By Diane H. Leonard, GPC, President/Owner, DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services, LLC
Grant research, in particular grant research focused on expanding an existing grant portfolio, can feel like an insurmountable task. In fact, it can feel like you are on the hunt to find a diamond in the rough. So then, how when faced with such a task can you grow your grant revenue for your organization?
By Robin Berseth, Events and Technology Director, GMS, Inc.
From sessions to breaks, from wishes to tours, there are so many things being offered to all attendees of the GMS Summit and we don’t want you to miss a thing. The GMS website it a great tool to learn about everything that’s available to you as an attendee. What time is breakfast, when can I expect afternoon refreshments or have the opportunity to network with my peers? Where do I book my hotel room or how do I schedule a one-on-one appointment? Where can I read more about the sessions and speakers and what hours is the computer clinic open? All of this information and more is posted to our website and updated on a regular basis. Not only can you view our website from your computer, but our website is mobile friendly as well, so you can easily view it from your smartphone or tablet. This allows you to have everything you need right at your fingertips as you plan for and attend the Summit.
BY DIANE H. LEONARD, GPC, DH Leonard Consulting and Grant Writing Services, LLC
I often talk about the 3 R’s of Grant Seeking: Research, Relationships, and wRiting. The point of the 3 R’s of Grant Seeking is that you need to follow the three steps with every potential application whether for a new funding partner or for an existing funding partner. Here are our 5 tips to improve your grant funder relationships:
1 - Contact your potential funding source prior to applying (whether a new or existing relationship!). Follow their communication preference and capacity guidelines regarding communication. Bottom line, ALWAYS call or email to talk about if your proposal will be competitive if they will allow such a dialogue.
By Era Williams, MBA, Director of Sales and Marketing, GMS, Inc.
1) Take assessment of your teams experience level.
Most organizations have employees with a myriad of experience levels within a specific job function. I can remember my first software company job, I felt like a fish out of water especially since I lead a team of sales representatives who knew a lot more than I did about the technology.
By Donald Cassady, President/CEO, GMS, Inc.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is having an effect on businesses across the country and a nonprofit agency is no exception. One of the main factors determining how your agency will be affected is based on the number of full time equivalent employees your agency employs. To see the IRS definition of a Full Time Equivalent Employee (FTE) go to: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Small-Business-Health-Care-Tax-Credit-Questions-and-Answers:-Determining-FTEs-and-Average-Annual-Wages. There are three FTE benchmarks to consider: Those businesses with fewer than 25, those with fewer than 50 employees and those with 50 or more employees.
What does it mean for your Organization's Management, Accountability and Financial REporting?
By Donald Cassady, President/CEO, GMS
For those of you who are involved in organizations that are required to conform to specific OMB circulars, one of the historically frustrating issues has been duplicative and conflicting guidance when comparing circular to circular. One of the main drives of the Super Circular, for which the official name is Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, was to remove the conflicting guidance by combining eight individual circulars into one. The initial industry interpretations of the new guidance show that this goal was accomplished, for the most part, admirably.
In strengthening the accountability for federal dollars, policies have been improved and tightened to help protect against waste, fraud and abuse. In the past, non-federal agencies have met audit findings that were a result of inappropriate procedures because of the overlapping/conflicting guidance. Due to the uniform effective date of December 26, 2014, Federal agencies will implement the new guidance on a consistent schedule.
A main focus of the guidance is to reorient recipients toward achieving program objectives. There is a strong shift of management requirements that will focus on performance outcomes and defined goals. There are new provisions for fixed amount awards that minimize compliance requirements and adding requirements to meet performance standards.