July 01, 2014

Resources on fundraising, writing successful proposals and facilitating groups

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au

The shredder test : the Australian guide to writing winning proposals
by Robyn Haydon
The Shredder Test offers a simple diagnosis for a universal problem – why most sales proposals don’t survive a first reading, let alone help to achieve the results you need. Through a series of examples and anecdotes based on real-life problems, proposal writing expert Robyn Haydon exposes the truth about how and why most sales proposals strike out. You’ll see your own challenges reflected in these pages as you discover how to write proposals that hit the jackpot (and not the recycling bin).

The ask : how to ask anyone for any amount for any purpose
by Laura Fredricks
The Ask is a complete resource for teaching anyone—experienced in fundraising or not—how to ask individuals, in person, for a contribution to for a local nonprofit or a special event or community project, an enhanced annual gift, a major or planned gift, or a challenging capital campaign gift. Written by fundraising expert Laura Fredricks, The Ask shows what it takes to prepare yourself and others to make an effective ask and includes over one hundred sample dialogues you can use and adapt. Step by step, the book reveals how to listen, what to say, and how to follow up on each and every ask until you receive a solid and definitive answer. In addition, The Ask covers such topics as how to:- Examine your views on money before making an ask -- Learn the ins and outs of asking for money -- Work with others to make an ask -- Determine if you should or should not ask a friend, colleague, or peer for money -- Figure out how many asks you can do given your time constraints -- Deal effectively with all the responses you will get to an ask

HotTips for facilitators : strategies to make life easier for anyone who leads, guides, teaches, or trains groups
by Rob Abernathy and Mark Reardon
Packed with tips and activities, this handy guide helps facilitators promote productive group interactions and incorporate new strategies into their practice through self-assessment and reflection. This handy manual is packed with tips and activities to help facilitators to master the fine art of facilitation and make all group interactions productive and positive. From learning a concept as a group to brainstorming and marketing original ideas for a new product, these tips rely on a self-reflective and self-evaluative process to cement understanding. An interactive format helps readers incorporate advice into daily facilitating practice.

Harvard business essentials : business communication
With advice and tools for improving a wide array of communication skills - from delivering an effective presentation to drafting proposals to the effective use of e-mail - Business Communication helps managers deliver information effectively.  It offers advice for improving writing skills, oral presentations, and one-on-one dealings with others.  Topics include: Understanding the optimal medium for presenting information; learning the best timing to deliver a message; Drafting proposals; Writing effective e-mails; Improving self-editing skills.

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