Gates Foundations Seeks Communications Proposals—Game Changer

Getting Attention

This RFP is focused on development organizations but I hope more funding will follow from Gates and other foundations, as a recognition of how crucial engagement is to achieving organizational and programmatic goals. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a call for communications proposals to “help change the narrative on foreign aid.” At last—funding specifically directed to communications!

Want to get that next grant? 5 steps to start building relationships with foundations

Wild Woman Fundraising

I’m great at writing grants but not as great at building a relationship with the foundations. Sure, here’s how to start building relationships with foundations. When they say yes, send them your best paper newsletter with a little note from you attached, explaining the most poignant stories from your programs. 5 steps to start building relationships with foundations originally appeared on Wild Woman Fundraising on December 17, 2012.

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Carter Center versus Clinton Foundation. A Tale of Two Audiences (An #npcomm Showdown)

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I just couldn’t get enough of presidential politics in the past few weeks, so for the next #NPComm Showdown, let’s look at the communications strategies of foundations started by two political powerhouses. The Clinton Foundation’s approach to the annual report is filled with best practices.

Tips & Tricks from the Foundation Side of Grant Seeking

Fundraising Coach

More importantly, she's even worked in a foundation that gave out grants. She goes into much more detail in The Nonprofit Academy training Tips & Tricks from the Foundation Side of Grant Seeking. Tips & Tricks from the Foundation Side of Grant Seeking.

Mashing Up Loyalty Programs and Cause Marketing

Cause Related Marketing

In my wallet are cards and keyfobs for a half-dozen loyalty programs from the sophisticated, like SkyMiles and Marriott Rewards and a couple grocery chains to several no-tech buy 10 get one free punch cards from a bakery and a couple of restaurants.

Ep232: PepsiCo’s Anti-Hunger Program Fuels Kids & Innovation

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to Matt Smith , Director of PepsiCo’s Food for Good program a purpose-driven business initiative within PepsiCo that tackles child hunger by making healthy food more physically and financially accessible for low-income families.

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Fundraising QuickStart Program

Get Fully Funded

ANNOUNCING THE FUNDRAISING QUICK START PROGRAM! The Fundraising QuickStart program is a 6-week webinar series designed to help you zero in on the strategies that are guaranteed to raise the funds your nonprofit needs NOW! That’s what you’ll find in the Fundraising QuickStart program.

Partner with Program Staff & Your Network for More Marketing Impact

Getting Attention

Invest 4 minutes in watching this energizing video from the Kids Count program team at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Here program staff Laura Speer and Don Crary discuss their conviction that effective marketing is integral to program success (hallelujah!)

[Guest Post] Top 10 Tips for Growing Your Matching Gift Program

Fundraising Coach

Top 10 Tips for Growing Your Matching Gift Program. You can employ traditional fundraising techniques, request government grants, and even look to corporate foundations for donations. That’s the principle behind matching gift programs.

Foundations Using Social Media for Movement Building

A. Fine Blog

The topic for this month’s Social Good Podcast is on the ways that foundation’s are using social media to support movement building. The guests are Suphatra Laviolette of the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Michael Smith of the Case Foundation.

5 questions to ask your planned giving marketing vendor

iMarketSmart

Who among those leads has a donor advised fund or family foundation? Fundraising Planned Giving best practices for planned giving Lead generation for planned giving nonprofit marketing planned giving acquisition planned giving programs for nonprofitsHow many highly qualified planned giving leads did you generate for my nonprofit last year? How many of those leads could also be major gift donors? Why do each of those leads care about my organization’s mission?

How DecentWork can take your nonprofit to the next level: Interview with Cathy Taylor, Executive Director, Ontario Nonprofit Network

Wild Woman Fundraising

MT: For the CEOs and the executive directors listening, and the board members, they may be struggling to make their programs effective. So like I was talking about the number of program participants or the outcomes the program has had over the last ten years. Hey, everybody.

The Best & Worst Local Cause Marketing Programs of 2010

Selfish Giving

I combed through the Selfish Giving archives and came up with the best and worst local cause marketing programs of 2010. I took the unprecedented step of not including any of my own cause marketing programs. (I Here are the seven best local cause marketing programs for 2010.

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Want to have TOO MANY major donors? Read this.

Wild Woman Fundraising

We know that if we care about the future of our nonprofit, we need to start cultivating major donor relationships, and start our major gift program. Mr. Smith is the head of a university foundation located on the West Coast. Picture by Susan NYC from Flickr.

