Dear Members and Guests,
At our April Professional Development Seminar, Paul Moore, Director of Programs at the David Bohnett Foundation, shared information about the Bohnett Foundation. He also provided some grant seeking advice based in over two decades of experience. Paul encouraged us to reach out and connect with program officers with questions about grant programs, initiatives, and potential funding. Before you pick up the phone to call Paul, or any other program officer, remember these important tips:
- Prepare: Compose talking points about your organization and your potential project idea. Be thoughtful, clear, and focused
- Research: Review the funder’s website and make sure you understand the purposes and goals. Read the foundation’s FAQ page.
- Inquire: Ask about programs and initiatives that are relatable to your project. Ask about the foundation’s current thinking on an issue. The main goal should be to gain insight into the foundation and what they seek from potential grantees. A secondary goal is to make a favorable impression.
On May 12, Coach Bex Bassin returns for Conflict Management, the final session in our Coaching series. Even in the mission driven world of nonprofits, conflicts arise – in board meetings, project planning, strategy sessions, within departments, even with donors. While conflicts are inevitable and seemingly unpleasant, they can be turned into a gift for deepening trust and understanding in a relationship. In this seminar, we’ll learn about the anatomy of conflicts and the sage brain approach to managing them.
I hope to see you at an upcoming seminar. Until then, please reach out to me or the board with any comments, questions, or concerns.
Nancy J. Ackerman, CFRE