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About UsFounded in 2015, Mission Allies (formerly Gregg Partners LLC) is a fundraising and grant writing consultancy that solely serves social service organizations and human service charities. Our passion is making a difference in the lives of our neighbors. We work as a team to raise money that helps fuel mission-driven organizations. We are the teachers and advisors that help …

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The Outsourced Development Office (Guest blog by Andrew Kramer)

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This post was written by our friend, Andrew Kramer.  For most nonprofits that have $500,000 or more in revenue, funding must come from a variety of sources – government, foundations, individuals, corporations, events, etc. – and has to be managed, almost full time, by a senior person in the organization. The trouble with a broad, diversified funding base is that …

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How to Start a New 501(c)(3) Nonprofit

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Countless times over the past decade or so, I have received the following basic email/phone call/LinkedIn message: “I recently met someone who wants to start a nonprofit. They are incredibly passionate about their cause and would be great at it, but they need some help with raising money. Could you speak with them and tell them how to get started?” …

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Top 10 Things I Learned at Philanthropy Southwest

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I recently attended Philanthropy Southwest‘s “Overview of Grantmaking by Private and Community Foundations in Dallas, Texas and the Southwest.” The event included a wonderful presentation by Kathy Jankowski, who reviewed the findings in Philanthropy Southwest’s 2016 Giving Study (click this link to download the study). Some of the fun facts she shared: 31% of the 3,332 grantmaking foundations in Texas are located …

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The single best way to raise more money: Monthly Donors

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Imagine never having to ask your most important donors for money ever again. Imagine shifting your focus from solicitation to cultivation. Imagine being more concerned with how to creatively thank your abundance of donors rather than how to make the next payroll. That is what a strong monthly donor program can do for you. But don’t take my word for it. …

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Jeremy Gregg interviewed on “Leadership Series”

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Jeremy Gregg, managing director of Gregg Partners, was recently interviewed for an article in “The Leadership Series” by Worldwide101. Check out the article here.

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Are you thanking your donors enough? Here are 5 easy ways to share the love.

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You are busy. I get it. You have a thousand emails to read, a dozen grants to write, and an eNewsletter that needs to be edited. August is now here, and you are beginning to worry about your year-end giving: the numbers are just not looking good. And you haven’t even thought of checking your voicemail in a week…. because, …

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The 140-year Old Technology that Still Raises the Most Money

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Alexander Graham Bell won the first U.S. patent for the telephone in 1876. And today, despite all of the bells and whistles of the Internet, it remains a fundraiser’s greatest tool. Direct mail is very effective. Email can also be great, if used properly. Facebook and Twitter are right for some organizations, and huge wastes of time for others. But after 140 years, the …

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Grantwriting: Volume vs Relationship? (Guest blog by Andrew Kramer)

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This post was written by our friend, Andrew Kramer. Please check out his blog about mental health, Smiling Acrobat. Many nonprofit leaders like to treat foundations as a type of high reward direct mail campaign. As a development leader, almost all of my Executive Directors told me that they wanted me to increase the number of grants I was sending …

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Beyond the 5%: Impact Investing and the Future of Foundations

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Potentially transformative news appeared in The Chronicle of Philanthropy today in the article by Alex Daniels, “IRS Issues Rules Favorable to Foundations on Program-Related Investments.” “The Internal Revenue Service has issued new regulations designed to encourage private foundations to make investments in areas such as education, health, and the environment that can result in societal benefits and simultaneously generate income.” …

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Shifting the Collaboration Paradigm Between Funders and Nonprofits (guest blog for The Miles Foundation)

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Below is a copy of my interview with the Miles Foundation, “Shifting the Collaboration Paradigm Between Funders and Nonprofits.” My sincere thanks to Sara Redington, the Director of Communications for the foundation, for her assistance with this post. This interview was conducted in February 2015 shortly after I presented at the Dallas Contributors’ Network. You can also download a PDF of …

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Movement Builder: Suzanne Smith of Social Impact Architects

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I blogged earlier this week about Nonprofit Dysfunction and the Beloved Community. Thanks to those of you who shared it on social media and who sent me encouraging notes about the direction in which I am now heading. One of the more encouraging friends I’ve met along this journey has been Suzanne Smith, the Managing Director at Social Impact Architects. Suzanne is a passionate …

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Nonprofit Dysfunction and the Beloved Community

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[pullquote cite=”Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” type=”right”]Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.[/pullquote]Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As the nation reflected on the legacy of MLK, I was reminded of Dr. King’s belief in “the beloved community.” That concept — which the King …

9 TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Should Watch (and 1 that changed my life)

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Earlier tonight, I republished on StackStreet an old blog that I wrote a few years ago about the amazing organization “Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.” As I was doing so, I dropped by NFTE’s Twiter feed . . . and was grateful to discover the list below. A great list of videos worth watching (and “ideas worth spreading”) from the NFTE Blog | NFTE: “Nine  TED …

A New Model of Social Enterprise: Master Franchising

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Blog on two pioneering innovations in the realm of social entrepreneurship: social franchising at the statewide level and alternative financing for earned income ventures.

7 Simple Steps to Build a Low-Cost, High-Impact Marketing Program

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  All the best ways to build your market are free — word of mouth and referrals being chief among them. However, to maximize your potential referral sources, you have to make it easy for people to send you their contacts. And no, this is not asking them to literally give you their Rolodex (for those of you in Gen …

A Story to Show the Power of Monthly Donors

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This is the most amazing little story from Catholic Extension: Devoted to the Cause http://www.catholicextension.org/how-we-help/stories-faith/devoted-cause  I encourage you to click the link and read the full story about Virginia and Richard Miles. In brief, they are just a regular couple … probably middle-income, likely focused mostly on raising their family and doing what they can to improve the world. And yet, …

The Best Times for Nonprofits to Blog

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In a previous post, I blogged about a recent Mashable Social Media blog on the best times to share on Facebook and Twitter. This led me to dig into the trends for blogging. I wanted to see if they followed the trends for Tumblr, which I was shocked to learn had the best results for posts after 7:00 p.m. (and on …

Fundraising ProTip: The Best Times for Nonprofits to Share on Facebook & Twitter

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When are the best times for nonprofits to share updates on Facebook and Twitter? To answer that question, I turned to an excellent article from a few months ago. It analyzes a blog posted by bitly.com, the link-shortening service, called “Time Is On Your Side.” The article is by Samantha Murphy on Mashable Social Media, and I think it is well worth the …