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

Learn About the Power of Logic Models

Posted on Jan 21, 2017 in Speaking Engagements | 0 comments

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 1pm-3pm 725 Bateswood Drive, Houston, TX 77079 Aurora Grants & Consulting and the Outreach Center of West Houston are co-hosting a free GrantStation webinar presented by Alice Ruhnke entitled Logic Models: More than Just Extra Work! Logic Models are required in many grant applications and, required or not, Ms. Ruhnke will demonstrate why they are a critical component of program planning and evaluation. The webinar will be followed by a Q&A session with Linda Avedon, whose experience includes helping many United Way agencies develop their own Logic...

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2017 Workshop at AFP International Conference

Posted on Jan 21, 2017 in Nonprofit Blog, Speaking Engagements | 0 comments

May 1, 2017, 8:00 a.m. AFP International Fundraising Conference Moscone Conference Center, San Francisco, CA “You’re Only As Good As Your Plan (And Whether You Use It)” Workshop Co-Presenter: Jennifer Pelton, CFRE Director of Development, Public Justice Center, Baltimore, MD Register at : www.afpfc.com

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Readability 101: Basic Formatting to Ease Comprehension – Katy Atkiss, MPH, Aurora Grants & Consulting

Posted on Mar 5, 2016 in Speaking Engagements | 0 comments

Readability is the ease with which one can read and understand a written text. Funders are reading hundreds of proposals and reports each grant cycle. Simple, consistent formatting helps readers easily glean your content – even with tired eyes and minds. In this workshop we will cover basic formatting techniques in Microsoft Word to support information acquisition. Such measures align with how the brain operates, can add to credibility, and can save the writer time. Grant Professionals Association Regional Conference 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 22, 2016 United Way of Greater...

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#GivingTuesday Burnout?

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 in Monthly Nonprofit Highlights | 0 comments

#GivingTuesday Burnout?

Only in its fourth year of existence, Giving Tuesday may be a movement that is already on its way to extinction. The fault lies not with the concept’s 92 Street Y innovators, but in the many, many nonprofits who don’t understand its potential and have therefore misused it. #GivingTuesday is a well thought-out program with two goals: (1) to attract new donors and/or (2) to create excitement around a grand, short-term fundraising goal.  There are plenty of success stories around to show that it works!  However, those BHAGs that you read about were likely planned a year in advance; and the...

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National Philanthropy Day Celebrated in Houston

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 in Monthly Nonprofit Highlights | 0 comments

National Philanthropy Day Celebrated in Houston

This year the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Houston Chapter celebrated  National Philanthropy Day on November 19 with a grand luncheon and awards ceremony at the Hilton Americas Hotel, downtown. In the spirit of collaboration, Aurora Grants & Consulting took this opportunity to invite our new clients in 2015 to celebrate with us. In attendance were Mika Hasler, Founder/Director of the Mika Hasler Young Artist Competition, Steven Holloway, Founder/Director of P.A.C.E. Youth Programs, Don Ray, Board Chair of Noah’s House, and Jennifer Schiebel, Art...

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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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