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  • Wednesday, September 06, 2017 2:42 PM | Anonymous

    It's time -- maybe even crunch time -- to do your year-end fundraising. For most organizations around the world, the big money comes in December.

    A stumble at the end of the year can hurt you in a big way. So you'll appreciate this post from Fired Up Fundraising: #1 Year-End Fundraising Mistake: A Weak Ask

    In a nutshell:

    Far too many organizations are sending out too few appeals, with timid letters that make weak asks.

    Here's a two-step secret to success at year-end:

    1.      Ask more than once during your peak season.

    2.      Ask boldly, with flair, drama, and urgency.

    That's it, pretty much. It can make the difference between a poor December that you'll never get back, and one that turns any year into a good one!

    Re-posted from Future Fundraising Now.

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 12:52 PM | Anonymous

    The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities is pleased to announce a new resource for Richmond-area nonprofit organizations.  Thanks to initial funding from the Robins Foundation and fund management from the Richmond Jewish Foundation, the RVA COMMUNITY FUND FOR STANDING TOGETHER was launched on August 21st, 2017.


    This funding opportunity supports Richmond-area nonprofit organizations with financial support for rapid response services after incidents of bias, discrimination, or bullying. These incidents often require immediate interventions that are not covered by traditional funding mechanisms. As such, this fund ensures that nonprofit organizations will have greater capacity to meet needs that are increasingly urgent in today’s climate.  Nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for mini-grants of $500, $1,000, or $1,500 to support interventions including facilitating, convening, counseling, and coaching.

    Jonathan Zur, President and CEO of VCIC, says that he encourages organizations to apply for funding to support community-wide solidarity events after incidents of bias or discrimination, schools that need professional development or student workshops after bullying etc.

    The grant application form can be found online. Completed application forms can be submitted at any time to  Applications will be reviewed by an objective, diverse committee on a weekly basis, and approved requests will be funded within two weeks.

    This RVA Community Fund for Standing Together will exist until all resources are expended.


    Individuals or foundations interested in donating to support this effort can go here and select “RVA Community Fund for Standing Together” in the “Fund Designation”.

    Contact the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities by emailing with any questions and please spread the word about this opportunity!

    To learn more about Standing Together RVA go here.

  • Monday, August 28, 2017 2:51 PM | Anonymous

    from the Stanford Social Innovation Review

    Nonprofits actively court trustees from the business sector, believing their experience will add a lot of value to the organization, but many of these recruits don’t appreciate the complexity of the sector or the need to learn how to be a good trustee. As a result, they stop being the observant, motivated people they are in their for-profit roles. They stop thinking critically.

    Why does this happen? We think it’s because a lot of businesspeople who join nonprofit boards enter their role with two very wrong preconceptions: 1) businesses are more efficient than nonprofits, and 2) nonprofits are more ethical than businesses. Read complete article...

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