Thursday, June 28, 2018

Grant Writing Tips

Image: Man writingGrants help fund a nonprofits’ mission but are mistakenly thought of as a guaranteed source of revenue. However, obtaining a grant can be a very tricky venture. Grant writers must enact multiple skills when putting a grant letter together to be sure it is efficient and effective. Professional Fundraisers can help nonprofits with development.

Before you apply for a grant, make sure you perform your due diligence on funders. Fine-tune your search so you are not wasting time asking for grants that will never be approved by the foundation or any other grant provider.

We suggest you take advantage of ‘Foundation Search,’ however, multiple software vendors exist that are reliable and fair. Government grant search is free. Excitingly, if you have a rather small nonprofit, the public library offers access to foundation software free of charge. Begin searching for foundations locally before you expand to statewide or national funders. Make sure you are using the correct keywords when doing your support search, i.e. ‘drug addiction’ will turn up more providers for a drug recovery center than ‘addiction.’

It is essential to follow the funders’ guidelines when applying for a grant. These guidelines will tell you if your organization needs to include additional information like audited financial reports, DVD’s, nonprofit brochures, or charity references. They will often ask that you mail the necessary grant paperwork in a particular order. The foundation employee who is reviewing your request will be much more inclined to add your request to the ‘A’ list if you follow directions thoroughly.

We suggest beginning your quest for a grant by sending a one-page letter to local funders that support your cause. When researching, seek out funders that do not require an audited financial statement. In your request, ask for a specific amount such as $5000 with two drops to $2500, and $1000. Make sure you define what each gift will provide, i.e., $5000 provides xxx amount of meals for the homeless, $2500 provides xxx, and $1000 provides xxx.

Good luck!

This article is not legal advice.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

How your nonprofit can use LinkedIn

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How your nonprofit can use LinkedIn: LinkedIn has the potential to be one of your most valuable resources for fundraising. Read this article to use the community to its full potential.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Students are awesome nonprofit organization volunteers

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Student Nonprofit Organization Volunteers

Recruiting students to volunteer their time and effort at a non-profit organization can often feel overwhelming. You need young people who have good work ethics, are responsible and can follow instructions. The only issue is you don’t have a budget to hire them as part-time employees.

The non-profit organization volunteers need to relate to your cause, see potential in the charitable organization, and be willing to donate their time. We know they’re out there but what are the best ways to find them? Following are a few ideas on ways to significantly stretch the number of students that may volunteer their time at a non-profit.

High schools and colleges

Students have much energy, and many want to volunteer their time to a charity in need of volunteers. The problem is many students work part-time jobs while attending school and overloaded with too many classes. Still, quite a few will find the time to support a cause they believe in and appreciate.

·         Students are an excellent source for nonprofit organization volunteering if they believe in your charity.
·         Many nonprofit volunteers will convince their friends to join them because it’s fun to work as a team. 
·         Lots of high school students are planning on adding their charity volunteer activities to their college applications.
·         Many clubs on college campus require completed service hours in set timeframes.
·         Some volunteer because they want related work experience in the non-profit profession.
·         Fraternities and sororities are prominent nonprofit volunteers. Find the ones that could relate to your mission.
·         Get in touch with the campus’s student government departments. Ask how your nonprofit organization could find student groups that have a similar interest and may be willing to volunteer.
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·         Create a charity volunteer page for your website. Make sure you post action photos of those who participate.
·         Use your social media pages like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to recruit. Photos are an excellent way to aid your charity online with storytelling posts. Also, remember that the student doesn’t have to be local if you have projects that can be mailed to your organization and they have the skills to complete them.
·         Contact school newspapers and college radio stations; ask if they can help. College students excel at telefundraising!
·         Contact local high schools and speak with student government responsible for service projects.

Good luck! Please comment if you have any new ideas that work for your organization.

Do not consider any post from ACS as legal advice. Consult an attorney.


Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell

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Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell ~ Bill Copeland

Friday, June 1, 2018

ACS Employee Casual for a Cause Totals Reach $9945.50 for 2018 Year to Date

The latest totals for the Associated Community Services Employee Dress Down Fund!

Description  CFC 2018
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YTD
WK 4 & 5 Young Life
$1,112.00
1,112.00
WK 6 & 7 American Heart Assoc
$836.00
1,948.00
WK8 & 9 Alz.org
$1,166.00
3,114.00
WK 10 & 11 Special Dreams Farm
$1,350.50
4,464.50
Wk 12 & 13 I Care of Michigan
$1,392.00
5,856.50
Wk 14 & 15 Gleaners Food Bank
$1,428.00
7,284.50
Wk 16 & 17 Common Ground
$1,317.00
8,601.50
WK 19 & 20 Lighthouse of Oakland County
$1,344.00
9,945.50

Great job Associated Community Services Employees! Our grand total of the year so far is $9945.50!
Casual for a Cause is an internal voluntary program at ACS where ACS employees can make a contribution to a designated charity for a particular week. No contractual relationship or any other affiliation exists currently between ACS and the Charity. 

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