Monday, November 12, 2018

How to Make The Most of December: Planning for a Great 2019

For better or worse, the last two weeks of December is clearly the worst possible time for fundraising activities. The problem is that your donors - individual, corporate or foundation - are too busy during the holidays to worry about the needs of your charity. Nevertheless, you can make the best use of the last two weeks of December if you turn your attention to planning ahead for a great 2019.

"Christmas Pears," John Drew.
The first thing to do to have a great 2019 is to ask all your management level staff fill out the project innovator form. This is their chance to define a specific project they would like to see funded. It is a terrific exercise for this time of year. It allows your staff to dream about the future. It also helps everyone make those dreams come real by committing them to paper. 

The second thing you absolutely have to do is schedule your grant writing chores for the year ahead. This means noting the exact due dates for the funders that set due dates. It also means spreading out the grant application chores over the rest of the months in order to make sure you cover a lot of ground by pacing yourself. In that spreadsheet, I like to include the name of the funder, the name and phone number of the primary contact, the due date, and any comments which are appropriate including notes about past wins with that funder. In general, I prefer to put this information into a spreadsheet. I know there are software tools out there that help you organize grant funders, including the Foundation Center's On Line Directory. Nevertheless, I haven't found anything easier to use or easier to share than a simple spreadsheet. 

Third, make sure that your grantsmanship library is up to date. As a refresher, remember that your grant library has the following items. 

  • Resumes
  • How to Books
  • IRS Determination Letter
  • State of California Determination Letter
  • Photos
  • Project Innovator Forms
  • IRS 990 Tax Forms
  • Annual Budget
  • Program Budgets
  • Audited Financial Statement

It is important to have all these items updated and ready to go so that you don't have to slow down in 2019 trying to find them. As I like to say, if you can't get hold of a document in 10 seconds, it is useless to you. 

Plan Now to Get Ahead: Dr. Drew's Teaching Schedule for 2019

Grant Writing Fundamentals: An invigorating, informative, hands-on workshop created for new and experienced grant writers, executive directors, organizers, board members, community volunteers, development officers and individuals who want to get a detailed look at the grant writing process. Participants will be introduced to relevant information for a successful grant proposal. You will learn how funding is announced, how applications are judged and how to construct each element of a winning proposal. Dr. Drew is an award-winning author, speaker, and consultant.

Fee: $65 (Material Fee Due at class: $36) Time and Date: 9-4 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2019.

Fee: $65 (Material Fee Due at class: $36) Time and Date:  9-4 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2019.

Fee: $65 (Material Fee Due at class: $36) Time and Date: 9-4 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019.

Grant Research Fundamentals: Dr. John Drew presents this hands-on workshop as part of the Grant Writing series of classes. This class has been created for those grant writers who need a detailed look at the technology and the practical tips available to speed-up grant research. Participants will be introduced to:

  • Top websites for grant research including those provided by the federal government, State of California, and the Foundation Center of New York
  • Useful websites for identifying individual grants for art projects, scholarly research, and college and graduate school scholarships.
Fee: $65 (Material Fee Due at class: $36) Time and Date: 9-4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019.

Fee: $65 (Material Fee Due at class: $36) Time and Date: 9-4 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Grant Writing Intermediate: This class is directed towards professionals, providing the immediate information and access needed to obtain resources from corporations, foundations, and government agencies. This class also teaches the skills needed to be successful in researching individual grants or educational scholarships. You will have step-by-step guidance on how to become a grant-writing consultant or to create a non-profit charity. John C. Drew, Ph.D., is a speaker, author, and consultant with a 100% per campaign success rate.

Fee: $65 (Material Fee Due at class: $36) Time and Date: 9-4 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Fundraising Fundamentals: "Unlike sales," says Dr. Drew, "fundraising requires exceptional political, interpersonal, and research skills." In this workshop, the award winning author, trainer, and consultant introduces simple but proven ideas for success now. Participants will learn how fundraising has evolved, and how the new software, New Raiser's Edge and Fundraiser, will make it easier to track donors and reduce the pressures of a face-to-face request.

Fee: $65 (Material Fee Due at class: $36) Time and Date: 9-4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2019.