Nonprofits start with great intentions. They want to change the world and make a measurable impact on their communities. However, the sad reality is that many nonprofits will close their doors before they get the chance to do that. Discover more by reading the article.
There are several different approaches an institution can take when it comes to cultivating donors among its alumni population. In this article, we will walk you through the most effective alumni fundraising and engagement strategies.
Learning how to create a budget for a nonprofit organization can be one of the hardest challenges you face. In this article, we’ll go over what a nonprofit budget is, why budgeting is so important, and some recommended best practices that will help your organization succeed.
Auditing a nonprofit organization may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. In this article, we'll explain how to audit a small nonprofit organization—from choosing an auditor to preparing and compiling key financial documents.
When it comes to fundraising for universities, there are unique challenges.Fortunately, there are some tried and true strategies that universities can use to maximize their fundraising efforts.
You may be wondering, “how much money can nonprofits keep?” In this article, we will investigate policies governing nonprofit finances, common sources of nonprofit revenue, and best practices for nonprofit financial management.
Want to learn how to identify the different types of budgeting methodologies and which ones are the most effective? Don Needs, a financial analyst from Jitasa has shared the difference between budgeting and forecasting and why your organization needs both, explained how to utilize technology to speed up the budgeting and forecasting cycle, where Instrumentl fits into the picture and more!
Every nonprofit organization wants to secure program grants, but how can they best go about finding the right ones? In this article, we'll explore best practices for finding program grants and other sources of funding, as well as tips for submitting successful proposals.
Finding the right grant discovery and management platform for your nonprofit can be a challenge. To make things easier, we’ve researched three of the top grant platforms available today: Instrumentl, Foundation Directory Online, and GrantHub.
The Walton Family Foundation is a family-led foundation whose philanthropic efforts focus on solving complex social and environmental problems. But should you pursue their grants?
Between Foundation Directory Online’s vast database and GrantHub’s helpful tracking features, how do you know which of these is the best value grant discovery platform for you? This article will help you decide.
GrantHub is a grant management platform that helps nonprofits better organize their work so they can stay on task and craft smarter long term strategies.But is GrantHub the right choice for you?
One of the most popular options on the market today is Fluxx Grantseeker, which helps nonprofits discover, track, and win more grants. However, there are pros and cons to this service that lead many to search for Fluxx Grantseeker alternatives.
Private foundation grants are some of the most reliable and generous sources of funding available. But how do you go about locating them?In this post, we'll provide step-by-step guidance on how to find private foundation grants quickly and effectively.
Are you considering signing up for GrantStation but are curious if a better alternative exists? Or have you been using GrantStation but found that it's not meeting all of your funding needs? In this article, we will explain why grantseekers might look for GrantStation alternatives
This article a comprehensive GrantStation discount code guide, detailing the available discounts and savings available to nonprofit professionals who are interested in leveraging GrantStation’s services. We will dig deep into the available discounts and how they can be redeemed.
Wondering if your nonprofit should invest in Fluxx Grantseeker to boost its fundraising efforts? Let’s take a look at Fluxx Grantseeker pricing, features, and how it compares to alternative tools to find out.
GrantStation helps provide nonprofits, educational institutions, and government agencies with the tools they need to find new potential funding sources.But is GrantStation worth it? Read the article to find out.
The Vancouver Methodist Foundation, based in Vancouver, Washington, is a Protestant-affiliated foundation that was formed in 1970. With a focus on educational scholarships, study grants, and other various charitable programs. But should you pursue their grants?
The Legacy Foundation of Central Wisconsin is a private foundation that exists to improve the health and well-being of central Wisconsin’s communities. But should you pursue their grants?
Having a diverse stream of income is so important for nonprofit organizations. Many nonprofit professionals focus fundraising efforts on grants from foundations. However, another wonderful place to find support is from corporate grants. Learn more about where to find them.
Google Ad Grants is such an indispensable tool. By providing nonprofits with a free advertisement budget in the biggest search engine in the world, Google gives you the ability to reach new supporters. Read more in our comprehensive guide.
The JPB Foundation (JPBF) is committed to advancing innovative initiatives that empower people experiencing poverty, sustain the environment, and initiate medical research. But should you pursue their grants? Read this article to learn more.
In this 60-minute grant writing deep-dive session, Margit Brazda-Poirier shares what to do and what not to do when it comes to project budgets. She explores the best way to present an A+ project budget and more.
Not sure what to do in a recession? In this 1-hour workshop, we explore what’s the status of the economy today, how recessions can impact fundraising, how you can prepare and adjust your fundraising strategies, and more.
When running a nonprofit, grants are a crucial fundraising strategy. But not all grants are created equal, and general operating grants can truly make a difference in helping nonprofits thrive. Here are some of the best ways you can find them.
In our previous blog post, we talked about Foundation Directory Online's pricing and how to chose the best plan for yourself. Today, we’ll reveal whether Foundation Directory Online offers discount codes and some potential ways you can save money on a subscription.
