Greetings from GrantLessons!
I have been on the road and am now glad to be home. 😉
Last week we discussed how to make an impression with a funder when they do not want any contact with the applicants. In nearly every application completed I find that the funder wants the applicant’s website. What does your website say about your chapter? Does it look fresh or tired? Is the information up-to-date? Does your website still have last year’s Board of Directors when your application has this year’s Board of Directors? Do you have your financial documents posted on the website, i.e., Form 990 and audited financials? Do you have any recipient stories and/or pictures about your chapter’s work? Take a look at http://alstl.org/ where Assistance League of St. Louis’s website provides a great example. Another one is Assistance League of Kansas City at http://www.alkc.org/Default.aspx.
Have you obtained GuideStar Gold standing and have you posted the widget on your website?
A potential funder may look at your website to get more information about your operation! A website sales a chapter’s work, would your website break a tie between two local nonprofits in a funder’s decision?
Catch me when you can and I will catch up with you soon. Sandie