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)
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)
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)
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)
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 3pm EDT / 12pm PDT
Strategic planning has a dicey reputation for any number of reasons:
- it often is tedious and time-consuming;
- the issues it identifies are either obvious or not critical to the mission (or both);
- the actions it specifies are vague and unmeasurable;
- it... (continued)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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!
- Content knowledge as a specialist or generalist in your field: Of course,... (continued)
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!
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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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!
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)
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)
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)
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)
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?
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)
Any nonprofit can develop an effective communication strategy and create compelling marketing content with these tools shared on 4Good.org .