Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations

strategic planningStrategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations: A Guide to Strengthening and Sustaining Organizational Achievement by John M. Bryson is a valuable resource for leaders and professionals in nonprofit and public management.  This book offers sound advice for strategic planning and management.  It is a solid choice for clarifying the process of successful strategic planning.

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Nonprofit Sustainability

nonprofit sustainabilityNonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability by Jeanne BellJan Masaoka and Steve Zimmerman is considered a “must read” for every nonprofit. It offers practical and sometimes revelatory advice for developing your own unique path to sustainability without compromising your mission. This book will empower your nonprofit towards financial viability for a long time.

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Winning Grants Step by Step-Book Review

9781118378342_cover.inddWinning Grants Step by Step: The Complete Workbook for Planning, Developing and Writing Successful Proposals, 4th Edition by Tori O'Neal-McElrath is a great resource.  It covers all the steps you’ll need to gain the confidence of funders.  Offering hands-on tools and practical advice, this is the book to help you perfect your applications in order to get the grants you require for your nonprofit success.

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GrantsWe.fund Launch!

GrantsWeIt is time to dust off your not yet funded grant applications!

In May, you will be able to take your pending proposals and synergize them with crowdfunding.  Through GrantsWe.fund the people of the world will decide which project to fund through small donations that will collectively add up to the sum you need. 

Prepare to start the process by gathering pictures and video clips in anticipation of the crowdfunding of your project.  We have crowdfunding mentors through GrantWriterTeam.com that will help you transpose your proposal to the GrantsWe.fund platform. From design to final publish, we can assist with the socializing of your project.

We are all happily anticipating the Grand Opening of GrantsWe.fund COMING SOON!

The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need

grant bookIf you are serious about grant writing, this is not the only book you will ever need, but it is an excellent introduction for the grant seeking newcomer. 

The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need by Ellen Karsh and Arlen Sue Fox was designed to help nonprofit organizations craft proposals for grants from: foundations, companies, and government agencies. It includes grant readiness as well as writing, tips for cultivating foundations, and interviews with funders.

The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need provides advice for everyone seeking grants: nonprofits, state and local governments, universities, school administrators, teachers, artists, and those seeking funds for scholarly and cultural enterprises.  So while you will need more books, research and webinars; this book is a very good start to understanding the grant seeking and writing process.

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How To Get Funding For Media Equipment?

media equipmentDear Libby:

We need to install a screen, projector, microphones and support equipment in our church sanctuary. This will be used primarily by our youth and senior citizens programs. 

Where may we get a grant of up to $15,000 for this purpose?

Blessings,

Christian Church

Grantwatch.com Subscriber

Wanamaker, IN

Dear Subscriber:

Thank you for contacting GrantWatch.com with your question.  I am sure that there are many institutions with similar needs who will gain from the following information. 

Though you require equipment for your Church, the focus for your grant search should not be for grants which specifically fund the installation of a screen, projector, microphones and support equipment. The best way for you to achieve your goal is to focus on grants that support the programs you wish to provide for, i.e. youth and/or senior citizens.

If your nonprofit status is under a religious institution, I recommend searching for grants given to faith based institutions.  This information will be included in the grant’s eligibility requirements.  Additionally, searching for intergenerational programs might also be helpful.

I recommend that you check the following grant categories at GrantWatch.com:

Once you find the grants that might be appropriate for funding your equipment, you will need to create an attractive proposal which will help you secure the funding that you need.  The focus of your proposal should be that in order to run your youth and senior citizen programs successfully, you require the acquisition of specific equipment such as a screen, projector, etc.  Be sure to describe the equipment usage in your application objectives, goals and activities and include equipment costs in your excel budget and budget narrative.

If you do not have experience with writing a grant proposal, it might be worthwhile to retain the services of a professional to either assist with writing the entire proposal or review the proposal which has been created.  Professional grant writers are experts in determining the best way to present information so the application is accepted and the grant is awarded.  For further information, please visit GrantWriterTeam.com.

