Let me introduce myself. My name is Monique Gary and I live in Southeastern Michigan in the Metro Detroit area. I currently work for Ware and Associates, a consulting firm. I work as an Instructional Designer and Project Manager. Recently I've started a new company I named Apex Grant Writing. At Apex we work collaboratively with your organization to identify funding opportunities that align with your organization's vision and strategic plan and to pursue grants that support your initiatives. We also serve as a resource in all aspects of proposal preparation including budget development and review, formatting, and adherence to all internal and external guidelines, regulatory requirements and policies.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

After You're Legal

  1. Establish what staff members you will need. Create a list of positions that are needed to run your organization. For example, a small non-profit organization will need an office manager, a fundraiser, a marketing specialist, and an executive director.
  2. Select the location of your office and buy equipment and furniture.
  3. Set up the office.
  4. Recruit your staff. Local unemployment agencies are an excellent resource. Referrals from board members and advertising in local classifieds are also an option.
  5. Review resumes and look for applicants that have the critical skills needed for each position.
  6. Set up interviews with your top applicants and invite board members to participate in the interview process.
  7. Interview the selected applicants.
  8. Confirm the applicants’ experience.
  9. Contact references. This step is very important! Don't skip it.
  10. Hire the best of the best. If you haven’t found the best, repeat the search process---don’t settle!
  11. Train your staff.
  12. Develop a fundraising plan. Solicit outside help if you need to.
  13. Launch your fundraising program.
Next time…Developing your fundraising plan.


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