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Percentage of Income Spent on Mission - Part 2
In my last post, I questioned the validity of using ‘percent of income spent on mission’ as a valuable measurement of an organization’s effectiveness. This is an easily manipulated number. If the organization is based in dishonesty (we all know they exist), they’ll have no hesitation with shifting numbers around to come in at a threshold to avoid scrutiny. 
 


Is Percentage of Income Spent on Mission a Viable Measurement?

 

You may have read that Oregon passed a law in June (House Bill 2060) imposing restrictions on nonprofits spending less than 30% of their annual gross income on their charitable mission. This law would remove the tax exemption on disqualified donations and would eliminate any property tax exemptions the organization receives in Oregon, in addition to eliminating other subsidies. Doesn’t that sound great? Let’s punish those darn low percentage performers!

 


Not so fast…things are not always as they seem.

 



Seven Tips for Cleaning Up Your Grant Writing

I’ve always thought of writing like painting a picture, whether writing a fun creative story, an article for the local newspaper, or a grant application. These seven basic tips are core ideas that I’ve relied on for years, no matter what I’m working on. They help me start painting and cleaning up my written picture. Hopefully they’ll help you too!

 

 

 



What My Eight Year Old Reminded Me About Grant Writing

…or How We Went From Tears to a Completed Project in 30 Minutes

 

My eight year old son has reached the point in school where he’s expected to do some writing beyond simple question and answer sentences. Yesterday, he was supposed to write his own 4-8 line rhythmic and rhyming chant – think “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around, Teddy Bear Teddy Bear touch the ground”. I checked in with him to make sure he understood rhythm and rhyme. He did, so I left him on his own to work on his project. He focuses too much on seeking my approval when I’m sitting next to him, so I have to go about my business and encourage him from afar.

 

 

What does this have to do with grant writing anyway? Keep reading!

 



Do Your Donors Have to Chase You Down?

I was talking with a retired friend the other day and he mentioned that he reached out to a local organization that he had donated to in the past. He hadn’t heard from them for a couple years, so he contacted them to see if they needed anything. They told him they would let him know and that was the end of the conversation.



  
Food, Nutrition and Agriculture Grants
Below are just a few of the latest grant announcements. You can review more grants for nonprofits here.

New in the Good Works Toolbox Pro Today

Here is a brief highlight of just a few of the available grants added to the Good Works Toolbox Pro today!


Emergency Grants for Arts Organizations - Minnesota

$1,000 maximum grant; no deadline

 


Community Gardens - National

maximum grant not specified; 9/15/14 deadline



Community Garden Grants in Illinois

Get Up & Go! is dedicated to promoting the health for all St. Clair County residents by encouraging healthy eating and active living (HEAL). Get Up & Go! is encouraging schools, neighborhoods, municipalities, churches or other organizations to submit applications for small grants to improve or start a community garden.



Grants for Nonprofits in Wisconsin

Great Rivers United Way is accepting applications for the 2014 Venture Grants.  Venture Grants are time-limited, non-renewable grants intended to provide short-term support to enhance the existing capacity of agencies or to assist in the development of new strategies or programs within United Way's five-county service area.

 



Health Program Grants in New Jersey

The Salem Health and Wellness Foundation is accepting applications for a mini-grant program to support small-scale programming and events, which align with the interests of the foundation.



Grants for Nonprofit Organizations in North Carolina

The Wake County Community Foundation is currently accepting grant requests for community projects funded from its community fund.



Community Improvement Grants in New York

The Long Island Community Foundation is accepting applications to the All For the East End (AFTEE) Fund. Projects funded by this program should be inspiring, actionable, and relevant to the local community.



Specialty Crop Grants in Montana

The Montana Department of Agriculture is accepting grant applications for projects and programs that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops.



Grants for Agricultral Economic Development in New York

The New York Farm Viability Institute is accepting proposals to the Agriculture Innovation Center (AIC) grant program. This program focuses on agricultural economic development, which includes business planning and development, financial analysis and record keeping, product marketing and distribution, and adding value to agricultural products, among others.



Grants for Nonprofit Organizations in Northern New York

The Northern New York Community Foundation is accepting applications to the George R. Davis Fund for Lowville.



Grants for Youth Gardening Projects in North Dakota

North Dakota State University is accepting grant applications for youth gardening projects. Any project related to youth and gardening is eligible. Funds may be used to purchase gardening supplies (hand tools, soil, seeds, plants or containers), Junior Master Gardener and/or other gardening books, and other educational supplies.



  


 

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