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5 Ways to Use Infographics to Maximize Impact

This is the second in a three part series of articles from Transform Consulting Group on how nonprofits can use infographics to communicate their brand, make their case, influence donors and highlight their organizations’ positive outcomes. In the first article, we discussed the basics of infographics. This article discusses how a nonprofit organization can use infographics to maximize impact. Here are five ways that nonprofits can utilize infographics: 1. Demonstrate the need to be met and how your organization meets that need: This infographic from Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County clearly shows the need and the impact that their work is having on addressing this need. This infographic communicates, “There is a credible need, and we

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Three Reasons for Sending a Snail Mail Newsletter

When it comes to business newsletters there seems to be a great debate, “Which is better an e-newsletter or a print newsletter?” The answer can depend on the results you are wanting to accomplish. Non-profit organizations often send out fundraising requests in the form of emails and newsletters. It makes sense that this medium of communication would be used, because it’s virtually free to do so. However, there is the old saying, “you get what you pay for.” Transform Consulting Group does extensive research and program evaluations for non-profit organizations and has determined that for fundraising efforts, a printed newsletter from a non-profit organization is actually the best way to raise the most funds. Here’s three reasons why: 1. Print

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Infographics: A New Way to Visually Display Your Message

  #1: What is an infographic and why would a nonprofit use one? This is the first story in a three part series of articles from Transform Consulting Group on how nonprofits can use infographics to communicate their brand, make their case, influence donors and highlight their organizations’ positive outcomes. What is an infographic? The term is an amalgamation of the phrase “information graphics,” which are graphic visual representations of information intended to present complex ideas quickly and clearly. Below is an example of an infographic that Transform Consulting Group used to present data in a grant proposal supporting the need for funding to improve educational outcomes for children in an Indianapolis neighborhood: Why use infographics? Here’s an infographic from NeoMam

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New Indiana State Office for Federal Funding Opportunities

  Transform Consulting Group knows how to help organizations access state and federal funds, and we are always looking for new resources to share with clients. Recently, Governor Pence announced the revamping of the Office of Federal Grants and Procurement into the Office of State-Based Initiatives (OSBI) to oversee all new federal funding priorities. Among other things, this new agency will be tasked with evaluating any potential federal resource using a cost-benefit analysis that evaluates fiscal and regulatory costs associated with the grant. In addition, OSBI will develop “block grant contingency plans” with each state agency. These plans will evaluate whether and how Indiana could use federal funds more effectively if there were “no strings attached”. Transform Consulting Group puts

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Two New Grant Opportunities for Youth Development

  Transform Consulting Group has identified another two new grant opportunities for nonprofits.  The William T. Grant Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for research projects related to understanding how youth settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved. The Foundation supports high-quality research that enhances our understanding of how youth settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved. Grants between $100,000 to $600,000 will be awarded for projects that address theory, policy, and/or practice affecting the settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States. Social settings are defined as the social environments in which youth experience daily life. These include environments with clear boundaries such

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Transform Consulting Group welcomes Dr. Carol Myers to the team!

  Transform Consulting Group is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Carol Myers to our team!  Dr. Myers is an experienced youth worker, teacher, principal, program director, consultant, facilitator, trainer, and coach.  She has worked with district and school leaders to create and improve their schools. She has assisted organizations like the Domestic Violence Network, the Charlotte YMCA, the   Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, and the Chicago After School Matters Program with strategic planning, and targeted assessments to improve understanding of issues and opportunities and determine priories for action.  As a National Faculty Member of the National School Reform Faculty, Carol utilizes professional learning communities strategies to engage groups in meaningful reflection, exploration, decision-making, planning, action and evaluation. Carol also

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YouTube Videos Can Increase Funding and Exposure for Nonprofits

  Transform Consulting Group is always looking for new and creative ways to help nonprofits activate a cause, tell a compelling story, and launch an effective fundraising campaign.  Nonprofits overwhelmingly agree that video is crucial to their communications in these areas, but many feel they do not know how to use it effectively or measure its impact – yet. “If nonprofits aren’t learning about video and thinking about it and integrating it and using it, they’re really missing out on one of the most powerful tools we have to move people to action.” -Katya Andersen, COO & Chief Strategy Officer at Network for Good Transform Consulting Group agrees that videos are not being fully utilized as a vehicle to help

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Social Innovation Fund Creates Public-Private Partnerships for Nonprofits

  Transform Consulting Group sees the Ripple Effect that the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) is having in our community. Administered by a federal agency called the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the SIF creates public-private partnerships to fund community-based nonprofits with evidence of strong results. The SIF awards grants between $1 million and $10 million per year for up to five years to private grant making intermediaries.  Those private intermediaries then match the federal funds and make awards to hundreds of nonprofit subgrantees that are working across the country in the areas of economic opportunity, youth development, and health. Partners often include national and local foundations, nonprofit organizations, local public agencies, colleges and universities, interested individuals, and more.

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Improve Your Nonprofit’s Financial Efficiency

  Transform Consulting Group can help your organization improve your financial efficiency and reduce operational costs. Most nonprofit donors want to know that they are getting a good “bang for their buck”. Each year, Forbes magazine lists the top 200 charities based in part on their fundraising efficiencies–ratios that assess a charity’s ability to muster resources for the task at hand from an accounting standpoint. While financial efficiency is only one measure of a nonprofit’s vitality and effectiveness, it is an important one. However, there is a delicate balance, as skimping on overhead can create a vicious cycle that limits a nonprofit’s ability to achieve impact. In addition, many Foundations prefer to allocate grant funding to direct program expenses, and

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New Federal Grant Opportunities: Autism Services

  Transform Consulting Group is tracking grant opportunities for programs that assist children and adults on the autism spectrum. The National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) announced three new federal grant opportunities available to nonprofits, governments, faith-based organizations and schools focused on research and evaluation of best practices in the provision of services for autistic children and adults. These three grants will total $10 million for 10-18 grantees over a 3 year funding period. Letters of intent are due September 22, 2013 and the closing date for grant applications is October 22, 2013. 1) The first grant opportunity supports research to develop and pilot test strategies to assist transition-age youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families in planning

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