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Local Governments: Setting Up a Nonprofit to Acquire Private Sector Funding

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to present a grant writing session (along with Corey Coll, eCivis Enterprise Account Executive) and meet a lot of great, dedicated members of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) – Arizona. I listened to a ton of great stories about funding needs and best practices in local communities. One such best practice for local governments entails establishing a tax-exempt nonprofit to be eligible to receive certain private sector (foundations and corporations) funding. This practice was implemented by the Pima Association of Governments (PAG) in Tucson.

Getting In-Kind Donations from Professional Sports Teams

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Hoping to hit your foundation’s next fundraiser out of the park? Seeking a donation that will ensure your charity’s next auction is a slam dunk? Well then look no further than your local professional sports teams! With the plethora of opportunities made available by these teams’ community outreach programs, you don’t need to feel that your next request for support is a Hail Mary, but instead an effective approach in leading your organization towards its goooaaallls!

How to Obtain 501(c)(3) Status for Your Nonprofit: Tips and Resources

Many small nonprofits come to me with questions about establishing 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the IRS, as well as how to build their organization's capacity to apply for grants. But before you go about searching for grant funding, you need to establish key components of your organization, including an actively contributing board of directors, mission and vision statements (these are two distinct things!), and a plan to fund your operating budget. The following article focuses on getting started on the right foot and getting your vision established so that funders view your board and organization as capable of managing grant awards and providing services to your target populations.

Collaboration Done Right: When Local Governments and Nonprofits Apply for Grants Together  

Capacity is everything. When it comes to applying for a grant, you need to ensure you have the proper organizational, human, and financial capacity to apply for and manage the award should you win funding. And sometimes it’s a lack of capacity, particularly a scarcity of human capital capacity, that prevents an organization from pursuing certain grant funding they could really use. Maybe you have a story that comes to mind about this topic. 

Indirect Costs: Deconstructing the “Overhead Myth” in the Uniform Guidance

In the summer of 2014, almost everyone either participated in or knew someone who participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It was a win/win situation – The ALS Association gained exposure through various social media outlets, and experienced a near 1,000 percent increase in donations from the previous year at that time. However, people started to look a little deeper and wonder, Where is my money going? Is it really supporting research? They are shocked to discover that some of the donation funds actually go toward administrative costs and overhead. While those unfamiliar with a nonprofit budget might find this disenchanting, this is actually common and accepted practice, and must be understood in more detail to clarify some misconceptions. 

Knight Cities Challenge Program: A Path to Civic Innovation  

Research shows that three things make cities successful: talented people, economic opportunities, and engagement. 


What’s your best idea to make cities more successful?

International Grant Professionals Week, March 16-20

Monday, March 16, launches International Grant Professionals Week. The Grant Professionals Association (GPA) is rolling out a full month of social media activities to recognize its members around the world. Currently, there are 21 active members based outside of the U.S., and many more professionals who access information and network through the Association’s social media forums. Since its inception, GPA has increased its membership in staggering numbers, and enhanced international awareness is a contributing factor. 

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