Tips & Tools

  • 03 Apr 2012 11:35 AM | James Ranieri (Administrator)
    The purpose of the Newman's Own Awards Program is to recognize volunteer and nonprofit organizations supporting our nation's military families. Eligible applicants must be comprised primarily of volunteers or be a nonprofit organization, and be working with the families of Active Duty, National Guard, or Reserve units and/or veterans. Applying organizations will be evaluated on their innovative plans for improving the quality of life for members of the military and their families. Grants of up to $25,000 are provided. The application deadline is May 1, 2012. Visit the program’s website to submit an online application:
  • 28 Feb 2012 9:35 AM | James Ranieri (Administrator)
    The RGK Foundation endeavors to be a catalyst for progressive change in humanitarian concerns by providing support to nonprofit organizations throughout the US. The Foundation’s focus is on innovative programs in the following categories:
    • Education: priorities include programs that focus on K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science, and reading); teacher development; literacy; and higher education.
    • Medicine/Health: programs that promote the health and well-being of children and programs that increase access to health services.
    • Community: targets a broad range of human services, community improvement, abuse prevention, and youth development programs.
    Interested applicants may submit an online letter of inquiry via the Foundation’s website throughout the year; invited proposals are reviewed quarterly. Visit the Foundation’s website for details on the grant categories and the application process.

    Website: RGK Foundation
  • 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

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