Tag Archives: Foundations

Introduction to Proposal Writing

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher?

This introductory class will provide you with an overview of the basics of writing a grant proposal for foundation funding.

It will include:

  • The basic elements of a grant proposal
  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no

 

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Introduction to Finding Grants

Are you new to the field of grant seeking?  Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory class.  This class will cover the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, and you will have an opportunity to do some hands-on funding research using the Foundation Directory Online Professional database.

*Registration is limited to 16 participants.  Please register only if you can attend*

 

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New Books (September 13, 2019)

The titles below were recently added to the New Jersey State Library’s collections.

To borrow any of these titles from the NJ State Library, simply click on the “Request Book” link under the title of interest, and use your State Library borrower’s card to request the book directly through the Library’s catalog.  Not sure how to do that? See this short tutorial on how to request a book in the catalog

Borrowers may also request these titles from the NJ State Library by sending an email to: circulation@njstatelib.org or by contacting the Circulation Desk at (609)-278-2640 x104, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 5:00pm.

See the New Books Blog page to view additional titles.

Introduction to Proposal Writing

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher?

This introductory class will provide you with an overview of the basics of writing a grant proposal for foundation funding.

It will include:

  • The basic elements of a grant proposal
  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no

 

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Please indicate the classes you would like to attend by clicking on the appropriate box below.

*You must use Yes to answer the last question*

Introduction to Finding Grants

Are you new to the field of grant seeking?  Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory class.  This class will cover the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, and you will have an opportunity to do some hands-on funding research using the Foundation Directory Online Professional database.

*Registration is limited to 16 participants.  Please register only if you can attend*

 

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Introduction to Proposal Writing

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher?

This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.

It will include:

  • The basic elements of a proposal
  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no

 

Fields marked with an * are required

Please indicate the classes you would like to attend by clicking on the appropriate box below.

*You must use Yes to answer the last question*

Introduction to Finding Grants

Are you new to the field of grant seeking?  Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory class.  This class will cover the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, and you will have an opportunity to do some hands-on funding research using the Foundation Directory Online Professional database.

*We have reached our registration limit for this program.  If you would like to be added to the Wait List, please email adauphinee@njstatelib.org*

Forging Effective Public / Private Partnerships through Corporate Day-of-Service Projects Program Recap

Thank you to Leontyne Anglin from Staging Executives for her exciting and interactive presentation highlighting corporate day of service events for non-profits.  Grants are a major source of funding for non-profits, but it is becoming more and more difficult to secure grant money and that money can take months to come in.  There is an untapped source of funding available through corporate entities.  By building strong partnerships with businesses, non-profits can enhance their funding while also promoting their mission and gaining new and enthusiastic volunteers and donors.

There are 5 simple and manageable steps when trying to develop a relationship with a corporate sponsor through a day-of-service project:

  1. Determine your project scope
    • Start with 2 basic questions – Do we want to raise awareness of a local issue; Is there a larger problem we want to help tackle
    • Set aside at least 6 months to plan
    • Start with a manageable and simple project, such as a food drive or holiday gift drive, that can be completed in no more than 1 day
    • Determine responsibilities for the project before approaching a potential sponsor, such as what items or activities is the non-profit and corporate entity responsible for
    • Have a timeline for the project, including meetings and any preparatory work involved
    • Consider investing in a photographer to capture all aspects of the day-of-service, including a list of shots you would like before, during, and after the event
  2. Conduct your research
    • Make sure to research which businesses best match the mission of your non-profit or the type of service project you wish to undertake
    • Look at company websites, especially their “Recent News/Events” or “Community/Giving/Volunteering” pages to get an exact sense of whether that company is a right fit for your organization – you are trying to identify a potential mutual benefit between your respective organizations to encourage a long-term partnership, including funding
    • Attempt to locate the contact person for that business, which may be listed on press releases
  3. Assemble your team
    • Divide your team, if possible, into 1st sale and 2nd sale groups
      • 1st sale should make the pitch and meet with corporate decision makers
        • Include executive directors, visionaries, and strong communicators
        • Be upbeat and positive
      • 2nd sale should lead the implementation
        • Include project managers and board volunteers
        • Be detail oriented, have strong project management skills, and be relationship builders
  4. Implement your project
    • Pitch the project in a concise email (1st team) and then set up conference call to go over more details (2nd team); attempt to secure a site visit
    • In subsequent meetings (have a standing meeting date/time), provide an overview of the project, including individual project teams and clearly review all roles and responsibilities
    • Day of the event
      • arrive 90 minutes early to make sure things are set up and your people are comfortable in their roles
      • Start on time and with a motivational welcome speech
      • Take pictures of the group early on or at lunch to ensure you get the most people possible
      • Grab video testimonials before people leave to share via social media or at an event with your organization – make sure to invite the corporate sponsor to the event!
  5. Post-event follow up
    • Send thank you message within 24-48 hours
    • Invite the volunteers to future events without asking them for anything, including money

