GPA Webinar: Using Arguments To Improve Your Grant Application
Sep
18
1:00 PM13:00

GPA Webinar: Using Arguments To Improve Your Grant Application

Webinar Presented by M. Linda Wastyn, PhD

Imagine your average grant reviewer with a pile of papers on the desk and a full inbox. After putting out the emergencies of the day, the reviewer sits down to read a pile of applications, most of which sound very similar while some make no sense at all. The reviewer feels for the people these grants want to help but has no feel for the extent of the problems they discuss or if the proposed plan will work.

Want your application to stand out from the pile (for good reasons)?

You’ve heard you should tell a good story, but is a story enough? NO!

A story by itself does not provide enough information to warrant a grantor’s investment. You need to justify the need and solutions outlined in your story. That’s where arguments come in. Want your reviewers to finish reading the application without any questions about the worth and value of your project and proposal? Use arguments – with good data and claims! When done correctly, arguments provide all of the information that a reviewer needs to understand your need, your plan to meet that need, and why your approach will work to solve that need.

As a result of this program, attendees will learn how to craft and construct an effective grant application by understanding (1) how and why to use complete arguments in your application; (2) argument fallacies to avoid; and (3) common sources of the data you need to make a good argument.


Skill Level:
Early-Career
Mid-Career
Advanced Career

Learning Track:
Proposal Development/Communication Skills

GPC Competencies:
HOw to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application

CFRE & GPC Credits:
This webinar has been approved for one point towards the CFRE credential and one CEU towards the GPC credential.

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Wine Up Wednesday: Planning Year-End Giving
Oct
2
3:30 PM15:30

Wine Up Wednesday: Planning Year-End Giving

Did you know that more than one-third of all gifts come in the last three months of the year. Are you ready?

Will your year-end appeal capture your donors’ attention and encourage them to give or wind up in the trash?

Join a group of your fundraising colleagues on Wednesday, October 2 for an interactive Wine Up Wednesday to discuss the elements of a successful year-end giving campaign. Please bring a copy of your planned appeal letter for this year or last year’s appeal. We will take time to review these as a group and with local experts. and help you brainstorm ideas for this year’s campaign.

Sign up today. Spots will fill up fast! $10/person. Limited to 15.


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Engaged for Excellence: Growing your organization with active board members
Oct
22
3:30 PM15:30

Engaged for Excellence: Growing your organization with active board members

FREE | AT QUAD CITIES COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Successful nonprofit have engaged board members that lead based on their strengths!

About this Event

Expand your reach in the community through board member connections! On Tuesday, October 22, executive directors and board members are invited to learn about the responsibilities and roles board members need to maintain to be an efficient and successful organization! Learn how to run efficient meetings, keep everyone engaged, read financial statements, and other best practices.

You’re a busy fundraiser. Wrap up your day with a one-hour session on growing your nonprofit!

3:30 p.m. Program Begins

4:30 p.m. Networking

5:00 p.m. Program Ends

Questions? Contact Maura Warner at 563.200.9000 or mwarner@totalsolutionsus.com.

Brought to you by the experts at:

Total Solutions

Wastyn & Associates

Quad City Community Foundation

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Wine Up Wednesday: Evaluating Your Nonprofit Website
Nov
6
3:30 PM15:30

Wine Up Wednesday: Evaluating Your Nonprofit Website

with Heather White Design

Let's talk about your website. We'll start the informal gathering with a quick website audit checklist to determine the current state of your website. Then learn from others what platforms they use for their site and online donations, plus how they keep their content up-to-date and engaging.


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10.00
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GPA Conference Presentation: Congratulations - You've Become a Consultant! Now What?
Nov
8
1:30 PM13:30

GPA Conference Presentation: Congratulations - You've Become a Consultant! Now What?

Presented at Grant Professionals Association Annual Conference

You've officially started your consulting business. Now what? We asked ourselves this same question years ago, and we are now here to share some of our successes, challenges, and answers.

You've just signed your first client. Now what? How do you get more? Should you network or advertise? What happens when you don't have enough business? What happens when you have too much business? How do you know which clients to take and which ones to turn away? How do you work with difficult clients? How do you grow your business? How do you effectively work with subcontractors? When is it time to hire an employee? What happens when life happens (death in the family, an emergency surgery, illness, etc.)? Join us for a look at what has worked (and not worked) for us, while building successful consulting businesses over the years. We will share helpful tips we wished we would have known from the beginning and lessons learned along the way.

This presentation will harness the knowledge and experience of two full-time consultants who successfully left full-time employment almost ten years ago and never looked back. Now, almost a decade into their consulting careers, they will provide valuable insight to help you manage and grow your consulting business to one that fits your individual needs and lifestyle.

By the end of the session, attendees will achieve these learning objectives: (1) Gain knowledge about different ways to grow your consulting business; (2) Develop strategies to manage client relationships; 3) Realize the importance of continually networking throughout your career; and 4) Develop business strategies for working with subcontractors to cover your workload when unplanned things happen in life.

This presentation is tailored to newer consultants, those who have been consulting for several years, as well as veteran consultants.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
Organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers

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Wastyn & Associates Workshop: Recruiting Board Members
Nov
14
4:00 PM16:00

Wastyn & Associates Workshop: Recruiting Board Members

Having the right board members on board can mean the difference between an effective board and a mediocre board, one that advances the organization and one that holds it back. Learn how to identify the skills and characteristics of your ideal board member then now to identity and recruit them to serve your organization. We will specifically talk about diversity, equity and inclusion and how you can diversify your board.

