Who fundraises in an arts organization?

When the subject of fundraising comes up in some arts organizations, people are quick to point fingers at others. Is it primarily a board, a staff responsibility, or should the members of the [...]

Canada’s new anti-spam law, should charities be panicking?

Here is a quote from the Government of Canada’s website: Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) does not apply to non-commercial activity. Political parties and charities that engage [...]

The Arts Consultant: planning for a useful consultancy

So you and/or your Board of Directors is planning a project that will involve the use of an outside consultant or consulting firm.  We’ve all seen consulting projects that have been [...]

“Ends Justify the Means” Dilemmas in the Not-for-Profit Workplace

I have been thinking for some time about how we monitor and resolve ethical dilemmas in the non-profit workplace and how we could assure that public money is well-spent. In the not-for-profit and [...]

Are you “grant-ready”?

A  great discussion today emerged in the Grant Writer’s Network on Linked In “How do you deal with clients who don’t provide you with the detailed information you need to write [...]

The Rise of Online Applications

Funders seem to love them.  Grantwriters hate them.  Online application processes. Balky processes: Recently I completed a “Celebrate Ontario” grant application on the Grants Ontario [...]

Grantwriting Basics

There’s a lot about writing grant applications that crosses international borders and disciplines. I have written successful grant applications since about 1985 for projects as disparate as [...]

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