Grants for Public Schools' Music Programs and Independent Music Programs

Seeking Grant Money Today

From The Foundation Center. [As Deadline: February 17, 2012 Muzak Heart and Soul Foundation Invites Applications From Music Education Programs for Music Matters Grant Program The Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation , a nonprofit public charity established by Muzak LLC , is accepting applications for its Music Matters Grant Program, which provides grants to public school and independent music programs in the United States.

Fast Ways to Find Funding Sources

Get Fully Funded

Foundationcenter.org is a similar resource, but offers information about grants from private foundations, public foundations, and corporations throughout the United States. Although there are many ways to search for funding sources, the Foundation Center and Grants.gov will give you access to a majority of the grant opportunities in the United States that could potentially fund your project. To search for foundation and private grant opportunities, follow these 3 steps.

Grants for Service Dogs Programs

Seeking Grant Money Today

From The Foundation Center. Planet Dog Foundation Offers Funding for Service Dog Programs Deadline: August 1, 2008 (Letters of Intent) The Planet Dog Foundation ( [link] ) seeks to support worthy organizations through a grantmaking program designed to support 501(c)(3) not-for-profit partners nationwide. The goal of the program is to fund new and proven initiatives that bring people and pets together for mutual benefit and support.

There Are Only Three Ways to Raise More Money

iMarketSmart

Many nonprofits strive to move one-time donors into monthly “sustainer” programs, or, at a minimum, get them to renew their contributions year over year. Every nonprofit organization needs more of two things: time and money.

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#GRANTS: The Lawrence Foundation Can Help Your Environmental Or Health Program

Non Profit Marketing 360

In our ongoing periodic series on sources for grants, we have focused on foundations tied to the great tech companies of our day. In this installment we present a foundation not obviously linked to that sector of the economy, though in fact it is intimately entwined. Over the last decade-plus, the foundation has offered over $3 million to projects concerning education, health, the environment, and disaster relief (local and international).

The Foundation Center Now Provides Free Website That Teaches How To Do Grant Writing

Seeking Grant Money Today

The Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide, has launched an online learning community for the social sector. The Foundation Center, which maintains offices in Atlanta, Cleveland, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, has long been known as the premier resource for fundraisers and others seeking grants. The "Ask Us" link on each page connects visitors to expert assistance from Foundation Center staff via live chat or e-mail.

Jolkona Foundation: Measuring Impact

A Small Change

Jolkona Foundation has some great ideas about how to measure donor impact. What inspired you to start the Jolkona Foundation? One to one” refers to the fact that all donations via the Jolkona Foundation website make a specific impact with which the individual donor can identify.

Cause Marketing or Corporate Philanthropy Program? It’s Not a Yes or No Question.

Cause Related Marketing

The question was prompted by a press release I saw recently announcing a new cause marketing effort from Godiva, the high-end chocolatier owned by the Turkish company Yildiz Holding, and headlined ‘Godiva Launches Philanthropy Program.’ Godiva’s program recognizes women around the world who “contribute to their communities and inspire others to do the same.” More, even, than a corporate foundation might give in a year.

What’s Next for the Ford Foundation?

A. Fine Blog

The title of this post is the title of a post written by Darren Walker announcing the future direction of the Ford Foundation. And how will these organizations be “partners” with the foundation? One of my most memorable experiences with my program officer from the Packard Foundation when I received my first grant from them. ” I shouted to my program officer (in the way that only twenty-somethings can do.)

Making Your Case for Support for the Arts

Wild Woman Fundraising

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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Are you a foundation looking for nonprofits to fund? Consider this.

Wild Woman Fundraising

Are you looking for a nonprofit with a good 5 year plan, and programs based on research? Are you trying to make rational predictions of which human services programs will work, based on equations? Hey Foundations! Are you a foundation looking for nonprofits to fund?

Grants for Safe and Vital Communities for: Tolerance, Economic Empowerment, Teen Safe Driving, and Domestic Violence Programs

Seeking Grant Money Today

From The Foundation Center. [If Deadline: March 11, 2011 Allstate Foundation Invites Applications for 2011 Grant Program The Allstate Foundation , which provides funding in communities across the United States to address key social issues, is accepting applications for the first round of its 2011 regional grant cycle. A majority of foundation funding is dedicated to the foundation's two signature issues — teen safe driving and domestic violence.

[INTERVIEW] 8 Questions Answered about Online Fundraising!

Wild Woman Fundraising

They came all the way from The SickKids Foundation in Toronto, Canada for the conference. Noelle: SickKids Foundation is my first foray into fundraising. Laura: I started my career at SickKids Foundation as an intern in the communications department. Get Schooled!

