Nonprofit Blog

Monthly Nonprofit Highlights and Speaking Engagements from Aurora Grants and Consulting.

Nonprofit Trends Part 1: Creating a Movement

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 in Monthly Nonprofit Highlights, Nonprofit Blog | 0 comments

Nonprofit Trends Part 1: Creating a Movement

Even before last year’s massively successful Ice Bucket Challenge raised over $1 million for the ALS Association, various gurus were suggesting that nonprofits should build social awareness about their causes by creating a movement; i.e. a group of people working together to advance their shared political, social or artistic ideas. Here are three voices that address this topic from different perspectives, and a local agency that is on the move – literally. In 2010, Derek Sivers not only talked about the power of movements, but he was able to demonstrate a few critically misunderstood...

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Panel Discussion on ‘Career Strategies’

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 in Speaking Engagements | 2 comments

Linda Beeman is one of seven panelists speaking to the Grant Professionals Association, Southeast Texas Chapter (GPA-SETC) on Thursday, March 19 at the United Way, Greater Houston. The meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m. and includes a brown bag lunch (order in advance). Other panelists who will be speaking are: Chuck Lutke, Rebuilding Together Houston; Melissa Simon, Boys and Girls Country; Jan Mitchell Johnson, Grantsformation; Kristen Schlatre, CPNL at Rice U; Jonita Fair-Payton, Independent Consultant; and Nicole Conda, NMC Consulting. The panelists will speak about their own career...

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Nonprofit Happy Hours Are Not Enough

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 in Monthly Nonprofit Highlights, Nonprofit Blog | 8 comments

Nonprofit Happy Hours Are Not Enough

As a long-term board development strategy, forward-thinking nonprofit organizations are looking for ways to court today’s “young professionals.” According to the online Urban Dictionary, a young professional is: A recent college graduate whose main objectives in life include: career advancement, becoming financially secure, spending too much of their yearly income on expensive clothing and maintaining a busy social life. Although this seems a bit cynical, many nonprofits have fallen into the trap of assuming that hosting Happy Hours at trendy bars where so-called young professionals...

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A National Day for Giving Back

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 in Monthly Nonprofit Highlights, Nonprofit Blog | 2 comments

A National Day for Giving Back

If the first #GivingTuesday caught you off guard last year, you’re not alone – but forces are already in play to make sure that this year’s event, which takes place on December 3, won’t take you by surprise again. In the frantic rush to spend money that immediately follows Thanksgiving, first came “Black Friday,” when retail outlets ramp up their sales staff and measure their upcoming holiday success by the first-shopping-day-of-the-season’s receipts. Then, with the explosion of online shopping, came “Cyber Monday” accompanied by its own tote board of retail results. In...

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Nonprofits Crossing State Lines

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 in Monthly Nonprofit Highlights, Nonprofit Blog | 0 comments

Nonprofits Crossing State Lines

If your nonprofit performs “charitable solicitations” in another state, you may be required to register there. This does not apply to passive fundraising, such as donors from other states who give through your website or send you checks in the mail. It does apply, however, to galas, alumni/ae events, concerts, or any other active fundraising activities that you host outside of your home state. Currently 40 states require registration, each with their own regulations. Until recently, you almost needed a law degree to figure out what they were and how to comply with them! In May...

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Ask The Experts Conference

Posted on Feb 3, 2013 in Speaking Engagements | 0 comments

Ask The Experts Conference

Aurora Grants & Consulting founder, Linda Beeman, will be hosting an Affinity Table during lunch at the Ask The Experts (ATE) conference on Friday, February 8, 2013. The topic will be “Communications and Marketing”. Please bring your questions and ideas for discussion. ATE will take place at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston from 7:30 am to 4:15 pm. Register here for this high-powered nonprofit professional development...

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