Monday, June 27, 2011

How To Raise Donations, How To Increase Donations, & How to Retain Donors Who Give Again

How to Raise Donations, Or Rather, How to Raise Donors Who Will Give Again

Your Nonprofit Needs Cash Flow.  That Means Your Nonprofit Needs Your Individual Donors. Take Great Care of Each One.

How To Increase the Number of New Donors

How the Everyday Donor Can Become A Major Ally In Your Nonprofit Surviving This Economy

Raise Some Quick Donations, More Often, Right Now, And Again Later This Year, and Next...

Matching Grants for Nonprofits, Native American tribes, and Universities Doing Conservation Benefitting National Forests or Grasslands in the U.S.

From The Foundation Center...

[For more information on this grant opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this post].

Deadline: July 18, 2011

National Forest Foundation's Matching Awards Program to Support Community Stewardship Projects

The National Forest Foundation, (NFF) the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, is committed to facilitating local involvement and encouraging community participation in forest stewardship to enhance the viability of natural resources.

The NFF is soliciting proposals for its Matching Awards Program, a grant program that provides matching funds for direct action-oriented on-the-ground conservation and citizen-based monitoring projects on or around national forests and grasslands. The NFF encourages organizations to position their proposed projects within at least one of its areas of programmatic emphasis — wildlife habitat improvement, recreation, watershed health and restoration, and community-based forestry.

The NFF will accept applications from nongovernmental, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, Native American tribes, and universities doing on-the-ground conservation work that benefits national forests or grasslands in the U.S.

Past awards have ranged from $500 to over $100,000, with a mean of $30,000 and a median of $25,000. All awards require at least a 1:1 cash match of non-federal funds. MAP funding is available to support specific conservation and restoration projects and does not provide general programmatic support. Projects must be completed within one year.

Visit the NFF Web site for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and the pre-application questionnaire.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Generally, How to Fundraise, Fundraise Better, and Succeed In this Economy

One Way to Remedy Fundraising Jitters Is to Have Reasons to Feel Confident About the Potential to Succeed, and Here's How...

Want to Fundraise Better?  Put Processes Into Place...

Transparency... Four Letter Word or Wave of the Future?

How To Make Requesting A Donation Face to Face From A Major Donor Easier

What A Nonprofit's Annual Report Is, Why It Is Powerful In Fundraising, & How to Create One

Top Ten Successful Methods for Any Nonprofit to Use to Survive A Poor Economy

Is Crowd Sourcing A Viable Sustainable Way for Nonprofits to Raise and Retain Support?  No.

Grants for Qualified Shelters and Other Animal Welfare Organizations Coping with Flood and Tornado Disasters in the U.S.

From The Foundation Center...

[If you are interested in this grant opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this post for more information].

Deadline: Open

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Establishes U.S. Disaster Relief Fund

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has announced that it has established an ASPCA Disaster Fund and is accepting disaster grant applications from qualified shelters and other animal welfare organizations responding to companion animal care emergencies resulting from the recent floods and tornadoes in the United States.

Applicants to the ASPCA Disaster Fund must be a nonprofit organization or government agency (such as a municipal or county animal control) with an animal welfare mission and a federal tax ID (Employer Identification Number); a qualified shelter and/or other animal welfare organization in states affected by or responding to recent severe weather incidents, or organizations outside those states providing outreach and assistance; directly affected by or providing/participating in direct response to the spring 2011 natural disasters; and in need of immediate assistance.

Eligible requests include cash assistance for the following purposes: food and food banks for at-risk animals; shelter supplies and equipment; rescue supplies and equipment; sheltering or temporary boarding and fostering of rescued or at-risk animals; transport/transfers/relocation of animals; veterinary expenses/medical care for animals; overtime expenses for shelter staff; travel and related incidental expenses for shelter staff or staff deployed to affected disaster areas to assist with disaster response for animals; and infrastructure repairs/rebuilding.

Visit the ASPCA Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures.

