Giving by foundations increased 3.5%, to nearly $59.28 billion in 2016.
Are You Getting Your Share?
How does the small, community-based nonprofit organization find and cultivate foundation funders?
Are you better off going after your region’s “major player” funders – or seeking out smaller to mid-sized regional foundations
When you’re responsible for “doing it all” in a one-person marketing and development department, how do you possibly find the time to fit in grants?
Finding foundations that will support your programs, writing a grant proposal that will make program officers sit up and take notice, and knowing how to build relationships with grant funders are just the first steps in building a solid portfolio of foundation grant funders that your organization can rely on — year after year after year.
Whether you’re a novice grant writer or an experienced pro, you’ll benefit for years to come from this four-week course created to guide you through the intricacies of growing your foundation grant funding.
Imagine a foundation program officer sitting before a stack of 20 grant proposals. She begins to sift through them, only to find that, despite the variety of worthy missions, the proposals are nearly indistinguishable from one another. How do you set your grant proposal apart and make it rise to the top of the pack? And how do you create strong relationships with foundation grant funders?
Foundation Grants Training | Basics & More™ is more than a one-off webinar on tactics. It’s a program for getting off the treadmill of unfunded applications and creating your nonprofit organization’s reliable foundation grant system.
Who Should Attend?
- Grant-proposal writers
- Chief development officers, development directors, and fundraisers
- Fundraising executive directors
Over 5,000 Smart Nonprofits Have Gotten Smarter With Basics & More™. Here Are Just a Few
“Based on the excellent advice presented in your Monthly Giving course, we’ve increased our monthly donors by 242% in just 7 months! We’re excited to keep building on this success in the coming school year.”
Rachel N. Rodriguez, MPA, MSW
Development Director, Mountain Mahogany Community School
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Dr. Janet Buchanan, CFRE
Vice President, Philanthropy
Carroll Lutheran Village
“After we implemented the simple Reply sheet recommended in one of your webinars after just three months we’ve already added 40 new monthly donors! Thanks so much Pam!”
“This is a great course for both novices and old hat fundraisers. Pam brings in the top fundraisers of the day and even if you’ve been fundraising for a long time they will give you new ideas to add to your repertoire. The techniques you will learn will help you not only in your year-end but all year round. I highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to have the opportunity to learn from the best in a condensed and cost-effective way.”
Development Director, CEPAD USA
Last fiscal year we had our best year ever. We reached out to lapsed donors and also segmented the database for our annual appeal. The result was a 15% increase in the number of supporters (I currently prefer the word “supporter” to “donor”) who gave to our organization. Pamela, thank you for everything you do.
Katherine DiGiulio, Ph.D., CFRE
Mission Advancement Director
Congregation of Notre Dame
See what’s included in this four-week course.
November 20: Week One
On your way to success: Getting started
- Getting your ducks lined up: are you ready for foundation grant funding?
- Myths about foundations you need to know
- How and why to build a portfolio of foundation grant funders
- Researching grant funders: your best friend
In Week One, you’ll discover why regular research is critical to your success – and the best free resources available. We’ll uncover some myths about foundation funding that even you believe. And you’ll learn how to factor grant funding into your budget.
November 27: Week Two
Writing your Best Grant Proposal
- Storytelling is for everyone
- Your Letter of Intent. More than a short proposal | Knowing what to cut and what to keep
- Why the Common Grant Application can be the time-strapped development professional’s best friend
- Simple things you can do right now to improve your chances
- Avoid these red flags
- Budgets simplified
- When the foundation comes to call: How to ensure your successful site visit
Week Two’s module covers the oftentimes underutilized aspect of storytelling for your grant proposal. We’ll uncover ways you can work with your program staff to gather the most compelling, fund-worthy stories possible.
December 4: Week Three
Rinse and Repeat!
- Systematizing for success
- How your board can help
- What to expect on your first site visit
- Streamline your grant reports
- Building relationships with foundation funders: Dos and Don’ts
How do you manage your relationships with foundations? You’ll discover the ins and outs of the information program officers want – and what you should stop doing. And you’ll get a step-by-step plan for setting up the perfect foundation site-visit.
