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Top 5 Tips for Fundraising Made Easy

Posted by Angi Beland on Mar 21, 2016 1:42:50 PM
Fundraising 
noun | fund–rais·ing 

1. The process of gathering voluntary contributions of money or other resources, by requesting donations from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies.
2. Hard. But it can be easier!

Truthfully, there is no such thing as easy fundraising. There is, however, such a thing as easier fundraising! Why is fundraising so hard? It’s simply a matter of supply and demand. The reality is that there are more people asking for funds than funds being given. How do you position yourself to be the lucky recipient? While luck does have something to do with it, there is more you can do to ensure success. To improve your odds, adopt these five tips to improve your fundraising success!
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Topics: Fundraising, Finance

Intentionality Starts in the Parking Lot

Posted by Angi Beland on Mar 17, 2016 1:46:37 PM

Learn how a strategy to redesign a parking lot supports the mission of one high-performing charter school and the program approach of another high-performing charter school is right at their doorstep.

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science and Mt. Clemens Montessori exude intentionality when it comes to fulfilling their mission.  Right down to their parking lots.

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Topics: Mission, Budget, Finance

Intentional Investment in Your Mission

Posted by Angi Beland on Mar 17, 2016 10:23:10 AM

Remember that turnover is inevitable. Invest in each team member consistently and know, "Those that stay will be champions – Bo.”

The word intentional seems to be a hot topic lately in the world of education. When looking at the definition of the word, it is commonly used to describe being deliberate or doing something by design. However, when it comes to a school’s budget, what is truly deliberate could be questioned. Yes, there are always the necessary expenses of a publicly funded organization such as a school, which are combined with the long list of compliance and reporting requirements. However, there are also a number of expenses in any budget that are done by choice or by design. How can schools continue to invest in their mission and endure to achieve success?

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Topics: Budgeting, Finance

A New Definition of Fundraising

Posted by Angi Beland on Mar 16, 2016 5:01:07 PM
Fundraising. It's important. It's necessary. And it's most likely required to fully implement the vision of your program. You know it. You hear it over and over. But does that make it any easier to devote the time and effort to it? What if fundraising could become an activity that is part of a strategy you are already implementing as part of your program?  Here are some ideas to consider:
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Topics: Fundraising, Finance

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