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Monthly archives for April, 2017

How to Write Good

Because it’s Friday… And because those who work in communications will get this. Avoid Alliteration. Always Prepositions are not words to end sentences with. Avoid clichés like the plaque. They’re old hat. Comparisons are as bad as clichés. Be more or less specific. Writers should never generalize. Seven. Be consistent! Don’t be redundant; don’t use […]

Continuity in Your Development Office

Today’s blog is by: Steven Murphy, Ed.D., Senior Advisor, HUB Philanthropic Solutions Recently someone posted a thoughtful message on Facebook, meant to provide a framework for social media messages: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? I gave this message a “thumbs up” response, I guess because so much of what people write seems […]

The Experience is the Thing

Thanks to JWS Associate Becky Jascoviak for today’s blog. Think back over your life. What are the things you remember most vividly? They’re likely not things at all, but rather relationships, events, experiences. Maybe it was your seventh birthday where you visited the zoo for the first time. Or perhaps it was your wedding day; […]

Do You Have Vacation Plans?

Today’s post is by JWS Consultant Lora Ollum. “A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.” — Robert Orben As the end of the school year is approaching quickly and the weather is turning warmer, summer vacation planning begins. Do your vacation plans fit in with your summer proposal […]

Are Cultivation Calls Becoming Extinc...

Today’s blog is by JWS Associate Jennifer Rathburn. Recently, I have noticed a distinct change in response when making cultivation phone calls for clients. When calling various Foundations, I have found conversations going something like this: Me: “Hello! My name is Jennifer Rathburn and I am calling on behalf of Organization ABC. We provide X […]

Scholarships, Scholarships…and ...

Check out the following scholarships available to grants professionals across the country: The Grants Professional Foundation invests at least $2,000 annually in conference sponsorships. These are open to all Grants Professional Association chapters in the U.S. For more information, visit  http://www.grantprofessionalsfoundation.org/regional-conference-sponsorship-applications/. Act quickly: the deadline is April 15, 2017 at 11:59 ET. GPC Exam scholarship applications are open […]

Avenues to Independence

Today’s blog is by JWS Associate Anna Kakos. Today we are pleased to feature Avenues to Independence, http://avenuestoindependence.org/, one of JustWrite Solutions’ clients located in Park Ridge, IL. Avenues provides homes, employment, and community living programs to adults with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, such as Down Syndrome, autism, epilepsy, and cerebral palsy in the Chicago […]

And the Survey Says…

Overall charitable giving in 2015 was healthy and on the rise, according to the Giving USA 2016 Report. As a whole, charitable donations increased 4.1% for a total of $363.25 billion. Recipients should be particularly grateful to individual donors who were responsible for 67% of the upswing in giving from 2014 to 2015. Total giving […]

Are You Ready to Take a Risk?

Everyone now and then, we need to shake things up. Here’s a post from several years ago that reminds us that the status quo is not always a good thing. “People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a […]

Nonprofit Tech Talk: Cloud Computing

Thanks to JWS Consultant Zachary Stombaugh, MS, for today’s insightful blog on Cloud Computing. The term “cloud computing” has been thrown around a lot over the last few years. It’s amazing technology, but most people don’t quite understand what it really is. So, that begs the question: What is the Cloud? Well, much like the Internet […]

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