Another possibility for you to receive the equipment you need is to ask the Executive Director of your organization for assistance.  He/she should network and set-up private meetings with the CEO’s of your local stores or corporations.  A request can be made for these companies to donate surplus or open box equipment.  They may even be able to get a tax deduction for their donation to your church.

I hope that this information will be helpful to you. We wish you much success in not only acquiring your needed equipment but also in implementing quality programs to benefit all the members of your church. 

All the best to you and yours, 

Libby Hikind

CEO & Founder

www.GrantWatch.com

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Volunteers and Nonprofits Together Get Funds

firefighters-volunteeringNonprofits are encouraged to utilize volunteers during the Winter Holiday Season in order to make the most of available grant funding.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — "People want to help others by doing good deeds during this holiday season of giving. Not everyone can donate funds but many can donate their most precious 'gift of time'.  That is the message that Libby Hikind, founder and president of GrantWatch.com, has for nonprofits and community organizations that will serve the needy during the upcoming holidays.

Libby is in touch with numerous grant seekers and funding sources. She notes that organizations that utilize both grant funding and volunteer resources benefit from a synergy that allows them to accomplish more than either grant funding or volunteerism could achieve alone.

Volunteers bring to the nonprofit great energy, valuable suggestions and connections to call upon in order to implement and supplement the organization's initiatives and programs.  In addition, volunteer assistance enables organizations to free up limited resources so that they can re-allocate their grant income towards the purchase of more food and necessities for the indigent than might otherwise have been possible.  Volunteers help non-profits search for and identify grant funding on GrantWatch.com and find skilled, professional grant writers through GrantWriterTeam.com.

GrantWatch.com is the premier website for grant seekers, listing more than 12,000 USA and International federal, state, local and foundation grants and has become an essential tool for non-profits.  Grant proposals are reviewed by GrantWatch.com associates to provide nonprofits with a dependable list of potential funders.  By drastically reducing the time that organizations spend searching for funding, GrantWatch.com enables them to focus their energy and efforts on their long-term goals as well as on more effective management of their day-to-day operations.

Both subscribers and non-subscribers can see grant previews and deadline information on the site.

Non-Profits are Encouraged to Utilize Volunteers During this Winter Holiday

FinalLogoNegativeWEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — "People want to help others by doing good deeds during this holiday season of giving. Not everyone can donate funds but many can donate their most precious 'gift of time'".  That is the message that Libby Hikind, founder and president of GrantWatch.com, has for non-profits and community organizations that will serve the needy during the upcoming holidays.

Libby is in touch with numerous grant seekers and funding sources and notes that organizations that utilize both grant funding and volunteer resources benefit from a synergy that allows them to accomplish more than either grant funding or volunteerism could achieve alone.

Volunteers bring to the nonprofit great energy, valuable suggestions, and connections to call upon in firefighters volunteeringorder to implement and supplement the organization's initiatives and programs.  In addition, volunteer assistance enables organizations to free up limited resources so they can re-allocate their grant income towards the purchase of more food and necessities for the indigent than might otherwise have been possible.  Volunteers help non-profits search for and identify grant funding on GrantWatch.com and find skilled, professional grant writers through GrantWriterTeam.com.

GrantWatch.com is the premier website for grant seekers, listing more than 12,000 USA and International federal, state, local, and foundation grants and has become an essential tool for non-profits.  Grant proposals are reviewed by GrantWatch.com associates to provide non-profits with a dependable list of potential funders.  By drastically reducing the time non-profits spend searching for funding, GrantWatch.com enables them to focus their energy and efforts on their long-term goals as well as on more effective management of their day-to-day operations.

GrantWatch home pageBoth subscribers and non-subscribers can view grant previews and deadline information such as the following:

Grants to USA & Territories Non-Profits for Volunteer-Based Community Service Programs
Letter of Intent Due: 12/11/2013
Deadline: 01/08/2014
Grants are available to USA and territories non-profits, universities, municipalities, and others for volunteer-driven programs in one of the following areas of interest: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environment, health, and veterans.

