Insight / April 2016  

a monthly e-publication for the nonprofit community  /  NONPROFIT Prince George's County   

In This Issue
Children's Mental Health
Facebook for Nonprofits
Funding Announcement
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Resource Development:  
Presenting Your Case for Support  
Do you know that one of the largest roadblocks on the path to securing funds is the way an organization presents to potential donors and funders? 

We have found that a major challenge in nonprofit fundraising is not locating available funds but knowing how to secure funds, how to outshine the other nonprofits competing for donors and understanding a funder's expectations.
Gas by Brown, a strategic fundraising expert, will show you how to improve the way you present your case to attract and retain donors and funders at our next IDEAS&INFO LUNCHEON. In Brown's interactive presentation, she will offer several tips and tools that will enable you to boost your nonprofit's resource development success.

A couple of points Brown will explore in her talk include:
* your Board's leadership role and responsibility to articulate the organization's strengths, and
* mistaking the organization's mission and history as the primary fundraising pitch.

 Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Noon - 2:30p.m. 
10201 Martin Luther King. Jr. Highway
Bowie, MD 20720
Vista Gardens Marketplace
2nd Floor/Community Room A  

Members: $10.00
Non-members: $22.00

Do More 24 Nonprofit Training
Don't miss the chance to get involved with Do More 24.

Do More 24 is an annual 24-hour online fundraiser spearheaded by the United Way of the National Capital Area, this year's campaign will be held June 2.  All nonprofits based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area are eligible to participate.

A training will be held April 18 to teach best practices for promoting the campaign and engaging donors.

Visit Do More 24 for more information.
Register now for the training.

Children's Mental Health Matters: WE NEED YOU
Children's Mental Health Matters will celebrate Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, May 1 - 7. First Lady Yumi Hogan will serve as honorary chair, with more than 250 statewide partners working together to raise awareness of children's mental health.

Nonprofit Prince George's County (NPGC) is encouraging county mental health service providers to participate in this campaign by holding an event or activity focused on children's mental health. Prince George's has the largest number of organizations participating in the Statewide campaign, and we want to continue as the state's most committed partner.

Visit click here for more information, and get ready for May 1st.
Children's Mental Health Matters  
Prince George's Participation
  2015 Report
Facebook Offers New Tools for Nonprofits
In February, Facebook launched two new features to help nonprofits maximize their social media presence and community engagement: Facebook for Nonprofits and Facebook Reactions.

Facebook for Nonprofits enables organizations to optimize their communications efforts. The tool is designed to help nonprofits get started on the social network, engage with audiences, raise awareness, implement fundraising strategies, and analyze the effectiveness of social media campaigns.

Facebook Reactions are an extension of the "Like" button. By hovering over the Like button, Friends can select a deeper emotion such as, Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, and Angry to express their feelings about a post. With this emotionally wide-ranging comment system, nonprofits can get more accurate feedback on shared content and
see the type of sentiment a photos or call to action evokes.
Facebook for Nonprofits and Facebook Reactions give nonprofits the tools to best present themselves on social media and capture data about the effectiveness of their social media presence.

Do you plan to use Facebook for Nonprofits?  

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Funding Announcement: Deadline May 13

The Prince George's Bar Association
soliciting applications for 2016 grant award  s. Applications are available on the website and must be submitted by 5:30pm, May 13, 2016, to Awards will be announced and distributed in Summer 2016. Contact Robin Hadden for more information, 301-952-1442.

March IDEAS & INFO Recap
Grant Writing Training

The room was packed once again for grant writing expert Gable Barmer. The session entailed a presentation with a robust question and answer period from nonprofit professionals in attendance. Important grant tips from Barmer included understanding that winning grants is largely based on relationships with funding institutions. "Your program officer should be your best friend," said Barmer.
Another important tip to improve grant applications suggests that organizations standardize the process of a three-person review committee before submission. "None of us can do this alone, and an outside review committee will pick up any mistakes," Barmer said.  
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Publication Team Teria Rogers, Hillary Lindeman, Colette Gingles