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Nonprofit Earned Income Training Programs

By Peter Brill and Mariah Miller The Santa Barbara Foundation plans to create an institution with programs providing technical support to nonprofits. Based on our research, we believe it is essential for part of that effort to include a program providing them with technical support in developing alternative sources of funding through additional revenues and, […]

Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC) Workshop: How to Make Community Events Accessible to Persons with Disabilities

On May 6th, 2019 the Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC) will be hosting a workshop on how to make community events accessible to persons with disabilities The workshop will be from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Dick DeWees Center in Lompoc.  This workshop will demonstrate ILRC‘s focus to advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities in […]

Five Mistakes to Avoid in Grant Writing

By Kelsey Maloney, The Write Team Junior Partner Grant writing is a funny world. Some might say, “It’s easy– just follow the directions!” But the directions aren’t always clear, and it’s easy to miss something. Over my five years of grant writing, I’ve made many mistakes that have helped me learn what NOT to do. […]

NPRN Visits Youth Interactive’s New Home – Nonprofit Office Space Available!

I ran into Ryan Muzzy from Youth Interactive who excitedly shared the news about their new home on State Street.  We took some time a couple of weeks ago to meet with Estrella Campos, Co-lab Operations Manager and Ryan to tour their new home. 1218 State Street is the former home of the Unity Shoppe. […]

Finding Funders that Fit

Have you ever heard anyone say, “Why don’t we just write up a letter of inquiry and send it out to a bunch of foundations and see what sticks? What’s the downside?” I can practically feel the foundation staff members cringing right now. According to a couple of foundation representatives I spoke with, this “scattershot” […]

CalNonprofits – Legislative Wins and Losses in 2018

This article was written by CalNonprofits.  NPRN is sharing as a service to the SB County nonprofit sector. Collective nonprofit advocacy powered these bills to the finish line! Now that Governor Brown’s deadline to sign or veto bills has passed, we’re writing to share our legislative wrap-up of bills we worked on. We’re proud to […]

WHAT SHOULD NONPROFITS KNOW ABOUT 501(C)(4) ORGANIZATIONS? ESPECIALLY IN AN ELECTION YEAR?

Breaking news: The US Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that politically active nonprofit groups will have to disclose the identity of certain donors (those giving more than $200) when these organizations advertise for or against a political candidate.  In this article, we explain why a nonprofit may want to form a separate C4, and we look […]

Nonprofit Business Models – Apples to Zucchini Cooking School

Apples to Zucchini Cooking School was co-founded by Nancy Martz and Terra Hillyer in the fall of 2015 and began offering classes in the spring  of 2016 with Chef Michele Malony. Students have been learning dicing, mincing, stirring, blending, chopping, tasting and community food sharing ever since. What service do you provide? We offer cooking […]

Nonprofit Business Models: Spotlight on Unite to Light!

NPRN had a chance to connect with Megan Birney, Executive Director of Unite to Light. Unite to Light is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Santa Barbara with a mission to manufacture and distribute efficient, durable, low cost solar lamps to people without access to electricity. Their focus areas include: helping children learn to read, providing health clinics and […]

Grant Center: Four Easy Ways to Add Storytelling to Grants

I can’t count the number of times over my career as a grant writer that I’ve heard that storytelling is a critical piece of grant writing. “Statistics raise eyebrows, but stories raise money,” they say. “It’s the most important part of a proposal.” While in theory I believed this to be true, I had a […]