Fleet Farming Interns and I

IMG_1682This morning I had the privilege of speaking to a group of interns from Fleeting Farming on grant writing and fundraising. These interns who are in their junior or senior year at the University of Central Florida are so eager to learn how to raise funds to support this organization they are so passionate about. The interns have had some successes but seem to be struggling to find new revenue sources. We discussed how to research and build relationships with funding sources. I critiqued some letters of interest to local and national organizations. My suggested including adding bulleted points, bolded highlights to main points and adding mini stories or quotes of impact. Funders and individuals want to know how their funding will make impact. Adding stories or quotes brings that impact down to a level of one person, or otherwise one quantifiable outcome.

 

fleet farmingFleet Farming is an urban agriculture program of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit IDEAS For Us that is transforming underutilized land into productive micro-farms to impact local food systems. The produce grown is sharecropped with their “farmlette host” with the excess sold at local SNAP-certified farmers markets. This program is supported by community members who are thinking globally and acting locally by learning and engaging in urban agriculture. Too often urban areas are food deserts with no opportunity to obtain fresh produce. Fleet Farming is changing that … one square foot at a time.

 

Overall, a great morning with time well spent. I really enjoy mentor young people.

Disney Grants 2018

Disney GrantsThe Disney Grants 2018 applications will open on January 5th! To learn more about what is exciting in this year’s process, Walt Disney World Corporate Citizenship invites nonprofit organizations to join them and the Central Florida Foundation team for a webinar on Wednesday, January 10 at 11 am. This will be an opportunity to ask questions and gain insights into the changes for 2018. The Disney Grants program supports nonprofit organizations that build a strong foundation so that children and their families can thrive as healthy, productive, compassionate, and capable citizens with the confidence to reach their highest potential. Nonprofit organizations must have a reviewed portrait at the Central Florida Foundation’s Nonprofit Search to apply. Click the here to join the webinar on January 10th! You will need to install BlueJeans App or use the browser option. https://bluejeans.com/165876413/browser.

Contact me if your organizations needs help setting up their portrait or with writing the grant. I can help.