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October Grant Writing Workshop - Baton Rouge - 1.2 CEU'S

Posted By David Kiviaho, kiisa Corporation, Wednesday, September 12, 2018

 

Join us on October 1st and 2nd, 2018 for the Successful Grant Writing Workshop!

1.2 CEU'S - $395 per person and you must register in advance. Below is the link to register.

 

http://reg.outreach.lsu.edu/modules/shop/index.html?action=section&OfferingID=1058&SectionID=3184594

 

Also, please review this Louisiana Training grants information for eligibility...your company may be eligible for up to 100% reimbursement through the Louisiana Small Business Employee Training (SBET) Program (www.laworks.net). To be reimbursed for the training, the application must be submitted and approved prior to the training taking place. For more information about the SBET eligibility criteria and online application process, contact Lisa Verma at 225–578–4316 or lverma@outreach.lsu.edu.

 

This Successful Grant Writing Workshop is led by Sharon Sandifer, M.Ed and David Kiviaho. Sandifer and Kiviaho are two seasoned grantwriters, and this course is two days filled with extraordinary information for the grant writer. You may be a beginner, or you may be seasoned in grant writing. This course is for everyone that is interested in: writing an award winning grant, learning about funding opportunities, learning to write a project focused narrative, wanting to excel at writing a grant budget, understanding the minds of funders, and much more information regarding the grant writing process. We will take you from the beginning of the process to the very end, to include how to manage an funding award once it is received!!

 

This grant writing course is brought to you by LSU and kiisa corporation. Don't miss this workshop. It is interactive, fun, very informative, and simply phenomenal!

 

Contact Abigail at LSU for more information at, atheriot@outreach.lsu.edu, or 225-578-2755 to register. Or, you may simply register at the link provided above.

Tags:  fundraising  grantwriting 

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Nonprofit Fundraising 101 on September 13

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Sunday, August 19, 2018
Nonprofit Fundraising 101
Thursday, September 13, 1:30 - 4:30pm
Ashe Power House Theater
1731 Baronne St.
New Orleans, LA 70113

Every nonprofit needs to know the options for how it will raise money. This workshop will give you the essential background you need in order to keep your work well-funded.

Participants will learn:
Where nonprofits get their funding.
Why your nonprofit might choose to prioritize fundraising from grants, individual donors, events, and other sources.
What it means to make your funding sustainable.
The difference between restricted and unrestricted funding.
The Donor Cultivation Cycle- the framework for identifying and building relationships with your donors and funders.

This workshop is ideal for both for those new to the fundraising and nonprofit world and for those with some experience in fund development.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Registration $40 per person. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.

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

For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com. To reserve your space and pay at the door, or for any questions, please email info@thefundingseed.com.

Tags:  development  fund development  funding  Fundraising  New Orleans  nonprofit  non-profits  training  workshop 

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The Infamous Overhead Myth

Posted By Sarah Cortell Vandersypen, CFRE, Philanthropic Partners, Monday, July 2, 2018
Updated: Monday, July 2, 2018

The “Overhead Myth” is one of my favorite topics to talk about because it’s one of the most concerning challenges nonprofits – and funders – face.

“Overhead” is the percent of a nonprofit’s expenses that goes to administrative and fundraising costs. For decades, overhead was seen as bad, wasteful. It was seen as money that could be supporting the organization’s mission that was going to bloated administrative and fundraising budgets. Rating agencies, such as GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and the Better Business Bureau, would rate nonprofits based on their overhead percentage as if this was an indication of effectiveness.

Most – if not all – of us in the nonprofit sector know that overhead has nothing to do with effectiveness. We also know that depending on your type of nonprofit, you can have very different overhead costs. And that’s okay.

In 2013, GuideStar, BBB Wise Giving Alliance, and Charity Navigator wrote an open letter to the donors of America in a campaign to end the Overhead Myth. You can read that letter here. They released a second letter to nonprofits in 2014. The same agencies that perpetuated the Overhead Myth now ask us to consider other ways to evaluate nonprofits.

So what are those other ways? How should donors and the organizations themselves evaluate their effectiveness?

  • Does the organization have a clear mission?
  • Can it clearly articulate how its programs address a need?
  • Does it have SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-specific) objectives?
  • How is it investing its funds to make a real impact?
  • Do you see a ROPI (return on philanthropic investment) of your money?


What other ways do you think donors should evaluate nonprofit organizations?

 

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Sarah Cortell Vandersypen, CFRE is the owner of Philanthropic Partners, a Baton Rouge-based consulting firm helping nonprofits build their philanthropic capacity. Check out her new website, webinars, and free white paper at https://philanthropic-partners.com.

