Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Attention UW-Madison Students Looking for Leadership Opportunities

Looking for Leadership Opportunities? Interested in becoming involved in the local community? Passionate about nonprofits?

Attend the Association of Fundraising Professionals Chapter Kickoff on Monday, October 5 at 6pm in the Red Gym to learn more!

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) at UW-Madison is a new collegiate chapter affiliated with the international AFP organizations and the UW Center for Nonprofits. Our chapter is comprised of both graduate and undergraduate students. Our mission is to work with local non-profit organizations to help them maximize their effectiveness and to expose current students to meaningful work.

This year, students will assist two local nonprofits with exciting fundraising events. We are helping the Literacy Network plan their 5th Annual Literacy 24/7 Fundraiser and the Liberian Assistance Program their public screening of the film, Pray the Back to Hell. These are great opportunities to become involved with local causes and develop your leadership skills.

If you interested in learning more, please attend our Kickoff Meeting on Monday, October 5th at 6pm in the Red Gym.

We plan on ordering pizza for the event so let Jessica ( know if you plan on attending. However, feel free to attend even if you don’t RSVP!

New Books in the GIC!

GIC Call #: HD62.6 S24 2009

GIC Call #: HG177 S293 2009

Money Well Spent : A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy by Paul Brest and Hal Harvey

GIC Call #: HD2769.2 U6 B74 2008

The Handbook to Building a Better World: How to Turn Your Good Intentions into Actions that Make a Difference by with Stephanie Land

GIC Call #: HN49 V64 I34 2009

Summer Jobs Worldwide 2009 with an introduction by Susan Griffith
GIC Call #: HD6271 S86 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

3GoodQuestions $25K Planning Grants Available

3GoodQuestions announces $25,000 business planning grant for qualified Dane County non-profits.

3Good Questions, the Madison innovator of Question-Based Business Planning, is announcing a $25,000 grant for qualified Dane County non-profit organizations for a comprehensive question-based business plan. The application period is August 15 through October 15, 2009.

Derrick Van Mell, Principal of 3GoodQuestions, says, "My team agreed enthusiastically that the best way to serve our community is to do what we do best--and to do it together. These are tough times for all organizations and an effective plan is essential to non-profits for making the most of staff talent, volunteer time, and donor dollars."

To learn more about the grant's application and selection process please visit Apply by downloading and completing the “3GQ Grant Application” form found online at All completed forms must be emailed as an attachment to with the subject line reading “3GQ Grant Application.” Entries must be submitted by October 15, 2009 to be considered valid.


Question-Based Business Planning is a plain-English, fast, and economical alternative to traditional strategic planning. Its five-week, five-meeting process is business planning "without mission statements, weekend retreats or convoluted strategies or tactics." Area clients have been for-profits and non-profits, including the Goodman Community Center and the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association.

"This process and plan helped me find my voice as leader of the organization."
- Ruth Schmidt, Executive Director WECA

"When our board recommended strategic planning, I was dreading it, but 3GoodQuestions let us do everything in plain English. The questioning process naturally led us to see how all the departments interconnect, and the benchmark goals and tasks are keeping us focused. We're already making great progress."
- Becky Steinhoff, Executive Director Goodman Community Center

NEH Launches "Funded Projects Query Form"

This search form "allows visitors to search online for information on all projects funded by NEH since 1980. The form is accessible from the NEH homepage or directly at .

"Visitors can explore the database using a variety of search terms including project director name,key words, organization, state, and award date range. Searches can also be narrowed by grant program, division, and several other fields. Search results provide project title,recipient, and award amount information." (

Results consist of the following only:

Recipient name
City/state of residence at the time of the grant
Institutional affiliation or type of recipient
Title of Project
Project field
Fellowship name
Total amount awarded

No synopsis or copies of proposal are included at this time.

For more information, visit:

Friday, September 18, 2009

Foundation Center Launches National Education Stimulus Initiative

Check out their new web portal on education & stimulus funding, made available in conjunction with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and U.S. Department of Education.

The portal aims to help "education funders align their grantmaking — and maximize their overall impact — with funds available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)." (

Includes interactive maps, news, RFPs and more!