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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.



  
Massachusetts Grants
Classroom Grants in Massachusetts

The Melrose Education Foundation announces the availability of mini-grants to Melrose Public Schools staff.



Grants for Organizations Serving Youth With Intellectual Disabilities

The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation is accepting inquiries for its next round of intellectual disabilities grants.



Grants for Teachers in Massachusetts

The Bedford Education Foundation is accepting grant applications from Bedford teachers for the Summer Excellence in Teaching grant. The intent of this grant is to provide a grant opportunity that is larger in scope and value than the typical BEF grant.



AED Reimbursement Grants Available in Massachusetts

The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) is accepting applications from towns, school districts, and municipal entities for grants to help purchase automated external defibrillators (AED’s).



At Risk Youth Program Grants

The Entertainment Software Association Foundation is dedicated to supporting positive programs and opportunities that make a difference in the quality of life, health, and welfare of youth.



Elementary Education Grants

RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Medicine/Health. The Foundation's primary interests within Education include programs that focus on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education.



Environmental Grants for Nonprofits

The Colcom Foundation focuses its philanthropic program on environmental sustainability, natural resource preservation, land and water conservation, and efforts to establish a sustainable population.



Community Agriculture Grants

The Green Pasture Fund was established at Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in 1999 by an anonymous donor. The fund’s mission is to preserve and encourage small, community-based agricultural ventures which might include, but are not limited to: community-supported agriculture; local farmer’s markets; urban garden programs; agricultural scholarships; cooperative programming; internships; grantwriting; and marketing.



Trail Grants

Fields Pond Foundation makes project grants for trailmaking and other enhancement of public access to conservation lands, rivers, coastlines and other natural resources.



Grants for Music Programs

Music Empowers Foundation provides funding to nonprofits that provide music instruction to children in communities where it does not exist or is underdeveloped.



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