Notes from the Digital Governance Forum (#DGF15)

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

In the meantime, I wanted to share my rough notes with you from the Digital Governance Forum , which I attended this past week here in Ottawa. Five applied domains were covered including: democratic governance, policy-making, service delivery, regulation, and risk and accountability.

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Government 2.0 Expo Debrief

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

Sunlight Foundation Contest Winners Clay Johnson (Sunlight Labs). – A $10 million+ award given to the first team to achieve a specific goal, set by the X PRIZE Foundation, which has the potential to benefit humanity.

When Government is the Sponsor

Cause Related Marketing

Therein lies a fish story about the financing of World War Two, habitat restoration and government funded cause marketing. The Foundation’s board members come from industry and state fish and wildlife agencies. Governments want the excise and sales taxes.

Could your nonprofit get government contracts?

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If you’ve combed the Foundation Center Database over and over, it might be time to start thinking big with your nonprofit. What do you do that the government would like done? Whether it’s providing social services or cleaning up the environment, you could get a steady stream of income from your local or federal government for your nonprofit. For instance, a small nonprofit got a government contract to help seniors, and it provided quite a bit of the agency budget.

Private, Corporate, or Government Grants?

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Here’s a quick-and-dirty explanation of private, corporate, and government grants. Typically, I like to go after private foundation grant opportunities first. If I can find someone on my organization’s Board who knows someone on the foundation Board, it helps so much to make that connection. I’ve had great success in building relationships with private foundations that lasted for years and resulted in thousands of dollars for my organizations.

The Ongoing, Sorry State of Nonprofit Governance

A. Fine Blog

Readers of The Networked Nonprofit know that Beth and I have a chapter on governance that reveals the sorry state of most board/staff relationships. This theater perfectly captures to a small degree the extreme example of governance dysfunction outlined in the Free report about Penn State.

Why Do Corporate Foundations Spread Their Grants so Broadly?

Cause Related Marketing

The mine, owned by Kennecott and its corporate parent Rio Tinto, charges a modest vehicle entrance fee that goes to the Kennecott Utah Copper Visitor’s Center Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) private foundation which divvies it up the proceeds among local charities. There’s also a gift shop in the visitor’s center and proceeds from the sales of items there also benefits the Foundation. The year 2010 was a record year for the Foundation, it donated $186,000.

Grants and IBM Expertise for U.S. and International Cities' Governments' Offices and Districts (i.e. Port Authorities, School Districts, Etc.)

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From The Foundation Center. [If Only general-purpose governing bodies may apply. In addition to uploading a completed application form, each applicant is required to submit a brief letter from the mayor (or equivalent executive officer of the municipal government) affirming the validity of the submission. RFP government grants grants the foundation center

Free Agents and Government

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Tags: Social Media California free agents political parties Proposition 14 sunlight foundation The Networked Nonprofit

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

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From The Foundation Center. [If 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. Visit the Kessler Foundation Web site for complete program information and application procedures." RFP disabilities workforce development and education grants the foundation center

FREE DOWNLOAD: Diversifying Your Funding Streams

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One of my readers asked: “How does an organization begin to diversify its revenue stream (foundations/corporations) if the primary source of source is government grants?” ” How can you stop relying so much on government grants?

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Grants for Governments, Nonprofits, Regional Organizations, Individuals, Private Sector Creating Small and Large Scale Fisheries Management Solutions

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From The Foundation Center. [If Entries should have the potential for replication and contribute to responsible fisheries governance. Applications are invited from individuals, governments, regional organizations, fishers organizations, community-based organizations and NGOs, the private sector, and the academic community. RFP fish habitat protection grants environment the foundation center

Grants for U.S. Nonprofits, Tribes, Local or State Governments Studying Value and Impact of the Arts

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From The Foundation Center. [If nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes. RFP grants arts the foundation centerIf you are interested in this grant opportunity, click on "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this post, for more information].

Can a mobile app save lives? Yes it can.

