#Interview: Paul Jones, President of Alden Keene and Associates, an Agency Specializing in Cause Marketing

Non Profit Marketing 360

Then they’d have them write letters to their contacts, inviting them to accept a visit or a call or proposal from Children’s Miracle Network. Paul Jones is President of Alden Keene and Associates, a boutique marketing firm that specializes in cause marketing.

The Slow, Painful and Costly Death of the “Full Service” Agency

The Agitator

Four years ago In Part 5 of our Barriers to Growth series I raised the question of whether the “full service” fundraising agency has outlived usefulness. A lot of what I’m about to say will seem offensive those agencies that deign to call themselves “full service”.

#Aging: Medicare’s Support To Home Health Agencies Likely To Be Cut 3+%

Non Profit Marketing 360

In this environment, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed changes that include a %3.35 cut in payments to the nation’s home health agencies (HHA) to begin next year. The Centers’ report proposes a savings of $640 million for 2012, mostly in realigning accounts for pre-emptive payments for non-medical related services. percent decrease in Medicare payments to home health agencies (HHAs) for calendar year (CY) 2012.

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#Interview: Paul Jones, President of Alden Keene and Associates, an Agency Specializing in Cause Marketing

Non Profit Marketing 360

Then they’d have them write letters to their contacts, inviting them to accept a visit or a call or proposal from Children’s Miracle Network. Paul Jones is President of Alden Keene and Associates, a boutique marketing firm that specializes in cause marketing.

#Interview: Paul Jones, President of Alden Keene and Associates, an Agency Specializing in Cause Marketing

Non Profit Marketing 360

Then they’d have them write letters to their contacts, inviting them to accept a visit or a call or proposal from Children’s Miracle Network. Paul Jones is President of Alden Keene and Associates, a boutique marketing firm that specializes in cause marketing.

What Information Goes Into A Grant Proposal?

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Grant proposals usually contain the following information and is often expected by grant donors, today: proposal introduction, organization description, proposed project description, beneficiary population description, statement of need, project evaluation description, project budget description, and closing paragraph. The giving guidelines dictate what should be in the grant proposal and not much else should be added to the grant proposal package.

Proposal to Funding Conversion Rates

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

And my reply to the reader (in part) was: The industry rule-of-thumb I've heard is that 1 in 12 proposals gets funded, or about 8.5%, and that's in a good year. An established, larger, or older nonprofit might be only working with the same foundations year after year, and only responding to direct invitations to submit a proposal. Often, my posts here start as replies to emails I receive from readers.

How To Edit, Improve, Clarify, and Make A Compelling Case In Your Grant Proposal

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Self editing a grant proposal especially when trying, for instance, to raise a $50,000 grant can be daunting. To my point above, if you are the writer of the grant proposal always get someone else (who you know to be an avid reader and a good writer, themselves) to go over your final draft grant proposal to look for spelling errors, unclear phrasing, long sentences, and poor formatting (anything that is clumsy, or difficult to read easily and quickly).

Using Logic In Grant Proposal Content - Yes, Logic.

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Logic, is a great 'voice' to maintain when writing the content for an application for a grant, or grant proposal (or any other grant proposal document, such as a letter of inquiry). Yet, let's admit it: it can be difficult sometimes to state exactly why the work our nonprofit is proposing to do is important. Yet, to make the argument for a nonprofit, in a proposal, it helps to articulate why its work (or mission) is necessary.

How Do We Tighten Up Our Grant Proposal?

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The first priority when writing any proposal is to provide all of the requested information. My suggestion is this; if you can provide a concept that ties the entire proposal together, you will tighten up, clarify, and solidify your proposal. You will demonstrate to the foundation that you submit the proposal to that your organization has a vision and direction. You and I have written three drafts of the master grant proposal (the case).

Matching Grants for People, Organizations, & Agencies Protecting Coastal & Marine Fish Habitats

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All persons, organizations, and agencies (excluding federal government) working on projects to protect coastal and marine fish habitats are eligible to apply for funding. Federal agencies may not receive funds, but may be listed as partners on an application. From The Foundation Center. [If If you are interested in this grant opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this blog post for more information].

Grants for U.S. Nonprofits, Schools, Universities, or Government Agencies Providing Non-Traditional Solutions to Employ Individuals With Disabilities

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This includes nonprofit agencies, public and private schools, and public institutions such as universities and government (state, local, federal) agencies in the United States or any of its territories. From The Foundation Center. [If

How to Write An Effective Grant Proposal Despite Strong Emotions

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This is a case study about writing a strong and compelling grant proposal regarding, in a fair manner, but not overly stating emotion, to create an excellent grant application. So, it's no surprise that it can be tough, sometimes, to sit down to make a good case for why your agency should receive a grant, with a lot of strong feelings existing as part of one's work. This is also a consideration when thinking about who is going to read this grant proposal.

What Tone Should I Set In Our Grant Proposal?

