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Program Officer Part 2

Program Officer Part 2

Program Officer:  Friend of Foe? Part 2  In our second installment of Program Officer: Friend or Foe we find that the exceptional Program Officer has become more than a friend and moved into the role of Champion!  Five years after Project Streamline explored the burdens of grant applications and reporting, their new report explores streamlining trends, success, barriers and perceptions. It looks at where the field is with streamlining and where it should go next. This new report Practices That Matter: Taking Stock of Streamlining  exposes the Streamline Champion!  Streamlining grants applications and reporting requires grant makers to take time to gather information about their process…read more →

Anti Social Media for Social Good

Anti Social Media for Social Good

Are You Anti Social Media for Social Good   Is Your Organization Not on Social Media? Will Social Media Help You? Are you still not sold on social networking and social media as a great way to boost your organization, your mission, your success and or your business? You are not alone (but you will be soon).  Social media tools like Facebook and Twitter are extremely important for any kind of organization today, whether online or off. There are a number of important benefits to using these sites, so it’s time to get on board and get SOCIAL! Social media…read more →

Chase the Money

Chase the Money

How Can You Get More Grants? Don’t Chase the Money!   Here is what I know for sure, a motto if you will – Don’t chase the money. Chase your dream! The money will follow. What do I mean by chasing money? Don’t go after a sponsor, a grant or an investor for their money. Be aggressive in planning your dream, your vision, your impact.  Go to a funder with you plan in hand. Approach a funder as a partner, an investor in YOUR vision.    There are many funding opportunities for all kinds of things from social enterprises to nonprofits, from…read more →

Effort Reports & Payroll Certifications

Effort Reports & Payroll Certifications

Effort Reports & Payroll Certification – The ‘What’s and ‘Why’s  Grant makers, at all levels, are seeking greater accountability,accuracy, efficiency,transparency and timing for contracts and grant compliance activities. Federal agencies are accountable to Congress and to the public for the use of the funds they award. Many agencies require Effort Reports or Payroll Certification.  The federal government requires institutions to have a process in place to certify that salary expenses on federally funded sponsored projects represent an equitable distribution of charges based on an employee’s work activities.   As specified in applicable cost principles, at a minimum, adequate time and effort reports…read more →

How Does a Twitter Chat Work?

How Does a Twitter Chat Work?

How Does a Twitter Chat Work? What is a Twitter Chat? How does a Twitter chat work? What is a Tweet or Twitter chat? Tweet chats are a great way connect Tweeps (people who tweet) at a specific time to discuss a pre-determined topic on Twitter!   Why Would You Even Want to Join a Tweet Chat? Tweet Chats can be vital to your social media success. Tweet chats connect you to a community of people who share a common goal, values and or interests.  Participate in one tweet chat and you could gain valuable information, find interesting people to…read more →

Program Officer: Friend or Foe – Part 1

Program Officer: Friend or Foe – Part 1

The Program Officer: Friend or Foe  The word “philanthropy” derives from the Ancient Greek phrase philanthropia, meaning “to love people.” When you think about a foundation program officer do you imagine a benevolent professional who loves, or at least cares, about the very people who benefit from the grant awards or do you feel like program officers are all politics, pressure and power? Would you be surprised to know that your perception and your actions have more to do with your answer than it has to do with the position of a program officer, philanthropy or foundations? Sure, grants have…read more →

Healthy Homes Strategy – Unified Federal Agencies

Healthy Homes Strategy – Unified Federal Agencies

Advancing Healthy Housing – A Unified Federal Action We are excited to share with you news regarding the newly published report, Advancing Healthy Housing: A Strategy for Action. The Strategy for Action unifies federal action to advance healthy housing, demonstrating the connection between housing conditions and residents’ health, and promotes strategies and methods intended to control and prevent major housing-related exposures and hazards in a cost-effective manner. Health is not just about the quality of your health care, it’s also about where you live and the home you live in. It is estimated that over 30 million U.S. housing units…read more →