Monday, June 13, 2011

How and Why Any Nonprofit's Community Is Its Lifeblood and What About Other Similar Organizations?

A Community's Confidence In A Nonprofit Is The Ultimate Key To An Organization's Future

The Nonprofit That Understands That Without A Strong Relationship With Its Community It Stumbles - Is The Nonprofit That Succeeds

A Real World Example Demonstrating Why Nonprofits' Mission Statements Are More Important Than the Almighty Dollar

The Southern Oregon Historical Society Has Raised Some Eyebrows... What They Could Have Done Differently?

Susan G. Komen's Experience Is The Devil In the Details (For Us and Not Just Komen)

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

What About That Other Nonprofit, In Town, That's Similar To Us?

Does Everyone In Your Organization's Community Understand What Your Nonprofit Does?  Are You Sure?

Grants to Support Women Scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math Programs

From The Foundation Center...

Deadline: September 1, 2011

Elsevier Foundation Offers Grants to Support Women Scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

The Elsevier Foundation is seeking new grant proposals for its New Scholars program, which provides funding for projects to help support women scholars during the early stages of their careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The program is designed to actively address the attrition rate of talented women scientists caused by the difficulty of balancing a demanding academic career with family responsibilities.

The foundation provides grants to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) institutions and organizations that are working towards a more equitable academia by: encouraging networking and collaborations among institutions and/or across STEM disciplines in ways that support faculty and staff with family responsibilities; developing and implementing strategies to promote knowledge, awareness, and application of programs to retain, recruit, and develop women in science; and/or enabling scientists to attend conferences, meetings, workshops, and symposia that are critical to the development of a career in science by helping them with childcare and other family responsibilities when attending scientific gatherings.

Grants will range between $5,000 and $50,000 per year for up to three years.

Proposals will be accepted online beginning July 1, 2011.

Visit the Elsevier Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Doomsday Has Been Rescheduled, But What About The Donations Raised for It?

We all now know that Harold Camping, leader of Family Radio, the doomsday prophecy group that predicted that on May 21, 2011 the wold would end, got that date wrong.  Here we still all are.  Camping has since stated that he made and error.  The prophecy is extended through October 21.

According to CNN Money's article (found on Yahoo Finance's June 1), Doomsday believer donates entire inheritance to Family Radio, Doris Schmitt, an elderly American lady, left in her will $25,000 to Family Radio.  Eileen Heuwetter, the executrix of the will, who is also Schmitt's niece, was saddened to hear of the large sum of her aunt's money going to the group.  As her aunt's estate is now closing, Heuwetter was so upset that she contacted several lawyers to see what could be done, if anything, to recover the sum of money.  To quote the article, "...they brought the case to several lawyers, who sympathized with the family, but agreed they had no case. Family Radio did not respond to [CNN Money's]  requests for comment."

In a timely fashion, Rick Cohen, for The Nonprofit Quarterly, on May 23 wrote, Nonprofit Raises Big Bucks For Doomsday - What Now? and he prompts us to consider what the recent increase in fundraising capabilities of doomsday groups has to do with charity.  He wonders if asking for donations and not delivering on the rapture is ripping people off.  It is a fair question, I argue, and I think that Doris Schmitt would, too. 

In CNN Money's article it states, "While other family members insisted it was crazy to let her aunt give all that money to a radio station, Heuwetter didn't initially contest the conditions of the will. She knew little about the Christian radio station, but knew her aunt, Doris Schmitt, found comfort in it."

According to American law, once a donor gives a donation and it is accepted by the nonprofit recipient of that donation it is a legal and binding charity-related fiscal transaction.  In other words, it was Schmitt's money to give to whomever or whatever she wished to bequeath her money to.  Is this sad?  It is if you consider, as her niece does, that relatives who are currently in financial need, or other nonprofit organizations that perhaps deliver programs and services (and deliver them well, ethically, and provide something that is needed but not gotten elsewhere) would have used the money for better ends.  But, again, it was her aunt's decision to make, as the $25,000 was her aunt's money.

