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Toxic Leadership in Organizations

Wed, Oct 07, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

Toxic Leadership is detrimental to organizations. Authors Kusy and Holloway compare toxic leadership to an iceberg. It is the bottom of the iceberg, what we don't see, that causes significant damage. Toxic leadership not only impacts morale but also has financial implications to organizations. In this webinar, discover... (continued)

Taggedorganizational developmentleadership

Getting Your Slice of the Pie - Identifying the Assets You Need in Your Community

Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

Nonprofits have had to navigate through challenging times. Having done this, it's natural to feel one must hoard limited resources or feel that we will always have to deal with less. In this webinar, participants learn to understand and appreciate the assets model pioneered... (continued)

TaggedCommunity AssetsAssets vs. Deficits

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Effective Strategic Planning Part 3: Measure, Monitor, Report

Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

No matter how rewarding a planning process is in cultivating your stakeholders, focusing your board and staff, and developing your organization, and no matter how promising the goals and objectives of your plan, strategic planning cannot be successful unless it drives... (continued)

Taggedstrategic planningmetricsPlan Implementationorganizational development

Creating Constituencies: A Prospecting Road Trip

Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

Pack your bags! We’re going on a road trip! In this fun and interactive session, Susan will lead participants on the harrowing but exciting road to creating constituencies where none exist. Whether novice or expert, all skill levels will enjoy the ride and leave knowing how to: 1) identify an organization’s ideal... (continued)

TaggednonprofitsProspect identification and researchresearchfund raisingphilanthropy

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Effective Strategic Planning Part 2: Plan Development & Implementation

Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 3pm EDT / 12pm PDT

Strategic planning has a dicey reputation for any number of reasons:

  1. it often is tedious and time-consuming;
  2. the issues it identifies are either obvious or not critical to the mission (or both);
  3. the actions it specifies are vague and unmeasurable;
  4. it... (continued)

Taggedstrategic planningplan developmentstrategyorganizational development

How to Ask for BIG Gifts from Individuals (in 3 Easy Steps)

Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

This webinar will provide hands on training in cultivating and soliciting BIG gifts (The definition of “Big” is different for each nonprofit). The 3 Steps are: Get Organized, Schedule Your Meetings, Meet Your Donor and Ask. Peter will explain the concepts and share valuable tools that participants can... (continued)

Taggedmajor giftsbig giftsfundraisingsoliciationcultivationdonortop prospectswealthy donorsindividuals

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Strategic Planning Part 1: Cultivation & Organization

Wed, Jun 03, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

Strategic planning should be a means not only to produce a strategy, but also to engage and cultivate stakeholders, develop leadership, and generate new energy, commitment and consensus around mission. Its primary product is not a written plan, but strategic thinking within the organization, which is achieved through a... (continued)

Taggedstrategic planningPlan Implementationorganizational development

May 13th: Developing Earned Income Streams For Your Nonprofit 4Good webinar

Wed, May 13, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

Have you gotten tired of getting turned down for grants?

Would you like to plan to succeed in 2016?

If your fundraising stagnated last year, you’re not alone.

Donor attrition is at an all time high, and so is competition for dollars.

What if the one bright spot at the end of... (continued)

TaggedMazarine Treyzfundraisingearned incomenonprofitsstrategyNonprofit Cafedevelopment planwebinar4Good2015

Inspirational Writing Quotes of the Month

Looking for inspirational quotes to keep you writing? Check out my archive of them at this link.

For example, the February Quote of the Month is:

"If my doctor told me I had only six months to live I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster."
... (continued)

Taggedwritingquote of the month

What Your Sponsors Really Want webinar

Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

Have you ever been at your wits end for finding sponsors?

Are you afraid of what sponsors are thinking?

Do you have a hard time justifying why they should sponsor you, other than “We’re a good cause”?

Big events make the majority of their money with sponsorship.

Whether you’re coordinating a music festival, a... (continued)


TaggedsponsorsponsorshipfundraisingMazarine Treyz

Grantwriting and Return on Investment: More Than You May Think

Does your nonprofit seek grants? If so, you’re like the vast majority of organizations in our sector. But how do you measure return on investment for grantwriting?

You may be tempted to think that it’s simply the amount of money you immediately bring in minus the time and money you spent to procure... (continued)

Taggedgrantgrant writinggrant proposals (multiple fundertypes)fundraisinggrant proposalsfund raisinggrantwriterreturn on investment

Building Stakeholder Commitment to Your Goals

Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

Board members, staff, donors, and stakeholders of all types (clients, suppliers, regulators, partners) need to be engaged in the planning and implementation of new strategies and actions. But how can you do this efficiently when there may be many different views and priorities?

This session will introduce key principles... (continued)

Tagged#Effective MeetingsStakeholder involvementboard activityleadership

Just in time: free podcast on Thank You Letters that Donors Love

A thank you letter can be either an administrative exercise or a powerful way to connect with your donors. If it is done right, it will increase the likelihood that donors will continue to give, and say yes when you invite them to get more involved.

On this month's Writing Wednesdays podcast we... (continued)

Taggeddonorfundraisingthank you lettersgiftsmajor gift

Prediction: The New Paradigm for Philanthropy

Wed, Nov 05, 2014 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

Philanthropy has been undergoing a classic paradigm-shift—i.e., a total transformation of its vocabulary, conceptualization, rhetoric, infrastructure and modes of operation—since the late '90s, driven by computers and the Internet, new demographics of wealth, and the globalization of the American high-tech economy. This... (continued)


New Writing Wednesdays recording: Top 12 Traits of a Good Grantwriter

It's back! After a few months off, Writing Wednesdays has rebooted and transformed into a sleeker, more accessible nugget.

