We are new and improved and feeling good from our head to our shoes!!! Long time no talk. You know the old saying, “those who are walking don’t have time to talk to those who are talking?” Well, that’s me for the past four months. It has literally been a blur. So, what’s new with IISPIRE? We are still Individually Inspiring Specific People In Reaching Each… Dream, Vision, or Goal, however we are taking it to the next level.
Inspiring You To Greatness, Inc. has always offered education that’s why we started this non-profit. Now, with Texas Affordable Housing and our relationship with private donors we are now able to offer some rental assistance. You must be volunteering with IYTG to qualify. The fund is not large enough to offer to the general public right away. The Texas Affordable Housing Program is for temporary assistance in emergency situations only.
Inspiring You To Greatness, Inc. is launching the B3 Program. Better Business Banking means banking the way you need to bank not based on the banks needs. IYTG has some amazing new partnerships collaborating as we speak to offer more education, lunch and learn workshops, and events to the community specifically Business Owners and Entrepreneurs along with their employees, partners, vendors, and friends. Who doesn’t want free lunch?
I am so excited to announce we have our 501c3 now. Well, nothing is changing. We are still running programs, still helping youth, and still changing lives. Now, we can actually ask for help and people respond to our request. Having a 501(c)3 does not guarantee funding; it only qualifies you for the running. See, back in the 1990s you just needed a good cause you did not need to be tax exempt in order to receive donations. I was in pageants and we raised money all the time, but now without a 501c3 tax exempt status people are not interested in giving a donation because they usually do not get the exemption ability to write it off on their taxes.
I am encouraging you now more than ever to go after your dreams. There is nothing stopping us from being successful. I am so excited about this time in my life. I turn 40 in a few weeks, married 20 years in a few months, my oldest turns 21, by baby girl turns 16, and my twins turn 15. There is a lot of movement this year for me and I’m sure for you. Let’s get moving forward. Do not even think of the reasons you couldn’t or didn’t just do it!!! Don’t stop, cave in, or quit; just call me, and let’s move forward. I am. Come grow with me.
Many people want to learn how to write grants so I am still teaching. I am not so arrogant that I won’t share my knowledge. I am never the smartest person in the room I just know what I know. My ultimate goal is to continue educating while creating life long learners. There are so many emerging new non-profit organizations. Seems as if a new one is established every couple of days. Check out this video on my newest established non-profit I met a few weeks ago.
I have been working hard to write grants, manage grants, and build a way to become a grant maker all at the same time. I’ll get back to you on that, but one last report. I helped start another up and coming organization called A Couple of Nola Girlz who are a couple of ladies from New Orleans, LA who teach couponing classes to people in the community as well as assist in feeding the homeless and making care packages for job seekers, homeless, veterans, college students, and families some who purchase new homes others who are in transition. Great things happening in 2017. We have a coupon class scheduled this week on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 10 am to 1 pm. Please R.S.V.P. See you there! Please look for the Couple of Nola Girlz page to register under the Business Alliance Group page or click here.
Please click here to visit our group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1136990143046880/
You must have a 501(c)3. Not too many grant makers will fund without one or without a fiscal agent.
You must have an operating budget. Even if you are funding the organization out of your pocket, you need to have a bookkeeping system in place with a separate banking account and designated tax preparer or Certified Public Accountant. Otherwise, you will still need a fiscal agent to receive some grants.
You must have a track record. Even if you do the events for free you still need flyers, sign in sheets, and survey forms to show proof the event took place. Pictures are always great so create a website and post them in the gallery for funders to see.
You must have a project, problem, or need you are addressing that the funder is interested in funding. There are billions of causes, but not all of them are fundable. What makes your cause or call fundable? Why should someone give you free money? You must be able to defend your product or project to obtain funding sources.
What about your organization makes you different from other non-profit organizations? Every “Youth Program” is the same to a grant maker until you show them otherwise. Has your program changed lives? Do you have measured outcomes? This is vital to the success of the the grant. Make sure you keep all your success stories. Hanging them on the wall will not show the grant maker. Post the success stories on your website so you can use them as a reference.
Hey you guys! I just want to encourage you to have tunnel vision when pursuing your passions. In my quest for new grant makers this year, I began by making new relationships with new banks and financial institutions. I made a decision this year to make 120 new friends. So far, I have made about 56. My point, I am still working and halfway to my goal and it’s not halfway through the year yet. I focus on the tasks at hand, do not allow anyone to steer me in the direction they want me to go with compliments or money, and most importantly I am the master of my own time.
I am a firm believer that we reap what we sow. It is very important that you sow good seeds in business because the world is small and most of the funding sources know each other. Keeping a good relationship with one funding source could help you capture new funding sources. I love writing grants, but it’s only because I have worked so hard to learn this system. It is hard to learn the system, but once you do you break through. Don’t give up! Keep communicating! Keep submitting! Keep asking questions.
In order to receive the things you seek, you must keep these three things in mind. Grants are coming from the North, South, East, and West, but are you ready for a grant? Read my next blog on some tips to tell you if your organization is ready for a grant. If you do not meet these standards, please prepare yourself according. I do receive so many requests on social media from people who are not willing to even come to the website and read about our grant writing services. Please be willing to do some due diligence I will give you the steps you need to be successful. I am writing a tip blog next so tune in! Great to catch up and stay tuned!