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Reflections on a Grant Rejection Letter

By Kelly Nichols | | 0 Comments

A while back, I got an email informing me that we didn’t get a grant that I had convened a team of consultants to apply for. A dozen lines in response to an application that required well over 100 combined hours of unpaid work to submit – no question that it was a downer to […]

Sometimes it's Just about Sitting Down to Talk

By Lily Wein | | 0 Comments

We are supporting an effort led by Austin-Travis County Integral Care to coordinate community mental health services for children and create a community plan to improve the mental health of youth throughout the county. As part of this, we participated in planning and facilitating the Austin Community Conversation on Teen and Young Adult Mental Health […]

How Nonprofits Can Catch the Social Media Train

By Lily Wein | | 0 Comments

Kelly and WNA intern Kamene Dornubari-Ogidi share insights from a social media training held by One Voice Central Texas. Check out live tweets and photos with the event hashtag, #OneVoiceCTX. Nonprofits have progressively embraced the dynamic, connective utility of social media platforms in educational campaigns, event and donor outreach. Social media has also proved to be a […]

Essential Ingredients for Effective Coalitions

By Lily Wein | | 0 Comments

Establishing and maintaining effective coalitions is no easy feat. Through our experience working with coalitions of various sizes, structures, and purposes, we have found that there are some common ingredients that are necessary in order for coalitions to thrive. Like a cake, coalitions will sink (or even collapse!) if essential ingredients are missing from the […]

Tough Issue? Get to… Playing!

By Kelly Nichols | | 0 Comments

My close friends all know that I love to organize games. Some of my favorite memories involve playing Mafia, Balderdash, Cranium, Celebrity and Apples to Apples with friends over the years. So, it’s probably not a huge surprise to them that I’m now incorporating games into my career. Games and other simulated exercises allow people […]

A Refresher Course in Online Giving

By Kelly Nichols | | 0 Comments

WNA supports our clients in achieving financial sustainability and stewardship through the creation of development plans and strategies. Whether you are just getting started or would like to refine your existing online giving strategy, here are some great tips authored by our talented intern and current University of Texas student, Alenis Leon. Online giving is […]

5 Things to Do Before You Hire a Marketing Firm, or How Not to Put the Cart Before the Horse

By Kelly Nichols | | 0 Comments

We love communications and PR folks. They are amazingly creative professionals who can offer value-added services to promote your mission by helping you craft your message to the media, by designing impactful collateral that supports strategic fundraising, by creating infographics that demonstrate complex concepts at a glance, and more. But – and I think my […]

Tips from a Matchmaker: Nonprofit + Business Collaboration

By Lily Wein | | 0 Comments

Austin Gives is a great community program that recognizes and encourages local business philanthropy, and we are very proud to support the initiative. Last month, Sam co-facilitated the Austin Gives “Faster, Better Biz Philanthropy” workshop designed to help businesses navigate the nitty gritty details of developing effective philanthropy plans. With 25 businesses in attendance, the […]

What Nonprofits Taught Me About Running A Business

By Sam Woollard | | 0 Comments

We often hear that nonprofits should operate more like businesses. This statement makes a lot of negative assumptions about how nonprofits actually work. My experience is that most nonprofits have a lot to teach businesses about how to be successful. As I entered the for profit consulting world, I used many of the skills I […]

Could the Loss of Obscure Federal Data Impact Your Ability to Get Funded?

By Kelly Nichols | | 0 Comments

We’re currently working with a collaboration of local entities on planning for substance abuse services, so when I saw this article last week, it piqued my interest. It’s not a long read, but if you’re pressed for time I’ll boil it down: People lie when asked about hard drug use. To get a real picture […]