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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