Impactability

Demystifying Grant Budgets

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Teresa Stohs, Director of Grant Services Think of a funnel, going from broad to narrow. The types of budgets that grant applications request are like that. You will be asked to go from the very broad—your entire organization’s budget—to the more focused budgets, such as a program budget and a project budget within a program.…

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Susan Blankenship Joins the Team as Grant Writer

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Soukup Strategic Solutions is excited to announce that we have hired nonprofit professional Susan Blankenship as a proposal writer. In this role, she will specialize in grant applications, research, and reports. Susan will work directly with the grants team to increase funding awards given for our nonprofit clients. Susan has nearly a decade of grant…

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10 Tips to Keep Newsletters out of the SPAM Folder

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JoAnn Lawrence, Fundraising, Marketing and Communications Specialist No thank you SPAM Email newsletters are a low-cost tool for nonprofits to keep in contact with their constituents, share news, and seek donations, but are newsletters as effective in 2021 as they once were? You bet! According to research by Litmus, email newsletters have a $36 return…

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The Why Behind DEI: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Riley Randolph One of the most prevalent conversations circling the nonprofit sector is the impact of the pandemic on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the country. Right behind COVID-19, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is the leading topic among a vast majority of funders. The most recent U.S. census report shows nearly 40% of the population…

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The Magic of Major Gifts and the Fundraising Cycle

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Dr. Lou Traina and JoAnn Lawrence All nonprofit organizations either have a major gifts program or hope to have one in the future, but what stops fundraisers from going after large donations today? Perhaps fundraisers don’t know where to begin, and getting numerous major gifts just seems like magic – magic other fundraisers have. Don’t…

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The Key to a Powerful Case Statement

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Dr. Lou Traina and JoAnn Lawrence In this interview with fundraising expert, Dr. Lou Traina, we take a deep look at donor acquisition and major gifts. The following section of the interview discusses what makes a case statement a powerful fundraising instrument. A case statement is a tool that nonprofits often use when asking for a contribution.…

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New Things are on the Horizon

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Sheryl Soukup, CFRE, President Our team is always looking for new ways to help nonprofit leaders make a greater impact through their organizations, and a few of our biggest ideas will soon come to fruition. One of these is the launch of IMPACTability™: The Nonprofit Leaders’ Podcast. In this weekly podcast, we will talk with…

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Top Tips to Find Funding through Grant Research

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By Susan Blankenship Grants are integral to the funding strategies of many nonprofits. Finding grants that fit with your specific circumstances is a critical step in successfully obtaining funding. Yet, we know that grants do not comprise most nonprofit funding. Therein lies the rub. Nonprofits need to balance where to expend their assets in searching…

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Preserve Your Zen Grant Tip: Gather Your Documents Early!

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Waiting until the last minute to assemble all the documents you will need to submit with your grant proposal can throw your Zen into a tailspin! Instead, as soon as you have found a grant you would like to pursue, find the needed attachments by reading either the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) or Request…

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Grant Tip: More Than a Fresh Coat of Paint

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Everyone knows what proofreading is. Simply put, proofreading is that fresh coat of paint at the end of your project, that final layer of polish you apply to ensure there are no glaring mistakes in your work. Right? Maybe not… Of course, you absolutely want to give your work a careful final reading before submitting…

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