Insight February 2017
February IDEAS&INFO LUNCHEON  
Meet The Funders

Last chance to join Nonprofit PGC and attend this luncheon training for free!  

Building relationships with funding institutions is one of the most critical development activities for nonprofit organizations. Even though funders often share guidelines and methods for applying and receiving grants, nonprofits are often confused about other important factors for submitting winning grant applications. 

February's IDEAS&INFO LUNCHEON will feature three foundations that will share best practices for getting grants. Featured luncheon speakers will include Julian Haynes, Program Officer for The Meyer Foundation; Rachel Duden, Program Associate for The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and Tonia Wellons, Vice President of Community Investment for The Community Foundation for the National Capital Area.

Wellons shared four critical steps new nonprofits can take to build relationships with funders.
  1. Before applying for a grant based on an idea, ensure that you are already addressing the problem and can demonstrate your work and results.
  2. Apply for grants with quality applications that tell the story of your organization's goals and results.
  3. Network with funders as 'people first,' who care about the same issues as your organization.
  4. If you know through demonstration that your work fills a gap or meets a need, stay the course.
Register now! Don't miss the opportunity to get more tips and information on foundation funding. This event is sure to fill up fast!  

If you join Nonprofit PGC in the next few days, contact us at hillarylindeman@nonprofitpgc.org to get the promo code for the free lunch before registering.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017  
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Vista Gardens Marketplace
10201 Martin Luther King. Jr. Highway
Second Floor Community Room A
Bowie, MD 20720
Did You Know . . .Nonprofit PGC is Offering a New Member Benefit

Research information on 140,000 foundations!

Nonprofit Prince George's County is a  Foundation Center 
Directory Online Site 

From the Foundation Center:  "To win grants, you need the most up-to-date, complete information you can get about grantmakers.  How can you get that? Only from the comprehensive database and powerful search tools Foundation Directory Online offers.

The website has expanded, in-depth profiles of each grantmaker plus inside looks at the grants they've actually made keep your organization operating at peak effectiveness.

With Foundation Directory Online, you can put Foundation Center's extraordinary database and fundraising expertise to work for your organization, while uncovering information on all 140,000 U.S. Foundations. It's the smartest, fastest way to win more funding."  

Nonprofit Prince George's County has a dedicated computer for you to research on-site.  Persons seeking information and resources for grants can schedule an appointment to visit Nonprofit Prince George's County Monday-Friday from  9:00am - 12:00pm.   

For more information contact Hillary Lindeman, Director of Nonprofit Prince George's County:  240-582-5654. 


In the Spotlight: Joe's Movement Emporium





  

Joe's Movement Emporium is a nonprofit cultural arts hub in Mount Rainier offering programming in education, performance, and work readiness. Located in the Prince George's Arts Gateway, the organization serves more than 70,000 visitors annually and is home to 25 professional performance groups.

Brooke Kidd,
 Executive Director
Brooke Kidd, Executive Director of Joe's, is proud to celebrate the organization's growth during its 22 years in existence. Re garding Joe's growth over the years, Standards for Excellence accreditati on, and nonprofit challenges; here's what Brook shared with INSIGHT.  
   
INSIGHT:  Can you highlight the organization's growth during the last couple of years?
Brooke: The past few years have seen growth and improvement in Joe's structure and capacity as an enduring nonprofit business in Prince George's County. New members to Joe's Board of Directors are seasoned professionals and most have nonprofit board experience.  We have a full-time Development Director and will soon hire a full-time Financial Manager. For the first time in its history, Club Joe's, an arts-based, daily, after school program, experienced explosive growth and had a waitlist as more families seek high-quality, after school programming that is affordable and accessible.

INSIGHT
:  How has Standards for Excellence¬© impacted the quality of your brand?
Brooke: The Standards for Excellence recognition has contributed to our brand as a well-run, operationally sound, nonprofit business that community members and donors can trust. The standards' approval has been a part of how we brand excellence, while providing tools to operate efficiently and consistently.  

INSIGHT:  What, if any, challenges do you face as a nonprofit in Prince George's? 
Brooke:  The 'scarcity mentality' of our community still prevails, despite the fact that it's been proven Prince George's County is an affordable and attractive place to invest your time and resources.  However, that mentality is gradually changing, and Joe's is contributing to that change by creating opportunities for people across the region to explore what we have to offer.

Joe's Movement Emporium          http://www.joesmovement.org/            (301) 699-1819
Thank you for your membership & support of excellent nonprofits
Sincerely,

Hillary Lindeman
Director
Advancing Vibrant Communities Through Excellent Nonprofits
240-582-5654    excellence@nonprofitpgc.org     www.nonprofitpgc.org
 
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