Public Sector Marketing 2.0

This app from the PulsePoint Foundation leverages crowdsourcing, geo-location (GPS), push-messaging, maps and social integration, all for one simple purpose, to save lives. Government Mobile Review Social Media Videos citizen engagement cpr crowdsourcing ems health public health pulsepoint

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Interview with Jennifer Chandler, National Council of Nonprofits

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If you have earned income for your nonprofit or government contracts or grants, this interview will be important for you to watch. National Statistics show us that: –1/3 of our money is coming from the federal government, trickled down to the states.

Is your nonprofit a “safe bet”? Let’s Get Dangerous!

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Like foundations want to be investment bankers and get the greatest yield for their dollar amounts. Phil Cubeta, over at GiftHub, writes : “Albert, a community foundation leader orginally trained in philosophy asks such questions (on his blog under his own name, even).

Grants for U.S. Nonprofits and International Non Government Organizations Promoting the Rights of Persons With Disabilities

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From The Foundation Center. Tags: RFP disabilities grants the foundation center Deadline: Various (See below.)

Bridging Cultures Grants to U.S. Nonprofits (Incl. Schools, Libraries, Cultural Instit.s, Et.c), State, or Local Governments

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Tags: RFP grants cultural the foundation center

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About the Nonprofit's Governing Documents, Especially the Bylaws and How They Can Be A Powerful Tool for the Organization's Success

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The Bylaws and the Articles of Incorporation are the two governing documents that any nonprofit must create when it is being started up, and then it must have on hand as it conducts its business over the life of the organization. Instead, this post is merely educational: an introduction to what documents govern nonprofit organizations in a general overview, and it gives some instances (not all) in which they maybe either necessary or helpful and how so.

Grants for Local Governments Collaborations With School Aged Children Providing Local History and Preservation Projects

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From The Foundation Center. Other eligible applicants include local government agencies such as parks and recreation commissions, historic commissions, departments of local history, or other local government agencies that own and/or operate a historic site or property. Tags: RFP History Channel grants history the foundation center

You may have noticed…

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Our government used to believe that subsidizing education was preparing our nation to be more prosperous. Now our government has allowed schools to raise their fees to obscene levels. And yet being paid by government to do it. The government just isn’t taking it.

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Grants for U.S. Nonprofits, Governments, Tribes, and Educational Institutions Linking Econimic Development and Community Well Being to Stewardship & Health of the Environment

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From The Foundation Center. [If Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c) organizations; state, tribal, and local governments; and educational institutions. RFP grants environment the foundation centerIf you are interested in this grant opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this blog post, for more information].

The Rise of OpenGood


For instance: Barack Obama made the following statement during UN Week: “The strongest foundation for human progress lies in open economies, open societies and open governments.&#. In addition, friend Marc Drapeau recently wrote a fascinating piece on Open Government Entrepreneurship and the National Library of Medicine launched their new API portal. Tags: Changeblogging: NP, activism, social change + SocialButterfly government 2.0

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Grants for Schools, School Districts, Governments, and Nonprofits to Train American Students How To Respond to Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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From The Foundation Center. Medtronic Foundation to Fund School Programs That Save Lives From Sudden Cardiac Arrest Deadline: February 15, 2008 The Medtronic Foundation ( [link] ), a philanthropic vehicle of medical technology company Medtronic, Inc., grants on schools, school districts, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations that develop comprehensive school-based programs that prepare a new generation of people to recognize and respond to SCA.

What’s the One Secret to Winning Foundation Grants?

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Then head over to Pamela’s blog to sign up for her free 5-part course on successful foundation funding. “It Government and The Foundation Center, there are over $544 billion up for grabs each and every year from thousands of sources. (To Government spends on Social Security in a year — and about $40 billion more than what’s spent on Medicare and Medicaid!). Target local foundations. Maintain your foundation stewardship.

How to Motivate Board Members: Interview with Simone Joyaux

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It focuses only on governance not on management. We don’t understand that governance is different from management. At a certain point along to continuum it goes to governance. A governance moment is examining the financial picture. You HAVE TO DO GOVERNANCE.

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Grant Writers, Get an Inside Peek On Where Our Foundation Donors' Heads Are

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I then match them with the foundation or grant donor that is interested in the same work and cause; but also assist the non profit to lay out their project or program in a thought out, measurable, short term goal-oriented plan. The Rockefeller Foundation is arguably the grandfather of American foundation work (where Carnegie may be the great grandfather of American foundations). She explains that foundations will be judged, ultimately, by what they did.