Grants for Plant Conservation Programs Operated In Collaboration

Seeking Grant Money Today

From The Foundation Center. [If The NPCI program funds multi-stakeholder projects that focus on the conservation of native plants and pollinators under any of the following six focal areas: conservation, education, restoration, research, sustainability, and data linkages. For-profit businesses and individuals are not eligible to apply directly to the program but are encouraged to work with eligible applicants to develop and submit proposals.

How to Raise Money With Facebook – One Organization’s Success Story

J Campbell Social Marketing

Baldrick’s Foundation contacted me to highlight some of the great strides the organization has taken in the area of social media fundraising. St Baldrick’s operates a foundation-wide content calendar and uses it for programming, marketing, fundraising, and PR efforts.

Big Data hits Nonprofits! POW!

Wild Woman Fundraising

If you’re working at a community foundation, you might consider putting together something like this for your state, combining 2010 census data and google maps to show areas of greatest need. You’re working for a social services nonprofit. You’re writing a grant.

#GRANTS: Verizon Foundation Offers Support For Environmental & Educational Nonprofits

Non Profit Marketing 360

But did you know the Verizon Foundation also supports such nonprofits and charities with grants in money, kind, and service? The Foundation focuses on issues pertaining to K-through-12 education, health care, and sustainability/environmentalism, so if your organization is involved in any of these fields, you should reach out and touch them (Er, wrong service. They stress the fact that the foundation will not support land or major hardware/software purchases.

#PHILANTHROPY: #Sundance & A3 Foundation Extend Cooperation for Asian-American Artists

Non Profit Marketing 360

Shot from a film sponsored by the A3 Foundation. According to their own site, “The A3 Fellows Program is the inaugural program for the foundation placing emerging artists with seasoned artists to learn and grow.

How to Choose the Right Online Communications Platforms for A Small Nonprofit

J Campbell Social Marketing

In conclusion, I feel strongly that if your small nonprofit has a great content foundation in place with a website, email, and blog, you can increase awareness of your programs and raise money for your organization.

#Fundraising: How To Apply For Grants From The Gates Foundation

Non Profit Marketing 360

In our ongoing series on helping our readers find sources of grants and apply for them, we turn to the Gates Foundation, founded by Microsoft’s previous CEO, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda. In the public imagination, the good work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation goes a long way to erase all those terrible memories of Windows Millennium, Service Pack Y (incompatible with Service Pack X), and Blue Screens of Death.

#Fundraising: How To Apply For Grants From The Gates Foundation

Non Profit Marketing 360

In our ongoing series on helping our readers find sources of grants and apply for them, we turn to the Gates Foundation, founded by Microsoft’s previous CEO, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda. In the public imagination, the good work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation goes a long way to erase all those terrible memories of Windows Millennium, Service Pack Y (incompatible with Service Pack X), and Blue Screens of Death.

INTERVIEW: Lisa Taylor of Challenge Factory Talks Your Career Transition

Wild Woman Fundraising

we have a lot of thought leadership around head offices of nonprofits and social service programs. There’s the most significant funding for different types of programs. But there are different niche programs in different parts of the country.

Matching Grants Program for Citizen Based Monitoring Field Work Benefiting American National Forests and Grasslands

Seeking Grant Money Today

From The Foundation Center. Deadline: January 17, 2012 National Forest Foundation Announces 2012 Matching Awards Program Guidelines The National Forest Foundation , the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service , works to engage America in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the National Forest System. The foundation also administers private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of national forests.

KONY2012: Judged by their funders?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Video does not show the evangelical anti-gay Christian background of the organization’s founders and funders such as the National Christian Foundation. Video does not show what percentage of money is spent on programs versus marketing, and emphasizes marketing over action.

Foundations: Innovation, Really?

Fundraising Breakthroughs

Among interviewees and participant advisors to the project that resulted in the report Caring to Change , many see foundations as embodying double standards for innovation and risk. With all the trendy and appealing chatter about “innovation” and game-changing, scalable solutions (see White House, see new journals, see social venture philanthropy), I’m wondering if mainstream and family foundations are enough a part of the conversation. Foundations can afford to be risk-takers.

Wells Fargo Housing Foundation Offering Home Ownership Programs Grants

Seeking Grant Money Today

From The Foundation Center. Wells Fargo Housing Foundation Accepting Applications for Home Ownership Grant Program Deadline: August 1, 2007 The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation ( https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/wfhf_oview ), a philanthropic organization of Wells Fargo & Company ( https://wellsfargo.com/ ), provides financial resources to nonprofit organizations to help meet the home ownership needs of low- to moderate-income people in communities where the company does business.