The monthly podcasts are now released one Wednesday each month. And at only 10-20 minutes long, they easily fit into a lunch break or commute.

Writing Wednesdays are... (continued)

TaggedWriting Wednesdayswriting traininggrantwritinggrantsfundraisinggrant writing

NEW VIDEO: Top 6 Ways Grantwriters Are Strategic Leaders

A few months ago, the Grant Professionals Association’s Heart of America chapter invited me to be the plenary speaker at their regional conference in Kansas City, MO. I was honored and pleased to present to such a respected group!

I spoke about the Top 6 Ways Grantwriters Are Strategic Leaders (whether... (continued)

Taggedgrant proposalsgrantgrantsgrantwritinggrant writinggrant writergrantwriterfundraisingfundraiserwriting

Top 10 Traits of a Good Grantwriter

Do you want, or need, to up your game as a grantwriter? Maybe you’re thinking about entering the field? If you have strong writing skills (even if you were not an English major), ask yourself if you have the other characteristics it takes to shine!

  1. Content knowledge as a specialist or generalist in your field: Of course,... (continued)

Taggedgrantfoundationfundraisinggrantwritinggrant proposalsgrantseekinggrant writing

Want more feedback on Letters of Intent? Check this out.

FYI: These recordings are available on 4Good, and YOU get $50 off registration for the Grantwriter's FastTrack Coaching Program just for being a 4Good community member!



Need help with your grant proposals and Letters of Intent?

If you weren't able to attend Dalya Massachi's Grant Proposal Feedback Clinic, check out the recording, slides, and other materials used in the webinar.

See what one attendee had to say of Dalya's webinar:

> “This was really... (continued)


COLLABORATION: Meeting Strategic Goals

The Journey to Collaboration

Stage 1:  Envision Results by Working Individual-to-Individual **

Stage 2:  Empower Ourselves by Working Individual-to-Organization

Stage 3:  Ensure Success by Working Organization-to-Organization

Stage 4:  Endow Continuity by Working Collaboration-to-Community

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States License.

TaggedcollaborationMeeting Strategic GoalscooperationcoordinationDevelopmental Continuum of change strategies

“Ask Dalya”: Improving Website Content

Not long ago, I partnered with GiftWorks to present a free webinar entitled “Web Writing that Gets Noticed.” In it, we covered:

3 Keys to maximize your website content
Today’s web users: what we know
Best practices: usability & accessibility

Participants asked a lot of great questions. Check out the answers below!


TaggedAsk DalyaWebsite content

6/4: (FREE) Writing Wednesdays: Tips to Speed Up Your Writing

Time. Everyone wants more of it, but it seems to slip away faster every year.

In your socially responsible organizations, time is the one commodity that may be even scarcer than money. And even if you are rolling in dough, I am sure you want to be as efficient as you can be.

Writing is a craft like... (continued)

TaggedWriting Wednesdayswriting tips

Post-Mother’s Day: The Original Meaning

I hope you celebrated your mother, were pampered as a mother, and/or appreciated yourself or Mother Earth for incredible creative powers.

This Day-after-Mother’s Day, I want to share something I just learned! The idea for Mother’s Day was originally conceived a few years after the Civil War, as mothers who had lost their... (continued)

TaggedMother's Day

1/9/14: Writing Wednesdays: Great Opening Lines

After all, it really is true. In writing, as in life, you only have a few seconds to make a powerful first impression.

You can kiss your readers goodbye if you do not instantly grab their attention and set the tone for what is to come. You will not get a second chance.

In your headline and opening paragraphs, you... (continued)


TaggedWriting Wednesdaysopening linesheadlines

2/5/14: Writing Wednesdays: Group Feedback on Letters of Inquiry to Foundations

In this ever-popular session, we convened to offer feedback mini-sessions on Letters of Inquiry to foundations (pre-proposals of 1-3 pages).

While your colleagues may be helpful (or maybe just too busy), an outside perspective is often exactly what you need to view your work as a... (continued)


TaggedWriting WednesdaysLetters of InquiryLOI

1/22/14: Writing Wednesdays: Plan Your Grantwriting for 2014!

Thinking about your grantwriting plan for 2014? Great idea! You will need to plot your research and cultivation efforts and do some strategic proposal planning. You’ll also need to have all your ducks in a row in preparation for funders’ questions and the documents they will request. Are you ready?

If... (continued)


TaggedWriting Wednesdaysgrantwriting planstrategic planning

Grantwriter as Strategic Leader: Your Crucial Role

Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

As a grant professional, you are perfectly positioned to help your organization plan strategically for its grantseeking future. You are the knowledgeable guide who can lead executive and program staff to design work that is attractive to grantmakers. In this webinar, we will discuss ways to “rally the troops”... (continued)


Taggedfundraisinggrantsgrantwritinggrant proposalsstrategywebinarNonprofit Webinars

Get Your Message Across

Any nonprofit can develop an effective communication strategy and create compelling marketing content with these tools shared on 4Good.org .

First, work on how to tell a great story about your nonprofit, your programs and your initiatives. Take notes on Telling the Right Story for Your Online Campaign , by... (continued)


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