Tips & Tools

  • 17 Feb 2012 10:44 AM | James Ranieri (Administrator)
    The TKF Foundation supports the creation of public green spaces that offer temporary sanctuary, encourage reflection, provide solace, and engender peace and well being. The Foundation's Open Spaces Sacred Places National Awards Initiative funds the development of significant new public green spaces in urban settings that demonstrate a combination of high quality design-build and rigorous research about user impacts. The initiative’s final Request for Proposals (RFP) will support cross-disciplinary teams that are able to 1) conceptualize, plan, design, and implement an open and sacred green space, 2) conduct an associated research study(ies), and 3) communicate scientific findings. Funded projects should serve as potential models for urban areas across the United States. A total of $4 million is available through this RFP. The application deadline is June 29, 2012. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the National Awards Initiative and review the RFP.
  • 23 Jan 2012 1:12 PM | James Ranieri (Administrator)
    A must-read: An Executive Director's Guide to Financial Leadership.  Very extensive resource that every ED should read, and practice.  This would be good reading for those heavily involved in non-profit work on boards or certainly Finance Committee volunteers.
  • 17 Jan 2012 12:06 PM | James Ranieri (Administrator)
    It is that great time of year --- time to file those 1099-MISCs.  If you are still struggling with those paper copies, 2012 is the year to drop that and go online and e-file.  My personal recommendation is - I found their system to be very reasonable, easy to use and professional in format.

    This year's filings were a breeze and took me about 25% of the time.  Better yet, next year will be even easier as all of the info is stored in their system!

    Happy filing.
  • 09 Jan 2012 12:18 PM | James Ranieri (Administrator)

    Southern Partners Fund is a Foundation created to serve Southern communities and organizations seeking social, economic and environmental justice by providing them with financial resources, technical assistance and training, and access to systems of information and power.

    Based on the Fund’s new Southern Organizing Strategy, priority will be given to organizations that address voter rights, immigrant rights, or education reform.

    Applications must be received by email or postmarked by January 31, 2012.

    Click here for information/application.

  • 09 Jan 2012 10:14 AM | James Ranieri (Administrator)
    Today I'd like to direct you to an interesting article about what not to do, how not to lead.  Forbes presents 7 habits of spectacularly unsuccessful executives. Note: character, respect, team building, open minded, these are traits you will not see on their list! Check it out:
  • 22 Dec 2011 3:03 PM | Deleted user
    To some degree, funders undefined whether individual donors, foundations, or government agencies undefined have always wanted to know that their contributions are making a difference. Their means often differ: They may place different weight on this knowledge, or they may take different roads to get there, or they may even have secondary objectives that are more important that the programmatic ones. But whether it’s through the emotional power of narrative, the social power of credibility, or the rigorous power of evidence, funders have always had some way of assuring themselves that their donations are actually working. Read on here...

  • 14 Dec 2011 9:29 AM | James Ranieri (Administrator)
    The goal of the Merck Family Fund’s Sustaining Our Environment program is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to create policies for sustainable production practices. To meet this goal, the Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following three priority areas: Promoting Energy Efficiency, Conserving Ecologically Valuable Land, and Making Paper Production Sustainable. To promote energy efficiency, the Fund supports state and regional policies in the Northeast and Southeast that provide incentives and subsidies for energy efficiency implementation. To conserve ecologically valuable land, the Fund provides grants for land conservation projects in the Southeast. To make paper production sustainable, the Fund seeks to increase the rates of recycled paper in large paper sectors, reduce sourcing from endangered forests, and maximize clean production. Letters of inquiry may be submitted throughout the year.

    The upcoming deadline for invited proposals is February 1, 2012. Visit the Fund’s website.
  • 12 Dec 2011 3:28 PM | Deleted user
    Twitter has long been a simple establishment for me. When Facebook took off it was great. Good, clean fun if you ask me! But now, I can barely keep up with all of Facebook's updates, revamping, restructuring, and remodeling. That is one of the reason's I enjoy Twitter - because it has pretty much stayed the same, remained easy to use, and continued to grow in popularity among my clients and colleagues. So, you can imagine the deep gasp I took when I read this article, "The Impact of New Twitter on Events"

    Fortunately, after reading the article, I found out that the face of Twitter is not massively changing, nor is how I use it. True, the aesthetics of my "Twitter Homepage" will be getting a facelift, but Twitter at it's core will remain the same. These changes that are being made will only enhance my usage of Twitter, especially on a client and business based level. (I do NOT send "personal" tweets, I am just not that interesting!). Here are the changes, in a nutshell....

