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Take the Nonprofit Startup Climate Survey.
Where are you in your new nonprofit’s march toward sustainability? Our climate survey is designed to help you assess your the extent to which your startup is moving from early stage to a steady state. You’ll learn a lot about how you’re doing to establish a stable business platform for your nonprofit.
Academic research has shown that there are several factors or "cornerstones" involved in establishing successful startup companies. Empirical research in the nonprofit or social sector on this subject is less extensive, but is also directional. This survey is based on the idea that a company or nonprofit is likely to be successful if it develops a stable business platform (credit to Andersson: Nascent Nonprofit Entrepreneurship). What enables this? The early development of "cornerstones", including things like clarity around mission, a high quality service or product, and more.
Take the survey today—two minutes, tops, and find out how you’re doing.
Tailor-Made Workshops to Build Grant Fundraising Capacity
There are many proposal-writing workshops out there, and while they can be helpful, it’s not always easy for organizations -- especially those new to fundraising -- to apply what they’ve learned to their specific context, or get feedback on whether they’re getting it right. Plus, successful foundation fundraising is about so much more than the proposal.
That's why we've put together this tailored workshop offering for grantmakers and networks that want to build the fundraising capacity of their grantees or members. It's a little different from everything else that's out there: It's customized. It's grounded and experiential, built around case studies specific to your field and using a variety of teaching styles. It strengthens collaboration, through group work and built-in networking. And it doesn't have to end when the workshop does.
Learn more about custom grant fundraising workshops.
Learn How to Build a Logic Model: A Webinar
Logic models. We've all heard of them. And, at some point, we've probably all thought that it was just more jargon, or something donors wanted us to do to make our lives more difficult. Or something that is nice in theory, but useless in face of the day-to-day realities of our work. Like all tools though, the usefulness of logic models depends on how and to what end we use them. At their best, logic models are powerful tools for program planning, management, and accountability, and for fundraising.
We partnered with the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO) to produce this webinar to teach you our favorite version of a logic model—the logical framework, or logframe—and share our tips for making the most of the tool.
Learn more by viewing our free webinar.
Building Your Fundraising Case: A Webinar
Maybe you've been thinking about developing an annual fundraising case. Well, we have a webinar for you!
We talk in practical terms about why developing an annual fundraising case statement will help you raise more money, how all the “parts” fit together to make a compelling case for new and expanded giving, and the process for developing one for your organization.
Forward Motion Strategies is pleased and honored to have partnered with the National Association of Veteran Service Organizations (NAVSO) to produce this webinar.
Find out more by viewing this free webinar.
Development Policy Diagnostic
So, you're reviewing your departmental policies because you have all the time in the world, right?
Snark aside, this diagnostic will give you a baseline and jumping off point for refining your board and development department policies.
Topics covered include gift acceptance, recognition, gift processing, grant compliance, corporate sponsorship and more.
As always, our diagnostic tools are free.
Get started by taking the diagnostic.
Board Fundraising Engagement Diagnostic
This diagnostic is intended to be an initial step in assessing board fundraising engagement.
While the topic is complex, this tool will help develop a baseline. Obviously, board engagement is a continual process requiring sophisticated relationship management and a nuanced understanding of how boards can and should function.
Topics covered include basic process items (is there a development committee and does it meet), measures of board give/get results and more.
As always, our diagnostic tools are free.
Take the diagnostic and find out how you and your board are doing.
Fundraising Compliance Diagnostic
Whether you're new to your organization or are stopping by for a tune-up, you'll find this diagnostic tool to be a useful first step in identifying areas that might require further attention.
Topics covered: State fundraising registration, fundraising counsel, privacy, confidentiality, cause and sponsorship, IRS regulation and more.
Upon completion, the tool generates a results page, complete with questions, your answers, and useful commentary.
Take the diagnostic. It's free!