Aaron Lester

Recent Posts

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...

Understanding These 4 Common Grants Will Make You a Better Grant Writer

by Aaron Lester on Jul 6, 2017 2:09:21 PM

Fundraising and donations are key components of any nonprofit’s development plan, but those strategies alone often won’t cover everything your...

5 Tips for a Seamless Grants Management Software Implementation

by Aaron Lester on Jun 27, 2017 8:43:35 AM

What Is Collective Action in Philanthropy? And Why You Need to Care.

by Aaron Lester on Jun 20, 2017 6:39:13 AM

By joining forces in a coordinated effort, grantmakers, grantees, communities, and other stakeholders passionate about similar issues have the...

Ignite! 2017: The Fluxx Community Inspires for 2 Days in San Francisco

by Aaron Lester on May 17, 2017 8:37:13 AM

We are right in the middle of the 2017 Ignite! Grantmaker Summit and I couldn’t be more energized and inspired. It is great to see so many good...

How to Blow Up Grantee Reporting and Create a More Valuable Feedback Loop

by Aaron Lester on Apr 27, 2017 12:32:43 PM

Although reporting can be a great opportunity to share the advancement of an organization’s work, the grantee report is at risk of becoming nothing...

#GiveOUTDay 2017: Funding Equality and Justice for the LGBTQ Community

by Aaron Lester on Apr 20, 2017 12:36:27 PM

When Give OUT Day was founded in 2013, it rose out of a sense of urgency and acute need. Its mission – to bring the LGBTQ community’s nonprofits and...

3 Ways to Become an Exceptional Foundation Board Member

by Aaron Lester on Apr 11, 2017 8:56:52 AM

Foundations and other nonprofit organizations are a powerful force of good in the world, but without a steady backbone of leadership and guidance...

The 'How' of Grantmaking: Leveraging Best Practices to Improve Your Foundation’s Unique Process

by Aaron Lester on Apr 4, 2017 7:57:50 AM

Unfortunately, there’s no definitive game plan for grantmakers. “The how of grantmaking,” as PEAK Grantmaking calls it, is many times a...