Fast Ways to Find Funding Sources

Get Fully Funded is a clearinghouse for information on grant opportunities for all grants offered by the United States government. is a similar resource, but offers information about grants from private foundations, public foundations, and corporations throughout the United States. To search for government grant opportunities, follow these 5 steps. It will take you to a page with a link for each type of grant the government awards.

Making Your Case for Support for the Arts

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When I worked for the Austin Civic Orchestra in Texas, I had to write proposals to get grants from all different kinds of grantmakers, including the county, the arts venues themselves, and private foundations. I’m back! Guess where I was? An encaustic art conference in Cape Cod!

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Fundraising in Russia (kind of sucks)

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It’s getting money from US foundations. Most of the foundations in the world are in the US. In July 2015 a major Russian nonprofit called the Russian Dynasty Foundation folded rather than register as a foreign agent. It’s almost Halloween.

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How Do I Prepare To Find Foundations Who Will Fund Us?

Seeking Grant Money Today

In order to look for foundations who will give to your organization, you must know your own organization in detail. Know what projects and programs you will be looking for grants for (foundations generally do not fund past projects, programs, or debt; they like to fund new programs/projects). We do not have time to submit hundreds of copies of a generic, single, grant request for one need, filled in by merge fields in Word, with pertinent information per foundation/grant donor.

10 Awesome LGBTQ Organizations You Should Support This Pride Month


The LGBTQ Victory Fund is the only national organization dedicated to electing openly LGBTQ people to all levels of government. Gill Foundation The. The foundation offers grant funding to nonprofits that work to advance equality through research, education, policy, and the legal system.

What I learned about the Texas Nonprofit Sector

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7,300 are private foundations. And 20 times more than people working in state government. The government will continue to diminish its role of offering services, which offers more opportunities for nonprofits. The public trough is federal, state, corporate and foundation money.

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Nonprofits Talking Taxes

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

Earlier this month I attended a workshop at the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County called " Show Me the Money: Nonprofits Talking Taxes." But, as she explained at the start of the workshop, over the past several years of the recession-that-will-not-end, with each round of budget cuts at all levels of government, more and more public institutions were turning to private foundations and individual donors to fill the gap.

Reader Questions: How can you get unrestricted funding?

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I am grants manager at the Charles Darwin Foundation in the Galapagos Islands. Here’s a special metaphor just for the Darwin Foundation. Do they have the means to give large sums to the Darwin foundation? darwin fish! Hi Mazarine.

How To Learn What Federal, State, Local, or Tribal Grants Are Available, & How To Apply for Them

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You might have heard that applying for a grant offered by a government, any government, is "a different animal" compared to applying for a grant offered by a foundation. Applying for a government grant, especially a federal grant, can be arduous. Grants offered by governments are opportunities to raise funds, as well. foundations). To learn about and find out what other governments' grants are available, such as t he U.S.

#INTERVIEW with Lori Jacobwith, Communications & Fundraising Coach, & Founder of the Ignited Online Fundraising Community

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But that said, I spoke two days ago to the CEO of a 60-year-old organization and because they’ve been government funded for their lifespan, they are just now thinking they should invite individual donors to support them. Government contracts are a little harder to come by or are changing.

Your New Nonprofit Marketing Job: Movin’ Up Monday!

Getting Attention

Associate Director of Communications , Conservation Land Foundation (Durango, CO). Communications Officer – Web/Social Media , Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (Hartford, CT).

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15 Fantastic Nonprofit Marketing Jobs: Movin’ Up Monday!

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Director of Marketing , The Association of Small Foundations (Washington DC). Marketing & Communications Director , 100 Resilient Cities-Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (New York, NY). Marketing/PR Manager , Community Foundation of Collier County (Naples, FL).

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The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Participants will acquire a foundational understanding of this increasingly important component of fundraising strategy and will be able to identify and distinguish between the most common planned giving vehicles. 14th Annual Nonprofit Governance Symposium. It's finally here!