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Grant Writing 101: Professor Morning Glory Explains it All

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By Karen West, Senior Grant Writer  While there are many requirements that must be addressed for each proposal, there are also some general issues that are common to all types of grants. The Professor’s top three tips can guide you to success. Tip Number One: Be a good storyteller Funders want to see proposals that are innovative, creative and demonstrates…

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Partner Spotlight: Kansas City Autism Training Center

By | All Posts, Byrne Pelofsky Client Fundraising Success, Capacity Building, Education, Grants | No Comments

Known to its families as Astra Day School, Kansas City Autism Training Center (KcATC) is committed to helping children on the Autism Spectrum fulfill their potential through ethical, evidence-based treatment, education, and training. Byrne Pelofsky has been working with KcATC over the past twelve months to grow their resource development efforts through grant research and writing and through major gifts…

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Top 3 Tips for Executing a Successful Online Giving Campaign

By | All Posts, Fundraising, Social Media, Technology | No Comments

According to the Blackbaud Institute’s latest annual report on charitable giving (released on February 16, 2021) online giving grew 21% during the global pandemic in 2020. It’s a clear sign that the digital transformation is upon us. Is your nonprofit ready to capitalize on this transition to digital fundraising? Online giving is a way for nonprofit organizations to raise money…

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Client Success Story: KC Mayor Appoints Swope Health CEO, Jeron Ravin, to COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force

By | All Posts, Capacity Building, Current Events/News, Healthcare, News You Can Use | No Comments

Jeron Ravin, JD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Swope Health, has been appointed by Mayor Quinton Lucas to serve on Kansas City’s COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force. Ravin joins an esteemed group of leaders on the task force whose roles range from healthcare and public health to operational and organizational logistics. Mayor Lucas assembled the task force to ensure equitable…

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How to Attract Mega-Philanthropy – No Matter Your Organization’s Size

By | All Posts, Byrne Pelofsky Client Fundraising Success, Donor Cultivation, Education, Fundraising, Major Gift Solicitation, News You Can Use, Prospect Research | No Comments

By Jeffrey D. Byrne Co-Founder + CEO I recently solicited a prospective donor – over Zoom – for an eight-figure gift on behalf of one of our capital campaign clients. I have more than 30 years of fundraising experience under my belt, but I have NEVER asked a donor for such a substantial gift through a computer screen. But such…

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The American Rescue Plan – How does the Biden Stimulus Package Help Nonprofits?

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Both the stimulus plan enacted in December 2020 and the Biden Administration’s proposed plan contain measures aimed at relieving stress on nonprofits that are providing critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic. What’s in the December 2020 Stimulus Package? The main highlights from the December stimulus package include the extension of the temporary charitable deduction available to people who don’t itemize…

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Take the Plunge into Planned Giving in 2021

By | All Posts, Donor Cultivation, Education, News You Can Use, Planned Giving | No Comments

2020 forced many nonprofits to think about establishing long-term sustainability. When the inevitable recession comes along and traditional fundraising must be put on pause, what programs do you have in place to fill the gaps? This is where a robust planned giving program can really come in handy.  Properly orchestrated, a planned giving program can provide wonderful benefits to your…

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Make Your Grants Successful in 2021: Top 4 Tips Before You Hit Submit

By | All Posts, Commentary, Fundraising, Grants, News You Can Use | One Comment

By Lisa Pelofsky Co-Founder + CEO So, your organization is making grant funding a big priority for 2021. It’s not a bad idea considering that COVID-19 has dramatically changed the grant-making environment for nonprofits. Many foundations have pledged to increase their giving next year, grant restrictions are loosening up and foundations are giving more than ever. But before you sit…

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Client Success Story: Santa Fe Area Council Receives Funding to Revitalize Historic KC Neighborhood

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Byrne Pelofsky is excited to announce that our client, Santa Fe Area Council, received $610,000 in grant funding from the Center City Economic Development Commission of Kansas City, Missouri (CCED) to rehabilitate existing homes in the Santa Fe neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri – a part of the National Register of Historic Places since 1986. As a Kansas City-based company,…

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What Fundraisers Can Learn From Political Campaigns

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By Lisa Pelofsky Co-Founder + CEO I began my professional fundraising career on Capitol Hill in 1986 working on a Senatorial political campaign. My candidate was challenging an incumbent, and although we lost the race, we broke the Senate fundraising record at the time. I went on to serve in various fundraising positions on Congressional and Senatorial political campaigns across…

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