The CNPS Blog

Your resource for great articles, interviews, trends and free tools for arts & culture nonprofits.

A Note to Arts Funders

Most of what I write is intended for people working at arts and culture nonprofits. Executive directors, development staff, marketing managers, program directors…this is typically who I’m talking to. Today I’m going to write something a little bit different. This…

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“Granted” is out now!

It’s finally here! After many months of writing, editing, late nights, and tons of excitement, our 2nd book is here! Bruce Ripley and I are thrilled to say that “Granted: How to Break Into Freelance Grant Writing and Build a…

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Can Books Unlock Hopes & Dreams?

If books were the key to unlocking hopes and dreams, then the one I’m about to tell you about would help you unlock the door to a new life as a successful, grant writing business owner. Intrigued? Watch the video…

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Equity, Inclusion, and Grant Writing

Usually when you hear the terms “equity” and “inclusion” used in the same sentence as “grant writing” it means you’re talking about writing grants which will fund programming to address imbalances and inequities in various facets of society. Or you’re…

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And the winner is…

At the beginning of the month, we asked all of you to help us choose a cover design for our book, Get the Grant: Your No B.S. Introduction to Foundation Grants. And you did not disappoint!   We’ve looked at…

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Help us design our book cover!

We are entering the home stretch with our book, Get the Grant: Your No B.S. Introduction to Foundation Grants. It’s set to be released on February 21st and I am beyond excited about it. But before we can release the…

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Coming in February…

Last week I told you that I had formed a publishing company with my business partner, Bruce, called Painted Post Publications and that we had an exciting new book coming your way. I’m thrilled to share that in February we…

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I have a big announcement!

January 2019 is an incredibly exciting time for me, and I hope it’s going to mark the beginning of a wonderful year for you, also. For one thing, my free 4-video “Nonprofit Digital Fundraising & Marketing Mastery Workshop” series started…

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7 Project Management Tools for Grants

Wikipedia defines project management this way: Project management is the practice of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria at the specified time.   I think that’s…

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Building a Donor-Centric Website

Today, online giving is an important part of fundraising strategy. Whereas in the old days you could do just fine soliciting donations via snail mail and face-to-face meetings, now donors want modern ways to give. Let’s start with a few…

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How to Hire an Amazing Grant Writer

So you’ve come to the realization that your nonprofit needs a little help with grants. Maybe you just need a few proposals written or maybe you need a full-blown strategy created. Either way, you’ve decided to hire a consultant to…

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Evaluating Board & Staff: A How-To Guide

Let’s talk about evaluations. They are vital to your organization and yet I see so many nonprofits neglect them either because they have trouble making the time to get them done, they fear upsetting already overworked staff and board, or…

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I Want to Hear From You!

I really do. I would absolutely love to know what topics you wish you knew more about. Is there something in particular that you or your organization is struggling with? Is there a tool or guide that you wish existed…

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Cultivating Relationships with Funders

How are your funding relationships doing? Most of us in the nonprofit world are well aware that our organizations thrive or fail based on the quality and number of relationships. Relationships with donors, relationships with patrons, and relationships with other…

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