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The Classic Pamela Positive: Winning Over Obstacles

 

“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.” 

– Bertie C. Forbes

 

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Sometimes, you have to try…..

Really hard!

It might be painful, it might be tough and you might feel like the world is against you!   But Bertie Forbes persevered, his family joined him, and his magazine still stands today.  What a testament! He is a ‘notable winner.’

You can do the same. Stay with your vision and keep persevering. What you create today could last for generations!

You Can Be A Notable Winner,

Pamela

 


Bertie C. Forbes (1880-1954) was the founder of Forbes magazine. He was born in Scotland, spent time in South Africa, and emigrated to New York in 1904. He studied at the University College, Dundee and then worked at a local newspaper before he moved to Johannesburg, South Africa. When he moved to New York, Forbes worked a number of journals before he would leave to found his own publication. In 1917, he founded Forbes where he remained the Editor-in-Chief for almost 40 years, up until his death. Towards the end of his life, his two eldest children would join him at the paper. In 1942, he also was a founding member of the Investors League.

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The Classic Pamela Positive: Winning Over Obstacles

 

 

“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.” 

– Bertie C. Forbes

 

 

bertie_charles_forbes

 

Sometimes, you have to try…..

 

Really hard!

 

It might be painful, it might be tough and you might feel like the world is against you!   But Bertie Forbes persevered, his family joined him, and his magazine still stands today.  What a testament!  He is a ‘notable winner.’

 

You can do the same.  Stay with your vision  and keep persevering.  What you create today could last for generations!

 

You Can Be A Notable Winner,

Pamela

 

 


Bertie C. Forbes (1880-1954) was the founder of Forbes magazine.  He was born in Scotland, spent time in South Africa, and emigrated to New York in 1904.  He studied at the University College, Dundee and then worked at a local newspaper before he moved to Johannesburg, South Africa. When he moved to New York, Forbes worked a number of journals before he would leave to found his own publication.  In 1917, he founded Forbes where he remained the Editor-in-Chief for almost 40 years, up until his death.  Towards the end of his life, his two eldest children would join him at the paper.  In 1942, he also was a founding member of the Investors League.

BioSource: Wikipedia


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The Six Key Ingredients Of A Successful Grant Proposal

 

I am so pleased to share UniversalGiving® was featured in a Forbes Expert Panel article. This article focused on strategies to write successful grant proposal and you can see answers from the rest of the community here. Scroll down to see our response on pairing metrics with a story.

 

 

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4. Metrics With A Story

“Really show your return on investment and pair it with a person. That means you show how many people you have affected, and then also pull out one person’s story. Then you have the overall results and also show one person’s personal story. A great match of information—informative and inspiring.”

 Pamela Hawley, UniversalGiving®

 

 

 

 

Seven Nonprofit Strategies For Gaining Bigger Brand Name Donors

 

I am so pleased to share UniversalGiving™ was featured in a Forbes Expert Panel article. This article focused on how to receive donations from big-name brands and you can see answers from the rest of the community here. Scroll down to see our response on the importance of consistence communication.

 

 

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6. Appeal To The Company’s Interests

“To best capture, a corporate foundation’s support, take two tacks. First, follow their guidelines, otherwise, you’ll get knocked out. Second, add something that relates to the personal philanthropic interests of the head of the foundation. They will see you meet the criteria and also care about and are in line with their interests. However, it must be authentic to the grant.”

 Pamela Hawley, UniversalGiving

 

 

 

 

Five Creative And Effective Peer-To-Peer Fundraising Ideas

 

I am so pleased to share UniversalGiving™ was featured in a Forbes Expert Panel article. This article focused on how to create more creative peer-to-peer fundraising techniques and you can read our response here. Scroll down to see our response on how to use social media to increase awareness.

 

 

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5. Leverage Instagram Sharing

“This is a great way to attain fundraising but also media awareness. Your friend posts an inspiring photo with a call to action on giving to their organization. You agree to viral it on all your platforms because through Instagram you can also post on Twitter and Facebook. Then you post your inspiring photo, call to action and cause. They do the same in sharing and they help you!”

 Pamela Hawley, UniversalGiving

 

 

 

 

Seven Strategies For Maintaining Mutually Beneficial Relationships With Nonprofit Partners

 

I am so pleased to share UniversalGiving™ was featured in a Forbes Expert Panel article. This article focused on how to maintain mutually beneficial relationships between a nonprofit and its supporters and you can see answers from the rest of the community here. Scroll down to see our response on the importance of consistence communication.

 

 

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2. Provide Regular Reports

“Forming partnerships requires communication. If you are about to sign or are in a contract, provide regular reports. They don’t have to be fancy, but communicate your intentions on the partnership and how you will serve them; you can remind them about the value you have provided. The corporate partner can respond and reinforce positively your summary and/or ask for changes.”

 Pamela Hawley, UniversalGiving

 

 

 

 

Five Reasons Nonprofits Don’t Receive Matching Gifts (And What To Do About It), Part Two

 

Today, we continue with Part Two of Five Reasons Nonprofits Don’t Receive Matching Gifts (And What To Do About It). Part One is available here

 

 

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3. They Don’t Submit On Time

Unfortunately, many nonprofits are overloaded with day-to-day responsibilities. They may be entrenched with serving homeless people on the street and concerned with serving others through their mission. They might be burned out from working 12 hours a day. Their heart is in the mission, and they are doing good, but they haven’t submitted the paperwork. This happens all too often.

 

 

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My heart goes out to these nonprofits, as they sincerely deserve the funds. Yet, at the same time, if they don’t submit the documents on time, they won’t get a grant and often miss the opportunity.

 

4. Too Many Red Flags

Often, when we approve a grant for a matching gift program, there might be one item that doesn’t meet the guidelines of our corporate partners. Most of the time, our corporate partner will pass the NGO through. But if there are several red flags, the case is built to not approve them. Here are a few examples of what we consider “yellow” flags:

• Overhead is 35%.

• There is no regularly meeting board.

• There is a concern about potential political lobbying.

These yellow flags build up to general concern and a red flag. In that case, too many flags will mean the nonprofit does not get the grant.

5. Lack Of Separation Between Board And Team

It’s wonderful to include some employees on your board; it provides practical experience on your board of what the day-to-day realities are. In addition, when the board makes requests, that team member is able to be a witness to what’s actually happening on the ground.

Yet, far too often, nonprofits stack a board with employees. There is no third-party accountability. Basically, the “board” consists of employees, and “board members” approve the decisions that affect employees. Essentially, employees are directing themselves. This is considered a very grave scenario with no accountability. Often, nonprofits will not receive a grant due to this lack of appropriate governance.

Final Thoughts

We always hope that nonprofits pass all the tests for receiving matching gifts. As noted, matching gifts are an inspiring way to get employees connected to the community and to get foundations to support your efforts.

As a nonprofit, you can be prepared. Gather together the documents required and put them in a Google folder on Google Docs, Dropbox, Box, Tresorit or OneDrive so that you are prepared anytime these requests happen. We recommend putting in articles of incorporation, 990 forms, your mission statement, board members and other important governing documents.

 

 

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Thank you to all the nonprofits for all you to do for the world. Thank you to all the employee nominators who help support these nonprofits and to the more than 65% of Fortune 500 corporate foundations that match these employee gifts every year. We’re all trying to make the world a better place!