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Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Nonprofit workshop:
Grantwriting for Beginners
Thursday, June 12
2:00-4:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Register at www.thefundingseed.com

Are you involved with a non-profit?  
Does your job require you to raise funds for your department or position?  
Do you want to add a valuable skill to your resume? 

Consider grantwriting!

Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic tools you need to start writing grants.  Participants will learn how to find funding opportunities, tools and tips for writing proposals and ways to make a program competitive for repeat funding.


Attendees will receive a certificate of participation after completing the workshop.


Registration $35 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.


Email info@thefundingseed.com to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

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Seats Filling for June 10th and 11th Grants Seminar

Posted By David Kiviaho, kiisa Corporation, Friday, May 30, 2014
1.2 CEU's - Two Days - $395 per person - June 10th and 11th in Slidell, LA at the Northshore Harbor Center

Interactive, Informational, Hands-On Writing Workshop led by experienced grant writers! Successful Grant Writing will teach you the essentials of researching, writing, obtaining, and maintaining grants. You will learn from experienced grant writers how to write grants effectively, how to format your proposal and how to acquire funding. All materials provided.

Successful Grant Writing will benefit anyone seeking funding through state and federal grants, corporate grants, foundation grants and more. This seminar is ideal for beginning and experienced grant writers from any organization, government agency, educational institution or corporate entity interested in diversifying their revenue stream.

Major topics to be presented include:

- Local, Regional & Federal Grants
Gain in-depth insight into the world of state and federal grants. Provide definitions and requirements local, regional, and federal grants.
- Organizational Funding & Community Needs
Learn to review organization’s budget and understand where grants fit into budgetary projections and portfolio. Understand how the grant will impact or provide positive outcomes in the community.
- Grant Proposal & Application Requirements
Develop the proposal by learning to ask the subjective and objective questions from the grantor point of view.
- Improving Grant Writing Skills
Increase knowledge of the language involved in a grant to better prepare the writer, or the writing team.
- Data Research & Collection
Explore various types of online data repositories, research tools, and how to expertly collect, analyze and report the data necessary for a successful grant award.
- Effective Proposal Writing: Narrative, Budget, Objectives, Goals, Impact Measurements, Quality Assurance & Evaluations
Learn through interactive activities how to appropriately write each section of a grant.
- Building Effective Relationships with the Funder
Learn how to insure the relationship is relevant to organizational or corporate entity needs.

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Grants: Writing to Inspire!

Posted By David Kiviaho, kiisa Corporation, Tuesday, May 27, 2014

In the world of grant writing, fear of placing the right words within a narrative often holds prospective grant applicants back. For the non-writer, that fear may translate into a mentality of, “I cannot write well enough to obtain a grant.” In most instances, this fear is unjustified. The larger question for grant writers should be, “So, how do I start the grant writing process?” That question is more easily answered than even the most fearful grant writer may think. Writing well first takes being inspired about the project for which you are writing; then you must inspire the reader...the potential funder, with your written narrative.

One of the first steps is to find out exactly what the funder wants to see in your writing. Though you may have an enormously worthwhile project in mind, the funder has laser-specific requirements for their targeted funds. You must consider these in order to write the most effective narrative possible for that funder. The only way to satisfy these requirements, and to better understand the funder’s perspective, is to speak with them to discuss all of the grant’s specifics. Before making the call, be sure and write a list of questions and items to discuss. Some of those questions may include, but certainly are not limited to:

  • What projects will be funded?
  • Is your project a mission fit with their funding stream?
  • What areas of their funding will meet your project needs?
  • Do they have data suggestions for your grant narrative?

Let’s get back to writing to inspire. Once you have completed your due diligence, garnering all information and data for your project in preparation for writing and speaking directly with the potential funder, it is time to write the grant narrative. The best advice is to always write from the heart. Then back up your writing with meaningful citations from knowledgeable sourcing relative to the validity of your project. Let others evaluate your narrative prior to submission. Objective input is always helpful. Finally, go back over your narrative as many times as it takes to ensure that it not only represents all of the project facts correctly, but inspires the funder to grant the award to your project.

Everything in life that creates meaningful change requires inspiration. Think of the innovative projects that matter most to people. For example, there are those who devise pure water systems for Africa and India. They do so to counter drought, disease, and death. Their successful outcomes are born from their inspiration to save lives. So, whether it is clean water, or another life-affirming project that promotes human dignity, your project must be written to inspire.