December 11: Week Four
How to Master the Three R’s of Grantwriting: Research, Relationships and wRiting
In this bonus recorded webinar, Certified Grant Professional, Diane H. Leonard, who began her career as a program officer, leads this hour-long webinar focused on research, relationships and writing.
“I intend to implement the three stories every board member should be able to tell from your video interviewing Christopher himself on Storytelling for Board Members (from your e-course Nonprofit Storytelling – which my marketing director and I went through together, discussing what we want to share and implement with board and staff. I highly recommend it!).”
Ruth Jones, Director of Fund Development, Presbyterian Manor
“I had great success with the last course I took with you. My first EOY appeal campaign (sent mid December, a 4 page letter and lots of ‘yous’:) came in 38% higher than the previous year so far! And envelopes are still coming in. Very exciting.”
Margo Reveil, Cook Inletkeeper
“If you are struggling with creative ways to connect with your donors, then Pamela Grow’s newsletter course is just what you need.
I took this course last year and was able to immediately put some of the ideas and suggestions I learned from her class to work. Donor-focused newsletters can bring in a lot of funds for your nonprofit if done right. Take this course and start off on the right foot. Otherwise, you’re leaving money on the table.”
Michelle Sanders Brinson
Nashville Rescue Mission
Mandy Fischer, Development Manager, Intervale Center
“I have thoroughly enjoyed and greatly benefited from all of the valuable classes you have offered! You are an amazing support for small nonprofits and I share your website with other nonprofit friends that I meet.”Renee Scott, Executive Director, Gilead House
The price for the four-week course, including all PDF modules, three recorded webinar trainings, live webinar, worksheets, podcasts and more is just $77!
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“I just purchased your year-end fundraising course and it’s incredible! And this is coming from a person who took SEIU’s PAC from 9.2 million to 21.5 million in 24 months. You are just incredible!”Hayden L. Mora
This course is taught by Pamela Grow.
Pamela has raised hundreds of millions through her consultancy, her weekly Grow Report e-newsletter, her Basics & More eCourses, and the Simple Development Systems coaching program. Pam’s over-riding goal is to provide exceptional donor-centered fundraising training to small nonprofit organizations — at prices they can afford.
A pioneer in creating online trainings for nonprofit professionals, Pamela created the first online nonprofit storytelling class in 2010, as well as the first online nonprofit stewardship training. Partnering with Chris Davenport of the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference, she created the landmark program, 100 Donors in 90 Days, and The Donor Retention Project. In 2016, Pam developed the curriculum, branding, and launch for the Veritus Group’s Major Gift Academy, the seminal online training for nonprofit major gift officers. In 2010 Pamela was named one of the 50 Most Influential Fundraisers by the influential Civil Society magazine, and in 2016 she was named one of the Top 25 Fundraising Experts by the Michael Chatman Giving Show. Her blog, PamelaGrow.com was named one of 25 Must-Read Nonprofit IT Blogs 2016, and she recently came in at #2 on the Top 75 Fundraising Websites And Blogs For Fundraisers.
Pam’s been featured by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Foundation Center and Small Shop Savior, a weekly column of NonprofitPRO Magazine. Pam is also a regular contributor to SOFII, the Showcase of fundraising innovation and inspiration.
“Last week, I received my first $100,000 gift. I have such great stories to tell about the good work we do. It’s easy to be passionate when you’re doing what you love.I do not have any staff and my board has set a goal for me of $1 million by December 31, 2014. I really received the reigns of the foundation in late October. Since then, I have raised nearly $325,000. My annual appeal was very successful.
Using your book, webinars, classes, etc. I am moving forward nicely!
As your emails always say, Yes, you have my back!”
