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Entries from October 2012

Nonprofits must keep searching for new revenue: An example using “Communities for Teaching Excellence” and Gates Foundation funding

October 21st, 2012 · No Comments

In the L.A. Times, Howard Blume says that a “Gates Foundation-funded education-reform group [is going] to close,” because the organization—Communities for Teaching Excellence lost 75% of its funding. And that 75% came from a single source: the Gates Foundation. This story holds an important lesson for nonprofits: you’re only as good as your next revenue [...]

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Tags: Education · Foundations · Media · Nonprofits

Turhan Bey Passes, Presidential Debates, Honey Boo Boo, Truffle Pigs, and FY ’13 RFPs (Including YouthBuild, Serving Adult and Youth Offenders, and More)

October 14th, 2012 · No Comments

Almost five years ago, I wrote about the strange phenomenon of grant programs rising from the dead like The Mummy in “Zombie Funding – Six Tana Leaves for Life, Nine for Motion.” Two events reminded of this post. First, the Huffington Post reported that Turhan Bey has passed to the great beyond. As those of [...]

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Tags: Government · Grants · Media · Nonprofits

Pros don’t fear competition — they are the competition

October 10th, 2012 · 1 Comment

In Joe McNally’s book The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light In Small Places, he describes how, in 1981, he went to shoot a space shuttle launch—but, as McNally says, “I had no idea how to do it” (he sounds like an amateur grant writer pressed into service). Neither did the other photographers. Instead, they went [...]

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