Six Simple Ways You Can Nurture Your Social Connections Right Now

Six Simple Ways You Can Nurture Your Social Connections Right Now

Six Simple Ways You Can Nurture Your Social Connections Right Now

Our social connections are challenged as we are all living in and navigating through challenging, quickly changing, and uncertain times. Things are not "business as usual."

In a time when we're physically distancing ourselves from one another, it is still important to stay connected to one another. Social distancing does not need to mean social disconnection. 

In fact, during this time, you can organize or systematize ways of staying connected throughout the year with funders, donors, collaboration partners, and sponsors.

The ideas and opportunities below will help you maintain, nurture, and build important relationships. These relationships can be vital support systems for your business, project, or service club. 

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Turning Your Book into a Business: Systems, Mistakes, and Solutions

Turning Your Book into a Business: Systems, Mistakes, and Solutions

Turning Your Book into a Business: Systems, Mistakes, and Solutions

The fundamentals of turning your book into a business largely stem from systematizing everything you do, paying attention to what doesn’t work, and making long-term plans that will keep your marketing efforts always in gear. 

In this feature, we take a quick look at how these three elements can help make your book a success.

Repeat After Me… Systematize!

Whether you’re in book launch or long-term book marketing mode, if you develop templates and protocols that you can use repeatedly, your successes will not only come easier with time but with better results as you narrow your focus on what’s efficient and effective for your topic and audience. 

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How to Use Collaboration to Overcome Funding Challenges

How to Use Collaboration to Overcome Funding Challenges

How to Use Collaboration to Overcome Funding Challenges

Spring is often a very busy time for organizations and entrepreneurs that receive government funding. ​Contracts may have come to a close on March 31st and new contracts (and funding) often start April 1st.

Unfortunately, it can be a stressful time if those in charge of funds and programs face the challenges that emerge upon learning that government funds may be clawed back or not approved. 

With these funding challenges in mind, it’s important to look for solutions, especially involving collaboration, to see if there are funding opportunities that are being overlooked.

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Reset and Recovery Guide for Organizations, Service Clubs and Entrepreneurs: How to Bounce Forward After Tough Times

Reset and Recovery Guide for Organizations, Service Clubs and Entrepreneurs: How to Bounce Forward After Tough Times

Reset and Recovery Guide for Organizations, Service Clubs and Entrepreneurs: How to Bounce Forward After Tough Times

The current times we are living in with social distancing, mandated isolation and a global pandemic along with natural (and man-made) disasters are creating significant challenges for nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs,  and purpose-driven professionals. 

In many cases, a situation like a health pandemic or a disaster can result in an entrepreneur or organization struggling financially, losing good staff, reducing or cutting operations, and even failing. These types of crises can definitely and deeply impact an organization’s morale and sense of connectedness.

Collaboration and preparedness are key in bouncing forward and safeguarding your ability to do what you love, serve your clients, and stay connected.

After working with several communities, organizations, and businesses who have experienced natural disasters, below are a few learnings to share to ensure that your passion remains intact and to help you get through the challenges that occur after a disaster.

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Sponsorship for Nonprofits & Service Clubs: How to Attract Sponsors, Raise Funds & Make a Bigger Impact

Sponsorship for Nonprofits & Service Clubs: How to Attract Sponsors, Raise Funds & Make a Bigger Impact

Sponsorship for Nonprofits & Service Clubs: How to Attract Sponsors, Raise Funds & Make a Bigger Impact

As a nonprofit fundraiser, you know the value of government funding, individual donations, and grants, but another source of revenue to consider is corporate sponsorship -- an untapped revenue source for many nonprofits and service clubs. 

Many nonprofits have effectively leveraged relationships with corporate sponsorships to increase revenue, further their cause or mission, and make a bigger impact.

Nonprofits, associations, and service clubs can raise more money and boost impact to support their projects and programs when they understand how corporate sponsorship works and how such support differs from what most charities know as philanthropy. When organizations and those responsible for association management know what sponsorship decision-makers want to see, they can build meaningful relationships with brands. Leaders and managers who understand how corporate sponsorship and cause marketing works will stand out and get more yeses!

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Why Sponsor Testimonials and References Can Help Get More Yeses

Why Sponsor Testimonials and References Can Help Get More Yeses

Why Sponsor Testimonials and References Can Help Get More Yeses


​Many nonprofits, charities, associations and event planners are missing an important step in the sponsorship and fundraising process. 

This one step can help you raise funds and attract the interest from brands and businesses you have not yet partnered with.

If you are not asking for references and testimonials from corporate partners and sponsors that you have worked with, you are missing out on attracting new partners and sponsorship to help you raise funds, increase revenue, and help you make a bigger impact in your community.

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4 S's in Leadership That Increase Sponsorship

4 S's in Leadership That Increase Sponsorship

​Whether you are a for-profit business, a not-for-profit or nonprofit organization, a charity, foundation, or service club, there are 4 S's related to leadership that help build capacity, sustainability, and increase your fundraising efforts. Those are Speaking, Sales, Sponsorship, and Service.

Let’s break these down separately.

Speaking:

With Association Management (or in your role as a leader, board president, business owner, or a director of a not-for-profit organization), it is important to remember that speaking and sharing your message/mission through presentations and/or media is a vital, yet complex skill set for success.

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1 What Sponsorship Systems Do I Need?

What Sponsorship Systems Do I Need?

What Sponsorship Systems Do I Need?

If you follow the Raise a Dream 7-Step Sponsorship Success model (available in the ebook on our homepage here), you’ll see that collecting and following up on information play large roles in the success of building relationships with potential partners and sponsors...

...and then keeping those relationships long-term!

There are a number of ways to process the information you need in order to stand out to sponsors and grow your business.

Let’s talk about a few.

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Trends and Changes in Sponsorship That Are Helping Speakers

Trends and Changes in Sponsorship That Are Helping Speakers

Trends and Changes in Sponsorship That Are Helping Speakers

Sponsorship is one way that speakers and keynote presenters can grow their speaking business and revenue.

Sponsorship is not a gift or a handout; rather, a company provides sponsorship for specific return on investment (ROI). Because of this marketing relationship, speakers can helps sponsors highlight their brand, market their business to the audience in front of the speaker, and more.

Some exciting new trends and changes in the sponsorship world are emerging that speakers should be aware of.

There are many reports stating that brands are moving more into sponsorship and replacing traditional philanthropy budgets with sponsorship budgets.

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I Feel Like I Need to Build A Team But Have No Budget

I Feel Like I Need to Build A Team But Have No Budget

I Feel Like I Need to Build A Team But Have No Budget

Let’s face it... raising dreams and building a business can be tough and isolating, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Raising big dreams like the ones you have takes a team. But who says you need a huge budget to build a team?

5 Collaborative Ways to Build Teams Without a Budget

Below are a few ways that we have built teams to raise dreams without a budget (or while the funds are being generated to pay a team).

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