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

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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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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