Looking for Foundation Directory Online alternatives? Even though FDO has been in the fundraising space for a long time, there are many great platforms with additional features and more user-friendly interfaces that you can use. Learn more from our post.
In this one hour workshop, Rhea Wong explores how to reframe our relationship with money to achieve more success in fundraising and asking. We'll dig into how to become aware of your relationship with money, where our money stories come from and how to create different narratives.
In this blog post, discover what an annual fund plan is, why you absolutely need one, and 7 actionable steps to develop yours.
Learn how to write an effective grant evaluation plan, including building a logic model, to evaluate the success of a grant-funded project [with examples]
In this blog post, discover 11 practical ways to build better relationships with your donors and why you should prioritize your donor relationships in the first place.
Thinking about applying for a volunteer grant? In this blog post, discover where to find, how to apply, and 7 time-tested strategies to win a volunteer grant.
In this blog post, learn the 5-step methodology to create a strong nonprofit risk reduction strategy and why nonprofits need to manage their risks in the first place.
Looking for donor management tips to help you scale your organization? Learn 7 donor management tips along with what you should avoid when working with donors.
Not sure what a fiscal sponsor is? Watch his video to learn more about what fiscal sponsors are and how you can find one for yourself.
Are grants considered taxable income? That question is answered and more in this post as explore what types of grants are tax-free along with other commonly asked questions.
Today, we’re proud to announce four new features to our platform: Calendar View, Salesforce Integration, Improved Application Deadlines, and our Consultant Plan.
In this 1-hour special workshop hosted by Instrumentl, you’ll learn how to assess the readiness of clients and nonprofit organizations for grant funding - including what questions to ask and which documents to review.
In this 1 hour special workshop hosted by Instrumentl, you’ll learn how to use a hyper-focus on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) to improve the strength and duration of grant-funder relationships.
In this post, we explore what virtual fundraisers are, why you should consider them for your nonprofit, as well as pros and cons of different types of virtual fundraisers.
In this post, we'll explore the key differences between restricted and unrestricted funds, as well as help you consider which may be better for your nonprofit.
In this 1 hour special workshop hosted by Instrumentl, you’ll be able to know what is 100% board giving and why do you need to secure grants, and what role does equity play in a 100% board giving policy.
In this post, discover what makes a grant proposal budget successful, common mistakes to avoid, and learn from the 3 best nonprofit grant budget examples to develop your own.
In this post, learn what a micro grant is, why it might be a good fit for your nonprofit, and discover some micro grant opportunities you can apply to right today.
In this 1-hour webinar (with 15 minutes Q&A), Steve Boland will share with you how to use logic models to show outcomes from correlations.
This post explores what a grant budget should include, examples of direct costs vs. indirect costs, how to write grant budget justifications, and give you a list of grant budget examples.
In this post, we’ll explore the average time to complete a grant, five tips to writing grants faster, how to track and manage grants more efficiently and more.
In this post, we explore how nonprofits typically receive funding, what are grants for nonprofits vs. donors to nonprofits, how to choose the right funding strategy for your nonprofit and more.
In this post, we'll explore what are logic models for grants, when you should use them, five simple steps to build your own logic model, and then set you up with tips to help you build your own.
This post explores what letters of intent are, gives you a list of letter of intent samples, along with a template you can use for yourself and your nonprofit.
This post explores the common sections of a grant proposal, different types of grant proposals, how to write grant proposals and more.
In this post, we'll dig into what makes a strong grant proposal, effective tips you can use to plan grant proposals better, and give you techniques you can use to bolster your proposals.
This post digs into what is a grant narrative and why are they important, how to write your first draft in five steps, and how long a grant narrative often is.
In this post, we'll dig into where to start when it comes to finding grants, how to connect with the right funders, some of the best places to find grants, and FAQ around finding grants.
In this article you'll learn what to consider before applying for government grants, how to find US, state, and local grant opportunities, and some common sources of government grants.
This post explores what the different types of resources are for grantseekers, the best websites for grantseekers, along with helpful tips and tricks for grantseekers when using these websites.
This post explores the value of grant websites, how to evaluate grant websites for yourself, along with what the best grant websites are for your particular use case. You'll learn why Instrumentl is the best grants website to use for your nonprofit.
Grant management software takes the administrative grunt work out of the grants process, allowing nonprofit personnel more time to focus on their mission and the patrons they serve. But how do you choose the one that's right for you? Read our comprehensive guide to learn more.
In this post, we dig into the ins and outs of effective grant prospect research. We'll explore how to identify funding prospects, how to research your top grant prospects, answer FAQ around grant prospect research and more.
This post explores how to learn about corporate donors, 3 steps you can take to engage with corporate funders, how to build your case for corporate funding, and helpful tips to writing compelling case statements.
