Heather Comstock Connects

Helping nonprofits and other volunteer organizations develop strong relationships and a clear voice in the community.

Category Archives: Funders

May? Already?

With the warmer weather, I have been slacking off a bit. Here’s a few gems I have found in my RSS reader that have gotten me thinking about nonprofit issues. Enjoy! The Chronicle of Philanthropy provides an overview of the Mark Zuckerberg donation to the Newark Schools and the recent look back at how the …

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Keeping Up With the Grants

While not as reality-tv worthy as Kardashians, grants and other foundation funding are vitally important for many nonprofits. If your organization is thinking about or has already applied for (and hopefully received) grant funding, one of the obligations will be completing a report about how the money was used and the impact of the project. …

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Your Library Can Help! Free Start-up Seminar at the Annapolis Library

On Thursday, December 13th at 2:00 p.m. at the Annapolis Area Library I will be leading a free workshop on How To Start A Nonprofit.  Join us as we discuss the broad process of nonprofit startup and address specific questions and concerns!  More information about the event and how to RSVP can be found in …

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Nonprofit Start-Up: Reality Check

Not too long ago, I had a discussion with a friend about celebrity foundations. Neither of us could really figure out why celebrities started their own foundations rather than just supporting existing organizations and causes. Of course celebrities have access to cash and lawyers and the financial black hole that can be nonprofit start-up is …

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Nonprofit Killer, Qu’est-ce que c’est?

There are an incredible number of nonprofit organizations applying and receiving recognition of charity status every day. The vast majority of those don’t make it past their third birthday and fold. Even older, established nonprofits are not exempt from failure.  This is the fruit of a recent discussion I was having with a friend, frequent …

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Failure IS an Option!

Most of us don’t think about nonprofits closing their doors. It does happen though. What does it mean when that organization is no longer there? In my reading this week, I ran across two articles that analyze the failure of two fairly large and well-established nonprofits and what led to their demise. Nonprofit Quarterly’s Rick …

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