What Do We KnowAbout Grants?They are good for some things:•Stuff (like equipment)• Things that stay (likeprofessional development)• Things that get you tosustainability (like capacitybuilding)They aren’t good for :•Ongoing annual costs•Salary
What is a Grant?• A mutually-beneficialtransaction between thegrantor and the grantee!• “Problems” should be seenas opportunities.• Grant funding is not acharity, but rather aninvestment in the future.
Types of Grants • Government • Foundation • Corporation
Getting to “yes” when first it was “no” • Volunteers • Employee Matching Gift • Access to their Employee Giving Program • Product Donations • Sponsorships • Cause marketing
Finding the Money • My Grants Handout • My e-newsletter • Grand Rapids Public Library • Don’t overlook awards & contests
Angie’s Tips for Grant Writing• Start local• Make sure it fits• Document need; have data• Is your proposal logical?• Create a committee and use template grants to increase your odds
Random Acts of KindnessOnline “donate” buttonFace-to-face solicitationAs a result of press coverageWord of mouthPoint of Collection containers orprogramsSecond collection during an eventWhat it takes to make this effective.High profile in community andcompelling “story” that will resonatewith large public.
The Kindness of StrangersPayroll GivingUnited Way Campaign designeeSpecial Collection in a churchPercent donated by business during adesignated timeFunds from a club (not by grantprocess)What it takes to be effective. Access.
To HonorIn MemoriamHonoriaumGiftsLegaciesNaming RightsAdopt or SponsorEndowments & Bequests (plannedgiving)What it takes to be effective. Givingopportunities that include meaningful“products.” Planned giving programin place.
You Get Something; WeGet SomethingLotteries, raffles, auctionsSales – social entrepreneur Merchandise (you get your hands on)Products (you create)Services (you provide)Selling can be sporadic like a garagesale or ongoing like a charity store oron ebay.Special events as attendee andthrough sponsorshipsMembership fees
Annual AppealYou want cultivate these one-timedonors you have found and convertthem into loyal, annual donors.You can make your appeal by:Direct mailEmailPhoneIn membership packetAt a special event
Large Gift or CapitalCampaignOnce you have a pool of regulardonors and other friends who arefamiliar with your program, you canstart to build a database of likelydonors that could be approached tosupport a capital campaign or providelarger gifts.All board members will play a key rolein this very visible and time limitedactivity.A capital campaign can include anEndowment Fund that will provide anongoing source of interest income forthe organization.
Create Connections• Volunteer• On an Advisory Committee• Service learning sites• Offer tours
Radical Retail • Otherwise known as social enterprise • Think about what is consistent or would reinforce your organization’s mission
Examples of Radical Retail • Girl Scout Cookies • Goodwill’s Thrift Stores • Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores • Museums hold Antique Roadshow or valuation workshops • PTAs hold bookfairs
Go Green Recycle:• metal/jewelry• electronics• printer cartridgesSell or Rent:• Halloween costumes• Prom dresses• Sports equipment• Video games/videos
Crowd Sourced• Rent your space• Mom-to-mom sale• Craft Fair• Health Fair• Green School Vendor Fair
Expertise to cover Expenses• Mobile apps include “Gig Finder” and “Urban Art Guide” for travelers• Family Technology Night• Rent-A-Mentor• Sports Clinic• Local coffee shop holds classes on how to brew coffee and make espressos and lattes
Selling Service • Leaf raking and other home services • Singing-grams • Dog washing as opposed to car washing
Freedom from other people’s junk i.e. make your own products… • Drop Cards http://www.dropcards.c om/home/ • Art Vending http://www.artomat.or g/home.html • Local grown vegetables/herbs