Upcoming Seminars: Recession Rescue-Nonprofit Survival School

March 24, 2009

Nonprofits across the U.S. are suffering in the current recession.  The Development Resource Center has decided, as a public service, to offer a series of free monthly seminars via conference call to small- and medium-sized nonprofits that are feeling the pinch.  We will offer concrete advice on fundraising in a recession as well as management and fiscal policy counsel that we call “best practices for bad times.”

This seminar will be taught by Shava Nerad, former E.D. of the Tor Project, and Buzz Harris, E.D. of the DRC.  Registrants will receive information about the conference call via email.

Tuition: free of charge

Seminars will be held from 7:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. (EDT) on Apr. 22nd; May 5th & 26th; and June 11th, 18th, & 25th.  Check back over the next few weeks for additional future dates.

Click here to register.


Event Alert (MA/NH): “Getting A Grip On Grants”

March 11, 2009

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas is hosting an event entitled Getting A Grip On Grants: How to Navigate Federal, State, and Private Grant Resources with a Focus on Collaboration and Regionalization in the Grants Process.

It will take place on Monday, March 16th, 2009 from 7:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. at the University of Massachusetts Lowell campus in the Wannalancit Building, 600 Suffolk St., Lowell, MA, 01854.  Parking is available in the Ayotte Garage adjacent to the Tsongas Arena.

There is no cost to attend, but RSVP is required.  Please visit http://www.tsongas.house.gov to register.

Advanced Grant Writing Seminar coming soon!

March 10, 2009

Shava Nerad is the former Executive Director of the Tor Project, a major online  privacy group, and a faculty member at the Development Resource Center.   We’ve been good friends since we met at the Arisia Science Fiction Convention in Boston some years ago.  Ironically our respective partners were friends and had always thought that Shava and I would get on famously.  They introduced us to each other at an Arisia party and then sat back and watched us talk nonprofit shop for the better part of two hours.  Both were quite smug. Read the rest of this entry »

The Wayback Machine: The Nonprofit Clinic—Summer ’08 Edition

February 25, 2009

Successful Fundraising in Difficult Economic Times

by Buzz Harris, Executive Director, The Development Resource Center

~ Note: This article pre-dates our blog. We decided to share it here as it is still timely. ~

Fundraising during a recession is always challenging. Here is a multi-part strategy to ensure that your organization’s journey through recession is a smoother, more prosperous one. Bring your board and staff together separately to review and recommit themselves to the organization’s mission. Inform both groups, candidly and transparently, about your income and expenses and the reasonable expectations for fundraising. Faced with this challenge they may have valuable input and suggestions. Solicit their thoughts and support.

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Featured Funder: RESIST

February 24, 2009

RESIST is a progressive foundation that supports grassroots organizing for peace, economic, social and environmental justice, and provides political education for social change activism. RESIST funds organizations that are actively part of a movement for social change and demonstrate an understanding of the connections among oppressions.

As part of the application process, grant applicants must provide specific information concerning their position, programs and coalition work on a range of political issues, including race, class, gender, reproductive rights, lesbian and gay rights, age, and disability. Read the rest of this entry »