Formerly Gates-Funded Education Nonprofit to Shut Down
May 9, 2016 at 10:55 am

Financial problems are forcing the closure of NC New Schools/Breakthrough Learning, a champion of specialty and early-college high schools, the nonprofit announced Thursday. The organization had expanded rapidly, said Jeffrey Corbett, president of its board of directors, and the expansion outpaced its funding. "We ran into cash-flow problems that were directly related to growth and…

Make It Count: Prepping For Your First Foundation Site Visit
May 3, 2016 at 11:03 am

Picture this familiar scenario: It’s been six weeks since you spent time and effort researching regional foundations and sending out eight new proposals in support of a planned educational initiative on behalf of your three-year-old community arts organization...

6 Ways to Prepare Your Nonprofit for a Potential Budget Impasse
May 2, 2016 at 9:00 am

Some nonprofits had to endure weeks or months—10 months and counting for Illinois—without a budget this fiscal year. With budget impasses becoming more common, what can you do to prepare if or when one affects your state and your nonprofit?

Nonprofits Struggle With State Budget Impasses, Cuts
April 28, 2016 at 11:19 am

States have faced record-breaking budget impasses this year, with nonprofits having to do their best to continue their missions without much-needed funding. Tensions increasingly are occurring in some states with political battles between governors and opposite party-controlled general assemblies, resulting in reduced or withheld funding that limits social service agencies’ abilities and could have dire effects on the communities they serve...

4 Grant-Writing Tips to Bolster Relationships With Foundations
April 7, 2016 at 9:51 am

Grant writing is a time-consuming process. It can also be nerve-wracking if you’re inexperienced or working on a particularly important grant. Jeff Kutash, the executive director of the Peter Kiewit Foundation in Omaha, Neb., deals with grants on a daily basis. What does the head of a foundation that gave $18 million in grant money…

Super Bowl 50 Raises Record $12M for Charity
February 8, 2016 at 10:08 am

Philanthropy is the name of the game. Especially for Super Bowl 50 and the San Francisco Bay Area. This year’s host committee raised $12 million for local nonprofits, more than any other host committee has in years past, Fast Company reported...

New York Mayor Wants Rules for Nonprofit Fund Distribution
February 2, 2016 at 11:37 am

Peekskill, N.Y, Mayor Frank Catalina is pushing to establish new rules nonprofits must follow before the city selects them to distribute federal and state funds, including a ban on awarding grants to elected officials. In an email Saturday afternoon to council members, Catalina wrote that he plans to work with the city manager and city…

Easy Money for Nonprofits
February 2, 2016 at 10:31 am

That’s how many nonprofits view the topic of grants. But foundation-grant seeking is a strategic process, not a one-time grant submission. So, how does the nonprofit organization that is brand new to grant seeking begin laying the groundwork for successful foundation-grant funding? Begin by following these basics...

Nonprofit Makes Unusual Decision to Turn Down Federal Aid
January 18, 2016 at 9:55 am

A New Hampshire nonprofit is making the unusual decision to turn down tens of thousands of dollars in federal aid. Keith Howard, the executive director of the Liberty House in Manchester, N.H., a transitional house that helps homeless veterans, said he is choosing not to seek a nearly $40,000 grant from HUD (Housing and Urban Development)…

How to Avoid 5 Big Grant Proposal Mistakes
January 4, 2016 at 10:08 am

If you don't have Marvin Teitel's book, "The Ultimate Insider's Guide to Winning Foundation Grants: A Foundation CEO Reveals The Secrets You Need to Know", you'll want to give it a spot right on your desk when you are grappling with a grant proposal. Teitel gives us the view from the other side of the…