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10/20/2021 UPDATE – new priority areas

Thank you again to everyone that participated in this summer’s Nonprofit Pandemic Recovery Survey and virtual Town Hall Meetings to help narrow our focus for the coming year to reflect your needs.

Continuous learning and adaptation have never been more important for nonprofit organizations than during these past months of unrelenting change and hardship. Through June 30, 2022, the Community Impact Program at the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation will focus on Nonprofit Resilience including support to:

  • Achieve your fundraising goals by efficiently using your time and existing resources, including board members and other volunteers.
  • Migrate business operations to the cloud, move to a virtual phone system, or leverage technology to improve efficiency and quality of services.
  • Analyze current performance of your website and social media efforts along with the opportunity to implement recommendations.

PURPOSE

To help nonprofits sharpen their strategies for sustainability focused on people, revenue, mission and operations, and leveraging technology and data.
Geographic scope: Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County, or the city of Ripon
Range of grantmaking: Grant awards typically no more than $5,000
Grant application deadline: December 1, 2021
Grant decisions: Late December
Contact: Amy Putzer, [email protected] or 920-426-3993

nonprofit resilience priorities

Applicants may select ONE of the following priority areas:

Fundraising – Support to achieve your fundraising goals by efficiently using your time and existing resources, including board members and other volunteers.

Organizations can apply to have two individuals (staff and/or board members) build skills by participating in the No More Duct Tape Fundraising School. During this 6-month virtual learning program, which will start in January 2022, participants will have the support of fundraising experts to create or refine their:

  • Online fundraising technology plan
  • Case for support to inspire donors/foundations to give
  • Monthly giving program to raise recurring gifts
  • Board engagement plan to get board members fundraising
  • Virtual event/peer to peer fundraising project to raise $10k
  • 12-month fundraising plan.

View the 50-minute virtual preview session recording to learn more about who should attend, how the curriculum and assignments are structured, time commitments required, and technical support available, so you can decide if this is a fit your organization.

Organizations that are already working with a fundraising coach or consultant may request funding to enlist their support in executing the above goals or another defined fundraising goal(s) of their choosing. A small co-investment from your organization may be required. This program is not designed to provide funding for the support or execution of large capital campaigns.

Technology – Support to migrate business operations to the cloud, move to a virtual phone system, or leverage technology to improve efficiency and quality of services. Examples include:

  • Assessing your organization’s current technology use to support its mission and operations
  • Guiding staff in making technology purchasing decisions
  • Moving your organization’s email and files to Microsoft 365
  • Switching to a VoIP phone system for increased flexibility and lower costs
  • Modifying or upgrading technology systems to serve clients remotely
  • Covering fees for specialized software to support key operations.

Support in executing the above goals is available from nonprofit technology experts retained by the Community Foundation. Organizations that are already working with a technology vendor may request funding to enlist their support in executing the above goals or another defined technology goal(s) of their choosing.

In addition to assisting with IT services and consulting costs, limited funding is available to support hardware and software procurement expenses. Applicants may be asked to complete a technology assessment as a pre-requisite for funding.  A small co-investment from your organization may be required. This program is not designed to provide funding for on-going technology maintenance contracts.

Digital Marketing – Through a partnership with UW Oshkosh, organizations will receive a website and social media audit by a team of junior and senior level students in spring 2022 along with the opportunity to engage students in summer projects to implement recommendations. The audit will include:

  • Checking current performance and health of your website and providing suggestions on how to improve specific areas
  • Offering key insights on sources of traffic to your website, types of people desirable, their attributes, and their behaviors
  • Conducting measurements of Google search volume and competitive levels for specific keywords and recommendations for ones that are most relevant to your nonprofit to increase traffic
  • Analyzing current performance of your social media efforts and identifying opportunities to improve your social profiles and content mix.

Participating organizations must have Google Analytics connected to their website. To determine whether your website is connected to Google Analytics, go to BuiltWith.com and type your URL into the box. Click the Lookup button. On the results page, select the “Detailed Technology Profile” tab and look for the section labeled “Analytics and Tracking.” This will tell you if Google Analytics is running on your website.

PAST GRANTS

Community Impact Grant Stories – OACF Blog
Grants Awards – Spring 2019
Grant Awards – Fall 2018
Grant Awards – Spring 2018
2017 Impact Report – Neighbor Ed + Family Literacy 
Grant Awards – Fall 2017
Grant Awards – Spring 2016

WHAT WE DO NOT FUND

  • Rent, lost revenue or staff salaries
  • Annual fund drives, fundraising events or endowment-building campaigns
  • Debt reduction or retirement
  • Religious organizations for sacramental or theological purposes
  • Political or lobbying activities
  • Full cost of any project

GRANT EVALUATION

Final Report Form for Grants under $10K
Final Report Form for Grants of $10K or more

HOW TO APPLY | ACCESS SAVED APPLICATION

  1. PREVIEW the revised grant application questions.
  2. Contact Amy Putzer, Director of Programs, at 920-426-3993 to discuss your proposal PRIOR TO starting your grant application
  3. Submit an online grant application form prior to the application deadline.
  4. Provide any additional supporting documentation that is requested after your application undergoes an initial review.
  5. You may be invited to participate in a grant interview with grant committee members.