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 9 – The Role of Systemic Racism in Infrastructure

How are you feeling?

Like so many of you, I oscillate between a state of speechlessness and being compelled to say something about this dark place and time in which we sit.

And because Black lives matter too, I am choosing to say something.

This Fast Build Friday episode 9 is about the role of systemic racism in infrastructure. You will receive another Fast Build Episode this week, but we had to share this one now.

The sector is not immune to systemic racism. In fact, we build and structure on top of it.

So, I suggest four practical ways the sector can start to dismantle this system and build infrastructure to better respond to the needs of marginalized communities around the globe.

And we need to start immediately.

Can you hit *reply* and let me know how you are feeling?

Follow the link to watch this episode.

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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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Fast Build Friday: Episode 6 – Incorporating DEI into infrastructure

Nic recently had a fascinating conversation with a nonprofit President & CEO about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

They talked, in part, about indicators showing when nonprofits and philanthropies are serious and intentional about DEI. And it got us to thinking….

Those lingering thoughts inspired today’s Fast Build Friday — why building an infrastructure that meaningfully incorporates DEI is so critical to the communities we serve. Follow the link to watch Episode 6. 

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 5 – Defining “Infrastructure”

Episode 5 of Fast Build Friday is about defining the word “infrastructure”.

So many definitions are floating around so Nic is here to level set. And once we have defined infrastructure, we need to build it stronger…faster because communities are counting on us.

You can watch Episode 5 here:

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 4 – Importance of infrastructure in fundraising

Do you want to know what strengthens fundraising and development efforts?

Knowing your organization’s infrastructure.

Why should you think about building infrastructure when you are fundraising or engaged in development?

We have seen organizations with a firm grasp on their organizational infrastructure needs fare considerably better than organizations that are unaware. In this Fast Build Friday episode, Nic gives you 3 reasons as to why you need to pay critical attention to your infrastructure if you want to secure funding, based on her time as counsel with a fundraising nonprofit and global funders and her work as an advisor to nonprofit organizations globally. You can watch Episode 4 here:

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 3- Four Principles for Creating a Rapid Response Grant Process

In our third “Fast Build Friday” episode, Nic addressed the four guiding principles for creating a rapid response grant process.

We do not advocate creating a rapid response grant process unless we are in an emergency or crisis situation where lives are at risk. The concern is not about getting money to organizations and individuals quickly; that outcome is the best part.

The concern is that it was not being done in the first place within the standard grant process and now an entirely new process is created to supplement a slow-moving process. Still, creating a rapid response grant process can make sense.

The key is to design it well. Nic has learned these four principles from years of designing grant processes to move funding quickly throughout different parts of the globe (and 6 continents) and she shares her expertise in this episode.

You can view Episode 3 below.


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Fast Build Friday: Episode 2- Converting Project Support to General Support

Welcome back to “Fast Build Friday”, a web series where we will build what you know about infrastructure design in the nonprofit sector.

We know many funders are converting project support grants to general support grants as a result of the pandemic. In the second episode of “Fast Build Friday”, Nic discussed the top 5 things to know before converting project support grants to general support grants. Nic has worked on these conversions over the years and these are the biggest things to watch out for!

We would love to hear of your experiences with converting project support to general support or what you have been seeing in the sector. Check out the video below.

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Fast Build Friday: Episode 1- General Support Funding

Welcome to “Fast Build Fridays,” a web series where we will build what you know about infrastructure design in the nonprofit sector.

Nic made our first “Fast Build Friday” video about general support funding as a 2020 trend for the nonprofit sector. We did not want general support funding to be a 2020 trend, and this video explains why.

We would love to know your thoughts and what infrastructure trends you are noticing in the sector. You can view the video below:

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