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FUNdraising Good Times: Three more things you need to know before writing a proposal

FUNdraising Good Times: Three more things you need to know before writing a proposalLast week's column focused on six basic things you should know before writing a proposal. With this column, we address three more nuanced things to consider.

Some nonprofits create a "boiler plate" proposal and send it out to as many foundations and corporations as possible, hoping to "get a hit." That is one strategy, and sometimes it is appropriate. Making small modifications to a standard proposal is efficient, particularly when seeking to secure sponsorships and smaller grants. In general, we suggest a more targeted approach.
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Robert L. Johnson: The "Urban Movie Channel" interview

Robert L. Johnson: The Robert L. "Bob" Johnson is the Founder and Chairman of The RLJ Companies, an innovative business network that owns or holds interests in businesses operating in hotel real estate, private equity, consumer financial services, asset management, automobile dealerships, sports and entertainment, and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming.
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New Office of Equity in Procurement will help ensure diversity in state government contracts

New Office of Equity in Procurement will help ensure diversity in state government contractsMinnesota is taking tangible steps to ensure equity in state contracting; helping businesses owned by women, veterans, minorities, and individuals with disabilities access opportunities to do business with the state, so says the state's top lawmaker.
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FUNdraising Good Times: Summer writing: Get a head start on funding proposals

FUNdraising Good Times: Summer writing: Get a head start on funding proposalsSummer reading is highlighted in Oprah and other magazines each year. A good read is great to enjoy on the beach or curled up on a lawn chair. But what about a good summer write? That's right –start writing now to help the money come in at the end of the year, or perhaps next spring. That's how it's done. Writing proposals now prevents future complaints such as "how can I write that proposal in just three days?" It's called planning ahead.
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FUNdraising Good Times: Hear ye! Hear ye!: Sharing the vision

FUNdraising Good Times: Hear ye! Hear ye!: Sharing the visionHow does your nonprofit report on its work? How do you share your vision, work and impact? Do you send an email? Create an annual report? What about an annual meeting that brings together your stakeholders? Are you up to it? Can you make the time? Our perspective: how can you not afford the time?
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FUNdraising Good Times: Defining customer service for nonprofits

FUNdraising Good Times: Defining customer service for nonprofitsHow do you measure customer service? Can a nonprofit organization, college or university use the same processes that a retail business would use?
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West Broadway organizations employ 400 North Minneapolis youth this summer

West Broadway organizations employ 400 North Minneapolis youth this summerNorth Minneapolis is home to the highest concentration of people under the age of 20 in all of Minneapolis.
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