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Fast Build Friday: Episode 23- Critical Components of a Highly Effective Grant Agreement

Can you tell us the most important component of a grant agreement? Chances are, you probably have to think a bit more about it because you probably do not think about your grant agreement that often to begin with. Right?

What if we told you that your grant agreement can often hold many of the keys to your infrastructure? What would you do differently?

Today’s Fast Build Friday topic is about the critical components of a highly effective grant agreement. Nic shares the 4 critical components of these agreements. As in-house counsel and in her current practice, Nic has drafted and negotiated thousands of grant agreements for awards in countries and regions around the world and she knows highly effective grant agreements can be one of the fundamental pieces of your infrastructure.

If you only see a grant agreement as a technical tool, you are missing an opportunity to communicate with partners and better serve communities in need.

What will you do differently with your grant agreements going forward? Let us know in the comments!

You can watch Episode 23 below.

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 22- Infrastructure Considerations for Nonprofit Startups Part II

As a nonprofit or social-impact #startup, how much can you do with limited capacity? With no capacity? Do you want to find out or do you want to learn how to build your capacity almost immediately?

We can tell you that without capacity, your compelling programmatic vision and strategy do not matter. As a startup, it is therefore critical that you build capacity to support your vision and strategy.

Today’s Fast Build Friday topic is again about the fundamental infrastructure considerations for nonprofit or social-impact start-ups. In it, Nic shares the second of her two fundamental considerations – capacity – and discusses three ways to build capacity almost immediately. It is part two to last week’s Fast Build Friday Episode 21.

How are you thinking about #capacitybuilding in startups? Let us know in the comments!

You can watch Episode 22 below.

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 21- Infrastructure Considerations for Nonprofit or Social-Impact Startups

We think a compelling vision and strategy is at the core of sustainability for nonprofit and social-impact startups. They cannot transform outcomes or sustainably build without both.

Still, should a #startup really spend considerable time creating a compelling vision and strategy when it has to attract funding and resources form donors, partners, and supporters to survive in those early stages?

Today’s Fast Build Friday topic is the first of two fundamental #infrastructure considerations for nonprofit or social-impact startups. Nic shares why you need a compelling programmatic vision and strategy in order to build a strong infrastructure and a sustainable organization.

Do you think vision and strategy impact a startup’s infrastructure and sustainability? Let us know in the comments!

You can watch Episode 21 below.

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 20- The Role of Infrastructure in Storytelling

We want to tell you a story…but we will tell you only half of it. Do you still want to hear it?

By not considering #infrastructure as part of your #storytelling, you miss a critical opportunity to tell a compelling story about your organization, your work, and the communities you serve. You are telling half of the story.

Today’s Fast Build Friday topic is the role of infrastructure in storytelling. Nic discusses how not talking about infrastructure needs is diminishing the kind of outcome you want to see and the impact that is needed. She also highlights a way to tell a compelling story that considers infrastructure.

At Build Up, we believe that infrastructure is fundamental to telling a compelling story. Knowing your infrastructure needs is the first step. If you would like some guidance in assessing your infrastructure needs, we have included a link here to receive our complimentary Brave Infrastructure Design® Action Plan, which walks you through how to assess your organizational infrastructure needs.

How are you thinking about infrastructure in your storytelling? Let us know in the comments!

You can watch Episode 20 below.

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 19- The Importance of Infrastructure in Innovation Part II

When you think of #innovation, do you also think about accountability? Do you think you need #accountability in your infrastructure in order to innovate?

Today’s Fast Build Friday topic is a continuation of last week’s topic about the importance of infrastructure in innovation. Nic shares the second building block about infrastructure and innovation – true innovation requires accountability.

Having built organizational infrastructure for years now, Nic sees accountability as the element that heavily contributes to sustained innovation.

And sustained innovation transforms worlds and lives.

How are you thinking about innovation and accountability in your organization? What do you demand? Let us know in the comments!

You can watch Episode 19 below.

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