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There are finer aspects to writing a grant proposal that are often not so easy to teach, and not even so easy to ask about or find out how to do. There are technical aspects to writing a grant proposal such as being sure to include the usual sections (e.g. but the finer question, once a grant writer gets writing a proposal, can become 'what tone should I set in the grant proposal's contents?'

Grants for People, Organizations, & Agencies Working To Create Sustainable Fisheries In the United States

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Deadline: November 10, 2011 (Pre-Proposals) Fisheries Innovation Fund Invites Pre-Proposals The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation 's Fisheries Innovation Fund is a grant program designed to foster innovation and support effective participation of fishermen and fishing communities working to create sustainable fisheries in the United States. From The Foundation Center. [If

A Proposal for Dr. Thomas Frieden: An Agenda for Transformation at the CDC

Social Marketing and Social Change

What will the appointment of Dr. Thomas Frieden as head of the CDC mean for the agency and public health? 7. Integrate the learning that goes on in the international and domestic work of the agency. 8. What is CDC doing to combat the obesity epidemic the agency identified and led? There are plenty of opinions already.

Top Ten Solutions For Issues That Might Arise While Writing A Grant Proposal

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Top Ten Solutions For Issues That Might Arise While Writing A Grant Proposal 10. If you were so diligently working on a grant proposal that the grant proposal submission deadline came and went there is still hope. We can go on, in our grant proposal and finish most of the document, but at a certain point we must have the key content that we require. Yet, if you don't writer a strong grant proposal the deadline is the lesser of your worries, really.

Your Agency's First Grantwriter Starts Work Monday

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You may say to me, 'Well, we know we need a grant writer at this agency, but now we've invested in this new staff member and we have no guarantees that grant money will come in. For instance, if ten years ago your agency solicited grants regularly, bring that box of old files out of storage. Have you or another staff member attempted writing proposals? Your new staff member will be on their way to assisting in raising your agency some of its first grants!

Here Are Some Tips To Get Your Board Behind Your Agency's Grant Writing

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The following are suggestions for any fundraising committee members, fundraising staff, or executive director looking to get their board members informed on, supportive of, and ultimately to become a strength in the agency's potential to raise more and larger grants. __ Never assume any organization's leadership and its respective individual members know what any new thing that any nonprofit is doing and how it's done.

If A Grant Donor Allows Phone Calls, Call Each Donor Your Agency Is Applying for a Grant From

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Make sure that for each organization that your agency is going to apply to, you have researched each grant donor's giving guidelines and you know each grant application recipient's preferences, requirements to apply, and other pertinent application process details. Take any pressure off of yourself (and your agency) that you can. To prepare with a phone call with a grant donor - be sure that you know what your agency is applying for.

That Physical Address Location Question On Most Grant Proposal Applications. What Gives? Read More.

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If, though, a location has been arranged for and is formally your organization's for this program/project at a certain date and time - then state this in the grant proposal. Some potential grant donors may wish to know the physical address of the proposed program or project (proposed in the grant proposal) because of other reasons. Which comes first? Is it the chicken or the egg?

Target's Local Store Grants Program (Small Grants) Request for Proposals

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Applicant organizations must be located in communities where Target does business; and must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or a school, library, or public agency. From The Foundation Center. Target Invites Applications for Local Store Grants Program Deadline: May 31, 2007 Target is accepting applications from organizations in communities where the company does business for its Local Store Grants program.

Be Familiar Wtih All Other Organizations Doing Similar Or Related Work To Your Nonprofit's.For Your Agency's Improved Grant Raising

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When your organization applies for a grant whomever is writing the proposal will want to have a current list of all of the organizations that serve the same geographic region (city, county, state, Tribal region, country, or international) that your organization does, that also do work that is the same or similar to your nonprofit's work. Step up your marketing and get your agency's name and successes made known.

Grants for Multi-Disciplinary and Multi-Agency Breed-Specific or Golden Retriever-Specific Canine Cancer Research

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The foundation has announced a new Request for Proposals focused on canine cancer prevention. The proposed studies should be multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional in nature and utilize the collective expertise of basic scientists, epidemiologists, and clinicians. Each grant proposal will be funded for a period of up to five years, contingent on satisfactory progress. From The Foundation Center.

How to Write the Organizational Description In A Grant Application

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If any of their interests, or what or where they fund do not match up with what your organization is proposing to do in the location it will do it - you are not finished prospecting and should perhaps find a grant donor that is more closely aligned (in its interests in what types of organizations it grants to) with what your nonprpofit is doing. At another place in the grant proposal you will fully discuss the beneficiary population - so do not go into detail, here, about it.

Top 10 Grant Writing Tips from Foundations

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Others prefer that you do call before submitting a letter of inquiry or application proposal. Work and re-work your proposal drafts until all of the information that the foundation asks for is in the letter of inquiry and proposal, in a clear and succinct easily read document. Read "That Darn First Paragraph In Your Grant Proposal" and "Be Succinct In Your Grantwriting" 7. The most vital aspect of your grant proposal is describing what you need the grant for.