Teri Donaldson, Executive Director, The Futures Foundation
“As the new Associate Director of Development at a not-for-profit senior retirement community, I was told that year-end giving was almost non-existent therefore, no real effort had been put into a campaign. The rationale was donors were bombarded with requests and we were always at the bottom of their list. Taking cues from Simple Development Systems (I purchased two years ago), I came up with a plan in mid-September and presented to my boss. Her words were, ‘Okay, what do we have to lose?’ The campaign used direct mail, email and social media. The direct mail had three pieces that dropped in late November, early December, and late December. I used a letter from the CEO, a letter from a resident, and a postcard — all telling a story. And it worked! Not only did the year-end giving increase by 54%, we raised awareness and received several compliments. HUGE win and, hopefully, a great start to our 2017 fundraising.”
Shelley Hill, Associate Director of Development, The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc.
“I wanted to thank you for this course. I wanted to share that for the first time in our five years, we raised over 100K in program revenue and I think it was in large part due to this course and what I implemented. I need to look further, but program revenue for Q42015 was 28.7k. For Q42016 program revenue was 42k! Amazing! I will be back for more learning from you…thank you for serving those of us who feel called to bring hope to the world!”
Brooke F. Sulahian, President & Co-Founder, Hope for Our Sisters, Inc.
Q. How does this online course work?
A. Every Monday, you’ll receive an email with a link to a password protected page containing that week’s recorded webinar and downloadable resources. Written guides are 10–15 pages in length and can be printed or read directly on your computer or pad. You do not need to be present for any live webinar trainings.
Q. I’ll be away during the second week at a conference. How does it work if I miss a module?
A. No worries. Basics & More™ courses were designed with your busy schedule and personal freedom in mind! You’re welcome to proceed at your own pace — and you’re granted lifetime access to the materials upon registration. Loads of tools, tips, and insider secrets will be coming at you in droves, and you may not be ready to implement it all at once. And that’s perfectly fine.
Q. Can I share the course with my development associate?
A. Yes, you can. The structure of this course, as well as the majority of the other offerings on my roster, are designed to bring your entire team on board — working, learning, and implementing together. Plus, creating a culture of philanthropy means empowering your board members, staff, and volunteers about the most effective ways to fundraise. In keeping with my philosophies, your purchase price includes up to eight additional registrants. Promptly after your registration is processed, you’ll receive a Welcome email with instructions on adding team additions. If you don’t, please contact my assistant.
Q. Is there any personal support during this class?
A. Absolutely. Throughout the duration of this course, you’ll have direct email access to me. Email me your questions, bounce ideas off me, and talk about how to implement the strategies at your own organization. Additionally, you’ll gain access to a private Facebook group created specifically for this course. From start to finish, I’m committed to helping you succeed!
Q. Is this class guaranteed?
A. Yes. This class, like all of my Basics & More™ courses, is 100% unconditionally guaranteed. If you are unsatisfied with this course for any reason, I will refund your purchase price in full, no questions asked. That’s my guarantee to you…you will love this course!
Q. How do I register for this class?
A. Use the registration button.
Q. I’m a consultant and I think this program would be good for a few of my clients. Do you have a referral program?
A. We do. We offer a 30% affiliate payment for every registration. Sign up here for the Basics & More affiliate program. You might also consider enrolling yourself and using the teachings in creating your clients’ year-end fundraising programs.
“Simple Development Systems is AMAZING. I am so glad we signed up for it — it has been an incredible support for me and our Development Associate. We don’t have a senior development person — it’s just me on top of being executive director, and your program has had JUST the right approach for us. I feel like we are doing things more effectively and efficiently — the webinars, resources, newsletters/emails, it has all been terrific. I am recommending it to other folks right and left!”
Julia R. Wilson, Executive Director, OneJustice
Since 2010, Basics & More™ fundraising fundamentals eCourses* have helped thousands of nonprofit organizations all over the world grow their funding exponentially. Basics & More™ trainings have included:
- nonprofit storytelling
- stewardship (Power of Thank You)
- nonprofit communications, including direct mail, money-making newsletters, email marketing and more
- board fundraising
- major gift fundraising
- foundation grants
- fundraising planning and developing a case for support
- creating your organization’s culture of philanthropy, and more
Courses are priced at under $100, and enrollment includes up to eight team members. Many of your peers are using Basics & More™ trainings to bring everyone on board.
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