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Preppers: Grant Writing Edition (a 5-step plan for grant seeking)

Have you ever watched the TV show “Doomsday Preppers”?   It was on the National Geographic channel from 2011 -2014 and showcased American families who believed that Doomsday (or at least hard times) were coming and were preparing accordingly by building fallout shelters, water filtration systems, and stockpiling supplies and gold. The larger prepper movement…

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One Ring to Rule Them All – The Secret to Grants, Social Media, & Marketing

As a nonprofit pro, you’re probably interested in making sure that your grants, social media, and marketing strategies are as effective as possible. Luckily, there’s one secret to getting all of them right. Mastering this one thing will align your marketing, funding, and social strategies and have them working together like well-oiled machinery.    So…

3 Ways to Never Miss a Grant Deadline Again

Preparation is vital in grant writing.    Fail to plan and you’ve virtually guaranteed that something important will fall through the cracks. In my time as a grant writer, consultant, and mentor I’ve seen otherwise competent and well-meaning professionals miss deadlines, not make enough copies, fail to submit all of the required documents, forgo providing…

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Program Notes Episode 2: Presenting Traditional Art Forms with Jill Jantzen of Salon 21

This is the second episode of my Program Notes series, where I interview professionals working in arts and culture nonprofits from across the United States. These are dedicated pros who are actually working in the field and have their fingers on the pulse of current challenges, opportunities, and issues facing the nonprofit world and the…

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Program Notes: Millennials, Audience Engagement, & the Future of Nonprofit Orchestra with Alek Peugh of the Idaho Falls Symphony Orchestra

Welcome to the Program Notes Series! This is the first in what I hope will become a regular series I’m calling ‘Program Notes’, wherein I talk with leaders in the arts and culture nonprofit world to discuss pressing issues, current events, and best practices. For the first edition of ‘Program Notes’, I spoke with Alek Peugh,…

Is your arts nonprofit struggling to get social media engagement?

One of the most common things I hear from clients and readers is that they struggle to get consistent engagement with their followers on social media. Many of them even have substantial numbers of followers, but for whatever reason, those followers aren’t liking, sharing, or commenting on any of the organization’s posts.  It’s a pickle…