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How To Create An Annual Development Plan

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Special Guest Beth Williams, CFRE, visited the Grant Whisperer to offer her expertise and advice for creating an Annual Development Plan for your organization. She discussed how a development plan helps your organization build the structure for all your fundraising programs: Grant Writing, Direct Mail, Special Events, Major Gifts, Planned Giving and Donor Recognition. Beth also gave her tips on how to prioritize your annual efforts and how to develop a budget to support those efforts. Beth’s knowledge will guide you to creating a plan that gains the support of your staff and board.  She makes it sound so easy!

Beth Williams, CFRE, has over 17 years of fundraising, special event planning and program development experience in the non-profit industry. Since 2002, she has been the director of development at Hospice of the Valley during which time the organization’s annual budget increased from 2 million dollars to $11.3 million in 2010. Prior to Hospice of the Valley she worked for Families First and the Law Foundation Silicon Valley where she was the director of development. Beth is a member of the Silicon Valley Planned Giving Council and Association of Fundraising Professionals where she is currently serving on the Board of Directors. Beth became a Certified Fundraising Executive in March of 2010. (Same date as the Grant Whisperer)!

To hear the 26-minute episode, click on the white arrow in the black circle below.

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BONUS: Here is the link for a Sample Annual Fundraising Development Plan. Take a look. Send me any questions you may have and if I can’t answer them, we’ll take Beth up on her offer to answer a few questions for us. Keep in mind that each organization is different and your organization may not be implementing all of these fundraising programs mentioned in the episode recording or the sample.

Guerilla Grantwriting Tactics

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Are you fed up with grant request rejections? Are you at a loss how to improve your chances of winning grant funding? Are you ready to throw in the towel? Don’t give up! You’ve come to the right place. The Grant Whisperer will reveal secrets for grantwriting success. So if you’re ready to kick-butt, take names, and smell victory, then it’s time to get busy.

Kids in School

Pull out your most recent rejected proposal and let’s take a look at it. We won’t talk about the visual appeal of it today. I’m more concerned about the content. Did you write with confidence, with clarity, and with specifics? Did your writing seize the reader? When a grant writer drones on, and beats around the bush, and makes vague statements, it’s difficult for a grantor to see the impact they’ll make by funding your proposal. Look again at your paragraphs of description and see if there are opportunities to specifically show the grantor how you’ll make a huge impact with their grant support. Articulate your passion for what you do. These are what grantors need to see.

For more on this topic, I dedicated two episodes of my BlogTalkRadio show to Guerilla Grantwriting Part I and Guerilla Grantwriting Part II. They are available to listen to at any time.