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Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Tuesday, June 3, 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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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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Last chance to register for Fundraising Events 101

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Wednesday, May 7, 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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Build Your Communication Skills – Working with Children with Disabilities Who May Be Child Abuse and/or Neglect Victims

Posted By Susan Shaffette, Team Dynamics LLC, Friday, April 25, 2014

The Children’s Justice Act Task Force is sponsoring two 2-day intensive training events in July for those who work with child victims of abuse and/or neglect. This specialized training will focus on child victims with disabilities.

 

July 28-29, 2014 in St. Martinville
July 31-August 1, 2014 in Alexandria

 

Studies have long established that children with developmental or other disabilities are disproportionately criminally victimized. One study found that among persons with developmental disabilities, as many as 83% of females and 32% of males are the victims of sexual assault. Victimization rates for persons with disabilities is highest for sexual assault (more than 10 times as high) and robbery (more than 12 times as high). There are a number of factors related to children with disabilities susceptibility to interactions with the criminal justice system. In addition to these factors, many significant barriers exist, both real and perceived, that limit investigation and prosecution of these cases.

Instructor: Scott J. Modell received his Ph.D. from the College of Education at Florida State University in 1997. Dr. Modell is currently serving as the Deputy Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.  Most recently he has served as the Deputy         Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Dr. Modell spent 15 years as a Professor at California State   University, Sacramento. Over the last 5 years, he additionally served as Director of the university’s Autism Center for Excellence. He is an expert in disability etiology, characteristics, interview techniques, and abuse. He has authored five books and has over 100 published articles and abstracts.

Cost:  $100 for two-day training, includes lunch both days

Credits: Approved by NASW-LA for 11 hours CEU and Approved by LA Supreme Court for 10 hours CLE

Register today – space is limited!   Alexandria     St. Martinville

Questions? Contact Team Dynamics at 985-624-3514 or susan@teamdynamicsweb.com 

  

 

Tags:  child abuse  Child welfare  communications  training  workshop 

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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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DATA - It's The Impact

Posted By Susan Shaffette, Team Dynamics LLC, Tuesday, March 18, 2014
How many times do you collect numbers for your project and wonder why you are bothering?

How can you use that data to grow your organization?

March 26, 2014 - WEBINAR DELIVERED WORKSHOP

Data – It’s the Impact!

SPEAKER:   Nicholas Auck, Director of Volunteer Outreach for the Volunteer Louisiana Commission


Participants will review the uses of data that is collected from volunteers, as well as ways of collecting data through technology and personal interaction.  Many of these methods can be done with a minimum of staff time, but provide the basis for programmatic changes from the ‘tweak’ to the paradigm shift.  Finally, understanding the different types of reports that demonstrate your program’s impact is vital to developing the proper report for funders, grant writing and oversight reports.

For Speaker BIO:  Click here

[REGISTER TODAY!]

Webinars are free to DOVIA New Orleans members. There will be a participant fee for others to attend. For more information on the DOVIA New Orleans organization, go to: www.dovianeworleans.org

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Fundraising: How Much Do You Know?

Posted By Denise McMahan, CausePlanet, Sunday, March 16, 2014

CausePlanet & LANO Partner on Book Summary Bundles

First in Series: Fundraising

Fundraising Series--Volume One is a comprehensive look at fundraising from a variety of strategies and perspectives. This bundle of summaries contains four (4) Page to Practice™ book summaries in one (1) set so you can compare and contrast thought leadership on this topic.

LANO's General and Associate members receive free access to these and more than 100 other current titles, thanks to a generous grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation

And now with this new offering, Friends of LANO can download the same essential nonprofit management resources at an exclusive discount rate. 

In the first volume of the CausePlanet Fundraising Series, you'll find spot-on wisdom, critical points, details and quotes, and an insightful author Q&A relating to the following titles:  

  • The End of Fundraising: Raise More Money by Selling Your Impact by Jason Saul is an innovative approach that helps you create powerful value propositions to increase your leverage and improve the success of your pitches to funders. This book flips the fundraising paradigm and will have you identifying new prospects you may have originally dismissed.
  • In Storytelling for Grantseekers: A Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising by Cheryl Clarke, you'll learn why crafting a persuasive summary, packaging a compelling narrative story, and using a short story approach with letters of inquiry are the keys to securing your grant. Clarke also explores how storytelling can be applied to other forms of fundraising.
  • Donor-Centered Planned Gift Marketing by Michael Rosen is a thoughtful examination of who makes planned gifts, how to assess your organization's potential for planned giving, and how to integrate planned gift marketing into your existing efforts.

 

[CLICK HERE FOR DISCOUNT CODE]

Tags:  books  CausePlanet  fund development  fundraising  training 

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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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