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Fast Build Friday: Episode 17- How to Build an Effective Governance Structure

Would you be surprised if we told you that I know the key reason why most #nonprofits and #philanthropies are struggling to achieve or scale impact?

Would you be even more surprised if we told you it was because of an ineffective #governance structure?

Today’s Fast Build Friday topic is how to build an effective governance structure. Nic shares the two key elements that make a significant difference in a governance structure working well and being considered an organizational strength.

Nic draws on her experience, having built governance structures globally, to share how you can build better governance and have more engaged board members.

Improving your organization’s governance will help improve the way your organization shows up for and provides resources to the vulnerable and marginalized communities it serves.

How are you building better governance? Please let us know in the comments!

You can watch Episode 17 below.

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 16- The Role of Technology in Infrastructure

How is technology impacting your infrastructure? What have you done differently or should you be doing differently when it comes to leveraging technology to strengthen your infrastructure?

Are you certain that the way your organization views and uses technology is not weakening your infrastructure?

Today’s Fast Build Friday episode is about the role of technology in infrastructure. Nic shares her four key observations about technology that inform nonprofit needs, practice, and, ultimately, culture and policy.

Technology is about more than having the latest app. It is a critical way to share information and resources with vulnerable communities that need them most. We cannot close the digital divide (or the wealth gap or the equity gap) without leveraging technology to strengthen our infrastructure.

How are you thinking about technology and infrastructure? Let us know in the comments!

You can watch Episode 16 below.

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 15- Management of People as a Key Component of Infrastructure

Based on her work and conversations with leaders throughout the sector, Nic is noticing a focus on how #nonprofits and #philanthropies are considering their people, and how they’re supporting and managing them through all levels and parts of the organization.

Today’s Fast Build Friday topic is management of people as a key component of infrastructure. Nic shares the top three needs we are seeing in people management and the core question we encourage organizations to wrestle with when it comes to managing people.

What are you doing to and for your people? And what are your top management needs? Let us know in the comments!

You can watch Episode 15 below.

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 14- Defining Brave Infrastructure Design®

What is Brave Infrastructure Design®? And why do we use it in every design, build, and rebuild?

This week’s Fast Build Friday episode is defining Brave Infrastructure Design®.

At Build Up, we believe Brave Infrastructure Design® starts with envisioning what your organization can be – that bravest vision of what it has to be to serve the communities that need it most – and then envisioning what the infrastructure has to be to support that brave vision.

And then Brave Infrastructure Design® goes a step further in order to transform grant making into investments and funding relationships into partnerships.

We think we lose something critical if we build our #nonprofits and #philanthropies without it.

We also created a Brave Infrastructure Design® Action Plan to help you assess and design a stronger infrastructure to strengthen your impact and funding potential. You can receive your complimentary Action Plan by going to the Home Page and click “Send me my Free Action Plan!”

How will you use Brave Infrastructure Design® in your organization? Let us know in the comments!

You can watch Episode 14 below:

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 13- How to Successfully Form a Corporate Partnership

Many for-profit companies are getting involved in supporting change.

Do you know which you should be working with, how to strengthen your partnership, and how to remain compliant with nonprofit laws while partnering with a for-profit company?

Having structured many of these partnerships, I know that regardless of the amount of leverage or resources you bring to a partnership, you should control key aspects of the partnership.

Today’s Fast Build Friday topic is how to successfully form a corporate partnership. In it, Nic shares two considerations to help guide how you engage with corporate partners.

Strong partnerships can have strong impact and change the narrative and course for so many communities. So, let’s make sure they are built well.

What do you think about corporate partnerships?

You can watch Episode 13 below:

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 12- Receive and Manage Significant Grants with Organizational Integrity

Do you think your nonprofit infrastructure allows you to seamlessly receive and manage significant grants?

This week’s Fast Build Friday topic is how to receive and manage significant grants with organizational integrity.

We spend a lot of time talking about good grant making, but not as much time talking about good grant “receiving.”

Having built infrastructure for nonprofits all over the world to receive and manage significant grants, Nic shares her 3 recommendations to design an infrastructure that allows an organization’s values to confidently guide how that organization accepts funding.

How are you managing and receiving grants?

You can watch Episode 12 below:

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 11- Making Grants to Individuals

If you are not making grants to individuals because you do not know how or are afraid of what it might entail, you are missing a key component of your strategy.

Making grants to individuals is a critical part of how we change outcomes for vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Today’s Fast Build Friday episode is about making grants to individuals. Nic shares two  key considerations for building sustainable individual grant programs all over the world.

Are you making grants to individuals? What considerations do you suggest we keep in mind? Let us know in the comments!

You can watch Episode 11 below:

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 10- Making Grants to Organizations That Are Not U.S. Public Charities

We have been receiving a lot of questions about how to structure funding awards to groups and organizations that are not formal charities. Funders want to support change, but have not made these types of grants before or have made them, but getting the funding out was a slow, complicated process.

We are in a moment when neither reality works.

Today’s Fast Build Friday episode is about making grants to organizations that are not U.S. public charities.

Nic offers 3 key recommendations that will help funders and these organizations sustain a movement, ideas, and change.

We will also provide a link to a previous FBF episode about effectively working with intermediary organizations, which may be another way to fund these organizations, here.

What are you seeing that we should know about? Let us know in the comments!

You can watch Episode 10 below.

 

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 8- How to Effectively Work with Intermediaries

Our clients that are intermediaries are playing brave and crucial roles in so many countries around the world. They provide critical funding and support to grassroots organizations, leaders, and communities in need. We are amazed by the work they do to ensure that marginalized voices are heard.

Today’s Fast Build Friday topic is how to effectively work with intermediaries. In it, Nic shares two key criteria that she has seen show up in every intermediary relationship when things go right and when they do not….

How have you worked with intermediaries? Hit *reply* and let us know.

Follow the link to watch Episode 8.

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 7- Setting Up Your Infrastructure to Make Grants Internationally

Have you thought about how to start making grants internationally? And how to do it well?

Today’s Fast Build Friday topic is getting your infrastructure set up to make grants internationally.

Nic draws on her experience in international grant making to share a fundamental building block you need to get started….

A funding ecosystem. Few are deliberately designed, but all should be.

After all, our goal is to move funding seamlessly to communities around the globe who need it most. And you cannot move funding like that without Brave Infrastructure Design.®

What does your funding ecosystem look like?

Follow the link to watch Episode 7.

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