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Wine Up Wednesday: Thanking your Donors
Dec
4
3:30 PM15:30

Wine Up Wednesday: Thanking your Donors

Come enjoy an informal gathering of nonprofit professionals around a topic of mutual interest – and wine – to start your month off right! Limited to 15 people each, these sessions will include a brief (10-15 minute) presentation on a specific topic followed by sharing and discussion among participants. Stay and network until we run out of wine; leave with great ideas and new friends. RSVP required; $10/person.


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Wastyn & Associates Workshop: Improving Board Member Engagement
Dec
12
4:00 PM16:00

Wastyn & Associates Workshop: Improving Board Member Engagement

Once you have the right members on your board, you then need to engage them in your mission and work of the organization. This engagement begins when you recruit a new board member and continues through orientation and their time of service on the board. Learn the importance of engaging board members and share tips to get your board members more engaged with your organization.

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Wastyn & Associates Workshop: Write More Compelling Grant Applications
Sep
5
9:00 AM09:00

Wastyn & Associates Workshop: Write More Compelling Grant Applications

grant applications

Get ready for fall grant deadlines

Thursday, September 5
9-5 with lunch included

$169
limited to 15 people; everyone in class gets 1 free hour of grant review after the class ($130 value)

Intended for individuals of all experience levels, this all-day class provides ample opportunities for hands on experience on topics such as how to find grant sources, evaluate those sources and write a compelling application. Please come to class with a grant-worthy project and a computer if possible as we will write sections of a grant to share for peer evaluation and discussion. Everyone will leave the class with parts of an application ready for submission.

  • Learn to write a more persuasive grant application

  • Learn how to make your grant stand out in a more competitive funding environment

  • Get hands-on experience writing and reviewing key parts of an application


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Wine Up Wednesday: Getting your Board Involved in Fundraising
Sep
4
3:30 PM15:30

Wine Up Wednesday: Getting your Board Involved in Fundraising

Come enjoy an informal gathering of nonprofit professionals around a topic of mutual interest – and wine – to start your month off right! Limited to 15 people each, these sessions will include a brief (10-15 minute) presentation on a specific topic followed by sharing and discussion among participants. Stay and network until we run out of wine; leave with great ideas and new friends. RSVP required; $10/person.


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Stories Rule the World! How to Best Tell Your Organization's Story
Aug
14
12:00 PM12:00

Stories Rule the World! How to Best Tell Your Organization's Story

  • Quad Citites Community Foundation (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Effectively telling your story has become increasingly important in today's crowded marketplace. A good, well-told story can help you garner attention for your organization and clients and raise more money. Learn what makes for a great story, the best way to tell that story both in words and visually, and how to get the most out of the stories you have to tell.

Presented by Linda Wastyn, Ph.D., President, Wastyn and Associates and Heather White, Owner, Heather White Design

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Open House
Aug
8
3:00 PM15:00

Open House

You are invited to the Wastyn & Associates Open House

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Thursday, August 8, 2019
3:00 PM 5:00 PM

Come see our new space including our classroom that fits up to 15 people. Learn about our new series of Board Development classes and Wine Up Wednesday get togethers. Meet the team and join us for a glass of wine, snacks and good company as we celebrate and launch our next phase.


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Growing Your Nonprofit
Jun
13
3:00 PM15:00

Growing Your Nonprofit

Ready to grow your nonprofit? Join Wastyn & Associates and Total Solutions for a growth planning seminar.


About this Event

You want to expand your reach in the community, but access to the necessary resources can be difficult! On Thursday, June 13, we’re covering how to balance the time, talent, and funds to take the next steps in your nonprofit. Learn how to prepare your financials and get your team ready for expansion. Receive tips for creating a fundraising plan to make your dream a reality and get ready to make an even bigger impact!

You’re a busy nonprofit executive. Wrap up your day with a one-hour session on growing your nonprofit!
3:30 p.m. Networking with refreshments
4:00 p.m. Program Begins
5:00 p.m. Program Ends

Questions? Contact Maura Warner at 563.200.9000 or mwarner@totalsolutionsus.com.

Brought to you by the experts at:
Total Solutions
Wastyn & Associates

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Discover the Keys to BIG Fundraising at a Small Nonprofit
Feb
25
1:00 PM13:00

Discover the Keys to BIG Fundraising at a Small Nonprofit

You don’t have to have the staff of a multi-million dollar nonprofit to raise serious funds. We unlock the keys to efficient fundraising for new or small nonprofits with veteran fundraising pro, Linda Wastyn

SOME OF THE TOPICS WE WILL COVER INCLUDE:

  • Is your nonprofit wasting time with methods that don’t work? Linda Wastyn tells you what to STOP doing now.

  • What should be a small nonprofit’s top priorities in fundraising? We will explore the most effective ways to spend your limited time and resources for maximum fundraising.

  • How should your board of directors be contributing to fundraising goals? Join us as we discuss realistic expectations for board members, and actionable ways to involve them in raising funds.

  • Are you covering all the training needs your board and staff have around fundraising? Let’s talk about how you can prepare everyone for success in fundraising.

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