Explain Your Mission in 1 Minute

Explain Your Mission in 1 Minute

February 8, 2016

One of the hardest messages for any organization to create is the one that introduces your work to someone new. The One Minute Message (aka the elevator pitch or elevator speech) needs to explain why your organization exists in just a few words, and most importantly, it needs to leave them wanting more.

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4 Steps to Funding Your College Education

February 7, 2016

It's scholarship season! As prospective students finalize applications and begin to eagerly await acceptance letters, we thought we'd offer our advice on finding the money needed to follow your college dreams. Whether you're a first-time college student or returning to complete your degree, follow these steps to finding the financial aid to achieve your education.

Body Language, Believability, and Garnering Support

February 2, 2016

Body language and energy are often the deciding factors in winning or losing a client, a donation, or a job interview. You are successful when you are aligned: your body language and energy are in sync with your words. As potential donors or supporters, we feel the spirit of your conviction and we experience it in your stance, gestures, eye contact, and energy.

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5 Tips for Building a Strong Events Page

February 1, 2016

One of the most important aspects of any event is the registration process. How can you make it as easy as possible and ensure a smooth, frustration-free experience for people, maximizing sign-ups and ensuring almost everyone who visits your page actually buys a ticket?

Next Week at Foundation Center San Francisco (February 1-5)

January 29, 2016

Here's what's coming up at Foundation Center West!

Webinar:
Identifying Funding for Early Childhood Development in Africa with Foundation Maps
Wednesday, February 3, 10:00-11:00 am

Introduction to Fundraising Planning 
Wednesday, February 3, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Classroom:
Introduction to Proposal Writing
Thursday, February 4, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Livestream:
Using the 990 to Tell Your Story
Friday, February 5, 7:00-8:30 am

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3 Surefire Ways to Engage the Best Volunteers

January 25, 2016

Before evaluating an existing volunteer program or embarking on a new one, determine what motivates your volunteers and work toward creating, and supporting, a program that best serves their needs while advancing your mission. I recommend using the “3 R’s for Happy Volunteers”.

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