David Kiviaho and Sharon Sandifer, M.Ed, a brother and sister team, are the creators of kiisa corporation, a workplace training firm. They are also adjunct instructors with LSU Continuing Education and lead their Successful Grant Writing Courses, one of many business and non-profit courses/seminars offered by kiisa corporation. To learn more about the upcoming June 2014 Successful Grant Writing Course in Slidell, LA, visit: http://reg.outreach.lsu.edu/modules/shop/index.html?action=section&OfferingID=1058&SectionID=4253

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GrantStation Sale: $119 Annual Membership

Posted By Ellen Mowrer, GrantStation.com, Inc., Thursday, May 08, 2014

The TechSoup sale is over - did you miss the chance to get full access to all of our Member Benefits? As a special courtesy, you can sign up with us for the next few days for a full year of Membership for only $119.

Click here to join for a full year,
or to renew and add a year onto your existing Membership.

This offer is only available until Wednesday, May 14, Midnight Eastern Time, 9 p.m. Pacific Time.

If you have any questions, email us at info@grantstation.com or call us at 877.784.7268.

Also, a special thank you to the many who made the TechSoup offer so successful! You will be receiving your Membership information in the coming week. We wish you all the best of luck in your grantseeking, and let us know how we can help. If you have questions about the next steps with your enrollment, click here.

 

 

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Last chance to register for Fundraising Events 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, May 07, 2014
The Funding Seed's monthly workshop series continues on Thursday, May 8 with Fundraising Events 101!  Details and registration are at www.thefundingseed.com.

Fundraising Events 101
Thursday, May 8, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans


Many nonprofits- maybe yours included!- incorporate special events into their fundraising efforts.  But as common as events are, most people seem to agree that they are expensive and time consuming, and many organizations have experienced the worst case scenario: spending more money on their event than they raise.

Fundraising Events 101 guides your nonprofit through the process of planning and executing a successful fundraising event, from working with volunteers to securing sponsors to organizing silent auctions to making sure things go smoothly on the big day.  


Registration is $35 per person, with discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.  To register online, visit www.thefundingseed.com.  To inquire about discount codes or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com.


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Call for Applications: The Fundraising Intensive Program

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Interested in joining the Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2015?

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 29.  
Click here for a full program description and application!


The Fundraising Intensive Program is a 10-month training program that combines group learning and one-on-one coaching to provide practical tools and best practices on a range of fundraising activities.  

Participants meet monthly in New Orleans for a group discussion focused on a single funding topic.  Then, each participating nonprofit receives 90 minutes of individual coaching to help them apply the skills and tools from the group session to their own unique organization.


Program details and application


Over the course of the program, the nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers involved will learn about:

Fundraising Planning
Telling Your Story
Individual Donor Development
Major Gifts
Fundraising Events: House Parties
Fundraising by Mail and Email
Researching and Writing Grant Proposals


 Here's what some of this year's graduates are saying about the
Fundraising Intensive Program:
   
"[This] was a great experience for my partner and I...We were able to create a culture of fundraising at our organization and on the board...We are more confident, efficient and effective. I highly recommend this course."
- Ameca Reali, The Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana


"I've participated in many different training sessions on fund development. This is the first program that immediately resulted in additional income for our organization."
- Sue Ellen Stewart, Northshore Families Helping Families

"This program...truly supports you and allows you to gain access to people and information that helps you grow."
- Kim Dudek, Dag's House



Participation is limited and applications are required.  If you'd like to be considered for the Fundraising Intensive Program's Class of 2015, complete the program application by Tuesday, April 29.  
For questions or to find out more about services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com or email info@thefundingseed.com.


** Please note: Due to applicant requests, The Funding Seed is now accepting up to three applicants per organization.  Applicants may include staff, board members or volunteers. **




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Nonprofit workshop: Fundraising Events 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Monday, April 21, 2014

May nonprofit fundraising workshop:

Fundraising Events 101

Thursday, May 8
2:00-4:30 p.m.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration


Learn to create events that raise money
for your non-profit!  

 

This fun, hands-on workshop covers:

* choosing what kind of event is best for you

* working with volunteers

* identifying event sponsors

* and much more!


Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation for completing the workshop.


Discounts available for students, for AmeriCorps and for organizations registering two or more people.


For discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com.

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Annual Fund Campaigns: The Essentials

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nonprofit fundraising workshop
Annual Fund Campaigns: The Essentials
Thursday, April 17
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Register at www.thefundingseed.com

Annual fund campaigns are a great way to jumpstart a nonprofit's fundraising.  But how do you get started?  And what can you do to make sure your campaign raises more money?

