Monday, October 31, 2011

What Are The Typical Different Fundraising Methods Nonnprofits Use To Raise Support? See...

For more information on any one of the following fundraising methods, use the Search field (upper left hand corner of this web page) or look under Labels (to the right) for the topic title (or look under the How To Label).

Different But Very Common Methods of Fundraising:

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Raising donations through your nonprofit's website
Cash Donations (Individuals and Corporations)
Services for Fees (i.e. Sliding Scale Fees or Ability to Pay Scale)
Fundraising Events
Educational Programs for Fees
Selling donated items (i.e. In Kind donations), etc. for profit in a retail store or online
Becoming a United Way agency
Require Annual Minimum Board Member Donations
Working with another organization on a specific program/project and sharing the costs and donations
Employee Giving Programs (i.e. corporate employees' regular contributions)
Employee Matching Gifts (i.e. a donor's employer matches each of its employees' donations)
House Parties

Keep in mind that many medium size nonprofits, as well as large ones, conduct all and more of the above fundraising methods, over the course of a year, smaller ones a combination of two or three.  In order for a nonprofit to have continual cash flow, it must be fundraising regularly, all year long.

Three Different Grants For Atheletics and Sports: U.S. Soccer for Youth, U.S. Football for Youth, and U.S. Girls Sports Ages 8 - 13

These Grant Opportunities Are Not Related and Each Are Separate Opportunities From Different Grant Donors:

[If you are interested in more information on any of these grant opportunities, then click "Link to Complete RFP" for the pertinent grant opportunity, at the end of its grant description].

1. U.S. Soccer Foundation Invites Applications for Social Innovation Fund Subgrant Program

Deadline: December 22, 2011

The U.S. Soccer Foundation is offering the opportunity for organizations around the United States to apply for the 2012 Soccer for Success Social Innovation Fund Subgrant. The 2012 Soccer for Success SIF Subgrant will support the replication of Soccer for Success, the foundation's free after-school youth development soccer program, which was designed to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in low-income urban communities.

The subgrant program seeks to invest in nonprofit organizations serving economically disadvantaged youth in grades K-8.

Grant awards will range from $100,000 to $300,000 based on the number of children served and applicant's ability to provide matching funds. Grants will be funded for two years.

The application window for the 2012 Soccer for Success SIF Subgrant cycle opened on October 27, 2011, and will close on December 22, 2011.

Visit the U.S. Soccer Foundation Web site for complete program information and the application.

2. National Football League Grassroots Field Grant Program Offers Funding to Improve Youth Football Fields

Deadline: December 16, 2011

The NFL Youth Football Fund Grassroots Program, a partnership of the National Football League Youth Football Fund and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, provides financial and technical assistance to nonprofits working to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of youth football fields in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.

In order to be eligible for a grant, projects must be sponsored by community-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations or middle or high schools. In addition, all organizations applying for funds must be located specifically and exclusively within NFL target markets and serve low- to moderate-income areas within those markets.

There are two levels of support:
General Field Support: Applicants may submit requests of up to $50,000 for capital projects not associated with the actual field surface(e.g., installation/refurbishment of bleachers, concession stands, lights, irrigation systems).

Field Surface Grants: Matching grants of up to $200,000 are available to help finance the resurfacing of a community, middle school, or high school football field and the installation of synthetic sports turf. A smaller number of matching grants of up to $100,000 will be available to help finance the resurfacing of a community, middle school, or high school football field utilizing natural grass/sod surfaces. Funds from the program must be used for capital expenditures only and may not be used to maintain field surfaces.

Visit the LISC Web site for the complete Request for Proposals, list of eligible target markets, and an FAQ.

3. Women's Sports Foundation Invites Grant Applications for Pennsylvania GoGirlGo! Funding Program

Deadline: November 28, 2011

The Women’s Sports Foundation created its GoGirlGo! program to give girls access to physical activity. GoGirlGo! grants support sports/physical activity programs seeking to add new or expand program participation opportunities for an underserved population of girls, particularly economically disadvantaged girls and/or girls from populations with high incidences of health-risk behaviors. These programs must combine athletic instruction with the delivery of the GoGirlGo! curriculum by qualified adults.

The GoGirlGo! Pennsylvania Grant program is designed to recognize deserving nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in the state that seek to enhance the lives of girls between the ages of 8 and 13 through sports and physical activity. Programs must deliver a minimum eight-week sports/physical activity program, with preference given to organizations working consistently with girls throughout the year.

With support from the Hershey Company, the Pennsylvania program will award a total of $40,000 in grants. The maximum grant amount is $10,000. Award funds may be used for athletic equipment, supplies, facility rental, league/tournament fees, travel, coaching, scholarships, and/or program administration expenses. Funds may only be used for girls’ sports/physical activity programs.

Visit the Women's Sports Foundation Web site for the complete Pennsylvania GoGirlGo! Request for Proposals, application form, and an FAQ. GoGirlGo! RFPs for other communities will be available in 2012.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Why Volunteers Are More Than Invaluable People-Power, Who Also Enable Any Nonprofit's Fundraising To Raise More, and How To Do So...

Volunteers' Importance In Grant Writing

Helpful Tips To Raise Corporate Grants

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Who Does What In A Capital Campaign

Some Advice About Volunteer Grant Writers

Facility Investment and Building Reserve Grants for U.S. Arts and Culture Nonprofits

From The Foundation Center...

[If this is a grant opportunity that you would like more information about, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of the post, for more information].

