The 1-2-3 of Annual Reports

If you’re the director of a nonprofit (especially an emerging one!), creating an annual report can seem like one more thing on your never-ending to-do list. However, it’s an important document that illustrates your organization’s mission and impact and demonstrates your fiscal responsibility—key elements in making a strong case for continued financial support. Foundations oftenContinue reading “The 1-2-3 of Annual Reports”

Holding Space: The Arts’ Relevance During Traumatic Times

It has become incredibly clichéd to say that this past year has been like no other. Between the pandemic outbreak, continued racial unrest and repeated acts of violence and political vitriol—each month has brought one traumatic event after another. During this tumultuous time, many have turned to the arts for connection, social understanding and healing.Continue reading “Holding Space: The Arts’ Relevance During Traumatic Times”

I Am a Hunter for Words (a Roxanne Metaphor for Grant Writing)

There is a common metaphor that fundraising is like dating. The first step is identifying someone compatible. Courtship is key, and it’s important to know your worth. A healthy, long-term relationship will build over time, with work. To poke some fun and elaborate on the metaphor, as a grant writing consultant I sometimes feel likeContinue reading “I Am a Hunter for Words (a Roxanne Metaphor for Grant Writing)”

Beyond Counting: Setting Yourself Up to Tell Your Impact Story

Effectively demonstrating the impact of your organization not only builds awareness of the good, hard work you’re doing; it also builds trust and partnership—with donors, patrons, and most importantly, staff. Whether someone is giving dollars to a cause, volunteering time or straddling work-life balance, he or she wants to feel like those contributions are makingContinue reading “Beyond Counting: Setting Yourself Up to Tell Your Impact Story”

The Three C’s of Three Notch’d

Three Notch’d Nonprofit Solutions is grounded in nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit world. I have had my hands in various pots at diverse organizations—ones where staff supplied their own computers and others with $25 million operating budgets. Whether I have been on the art museum floor with preschoolers or meeting with aContinue reading “The Three C’s of Three Notch’d”