 

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Intermediate Grantwriting on July 25

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Thursday, May 31, 2018

Intermediate Grantwriting
Wednesday, July 25, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Ashe Power House Theater
1731 Baronne St.
New Orleans, LA 70113

So you've written a few grants and feel like you've got the basics down.  

Are you ready to take your grantwriting to the next level?

Intermediate Grantwriting will help you improve your grant proposals and raise more money for your nonprofit.   Through this workshop, you'll learn specific ways to make your proposal more appealing to a funder, including how to make a compelling case to someone unfamiliar with your nonprofit's work and what kind of research and data to include.

Registration $40 per person. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.

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

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com. To reserve your space and pay at the door, or for any questions, please email info@thefundingseed.com.

Tags:  development  donations  fund  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  funds  grant  grant writing  grants  grantwriting  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  non-profits  sustainability  training  workshop  workshop. grants 

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Grantwriting For Beginners on June 7

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Saturday, May 26, 2018

Grantwriting for Beginners
Thursday, June 7
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ashe Power House Theater
1731 Baronne St., New Orleans

Are you involved with a nonprofit?
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 $40 per person. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members and organizations registering two or more people.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

For more on workshops and other services from The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com. Email info@thefundingseed.com to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

Tags:  development  donations  donors  events  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  funds  grant  grant writing  grants  grantwriting  Member Event  New Orleans  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  non-profits  training  workshop  workshop. grants 

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Nonprofit Fundraising 101 - SPECIAL LANO DISCOUNT!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND ENTER CODE LANO2018 FOR 15% OFF

 

Nonprofit Fundraising 101

Thursday, May 17, 1:30 - 4:30pm
Ashe Power House Teater
1731 Baronne St.
New Orleans, LA 70113

Every nonprofit needs to know the options for how it will raise money. This workshop will give you the essential background you need in order to keep your work well-funded.

Participants will learn:
Where nonprofits get their funding.
Why your nonprofit might choose to prioritize fundraising from grants, individual donors, events, and other sources.
What it means to make your funding sustainable.
The difference between restricted and unrestricted funding.
The Donor Cultivation Cycle- the framework for identifying and building relationships with your donors and funders.

This workshop is ideal for both for those new to the fundraising and nonprofit world and for those with some experience in fund development.

Registration $40 per person. Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps members, and organizations registering two or more people.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation for completing the workshop.\

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

For more on services offered by The Funding Seed, visit www.thefundingseed.com. To reserve your space and pay at the door, or for any questions, please email info@thefundingseed.com.

Tags:  CausePlanet  development  donations  donors  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  funds  grants  louisiana  New Orleans  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  non-profits  Page to Practice  sustainability  training  workshop 

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Board Building Done Right

Posted By Sarah Cortell Vandersypen, CFRE, Philanthropic Partners, Monday, May 7, 2018

From job descriptions to strategic recruiting to ongoing training, board development is critical to your nonprofit. Your board should be your biggest advocates, and if it’s an all-volunteer organization, your board serves as your core staff.

So how do you go about getting the right board members to help your organization meet its strategic objectives?

Job Descriptions. This is key. A job description allows you and potential board members to be on the same page on expectations from both sides. BoardSource and The Bridgespan Group have great templates that you can customize to fit your organization.

Conduct a Board Audit. To recruit strategically, you need to understand your strengths and weaknesses of your current board. Are you missing a key demographic group? Do you have board members with critical expertise like financial management? This AFP white paper can be a good guiding document in assessing your current board.

Get Rid of Dead Weight. I have seen new board members come onto a board with new energy and ideas to only be shut down and shut out by board members that no longer helpful to the organization. They are creating a toxic environment. Those new board members also see other members that don’t contribute (financially, meeting attendance, engagement, etc.), which enforces the idea that they don’t have to contribute either. Clean up your board before you bring on new members.

Have an Honest Conversation. Board recruitment is sort of like dating. You should go out to coffee or lunch with a prospective board member and get to know them. What are they passionate about? How much do they know about your organization? Lay out the expectations of board members. Be honest about the opportunities that your organization has to grow/improve. Don’t play Old Maid with your board by which I mean don’t hide your “Old Maid” (your major challenge(s) – financial troubles, decreasing program quality, etc.) until the unsuspecting member joins. It’s not professional and people won’t stick with your organization if they feel roped into this without full knowledge.