Grants to USA Non-Profits to Benefit Disadvantaged Children, Women, and Families
Deadline: 12/16/2013
Grants will be awarded to USA non-profit organizations to promote and improve the quality of life for children, women, and families in need. Funds are intended for programs that aim to: promote strong families, provide emergency shelter, enhance education/job readiness, and build community…

Subscribers receive full access to eligibility details and a summary of the grant's guidelines.

Foundations, corporations and government agencies are encouraged to post their available grants on GrantWatch.com's free Enter a New Grant portal.

Grant seekers who have located grants for which they'd like to apply can write the grant proposal themselves or go to GrantWriterTeam.com and select "Request a Grant Writer".  A skilled professional grant writer will craft a compelling proposal package for them.

grantwriter team projects availableAccording to Libby Hikind, "Both sites are user-friendly and are designed so that even volunteers with no grant experience can quickly navigate a search for funding and locate a grant writer."

GrantWatch.com and GrantWriterTeam.com are uniquely current websites that have become essential to non-profit organizations.

Contact: Libby Hikind, 1-347-210-5815

Helping Veteran Organizations Help Veterans

veteran+monitor11.11.2013 19:08:47 – Veterans’ Day reminds us that our veterans need support all year long. Non-profits serving veterans and their families can utilize GrantWatch.com’s
services to locate the grants they need to continue funding their important work.

FinalLogoNegative(live-PR.com)Veterans’ Day is our National Day to honor, remember and thank the millions of Americans who have risked and given their lives to establish, ensure, and defend the freedoms of the people who make up our great country. Today there are 23 million veterans in the USA, many of whom are suffering from physical and emotional disabilities as a result of their service. Libby Hikind, of GrantWatch.com, notes that while we collectively stop and remember our veterans once a year, the organizations and agencies assisting veterans and their families require funding all year round. 

GrantWatch.com is the number one website for USA and International federal, state, local, and foundation grants. Veteran-serving nonprofits and agencies can find the funding they need through GrantWatch.com. Some of the current grants listed on GrantWatch.com under the category Veterans include:

Grants to Non-Profits in Multiple States for Programs that Enhance the Quality of Life
Deadline: Ongoing
Grants ranging from $10,000 to $250,000 to non-profits located in multiple U.S. states that develop and implement a wide range of innovative, high-quality programs that address the areas of: arts, culture & humanities, animal welfare, civic & community development, environment, education, human health & wellness, and assistance for military veterans…

Grants to USA & Territories Non-Profits for Volunteer-Based Community Service Programs
Deadline: 01/08/2014 5:00 PM ET
Grants are available to USA and territories non-profits, universities, municipalities, and others for volunteer-driven programs in one of the following areas of interest: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environment, health, and veterans and military families…

Grants Addressing Significant Community Needs
Deadline: Ongoing
Grants ranging from $50,000 – $200,000 are available for projects that address significant community needs while exemplifying the organization’s mission and capabilities. Projects that deliver considerable social benefit in the areas of human services, health, affordable housing…

Programming Grants to Address Food and Shelter Needs
Deadline: OngoingVeteransDayHonorThanks
Grants are available to non-profit organizations in multiple states for programs that help feed and shelter individuals in need. A wide variety of programs (within the parent company's geographic operating areas) are eligible for funding under this opportunity…

Grants to United States Non-Profits for Education, Health, Culture, and Social Services
Deadline: Ongoing
Grants to support established U.S. based non-profits that serve large demographic areas of populations and address important issues in the areas of: education, health, culture, and social services…

Libby Hikind shares her memories of celebrating Veterans’ Day as a child and acknowledges her indebtedness to our country’s veterans:

“As a young girl, I remember honoring the brave by decorating my bike with red white and blue streamers, weaving them in and out through the spokes and handle bars. I proudly rode in our small town parade with family activities culminating at the American Legion Hall.

“I am eternally grateful to the men and women who have served our country. I treasure my freedom and I say thank you for the priceless gift. Veterans, I salute you!”

She has asked her researchers and staff to join in her salute by expanding the search and posting additional grants available for non-profits serving veterans. Enter a New Grant lg

Grant funders who have the resources to assist the many veteran-serving organizations, are encouraged to publicize their grants on the GrantWatch.com website through the Enter A New Grant portal.

