Nonprofit Insider's Club
What is Grant Ready and How Do You Get There?

What is Grant Ready and How Do You Get There?

Grant ready is a big topic in the Facebook groups I follow. It’s a word that’s thrown out often. I turn potential grant clients away because they aren’t grant ready. You’ve probably asked, “But what does grant ready mean? “ I remember the first time I heard the term. I didn’t realize anyone had to be grant ready. I thought you wrote a grant and got money. That was how everyone around me acted. I had the great fortune of getting to know the grant writer where I was working that mentored me in the grant process.

Top 5 Tips for One-on-One Networking

Top 5 Tips for One-on-One Networking

Not all networking happens at events. Some of the most effective networking you can do happens over coffee meetings. One-on-one catch-ups, whether they’re in real life or virtual, give you a chance to really connect without the distractions of being in a big crowd. My...

Why do new Nonprofits fail?

Why do new Nonprofits fail?

50% of all Nonprofits fail in the first year. The top reasons cited are 1) lack of infrastructure and 2) lack of funding.   Years ago, I was on a new nonprofit’s working board in their first year of operation. I felt the overwhelm of everything that I knew...

Want to Finally Fund Your Mission? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Now is the time to start making plans to fund your mission. Did you know that 53.8% of nonprofits start planning their year-end appeal campaign in October? Did you know that 59.9% of nonprofits make between 1-3 donor “touches” for their year-end campaign? That campaign usually includes appeal letters! Did you know 28% of nonprofits raise 26-50% of their annual funds from their year-end ask? Would you like to be in that 28%? What could you do with those funds? To help you through the process, the entire month of October will be dedicated to Appeal letters.

The Nonprofit Industry’s Dirty Word and How to Use It to Your Advantage

The nonprofit industry as a whole hates the word “marketing”. It is a dirty word- never to be spoken. The only thing I can figure is that marketing is associated with for-profit business and nonprofits and their donors don’t like anything connected to the for-profit business. The problem is that…

7 Fundraising Strategies When Money Is Tight

When you are starting out, money is tight. Money can get tight as the economy changes. No matter how long you are a nonprofit you will run into lean years. It’s a fact of life. So what are some ways you can gain more funds when money is tight? Here are seven...

How to Develop a Program that will Make You Grant Ready (and a Free Worksheet)

You got into nonprofit work to not just do something about a problem but to solve it. Programs are how you do something about a problem and they serve as your proof of concept. Developing a program is crucial to your organization's prosperity. Programs allow you to...

How to be a Bad Board Member

You signed up to be a Board member and now you’ve changed your mind. Instead of quitting, you’ve decided to be a bad Board member and be asked off. What are some sure-fire ways to be the worst Board member ever? I surveyed my nonprofit friends to help you out. Here...

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About Me

Hi! I’m Alesha. I teach new and small nonprofit leaders how to raise funds so that they can transform the lives of the people they want to serve. I help them set foundations that get them ready for grants and donations. I walk you through sound fundraising practices- action step by action step- to alleviate the overwhelm and make you productive and successfully following your passion for helping people. I also help the overwhelm by taking fundraising tasks off of your plate.

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