Many of you are probably working on some aspect of grant writing and/or fundraising right now. I know I am. So I was really interested in this short article published over at Network for Good on 6 words every nonprofit should avoid. I'm not going to say a lot about it, since it's a pretty self-explanatory piece, except this: all 6 words show up (often) in my most recent grant application.
 
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Before I get on a plane for Seattle this morning, I wanted to talk briefly about cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA). It's the technique of selecting among competing wants when resources are limited, a position most SANE programs know well. Do we get a shiny new piece of equipment or do we send 5 nurses to SANE training? Do we add 8 more hours a week to our coordinator position or do we start paying call time? We have a lot of competing wants in our world, and often a paucity of resources.

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A lot of people have asked me about how social media can be used to benefit SANE and other victim service programs. People feel very intimidated by the process, which is a shame, because I think it's an incredibly approachable and democratic tool. And I think we could harness its broad appeal and reach to allow for not just awareness and fundraising campaigns, but also recruitment efforts. If anyone's using social media to help with recruitment I'd love to hear from you!
 

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Good morning from sunny Anaheim! This morning, I just wanted to put up a quick post on some financial management resources developed by the Nonprofits Assistance Fund. Their site has a couple great tools that might be helpful for some of you looking at your current budgets and shaking your heads--or looking at next year's budget predictions and worrying. Among the items you'll find are:

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Its only 9:15 am and I have already fielded two questions this morning on SANE/SART funding, so I am going to take that as a sign from the blogging gods and get a post up on finding funders.
 

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One of the things I really look forward to getting delivered every month is Andy Goodman's newsletter free-range thinking. It's aimed at "public interest communicators who want to reach more people for more impact."  He's a huge proponent of storytelling as a means to communicating your message and this month he has an article (PDF) that takes that idea one step further.

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It's no secret that I'm a huge blog fan. When done well, blogs can be fantastic resources. Filled with short attention span-satisfying bits and pieces and loaded with links, blog authors frequently have information before their more established website counterparts. And blogs are written in conversational language I often find appealing. There are so many out there, though, it can be a challenge to navigate the hordes. That's why any time someone publishes a best of list, I'm all in. I'll certainly commit to checking out anyone's blog once.

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Enterprise Community Partners has a great fundraising tutorial on their site. It's comprised of 7 sections that give you a comprehensive guide to the fundraising process:
 

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One of the most confounding issues for SANE program managers is funding. Many nurses, particularly, have very little experience writing grants and raising capital, so knowing where to start can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, there's the Foundation Center. Your starting off point for all things money. Because if you don't know how to do it, where to find it, or how to ask for it, the Foundation Center has you covered.

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy hosted an online discussion yesterday on using Facebook Causes to promote nonprofits. Sadly, I just heard about it this morning, so I couldn't attend. But it's archived on their site and available for viewing (it's transcripts of the session, not video). For those of you toying with this approach to fundraising, it's worth checking out.

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