Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Grant Links: May 26, 2009

Eau Claire, WI: Women's fund offering grants (Scroll down to view opportunity)

WI: Specialty Crop Grant Applications are Due By June 30

US: June 1 is deadline for BWAA Chuck Pezzano Scholarship applications

US: USDOT: Now accepting applications for TIGER grants

GIC Receives Friends of UW Libraries Grant

We are delighted to announce that the Grants Information Collection has been selected to receive a collection development grant from the Friends of the UW Libraries.

We will use the graciously given funds to update our print collection, particularly in the areas of nonprofit accountability, management, and benchmarking, as well as the topics of grantseeking and fundraising in difficult economic times.

Please check back to learn about the purchases as they become available for use in the GIC!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Response to "Non Profit Response to Challenging Economic Times"

Yesterday morning I attended this excellent summit (sponsored by United Way of Dane County) at the Epic Campus outside of Madison. Aimed at nonprofit leaders in Dane County, this half-day event was chuck-full of information and inspiration.

Sure, not everything everyone had to say was what we in the nonprofit community would like to hear. Yes, money is tight -- we all know this. But what I really appreciated about the event, was that it focused on practical strategies for (sure) tightening our belts, (but more significantly) moving forward and even thriving in the now changed landscape:

  • Mergers

  • Measures and Accountability

  • Collaboration

  • Boosting Employee Performance

  • Lowering Administrative Costs, and

  • Effective, Efficient Use of Volunteers

The speakers themselves were excellent as well, though I won't name them all here. And, the Panel Moderator, Neil Heinen of WISC-TV, was a delight as always.

For those of you who were also at the Measures and Accountability breakout group, here are some links to resources you might find helpful:

Logic Model - Comes from UW Extension and focuses on three factors: inputs, outputs, and outcomes.

SMART Criteria - A brief, Wikipedia overview

Writing Measurable Objectives: SMART from the Association of College and Research Libraries

And, for those of you who prefer to cosy-up with a book in hand, you might like to take a look at the following two books available at the Grants Information Collection:

Level Best: How Small and Grassroots Nonprofits Can Tackle Evaluation and Talk Results by Marcia Festen and Marianne Philbin.

Storytelling for Grantseekers: The guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising by Cheryl A. Clarke