that

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066: How to Select the Best Board of Directors