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Find out how your charity can fundraise with Waco Hippodrome’s Dine to Donate program!

Waco Hippodrome’s Dine to Donate program allows organizations a Tuesday night to promote their organization or cause at Waco Hippodrome while receiving 15% of sales for that scheduled night! Organizations are also allowed to bring information and materials on their scheduled night; Waco Hippodrome will also promote the event on their social media outlets (with more than 25,000 followers) for free!

For more information on Dine to Donate click here or contact Casey at

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Firespring Foundation and TANO team up to award multiple 501(c)(3) organizations in Texas with grants!

Firespring and Tano want to award $50,000 in designated marketing technology grants to 24 organizations making an impact here in Texas. Nominated organizations will be invited to a luncheon and free workshop December 8 in San Antonio. Here’s the breakdown of how grant money will be awarded:

  • 2 organizations will receive a $10,000 grant
  • 2 organizations will receive $5,000 grants
  • 20 organizations will receive $1,000 grants.

For more information or to nominate an organization, click here. Be mindful that nominations will close November 9, 2016.

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Early Bird Discount available for Competing for Federal Grants training!

Save $100 with an Early Bird Discount by registering and paying for the Competing for Federal Grants training by September 19, 2016! The cost for this training is $1,195 but if you register by September 19 you will pay only $1,095.

For more information about this training or to register, click here.

*Please note, only one discount allowed per registration*

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Competing for Federal Grants Training

United Way of Southern Cameron County will be hosting “Competing for Federal Grants” October 31 – November 4 in Brownsville, TX.

This training will teach you how to develop a winning proposal to receive highly competitive federal grants. If you’re new to federal grants, you get a solid foundation of knowledge. If you’re experienced in the federal arena, you get a professional development tune up to sharpen your competitive edge.

After this training, you’ll be able to:

  • Find federal grant opportunities that match your organization’s priorities
  • Assemble a work-plan for developing a winning proposal
  • Avoid common mistakes that cost valuable points in the review process

For more information, click here, and registration, click here.

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Updated Legal Alert: Election Season Rules for 501(c)(3) Organizations from Pro Bono Center

In this downloadable PDF, Pro Bono Center talks about important rules and regulations set forth for the upcoming Presidential election. To download the PDF titled Monitoring Your Section 501(c)(3) Organization’s Activities With Respect to Political Campaigns” click here.

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4 Tips for Storytelling and Technology

The NonProfit Times offers some tips for crafting a compelling story to fund your nonprofit’s technology. when working with funders, you could ask for money for a new donor management system, but you probably won’t get you very far. You need a story that shows the funder how that new technology will transform your organization and make it better than ever.

Follow these tips to create a narrative that will interest your funders:

  1. You’re not asking for tools, you’re selling your mission.
    Your funder needs to buy-in on what you do before considering funding technology. You have to show, both quantitatively and qualitatively, how you’re making a difference and achieving your mission.
  2. A capital campaign shows you’re serious.
    Funders want to know that you’re committed to making the project work. A capital campaign shows them that you’re not just “dialing in” a funding request.
  3. Make your funder the hero of your story
    Funders have their own missions and when they make funding decisions, they want to be able to see how investing in your technology aligns with their own goals.
  4. Show a Clear Return on Investment
    Show in both concrete terms (dollars and cents) and subjectively (stories of people who will be affected) how their investment will pay off for your constituents, your organization, and the funder.

For the full article, click here.

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State of Grantseeking™ Free Webinar

Join GrantStation on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 for a FREE webinar with the most recent data available.

This 45-minute webinar offers you a chance to compare your organization to over 3,300 other organizations, and to see trends in the grantseeking arena. The webinar addresses which funder types are most likely to support your organization, reasonable levels of funding to expect for your organization, and how your region, budget, location, or mission focus affect your organization’s ability to be awarded grants.

For more information, and to register for this online educational session, click here.

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“Is It Time to Ditch that Event?”

Sandy Rees offers helpful advice on evaluating the success of your nonprofit’s events. Trying to fund a nonprofit with ineffective events can be time consuming, costly, and unsustainable.

Before hosting an event, asses whether this event is a good event or a bad event. Good events will result in one or more of the following:

  • Substantial Money
  • Awareness
  • Deeper relationships

Bad events will hardly break even, have a small attendance, and fail to create public awareness. Evaluate your event critically, and decide whether you should keep it, tweak it, or get rid of it.

For more information and to read the full article, click here.

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Full and Matching grants available to qualifying nonprofits!

Casualty Brand Grant has announced the launch of their 2016 Summer Causality Brand Grant application. The deadline for submission is August 1, 2016.

Consider applying if your organization can benefit from the following:

  • brand assessment and development
  • identity design or logo refresh
  • marketing materials (brochures, newsletters, annual reports, direct mail, email marketing)
  • event branding (luncheons, galas, festivals)
  • campaign development (annual, capital, membership)
  • WordPress web site design

If you have questions, contact Terri Gaines by email or phone (888.999.5592). For more information, click here.

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