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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Running QuickBooks in Nonprofits

running quick booksRunning QuickBooks in Nonprofits: 2nd Edition: The Only Comprehensive Guide for Nonprofits Using QuickBooks by Kathy Ivens, the senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro magazine, delivers clear well-written instructions on how to run QuickBooks for your nonprofit organization.  It provides vital information on using QuickBooks to track financial data, how to manage donors, grants and pledges. Additionally, topics covered in detail are: allocating expenses to programs, handling donor restrictions, and generating the reports needed for donors and tax returns. This handbook will become an integral reference guide for your organizational operations.

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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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Why Do I Need a Professional Grant-Writer?

grant writerGrants can greatly enable a nonprofit organization's ability to provide services, create innovative programs, and fund operations. Finding and winning grants can prove to be a difficult challenge. Finding grant opportunities and preparing proposals takes time and skill. Grant guidelines and requirements can be confusing and difficult to navigate. The biggest challenge of all is that applying for grants is a competition and the competition is stiff.

Professional grant-writers are experienced in the grant-writing process and know what it takes to create a winning proposal. They can assist your organization in understanding the application process and prepare you to be successful. To win a grant, the funder must have confidence that the program being funded is going to successful and sustainable. Professional grant-writers can use their experience to objectively present your program's successes and sustainability and thus increasing your potential for winning the grant.

Most importantly, a professional grant-writer is a member of your team. They are invested in your organization's success and exist to help you help others. They are there to work along side of you as a resource and as one of your biggest supporters. The professionals at grantwriterteam.com have won millions of dollars in grant funds for organization's just like yours. They are knowledgeable of every step of the grant-writing process and are eager to assist you in acquiring the funding you need to continue your success.

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.