I am not saying that her aunt couldn't have perhaps learned about philanthropy and how to leave an estate or bequest that winds up effectively, efficiently, but also ethically delivering something to the community at large, along the donor's values, interests, and wishes, but that also enables a nonprofit to do something (for someone or something in need).  I'm also not saying that her aunt couldn't have gotten council from trusted friends and family on who would be a good recipient of her estate, given Schmitt's values, dreams, and wants for the community at large.  But, having said this, I don't know that these weren't Schmitt's experience.  The fact is, she may have done each of these proactive and self-informing steps and still chosen to give $25,000 to Family Radio.

Cohen, in The Nonprofit Quarterly article, does ask whether (as is required by law) did Family Radio (as it expected the end of the world was nigh on May 21) spend down all of its assets.  This is a more interesting question for those of us who give donations to nonprofits, but also for those of us who work with nonprofits.  Why?  The question is in step with contemporary, American, nonprofit, best practices which happen to be backed, now, by federal law.  Charities can have their nonprofit status revoked by the IRS (thus no longer making it legal for them to raise donations as a charity) if certain fiscal and operational reporting requirements are not met or not met in full disclosure.  Between you and I, I'm guessing there is a certain three letter federal agency that is looking into Family Radio, its reporting in recent years, and its charity status.  But, this is just a guess.  You see, it is not enough to simply create a nonprofit, create a cause (such as the rapture), and then go fundraising for charity donations.  A legal nonprofit, in the United States, (one that is recognized by all of the governments that require it to report to them, including the federal government) a charity must do, report, and disclose certain specific accomplishments, receipts, processes, and bookkeeping each year.  If it doesn't add up -there is a further (deeper) investigation which, depending on findings, can result in a nonprofit losing its official charity status.

As stated again and again in this blog, if an organization is legitimately operating in order to achieve successes in the community at whatever work is involved in its mission statement, it is not enough to start the nonprofit and begin fundraising and expect that just by virtue of the organization being a charity (which most people presume is doing "good" (whatever that is)) the nonprofit will raise enough money in order for the organization to do whatever it is that the charity is doing.  The fact is, a nonprofit has to not just work in a cause or issue (i.e. the rapture) that people care about - in order for a nonprofit to have longevity enough to grow and achieve successes - it must demonstrate that it's providing a real solution to a real , but as yet, unmet need in the community - and meet that need ethically, professionally, efficiently, and effectively, over and over again (even as the need changes into a new one).  Donors are like investors and as such, they give repeatedly to the same organization only when they see that their investment (or donation) was spent as expected, provided some real and needed result, and that they have the potential to do similarly again.

Update 10/21/2011: Radio prophet gone from airwaves on new Judgement Day eve

Grants for Nonprofits Serving Men With HIV/AIDS in Latin America

From The Foundation Center...

[If you are interested in this grant opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this post, for more information]

Deadline: July 11, 2011

amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research Announces Funding Opportunity for Latin American Grassroots Organizations

With support from the Elton John AIDS Foundation, amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research has announced new funding for innovative projects that address HIV/AIDS among gay men, other men who have sex with men (MSM), and transgender individuals in Latin America.

Grassroots nonprofit organizations led by or closely linked to MSM/LGBT communities in low- and middle-income countries in Latin America are encouraged to submit relevant proposals.

Each eligible organization may apply for an award of up to $20,000 to support project-related costs for up to twelve months. Proposals for general operating support will not be considered. Approximately $200,000 in total funding is available through this round of awards; amfAR anticipates funding from six to eight proposals.

Applicants must be nonprofit organizations (e.g., NGOs, CBOs, or other charitable organizations) that are the equivalent of U.S. tax-exempt nonprofit organizations.

Visit the amfAR Web site for complete program guidelines, a list of eligible countries, funding priorities, and application procedures.