Over the last 10 years, I’ve been developing an informal diagnosis and strategy model for choosing financial turnaround strategies for nonprofits and social enterprises. In this working model, I’ve named 12 directional themes and not quite 100 strategy options. To use the model, the first diagnostic question is whether the problems are low-level and chronic[…]
Underneath most fundraising problems is a more fundamental one: a broken business model. In two recent phone conversations, one with a prospective client and the other with a former client, the presenting problem was a fundraising one. How can we raise more money? And fast. We spent some time on the phone exploring causes and[…]
For most nonprofits, only a few streams of funding are possible. People new to fundraising and nonprofit organizations often aren’t aware of all the options for funding. And seasoned leaders wish and hope for a few more. Puzzle Pieces and Moves Government grants and contracts. Client or customer payments, which we call fee-for-service income includes[…]
Posted last week on LinkedIn: I woke up this morning worrying about the kind of funding problem that at some time or other worries all kinds of leaders involved in community building, social service, opportunity, and various kinds of world-fixing and change-making. Grant funding usually carries with it restrictions of use, of timing, of connections, of this and[…]
A few weeks back, in the late-night last hours of writing up a fundraising strategy for a client — after having gone back and forth with staff and executives, and earlier in the week with board members of another client — I posted a quick, hot note on LinkedIn: Thinking of drawing up a fresh list of really[…]
Last week we were in Mississippi, planning the launch of two new farming microenterprise programs and attending the second annual The Future of the Mississippi Delta conference. ChangeMatters is working hand in hand with our trusted Arizona-based partners, DRA Resources (who specialize in Federal grants, compliance, program evaluation, and business planning). This is our second[…]
On Dec 15, 2010 SALSA and ChangeMatters will host a special seminar for social change leaders who want to explore social enterprise options and earned revenue strategies.