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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.



  
Housing Grants
Below are just a few of the latest grant announcements. You can review more grants for nonprofits here.

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.

 



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.



Grants for Nonprofit Organizations in the Dakotas

The Credit Union Foundation of the Dakotas (NCUF Partner) is accepting applications from community organizations and credit unions affiliated with The Credit Union Association of the Dakotas.



Grants for Programs within the Field of Aging

Responsive grantmaking is the Archstone Foundation's strategy to direct resources to emerging and unmet needs within the field of aging.



Grants for Housing and Human Services

The Dime Bank Foundation is accepting applications for their next grant round.  Organizations seeking to apply for a grant must be located in the greater New London County or Westerly/Pawcatuck, R.I., areas and possess a tax exempt 501(c)3.



Nonprofit Organization Grants in New Hampshire

The Franklin Savings Bank Fund for Community Advancement grant provides support for substantial projects that will significantly enhance the lives of people in the communities that make up the primary market area of the Franklin Savings Bank



Grants for Nonprofit Organizations in Missouri and Texas

The Sam and Victoria Reed Family Foundation focuses its giving primarily in Missouri and Texas. Areas of interest include animal welfare, arts, business school/education, health organizations, higher education (university), housing, human services, and museums.




Animal Rescue and Welfare Grants in Maryland

The Koch Family Foundation makes grants in Maryland in the focus areas of: animal welfare, education, health care, housing, and human services.  Maryland grants



Community Preservation Project Grants Available in Massachusetts
The Wellfleet community preservation committee is seeking new project applications for Community Preservation Act funding from individuals or organizations.  


Grants for Wyoming Nonprofit Organizations

The Lander Community Foundation is accepting grant applications. Charitable organizations, including public nonprofits, service clubs, public school programs, faith-based organizations, and government entities-that provide programs and services to Lander-area residents are eligible.

 

 


  


 

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