Janet Levine started Janet Levine Consulting in 2007 after almost 20 years as an advancement professional in the nonprofit sector. Her “in the trenches” training provides a solid base from which she can help to propel her clients, helping them to increase their fundraising capacity and build stronger boards. Because she has been there, has had much success — and made every mistake in the book — Janet is able to use her experiences and skills to help her clients navigate their real world challenges.

Just prior to opening Janet Levine Consulting, she was Vice President of Advancement at CSU-Dominguez Hills. Before that, she served as Dean, External Relations for Pasadena City College and was Executive Director of the Foundation at El Camino College. She also held senior development positions at AFI, the University of Oregon, the Reason Foundation, and at USC.

In addition to consulting for a wide variety of nonprofit and educational organizations, Janet regularly teaches in nonprofit management, fundraising and grant development, both face-to-face and online. Learn more at http://janetlevineconsulting.com or contact her at [email protected].

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A Primer on Major Gifts

In this article, we’ll be focusing on major gifts – that tier above the annual fund and below estate gifts. Before going further, though, let’s drill down a bit on what, exactly, constitutes a major gift because if we don’t, we’ll have fuzziness in deciding whether it’s a large annual gift or a bona fide major gift. Keep in mind that, on the one hand, we are talking about calendar; on the other, about amount.

Partnerships for International Grants

Partnerships and collaborations are becoming increasingly important as prerequisites for grant funding. This is particularly true for international grants, for which partnering with organizations in the host country may be the only way to make substantive changes. Just as important, partnerships promote the exchange of information and the sharing of practical experiences. “Successful partnerships have…

Selling your grant to your internal management

During my years as a front line fundraiser, much of my focus was on grants. That meant that my time was spent trying to convince funders, in person and in writing, that “my” grant proposal was one they were going to support. I didn't spend time trying to convince my organization to support a grant;…