Risk Management Resource: Easy Grants

In my work with nonprofit organizations, one of the recurring themes is revenue generation and development.

Essentially, nonprofit and for-profit businesses have a lot in common:

  1. They are both businesses.
  2. They both require funding to keep going.
  3. The best businesses offer goods or services that benefit people, even if only to provide entertainment.
  4. The best nonprofits have a revenue model that sustains their mission (so they can continue to benefit folks)
  5. They both have their eyes open for opportunities to maximize their funding/income and their benefit to others.

Why Revenue Generation and Funding is a Risk Management Issue

Simply put, if you don’t have funding, you risk shutting your doors. Many organizations have had to do just that over the past 6 years since the recession started in 2008ish.

Further, financial stress can lead to poor decision-making and cutting corners. Sometimes (I know this first hand), nonprofits will decide to drop needed insurance coverage due to diminished funds. Other times, a nonprofit might not be able to attract top talent to perform professional services.

The list could go on. The simple fact is that while money does not cure all ills, it is still a key component – the lifeblood even – of any business’s ability to function well.

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Easy Grants: A Possible Resource for Funding

One of the main resources for nonprofit funding is corporate, government, and foundation grants. And I’m probably missing a few other options (I’m an insurance guy… not a grant writer).

An issue can be finding the right grants for your organization and being able to sell yourself to the granting organization in a way that will unlock untold riches (right?).

Many of you nonprofit executives have grant writing down pat and don’t need any assistance.

Some of you know how to do it but realize your time is better spent elsewhere.

Still others of you don’t have a clue where to start.

Check out Easy Grants. The owner of the site is a professional grant writer and consultant who might be able to connect you with needed resources. 

He offers a short consultation to evaluate whether or not he can assist so neither you nor he wastes time on a project that won’t work out.

If you give it a shot, please let me know if it’s something that was helpful to you!

Risk Management Resources are ‘use at your own risk.’ These are simply resources I’ve run across that might prove helpful depending on your particular needs as a nonprofit. I encourage you to do your own research, dig around, and find the resources that help you manage your risks, protect your vision, and help you accomplish your mission and care for the key stakeholders in and around your nonprofit. 

 

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