Today, we’re proud to announce three new features to introduce our Standard Plan. Our Standard Plan will help you find good fit funders even faster with Advanced Funder Insights, Foundation Discovery and Recipient Profiles.
Finding and using the best grant research tools is crucial to grantseeking success. This post explores what grant research tools are, 11 of the best resources, and then how to use these tools effectively for your nonprofit (or clients).
In this 1-hour webinar (with 15 minutes Q&A), Jenni Hargrove, a charitable marketing coach and founder of Nonprofit Jenni, will share with you the 4 tips for building relationships with charitable corporations.
Knowing grant writing best practices can make or break your application. In this post, we explore best communication practices to follow with funders, best grant writing practices for proposals, what to do when updating or repurposing proposals, and more.
In this post, we dig into what is a letter of inquiry to a foundation, how to write a letter of inquiry that stands out in three simple steps, along with some helpful tips for writing effective LOIs to foundations.
In this post, we dig into what is a grant budget and why they’re important, five steps to help you prepare for a grant proposal budget, and cover the differences between different types of grant budgets.
Winning corporate grants isn't as hard as it may seem. In this post, we dig into how to know when to apply for a corporate grant, tips to getting corporate grants for nonprofits, FAQ around corporate grants, and more.
Finding funders for grants is hard. In this post, we dig into all the fundamentals you need to know to succeed, including what to look for when finding funders, how to find foundation or corporate grants as well as how to find government grants.
No idea where to start when it comes to writing grants for nonprofits? In this guide, we dig into what the different types of grants are, how to find grants for your nonprofit, and how to write a grant proposal in 7 steps.
Creating grant application pipelines for tracking can be tedious. In this post, we dig into exactly how to create a grant tracking pipeline, give you a sample grant management template you can use, and tips to managing your grant pipeline.
In this article, we answer the question of what are nonprofit program evaluations, what are the most common evaluation methods, how to decide which evaluation method is best for your nonprofit and more.
In this post, we answer what is grant management for both grant makers and grant seekers, why having a grant management process is important, how nonprofits manage grants, and common mistakes nonprofits make when managing their grants.
In this article, we'll help you answer why your nonprofit should hire a grant writer, pros and cons of hiring a grant writing consultant, and how to find a grant writing service. We'll also go over how much it typically costs to hire a grant writer.
This article explores 5 common grant readiness mistakes nonprofits make, 5 common oversights of grant prospect research, and 5 common workflow mistakes when prospect researching.
This post explores the four types of grants for nonprofits, common types of grants based on funder, as well as common uses for nonprofit grants and how to find grants for your nonprofit.
Ever wonder how nonprofits receive grants? This post explores how common grant funding is among nonprofits, what the different types of grant funders are for nonprofits, and how nonprofits receive grants.
In this post, we dig into every essential grant writing tip under the sun. From grant writing tips for beginners, to grant writing tips for finding the best grant matches. This guide will help you tackle all your common challenges when faced with winning more grants.
Looking for successful grant proposals? In this post, we detail what makes a grant proposal successful, and provide you with a list of grant proposal examples to reference. Lastly, we give you tips to get more successful grant proposal examples.
In this post, we explore what are capacity building grants for nonprofits, why they're valuable and where to prospect and find capacity building grants for your nonprofit.
Wondering how to write an effective needs statement? In this post, we dig into what makes a needs statement powerful, good vs. bad needs statement examples and how to get started writing a good needs statement.
Curious what some of the biggest trends in grants are? In this post, we'll share statistics on grantmaking foundations, federal grant statistics, corporate grant statistics, and more.
Everyone has asked this question before. How many grants should you apply for? The answer depends. In this post, we dig into how to set a SMART grants goal that your nonprofit can achieve, as well as provide a way to figure out how many grants you may want to apply for.
Whether you're new or experienced in grant writing, having the right resources can be helpful for you to make sure you're set up for success. In this post, we dig into what some of our favorite grant writing books are to check out as you master the art of grant writing.
In this post, we'll dig into what general operating support is, give you tips to write an effective general operating grant proposal, and leave you with clear examples of general operating support grant proposals.
Looking for your next great listen? In this article, we dig into what the best beginner friendly grant writing podcasts are, what the best listens for consultants and agencies are as well as the best podcasts for EDs and nonprofit leaders.
This article digs into all the fundamentals behind why you should invest in grant funder relationships, how to build stronger grant funder relationships, and gives you real questions you can ask when beginning to build your relationships.
In this article, we will define matching grants and the types of match funding that go along with them. We'll cover when you may want to consider matching grants, how to find them as well as how to implement matching grants as part of your overall grant funding strategies.
If you're wondering if your nonprofit is grant ready, this article is for you. In it, we dig into what it even means for a nonprofit to be grant ready, signs to watch out for when it comes to readiness, as well as provide you a grant readiness checklist to work through in answering this question for your nonprofit.