Aaron Lester

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Grants Managers: How to Think Like a Data Scientist

by Aaron Lester on Nov 10, 2017 6:49:43 AM

Chances are, if you began your career as a grants manager 10 or 15 years ago, you didn’t consider yourself a tech pro, or a data wizard. You probably...

Why Foundations Should Play a Collaborative, Connecting Role in Environmental Funding

by Aaron Lester on Oct 19, 2017 6:07:00 AM

Although the environmental sector only accounts for 3 percent of total giving in the U.S., environmental issues, particularly climate change, remain...

4 Big Myths About Cloud-Based Grants Management Software, Debunked

by Aaron Lester on Oct 12, 2017 2:00:28 PM

For foundations, cloud-based grants management software has evolved rapidly since its relatively recent introduction. Cloud-based systems have...

Foundations: Your Impact Depends on How You Collaborate With Your Grantees

by Aaron Lester on Sep 14, 2017 5:27:00 AM

It's vitally important that foundations and nonprofits engage and collaborate in a healthy two-way relationship to bring about the change they both...

4 Tips To Becoming A Data-First Grants Manager

by Aaron Lester on Sep 7, 2017 7:48:05 AM

As a grants manager, you’ve always understood the importance of data, even if you don’t always consider yourself a tech guru. As the quarterback of...

How Can I Help People Affected By Hurricane Harvey?

by Aaron Lester on Aug 30, 2017 10:35:00 AM

   People making their way down a flooded street in Houston, Texas. Joe Raedle/Getty

Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm when it made landfall near...

How To Value Grantee Voices For More Meaningful Impact Assessment

by Aaron Lester on Aug 17, 2017 6:09:00 AM

Measuring impact is challenging. There’s no two ways about it. Some funders skip important steps in development while others fail to pay enough...

How Mission Ambassadors Are Changing the Way Nonprofits Tell Their Stories

by Aaron Lester on Aug 3, 2017 7:09:00 AM

Brand ambassadorship is the new wave taking over marketing. Let's face it, the media-savvy among us harbor a healthy skepticism of marketing pitches....

Want to Secure More Grant Money? Tell a Good Story.

by Aaron Lester on Jul 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Grant Writers: How to Lean Into Rejection and Turn ‘Thanks, But No Thanks’ Into an Opportunity

by Aaron Lester on Jul 13, 2017 7:26:02 AM

You spent hours upon hours researching, preparing, and writing what your team knows is the perfect grant proposal — a proposal that meets each one...