Deadline: March 1, 2012 (Preliminary Applications)

Kresge Foundation's Arts and Culture Program Announces Final Call for Facility Investment and Building Reserve Grant Applications

The Kresge Foundation's Arts and Culture program has announced the final call for preliminary grant applications for its Facility Investments and Building Reserves program. Kresge is conducting this final round of facility and building reserve grants as it continues to refine its overall investment strategy.

Eligible organizations may apply for both facility investment and building reserve grants, or building reserve grants only. Facility investment grants will prioritize renovation and repair projects. (On occasion, this grant may be awarded for new construction that includes exemplary environmental sustainability practices.) Building reserve grants are designed to seed or enhance an organization's building reserve fund for the ongoing maintenance and replacement of an organization's facilities. The program does not fund reserves solely for equipment.

Eligible applicants are nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in the United States whose primary mission is arts and culture. Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that have a long-term agreement to operate a government-owned facility are eligible. Start up organizations or those with less than two full years of operation, and organizations that are both owned and operated by a government entity are not eligible to apply.

Grant amounts will be dependent on the type of project and the size, scope, and business model of the organization. Some grants may be designed as matching or challenge grants. In general, multi-year institutional capitalization grants will not exceed $1 million and/or a period of three years from the time of the grant award.
Complete program information, application guidelines, and the application form are available at the Kresge Web site.

Monday, October 17, 2011

For Improved Grant Proposals, Be Sure to Be Succinct - Why It's Helpful and How to Be Succinct:

Be Succinct In Your Grant Writing

That Program, Project, Or Item: Writing In Your Proposal About What You Need the Grant For

Using Logic In Grant Proposal Content - Yes, Logic...

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

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.

NFF is currently soliciting proposals for its Matching Awards Program, which provides matching funds for direct on-the-ground and citizen-based monitoring projects benefiting America's national forests and grasslands.

NFF is interested in supported action-oriented projects that enhance the viability of natural resources while benefiting and directly engaging surrounding communities. MAP funds can be used to support conservation and restoration projects in the areas of wildlife habitat improvement, recreation, watershed health and restoration, and community-based forestry. In addition to focusing on one or more of these four areas of stewardship, NFF requires projects to show a strong commitment to civic engagement and community involvement through the direct involvement of the public in on-the-ground conservation, restoration, and monitoring projects.

The foundation will consider applications from non-federal partners, community-based organizations, Native American tribes, and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations implementing action-oriented, on-the-ground conservation and citizen-based monitoring projects on or around national forests or grasslands.

Past awards range from $500 to over $100,000. Organizations new to NFF should keep their first proposal to a moderate sum. All MAP awards require at least a 1:1 cash match of non-federal funds. Projects must be completed within one year. MAP funding is available to support specific conservation and restoration projects and does not provide general programmatic support.

MAP projects are selected for funding through a two-stage process. Applicants must first complete an online questionnaire. Those that successfully complete the questionnaire will be invited to submit a proposal for consideration.

Visit the NFF Web site for complete program guidelines, application requirements, and an FAQ.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Transparency, Why It Matters Now More Than Ever, What It Really Is, & Why Your Organization Should Be As Transparent As Possible

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

Evaluation Methods - How Can A Nonprofit Use Them To Raise More Money More Often

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

From The Foundation Center...

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

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.

The fund was created through a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with additional support from the Walton Family Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
In its funding round in April, the fund awarded nearly $2.25 million to eighteen projects in the northeastern U.S., the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Coast, and Alaska. NFWF anticipates awarding approximately $1 to $2 million.

The fund, the goal of which is to help rebuild depleted stocks and promote the sustainable management of the nation's fisheries, fosters new approaches to making catch-shares work for fishermen. Successful proposals will offer innovative approaches to building the capacity and sustainability of fishing communities, promoting full utilization of annual catch limits and minimizing bycatch of overfished and endangered species, and improving the quality, quantity, and timeliness of fisheries-dependent data used for science, management, and fishermen's business purposes.

All persons, organizations, and agencies (excluding employees of the federal government) working on projects designed to ensure sustainable U.S. fisheries are eligible to apply.

The majority of awards under the program will fall in the range of $50,000 to $200,000. However, upper and lower limits to award size are not specified. Matching contributions (both cash and in-kind) are preferred but not required. Projects may run for up to two years.

Visit the NFWF Web site for the complete Request for Proposals, application procedures, and information on the fund's previous round of grants.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

In Order To Raise Grants, It's Helpful to Understand Grant Donors & Where They Are Coming From

What Motivates Giving

Why Do Donors Give Grants At All

A Shift In Giving: Proactive Philanthropists Instead of Passive Donors

Yet Another Example of Donors Expecting Results; Nonprofits, You Can't Just Take the Money and Cross Your Fingers Anymore

Site Visits Or the Meeting With A Potential Grant Donor

Nominate A Software Developer Who Has Created Open Source Software for the Nonprofit Sector

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: October 31, 2011

Nominations Open for Public Interest Computing Prize

The Tides Foundation is accepting nominations for the sixth annual $10,000 Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest, the nation's highest honor for software developers working with nonprofits to help advance innovative social change.

Each year, starting in 2006, the Pizzigati Prize has accepted nominations of talented and creative individuals who have developed open source software products that demonstrate impressive value to the nonprofit sector. Tides welcomes nominations from both developers and the nonprofits who work with them.

The Pizzigati Prize welcomes applications from - and nominations for - single individuals. Those nominated for the prize should have developed a software product that is open source, as defined by the Open Source Initiative, and easily and widely available. The software must have already demonstrated its value to at least one nonprofit organization. Additionally, it should be a product that can be of value to multiple nonprofit organizations. Applicants will be evaluated on a range of criteria by an advisory panel that includes past winners of the prize.

Complete prize guidelines and nomination instructions are available at the prize Web site.