The Letter of Inquiry or Letter of Introduction - Often the Initial Grant Application Step

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A letter of inquiry (LOI) (like the grant proposal or entire grant raising process) is an opportunity. reads one of your proposals or a LOI - it is, at a minimum, a marketing opportunity; and at the best - it raises (or helps raise) a grant! Repeatedly placing your nonprofit in front of program managers at a foundation who (according to your prospecting research) is likely to give to your organization - works in your agency's favor!

3 smart new metrics to measure your fundraising effectiveness

iMarketSmart

You set appointments, uncover needs, make presentations, write proposals and close gifts too, right? Back in 1996, I was a young, energetic salesman working to help grow a small marketing agency in Silver Spring, Maryland. Then I uncovered needs and, later, made presentations or wrote proposals. A percentage of the proposals would turn into sales. I’ll bet you make lots of calls.

The Early Bird, Time Travel, and Better Grantwriting

Fundraising Coach

Here's one you probably haven’t considered yet: You've got to "start as soon as you can" to know what requests for proposals are going to be released. You can be a time traveler by looking forward at the project proposals about to be released.

The Word "Gets" Is In "Budgets"

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Most often a budget is one component of a grant proposal. You may wonder, 'Who creates the grant proposal budget?' How detailed does the grant proposal budget need to be?' When a foundation receives a grant proposal they are looking at one of many many documents that they have to read to understand the request, the agency making the request, what the money is requested for, and how healthy is the agency, among other points.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

Learn about new and proposed accounting and auditing standards and how they will impact not-for-profit entities and their auditors. Rescue Agency / San Diego, CA / TBD. It's finally here!

Received Press After You've Mailed A Few Grant Requests? Here's What To Do.

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Writing excellent grant proposals for relevant , needed, and thought out programs is a form of public relations. For every grant proposal submitted to a potential donor, even if your organization is not funded during this grant cycle; you have given someone a bit of information on your organization and why it is worthy of support. I recommend these steps only when you've received press after you've submitted one or more grant proposals recently.

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Avoiding Regulatory Blunders

The Agitator

That failure has now led to proposals for greater government intervention and the as-yet-unknown imposition of new rules that may prove difficult and even unwise. This is no time for the sector and its trade association to acquiesce or silently lick its wounds while new rules are proposed and then imposed. What’s essential now is that the nonprofit community, its consultants, agencies, vendors and trade associations take. Last week, in The U.K.’s

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How to Choose a PR Firm for Your Nonprofit

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

In each of the cases above — and in many others — an outside agency or specialist can help your nonprofit achieve results that would be difficult to achieve with your existing resources.

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The Declined Grant Request

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If you have solicited grants you have received notice that some of your proposals have been declined. You put all of that work into that grant proposal, and there is the response letter; "declined". All of us who write grant proposals do. In other words, do not try to put out THE perfect proposal only to be CRUSHED by a decline. Maybe they have outstanding pledges to grant before they can accept new proposals.

In Search of the Silver Bullet

The Agitator

Because this is the season when many groups are putting out or reviewing Requests for Proposal (RFPs), I thought I’d share some of my notes — and a special video — with you in case you’re on either the giving or receiving end of the RFP process.

Avoiding Regulatory Blunders

The Agitator

That failure has now led to proposals for greater government intervention and the as- yet- unknown imposition of new rules that may prove difficult and even unwise. This is no time for the sector and its trade association to acquiesce or silently lick its wounds while new rules are proposed and then imposed. What’s essential now is that the nonprofit community, its consultants, agencies, vendors. Last week, in The U.K.’s

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Strategy And Risk

The Agitator

In response, Charlie Cadigan of National Geographic offered this superb comment: “Asking hard questions about newly proposed ‘strategic direction’ should make agencies/consultants uncomfortable because it should involve risk.

Broad and Transparent Giving

A Small Change

A great solution proposed by this reader is to explain what the costs involved in doing your organization’s mission are. For example it might cost a homeless shelter $50 to feed 30 people or cost a relief agency $10,000 to put a fresh water well in Africa. There seems to be a fear in the traditional non-profit world in telling donors too much, or in revealing too much about your organization.

From Planning A Nonprofit's Grant Writing Work, to How Each Step of the Grant Raising Process Is Conducted According to Professional Best Practices (and Why).

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How To Plan Out This Year's Grant Seeking What Information Goes Into A Grant Proposal?

Part 2: Rebrand to Connect—Red Rover Tells All (Case Study)

Getting Attention

So we began by researching communications firms, solicited proposals and then selected a couple to present their proposals to us face-to-face. Read Part One first.

#PROAGING: Republican Budget Realigns Medicare But Ignores Long-Term Care

Non Profit Marketing 360

The Rand budget also privatizes the Transportation Security Agency (returning it to the status it was on September 11th, 2001 ? Paul, DeMint, and Lee propose FY2013 Budget.

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The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

Learn about new and proposed accounting and auditing standards and how they will impact not-for-profit entities and their auditors. Rescue Agency / San Diego, CA / $599. It's finally here!