This workshop will walk you through the process of running your annual fund campaign, from Day One to the Victory Party. 

Registration $35.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.

For questions, to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email info@thefundingseed.com.

Attendees will receive a certificate of participation for completing the workshop.

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Deadline Approaching: 2014 Angel Award Nominees Sought

Posted By Tristi Charpentier, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation, Thursday, March 27, 2014

The deadline for nominations for the Angel Award, which recognizes and rewards exceptional volunteer work for the benefit of Louisiana children, is Friday, April 4, 2014. 

Now in its 20th year, the Angel Award presented by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will honor up to eight individuals.

Each winner will name a 501(c)(3) organization to receive a grant of $20,000.  In the two decades since its inception in 1995, more than 150 individuals from all across the state have been chosen for the honor.  With this year’s grants, the total going to support organizations enriching and improving life for Louisiana children will top $1.8 million.

 

Previous Angels have run the gamut from students to retirees, with a wide range of vocations in between.  They were all chosen for the time and effort they spent away from or in addition to their studies, their jobs or their retirement activities to be an "Angel.”

 

An online nomination form and more details on the program are available at the Blue Cross website, www.bcbsla.com/angelaward.

 

Nomination packets are also available by calling toll-free 1-888-219-BLUE (1-888-219-2583) or emailing Angel.Award@bcbsla.com. Nominators are encouraged to send supplemental information in support of the nomination, including testimonial letters, brochures, news articles, photos and videos. (Please note: These materials cannot be returned.)

 

Individuals who themselves have been honored as "Angels” make up the committee that will decide this year’s winners.  The following are the criteria they consider and nominators are asked to carefully consider this list:

 

  • NEED: Did the nominee contribute a needed service to Louisiana children? 
  • ACTION: Was the nominee active, not just a figurehead?
  • INITIATIVE: Did the nominee initiate new programs or activities and use new methods to solve problems?
  • ACHIEVEMENT: Has the nominee accomplished desired results?
  • IMPACT: Has the activity or service provided by the nominee produced positive changes and provided examples for other groups?
  • TIME: Was the amount of time devoted to the activity or service significant?
  • CHALLENGE: Did the nominee have to overcome any unusual challenges, such as limited resources or public misperception of the problem?
  

A nominee may be recognized for work performed individually or through churches, schools or civic organizations, but a group cannot be nominated. The volunteer work must have been performed in the state of Louisiana with Louisiana children as the primary beneficiaries. The volunteer effort can be focused on enhancing any aspect of a child’s life, including physical, emotional, creative and spiritual. Individuals who are paid for their services are eligible, but their efforts must be considered to go above and beyond their job descriptions. Work done on work-release time and/or for student course credit may also be considered. Individuals may not be nominated posthumously.

 

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation will award grants to the honorees’ chosen charities that qualify as Louisiana-based nonprofit charitable organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

 



About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation is building a healthier Louisiana through community outreach and charitable giving. Its two signature programs are The Angel Award®, an annual statewide recognition program that awards funds to outstanding Louisianians working to improve the quality of life of the state's children, and Smart Bodies®, an interactive education program to prevent childhood obesity. In addition, Blue Cross contributes nearly $2 million annually in financial aid to various nonprofit organizations throughout the state that contribute to health, education and the overall quality of life in our communities. When we put dollars into Blue Cross communities, it makes Louisiana a better place for everyone. The Foundation is funded solely through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Founded in New Orleans in 1934,
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is the oldest and largest Louisiana-based health insurance company. Blue Cross is a private, fully taxed mutual company, owned by policyholders—not shareholders—and governed by a local Board of Directors. It is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association...

Learn more on the company’s website at www.bcbsla.com or visit our social media hub to connect with us via Facebook, Twitter and more.

 

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Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Nonprofit workshop:
Grantwriting for Beginners
Thursday, March 20
2:00-4:30 p.m.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans
Details and registration at www.thefundingseed.com

Are you involved with a non-profit?  
Does your job require you to raise funds for your department or position?  
Do you want to add a valuable skill to your resume? 

Consider grantwriting!

Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic tools you need to start writing grants.  Participants will learn how to find funding opportunities, tools and tips for writing proposals and ways to make a program competitive for repeat funding.


Attendees will receive a certificate of participation after completing the workshop.


Registration $35 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.


Email info@thefundingseed.com to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

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