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Foundations Give Away Five Percent Of Their Assets a Year: Typhoon Haiyan Shows Why You Should Act Now, Not Later

November 10th, 2013 · No Comments

As you’ve probably noticed if you’re reading any news, typhoon Haiyan likely killed at least 10,000 people in the Philippines. That’s obviously a human tragedy, but there’s one small implication for nonprofit: it pays to apply for foundation funding sooner, rather than later. The reason is simple. Foundations react to the news cycle. They also [...]

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Computers and Education: An Example of Conventional Wisdom Being Wrong

August 19th, 2013 · No Comments

We’ve written innumerable proposals for programs to give students computers or access to computers. Some, like “Goals 2000,” have already been forgotten by anyone not named Seliger. Others, like the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, continue to exist, although the original federal version got broken into state pass-through funds. All of them work on [...]

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Tags: Advice · Education · Media · Research

“With Charity For All” – Ken Stern – Book Discussion

June 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

Ken Stern’s With Charity for All: Why Charities Are Failing and a Better Way to Give is really about a single, fundamental issue and its implications: funders are the real “clients” of most nonprofits, yet their desires dominate everything that nonprofits do. He says that “The care and feeding of donors who make highly personal [...]

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When It’s Good For At-Risk Youth to Hang Out At McDonald’s: Searching for Connectivity in All the Wrong Places

February 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

“The Web-Deprived Study at McDonald’s” describes a role reversal: in the usual proposal universe, McDonald’s is the enemy—a purveyor of simple sugars and nutritionally bankrupt edible food-like substances that help drive obesity and disease. Internet service providers (ISPs), however, are supposed purveyors of knowledge and connections vital to linking the modern world. But many American [...]

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Tags: Government · Media · Nonprofits · Programs

President Obama Announces That “Now is the Time to Stop Gun Violence.” But Looking Closely Shows That it is Time for School Districts, Police Departments, and Nonprofits to Start Writing Grants

January 16th, 2013 · 1 Comment

In response to the recent Sandy Hook massacre, the Obama Administration has launched a marketing and legislative campaign called “Now is the time—to do something about gun violence” (if the website doesn’t load quickly or properly, download the .pdf from us), but the most interesting parts of the plan for nonprofit and public agencies are [...]

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Tags: Government · Grants · Media · Stimulus

Gun Violence and Grants: Echos of Sandy Hook in Philadelphia and Chicago

January 13th, 2013 · 1 Comment

I recently wrote about the likely impact of the tragic Sandy Hook shooting on grant making and seeking, which is why this CNN piece about ongoing gun violence in inner-city Philadelphia and Chicago in the context of Sandy Hook resonated with me. Unlike the sudden impact of Sandy Hook, which captured the nation’s attention and [...]

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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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Behind the Article: Las Vegas’s Clark County and Race To The Top—District (RTTT-D)

July 22nd, 2012 · 1 Comment

In a press release masquerading as a news article, The Las Vegas Sun claims that the Clark County School District—the big one that covers Vegas—doesn’t want to apply for Race To The Top—District funds because they have “too many strings attached.” The strings aren’t that different from those that come with any very large grant [...]

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Nonprofits Should Make Better Use of Social Media, and Here’s a Free Project Concept Illustrating How

August 14th, 2011 · 7 Comments

We try hard to keep our proposals fresh by making our project concepts reflect what is going on in communities today—not what the world was like when we entered the business in 1993. For example, several years ago we began including references to emerging social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) in many proposals, mostly [...]

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