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Fast Build Friday: Episode 38- Infrastructure Trends to Watch in 2021 (Part I)

If you had to complete binders full of reporting, metrics, updates, check-ins, and plans, to apply for, receive, and use a funding award, would it make a difference in how you engaged in the grant and that relationship? Would it help you to know how others are awarding and managing these awards?

Today’s Fast Build Friday topic is the infrastructure trends to watch in 2021. Nic highlights the first of two 2021 trends that she wants to talk about in a bit more detail. It is the first part of a two-part series.

The first infrastructure trend that Nic thinks we should be paying close attention to is due diligence for funding awards. She thinks we are going to see a real shift within the diligence space and we might even see it vary significantly by field, recipient, region, and funder.

And if we ignore the diligence trend, we may end up providing awards that are intended to be flexible, but are so tied down with diligence requirements pre, during, and post-funding award that we hinder how that grant could actually have been envisioned and used by the grantee.

How will you monitor diligence requirements in 2021? Let us know in the comments!

You can watch Episode 38 below.

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 37- Reflecting on 2020 Infrastructure Trends

Are you a trendspotter? Did you know that trendspotting can help you strengthen your #nonprofit infrastructure and inform your #capacitybuilding?

Today’s Fast Build Friday topic is reflecting on 2020 infrastructure trends. Nic highlights 3 of the 11 trends that we previously said the sector should be paying attention to.

Those three highlighted trends are donor collaboratives, place-based vision, and #technology. Listen to hear what we thought of each in 2020 and where we are now.

Would you be surprised to learn that all of the trends that we thought would become more visible in 2020, actually did? And COVID likely made them show up even more. And the racial justice protests, particularly in the United States, impacted these trends too.

To read about all 11 infrastructure trends, click here.

What infrastructure trends did you predict for 2020? Let us know in the comments.

You can watch Episode 37 below. 

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 36- Substantial Grant Award Considerations

We’ve been hearing a lot recently about MacKenzie Scott’s grant making, including to some organizations that were not expecting the millions they received. Do you think your #nonprofit is “ready” to receive $5M or $50M in unrestricted grant funding tomorrow?

Today’s Fast Build Friday topic is substantial grant award considerations. Nic shares two key considerations to help an organization prepare for and effectively use a substantial grant.

Receiving a substantial grant award should not be the end of the story. You need technical assistance alongside substantial, unrestricted funding to help ensure an organization’s effective use of the grant. And you also need to consider the ecosystem in which the organization sits when determining how you will use the grant. These considerations are critical to advancing your vision of the change you want to see in the world.

What would you do with $5M? How would you prepare? Let us know in the comments!

You can watch Episode 36 below.

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 35- How to Have a Successful Strategic Planning Process

Where does your strategic plan live? In a shared folder, on a shelf, or in a drawer? Or does your plan live in the approach, training, and practices within your organization? And how do you know?

Today’s Fast Build Friday topic is how to have a successful strategic planning process. Nic shares two key elements to ensure success in implementation: people and systems.

If an organization does not consider people and systems as part of the strategic planning process, it is jeopardizing its organization’s strategic goals. A strong planning process focuses on how things will get done and who will do them and ensures that people have the resources and support they need to perform their responsibilities within the organization.

Does your strategic plan have these elements? What was the best part of your strategic planning process? Let us know in the comments!

You can watch Episode 35 below.

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 34- Understanding Strategic Nonprofit Alliances

How do you determine whether you should collaborate with another #nonprofit? Do you have clear criteria for entering into collaborations with other nonprofits or do you base your decision on fear or trust?

Today’s Fast Build Friday is about strategic nonprofit alliances. Nic highlights 3 key principles to consider when entering into a strategic nonprofit alliance.

If you are entering into collaborations simply to secure funding, or do not understand the structure of your collaborations and partnerships, or you are considering an alliance only because your organization is at its weakest, you are impacting your chance to improve your infrastructure and build sustainability.

When you step into strategic nonprofit alliances with immense clarity, you can strengthen your infrastructure, build your capacity, and expand the impact you’d like to have with vulnerable and marginalized communities.

What do your strategic nonprofit alliances look like? Let us know in the comments!

You can watch Episode 34 below.

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