    #HASHTAGS -Your company will be able to personalize your hashtag by embedding a button with your hashtag already pre-set. This will allow the hashtag to show up even more, which will enhance your ability to have your topic "Trending". It will allow for maximum categorization of incoming tweets, and you will no longer have to worry about someone creating a hashtag that is similar to yours, or tweeting with the wrong hashtag.

    BRAND PAGES - You will now be able to post videos and interactive feeds about and from your event (like a Facebook Event Page). Users will have the option to get more detailed information about your event if they choose to do so, thanks to this new feature.

    Change, as we all know, is inevitable. Change that actually means something, and is a positive thing, is just, well...GRAND! Thanks for reading!

    Anna Trott
  • 05 Dec 2011 11:22 AM | James Ranieri (Administrator)
    The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Community Action Grants program provides funds to individuals, AAUW organizations, and local community-based nonprofit organizations throughout the country for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K-12 and community college girls' and women's achievements in science, technology, engineering, or math. One-year grants of up to $7,000 provide seed money for new projects; two-year grants of up to $10,000 provide start-up funds for longer-term programs that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls' sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities. The application deadline for both types of grants is January 15, 2012.

    See more information about these grants.
  • 02 Dec 2011 3:58 PM | Deleted user
    If you are anything like me, you love Google product. I use Chrome as my browser, Gmail as my personal email, Google Reader as my daily newspaper, and the list goes on. I love Google products because they are simple, easy to use, well organized and convenient. Read on to learn how to incorporate Google Calendar into your day to day business events.

    If you want to have the organization of a company-wide calendar, but don’t want to take the time to set it up or spend the money to have someone else do it, Google Calendar is a great, free solution.

    1. Invitations and Sharing

    Google Calendar opens the door to collaborative planning by allowing users to share events and even entire calendars with others both within their organization and outside. Each event allows you to invite participants (both internal and external to Google) to events. But Google Calendar goes even furtherundefinedyou can create multiple Calendars for different purposes and invite those who need to be involved in each of those calendars. This allows for customization of broad calendars rather than having to tailor every single event to specific people. Each calendar or event that you invite people to will be added automatically to their Google Calendar or can be downloaded to their own calendar system. When changes are made to the event, you can even choose to automatically email all participants to keep them in the loop.

    2. Publishing

    Google Calendar works with CalDav, which means that you can publish your calendar for others outside of Google to view or subscribe to. Using CalDav, you can create a unique link that you can send to any participants of that calendar. With it, they can subscribe to the events, within their own calendar system. Beyond that, Google also allows publishing calendars to a web addresses, allowing you to integrate calendars into your website or send via a link for others to access; using this feature, you can control whether a viewer sees only whether you are free or busy or sees the details of each event on the calendar. Small business copywriting will be important here, because any calendar you make available outside of your company will be a reflection on your work. Make sure it is easy to access, error free, and well displayed.

    3. Notes, Locations, Reminders

    Google’s system contains many of the same fields as other calendar systems. Using location to record the address, room, virtual space, or conference number of the meeting allows everyone to instantly have access to that information on their calendar. Furthermore, with notes, you can provide information on what the meeting will be about, what participants need to bring, and what preparations need to be made. Within the notes, you can also include links to important documents that will be used during the meeting. Small business copywriting can come into play here too. Be sure your notes are clear and well laid out. Even internally, you want your calendar to look professional and well displayed.

    4. Appointments

    A great new feature of Google Calendar is appointments. Appointments can be used to create “office hours” so that clients can setup times to meet with you without the back and forth of emails and phone calls. This can save both you and your clients valuable time of having to track down and plan out your appointments.

    Google Calendar is a great resource to help bring your company together and keep them in the loopundefinedand best of all, it’s completely free.
    Article contributed by B2C blog 12/2/11 w/ commentary by A. Trott

    Thanks for reading!
    Anna Trott

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