How to find a partner organization for your nonprofit?

How to find a partner organization for your nonprofit?

A talk about how to set up a partnership for your project resulted in several questions about how to find a partner organization for your nonprofit. First things first: why do you need a partner? Before you start looking for a partner organization, write down why you...

How to set up a partnership for your project?

How to set up a partnership for your project?

Your project proposal may include a partner. There are different reasons for mentioning a partner in your proposal: Your proposals looks more serious, especially if the partner is well-known. You will be better able to reach the impact you need, for instance if the...

How to get started with a new project?

How to get started with a new project?

So what if you have designed a wonderful project and a donor wants to support it? What if you get that grant agreement??? Time to launch your project of course! Here are my tips for you how to get started with a new project. Set up a project team Probably you had an...

What is a good project budget?

What is a good project budget?

One of the four main building blocks of your project design is your budget. Despite the importance of money, the budget is often treated as an afterthought. And that can lead to big challenges in implementation of the project. It is helpful to your implementation and...

What are ingredients for a good project proposal?

What are ingredients for a good project proposal?

We all know writing winning project proposals is not a simple trick. There is no such thing as a 100% success rate in this. (not that I have seen in more than 25 years at least) But there are some things you can make sure to do and have that will help increase your...

What are common building blocks of a project proposal?

What are common building blocks of a project proposal?

If you have applied to more than one donor, you have probably noticed that each donor has their own requirements for submitting project proposals. And their own format. Both for the narrative part and for the budget. But if you look more closely, you can see there are...

How are fundraising and project design connected?

How are fundraising and project design connected?

Many of the questions I receive are about fundraising. Where to find a donor? How to identify individuals who might like to contribute? How to get a grant? Etc. But I almost never get a question about project design. I don’t why, exactly. It is a pity because I think...

What not to do in fundraising?

What not to do in fundraising?

I can write many posts (as I have done - and I will continue doing!) about what to do in fundraising. How to become visible. Where to look for donors. What to do to inspire trust. But this time I just want to share with you five examples of what not to do in...

What systems can help build trust with donors?

What systems can help build trust with donors?

When we spoke about co-funding (and about avoiding double funding) I said that systems are key. You need to have systems in place to make sure you record and report all income and expenses properly and with integrity. Having such systems in place, will help you build...

What is co-funding and why is that not double funding?

What is co-funding and why is that not double funding?

My inbox flooded with messages after I wrote about submitting the same idea twice (or more). About continuing the fight for your idea to become reality instead of waiting for one donor to decide, then approaching another, maybe months later. So let me be clear. I do...