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How Can I Help People Affected By Hurricane Harvey?

By Aaron Lester on 08/30/2017

   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 Corpus Christi, Texas Friday night, has paralyzed much of the state and left thousands displaced. One hundred and thirty mile-per-hour-winds knocked down trees and power lines, generally wreaking havoc across the region.

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How To Value Grantee Voices For More Meaningful Impact Assessment

By Aaron Lester on 08/17/2017

Measuring impact is challenging. There’s no two ways about it. Some funders skip important steps in development while others fail to pay enough attention to their grantees’ capacity or preferences when designing and implementing evaluations. What’s more, the variety of approaches to the work across the sector constrains the way organizations assess and even define impact.

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How Mission Ambassadors Are Changing the Way Nonprofits Tell Their Stories

By Aaron Lester on 08/03/2017

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. But we're much more receptive to the opinions of our own friends, or friends of friends. When we see the passion in others, it's contagious. It drives us to action.

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

By Aaron Lester on 07/20/2017

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

By Aaron Lester on 07/13/2017

You spent hours upon hours researching, preparing, and writing what your team knows is the perfect grant proposal — a proposal that meets each one of the foundation’s guidelines. Why wouldn’t it accept your proposal after all your hard work? But when you read on, your heart sinks.

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

By Aaron Lester on 07/06/2017

Fundraising and donations are key components of any nonprofit’s development plan, but those strategies alone often won’t cover everything your organization wants to accomplish. That’s where grants come in. 

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5 Tips for a Seamless Grants Management Software Implementation

By Aaron Lester on 06/27/2017

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

By Aaron Lester on 06/20/2017

By joining forces in a coordinated effort, grantmakers, grantees, communities, and other stakeholders passionate about similar issues have the potential to create meaningful and lasting impact. This kind of collective action approach has the potential to address the most pressing and complex societal challenges of our time.

But what exactly is collective action? And why should you care? First: the why.

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

By Aaron Lester on 05/17/2017

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 people gathered in one place, learning new skills and gaining a renewed focus on their missions. 

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

By Aaron Lester on 04/27/2017

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 more than a tedious task that contributes little value to you or your grantee.

Instead of being used as a launching pad for iteration and improvement, these reports too often go unread or underutilized.

It’s time to reframe the future of grantee reporting.

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