By Laurence A. Pagnoni, MPA & Sheldon Bart In what we might call the BC era (Before COVID), site visits mainly entailed a tour of your nonprofit’s facility. You took the foundation program officer or the major donor on a walk around the program site to give them a good look at your day-to-day operations. They were happy to see in action the services described in words in your proposal or application. The tour consumed most of the time available for the visit, with a few minutes left over for questions. Now, after the disease disrupted our routines (or AD),
“America’s foundations are not particularly interested in receiving your proposal.” – Bradford K. Smith, President of Candid
Grateful for Brad Smith’s candor and leadership over the years, I rang him up for a chat. Initially, I wanted to know if what our grant officers suspected was in fact true—that most foundations do not welcome your proposals.
LAPA Fundraising is expert in fundraising services (campaigns, annual funds, planning services, and grants). We conduct desk studies to identify new funders and donors. These research exercises have proven to be an excellent first step and a tremendous benefit to our clients because they lay a proper foundation from which to build.
A guest blog post by Walter Dillingham, CFA My longtime colleague, Walter Dillingham, of Wilmington Trust, N.A., specializes in serving endowments, foundations, and healthcare organizations. Walter works closely with nonprofits to help them achieve both their investment and philanthropic objectives. Walter has authored original research on Healthcare’s use of separate foundations that I thought you’d like to read. This research report provides insights into how hospitals in New York State are starting to address these questions related to their foundations. Our intent is to provide findings and conclusions that may be applicable to hospitals and hospital systems nationwide. The research puts
Year after year, you apply, but don’t hear back. You call, but no one calls you back. You are tempted to say, “How rude! “ But you are emotionally intelligent, so you tell yourself that it’s probably not about you. I am talking about that foundation funder, or donor-advised fund owner, or individual of high net worth, that you have not been able to reach, but whose funding priorities seem to align with your mission. “If I could only get close to them, I would know the perfect thing to say,” you tell to your CEO. Fundraising is a relationship