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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Youhelp fund Launch!

youtube-logo (1)It 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 Enjoy the Power of Giving. Decide which project to fund through small donations that will collectively add up to the sum needed. 

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

We are all happily introducing the Grand Opening of Youhelpfund!

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?


Christian Church Subscriber

Wanamaker, IN

Dear Subscriber:

Thank you for contacting 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

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

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