Balancing your Mission and your Life

Balancing your Mission and your Life

It is never very easy to find a good way to combine being part of a nonprofit with a life with family and friends outside that organization. And this is even more of a challenge in times of uncertainty like we all face now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The thing with...

Donor Retention in Times of Uncertainty

Donor Retention in Times of Uncertainty

Earlier this month (April 2020) I taught four masterclasses on fundraising in time of uncertainty. In one of these a participant asked about donor retention in times of uncertainty. How to keep your donors at a time when you may not be able to do exactly (or at all)...

Requests for Donations

Requests for Donations

Recently, I have been receiving quite a few requests for donations. I have been telling my community of not-for-profits that indeed now seems a good time to call on people’s solidarity and ask for donations. What with the COVID-19 pandemic making everyone so much more...

FREE Masterclass Fundraising in Times of Uncertainty

FREE Masterclass Fundraising in Times of Uncertainty

Are you worried about the impact of the corona virus pandemic on your not-for-profit? Are you uncertain about how to plan now? And do you have difficulty getting yourself to focus on sorting out these worries because you are concerned about your loved ones ...... then...

The Importance of Monitoring

The Importance of Monitoring

For almost every project proposal nowadays you need to prepare a monitoring framework. This presents how you will monitor implementation for success. Very often this is seen as an exercise that is important for the donor. Something that should be done as simply as...

Keeping Up the Good Work In A Crisis

Keeping Up the Good Work In A Crisis

I see many not-for-profits being uncertain about their future now, as their activities are being canceled one by one. How can you keep on core staff, if project activities cannot be implemented? Do donors approve of covering such costs even though you cannot deliver...

Working Remote

Working Remote

As COVID-19 is spreading more and more widely and seems to have reached all corners of the world now, an increasing number of countries are in lock-down or in some kind of self-quarantine. Workplaces are deserted, of government institutions, companies and...

The Relevance of Your Idea

The Relevance of Your Idea

Many project proposal templates include a section that refers to the relevance of your idea. What do they mean by that? In my view, there are three aspects to relevance that you should keep in mind when designing a project. Relevance to the context First of all, you...

Validate your Project Idea

Validate your Project Idea

Most not-for-profits never lack ideas of things they could do if they had a little bit of money (or a lot). But if a call for proposals comes by it sometimes becomes clear that not all ideas are workable. Not all ideas are a full project. Some ideas might have gotten...

What to Do with a Call for Proposals

What to Do with a Call for Proposals

I know no not-for-profit that is not excited when they see a call for proposals. After all, a call to send in a proposal is a chance of contributing to your organization’s objectives. It is a possibility for receiving money that can help you work on your mission. An...