Orientation and Ongoing Training. All board members should go through orientation. This can be as long or formal as your organization needs. National Council of Nonprofits has a sample agenda. BoardSource has additional resources. But don’t leave your board members to find their own way throughout their term. Continue giving them training and resources to help them do their jobs better!

 

Do you need help build a fundraising board? Are your board members afraid to fundraise? Let's talk.

Tags:  board  Board of Directors  boards  fund development  fundraising 

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Join the Fundraising Intensive class of 2019!

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Funding Seed's Fundraising Intensive Program is an eight month course that gives you tools to raise funds for your nonprofit.  Through a combination of group learning and one-on-one coaching, participants learn best practices and practical skills related to a range of fundraising activities.

 

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 Donor Development
Fundraising Events: House Parties
Fundraising by Mail and Email

Each month, participants come together for a group learning session facilitated by The Funding Seed and dedicated to a scheduled fundraising topic.  Group members engage in discussion, share ideas, learn industry best practices, and receive practical tools and homework assignments related to that topic.  Following the session, each nonprofit receives 90 minutes of in-person, individual coaching with The Funding Seed focused on implementing those tools, plus an additional 30-minute private check-in call.  By joining in both a group learning session and supportive individual coaching, participants have the opportunity to receive well-rounded training that makes real change at their own nonprofits.

The program is designed to allow participants to raise money as they go.  For example, during the month dedicated to fundraising by mail and email, class members write real fundraising appeals for their organizations.  As a result, nonprofits that participate in the program learn how to make their fundraising successful for the long term while also raising immediate funds.

Following completion of the program, participants receive their Certificate of Graduation.

 

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

 

Participation is limited and applications are required.  If you are interested in joining The Funding Seed's Fundraising Intensive Program for its 2018-2019 class, please click the button above and complete the following application by Friday, May 11 at 5:00 p.m.  For questions, please call (504) 307-7220 or email info@thefundingseed.com. For more information on The Funding Seed's other offerings, please visit www.thefundingseed.com 

 

Tags:  boards  development  donations  donor management  donor retention  donors  Finance Fundamentals  fund  fund development  fund raising  funding  fundraiser  Fundraising  funds  LANO Network  New Orleans  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  non-profits  Page to Practice  sustainability  training 

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Grow Your Individual and Major Gifts Fundraising

Posted By Sarah Cortell Vandersypen, CFRE, Philanthropic Partners, Monday, April 9, 2018

Did you know that donations from individuals make up 72% of all charitable giving in the US (Giving USA 2017)?

 

Is your individual fundraising performing well? Do you want to find new ways to grow your individual fundraising? Do you not know how to approach a face-to-face solicitation?

 

In the upcoming workshop, Individual & Major Gifts, on April 18, you will learn how to develop an individual donor program and moves management strategy. We'll close direct mail, annual fund, membership programs, and major gifts. A special focus on major gifts will help you secure transformational gifts for your organization.

 

Lunch and training materials are included in your workshop fee. Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation for completing the workshop.

 

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

 

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/individual-majors-gifts-tickets-42447907835

 

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About Philanthropic Partners

Sarah Cortell Vandersypen, CFRE is the founder of Philanthropic Partners, a Baton Rouge-based consulting firm servicing nonprofit organizations. She specializes in building a development program from the ground up, diversifying revenue streams, and enhancing a culture of philanthropy through board and staff training and coaching. More information about Philanthropic Partners can be found at www.philanthropic-partners.com.

    

Tags:  fund development  fundraising  nonprofit  workshop 

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Building Strong Donor Relationships - Special LANO Discount

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, March 23, 2018
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018

Building Strong Donor Relationships
Thursday, April 12
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ashe Power House Theater
1731 Baronne St., New Orleans

Build and strengthen relationships that will sustain your nonprofit!


Did you know that getting donors to give to your nonprofit is not just about what you say when you are asking for a gift, but what you are doing when you are NOT asking?

This workshop will give you best practices and practical tools to get your donors excited to give to you. Having great donor relationships means that you raise more money, with less stress and less work.

Participants will learn:
-The Donor Cultivation Cycle- a simple way to think about the process of identifying prospects, building great relationships, and asking donors to give in the right way.
-The right balance of asking and not asking.
-What to do with your donors who have the capacity to give the most.
-Attendees will receive a Certificate of Participation for completing the workshop.

Registration $40. Special LANO discount available - enter code LANO2018 at checkout for 15% off!

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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

Tags:  development  donations  donors  Finance Fundamentals  fund  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  funds  LANO Network  New Orleans  nonprofit  nonprofit sector  non-profits  sustainability  training  workshop 

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