 Ms. Hikind has also built a website to lend further support to organizations that have located grants and need assistance in responding to the application (request for proposal). Organizations can Request A Grant Writer and utilize GrantWriterTeam.com’s services.

GrantWriterTeam is the new innovative online program that Hikind recently developed to provide organizations with professional grant writers and to provide grant writers with ready-made grant writing opportunities. Grant seekers can go to GrantWriterTeam.com, and request an experienced grant writer to help them apply for the monies they need and deserve.

Professional grant writers complete their skilled professional Grant Writer Profile on GrantWriterTeam.com and bid on a multiple of grant writing projects.

Join the grant writer teamGrantWriterTeam.com’s services are especially important now when there is much competition for available funding. Finding the best grant writer to respond to the request for proposal is critical.

Libby Hikind says: “Veteran organizations should not struggle to obtain funding in order to help our country’s veterans and their families. Both GrantWatch.com and GrantWriterTeam.com are here to help connect grant funders with grant seekers.”

Israel.GrantWatch.com Helps Amutot and Other Non-Profits Find Grants

An important question being asked today is, “How can all of Israel’s worthy causes properly operate without the absolutely necessary grant funding that they need in order to maintain their organizations?” With the launching of Israel.Grantwatch.com, President and founder Libby Hikind has made it significantly easier for Israeli and Israel-related non-profits to find grants in support of their causes. Israel.Grantwatch.com provides Amutot with a searchable, subscription-based website detailing newly found grants addressing many important issues in a variety of categories.

Despite current worldwide economic difficulties, most non-profit organizations have been able to maintain their programs, relying on the philanthropic largess of a plethora of sources. Millions of dollars are specifically set aside every year to help combat diseases, provide health and human services, address environmental issues, and provide funding for cutting-edge research and technology.

“Thankfully, the money is out there,” Hikind says. However, if it were simple to locate these grants, everyone would. That’s why Israel.Grantwatch.com is a valuable resource, helping to match Granters with Grantees. Whether funding is being sought by Israeli organizations, Jewish organizations worldwide, or simply Jewish individuals both in and out of Israel, Israel.grantwatch.com can help make the match.

Israel Grantwatch home pageIsrael.Grantwatch.com makes it very easy for Israeli non-profits to seek out new sources of funding. Amutot no longer have to search many different sites nor decipher numerous requests for proposals to find suitable funding opportunities; Israel.Grantwatch.com’s staff has already done that for them. Organizations can register to receive free weekly emails listing available grants as well as peruse the website. Non-subscribers are provided with a short preview of the grant and deadline information; subscribers have access to full eligibility details and a summary of the grant’s guidelines. Non-profits can get fresh, new content daily by adding an RSS feed or by posting a link to Israel.Grantwatch.com on their websites.

Amutot and other grant seekers who have located grants can go to GrantWriterTeam.com and request an experienced grant writer to help them apply for the monies they need and deserve. Professional grant writers complete their writer profile on GrantWriterTeam.com and bid on a multiple of grant writing projects.

Request a grantwriterWith the launching of this new Internet channel for the Israeli non-profit community, Hikind and her highly qualified staff of researchers brought to the Israeli non-profit sector the same quality subscription-based website that she founded several years ago for their U.S. counterparts, GrantWatch.com. Initially launched to assist New York City non-profits, GrantWatch.com quickly became an important resource and now serves the entire USA, with a separate website for each state. With GrantWatch.com, when non-profits subscribe to one GrantWatch website, they gain access to all.

Israel.Grantwatch.com has made finding grants simple for everyone including the high school graduate who, prior to attending university, would like to visit Israel, but finds the cost too burdensome; the Israeli university graduate looking to continue his/her research abroad; the Israeli NGO seeking funding for an upcoming ground-breaking event; and the non-profits that serve elderly couples who can’t make ends meet. Israel.Grantwatch.com is an invaluable resource for amutot, enabling them to find necessary grants to support Israel’s numerous worthy causes.