You can download a copy of the presentation at https://www.njstatelib.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Corporate-Day-of-Service.pdf.  For more information on this as well as other topics related to non-profits, please contact Leontyne Anglin at stagingexecs@gmail.com or 856-449-7763.

Forging Effective Public / Private Partnerships through Corporate Day-of-Service Projects

Successful, engaging community projects are often completely overlooked opportunities that can foster far more substantive relationships than any proposal ever can by offering a chance for executives to work side by side with youth and families in the communities that they serve … and ultimately become your organization’s ambassadors. Please join Leontyne Anglin and learn to develop a strategic plan to get your foot in the door, lead successful large-scale projects and potentially generate thousands of dollars in support.

Leontyne Anglin is a former corporate marketer and media relations executive with a background in
podcasting, film, and television production. She is a Commercial Remote Pilot Licensed & Certified by
the Federal Aviation Administration specializing in Aerial Videography and Photography. She founded
Staging Executives Aerial & Digital Media firm with one purpose in mind … to help business owners
and entrepreneurs leverage media to gain a professional online presence — helping clients get their shows
on the air and businesses on the map!

 

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Introduction to Proposal Writing

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher?

This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.

It will include:

  • The basic elements of a proposal
  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no

 

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Please indicate the classes you would like to attend by clicking on the appropriate box below.

*You must use Yes to answer the last question*

Introduction to Finding Grants

Are you new to the field of grant seeking?  Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory class.  This class will cover the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, and you will have an opportunity to do some hands-on funding research using the Foundation Directory Online Professional database.

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Please indicate the classes you would like to attend by clicking on the appropriate box below.

*You must use Yes to answer the last question*

Intro to Fundraising Planning Recap

Hands holding money.

Thank you to Susan Shiroma, Senior Social Sector Librarian at Foundation Center New York, for teaching us about the six basic steps for developing a fundraising plan.  During her presentation, Susan emphasized the importance of developing a case statement to describe why an organization deserves funding.  She also explained that, to ensure sustainability, organizations need to have multiple revenue streams, including earned income.  Class participants received tools to take home that they can use to assess their organization, set goals, and develop a fundraising plan.

 

For more information about fundraising planning, see the following links:

NJSL’s Nonprofit Management Research Guide – http://libguides.njstatelib.org/nonprofits

Into to Fundraising Planning recorded webinar – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WWgQ8nigfA

GrantSpace Topics: Fundraising – https://grantspace.org/topics/fundraising/

 

For fundraising related books, search the NJ State Library online catalog at the following link:

https://nj.ipac.sirsidynix.net/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=15G7J026115Y1.13193&profile=njl–1&menu=search&submenu=subtab24&ts=1537302611589

 

If you have any questions or would like to set up a one-on-one tutorial on how to use the library’s resources to research funding, please contact me at lclark@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 X 158.