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September 2015 Newsletter
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“The Gift of Attention” is one of numerous trainings offered by Butler Consulting. One of the greatest gifts we can give this holiday season is the gift of ourselves- our time, experience, attention, values, stories, compassion, support. My church offers an “Alternative Christmas Market” where we welcome the community and nonprofits to support/buy nonprofit gifts that you give to your loved ones (e.g., support Habitat with a $10 hammer, or Project Woman with a $50 gas card). We challenge you to be creative in your gifting, since many need our support during this time of giving.
Butler Consulting President presents at the Grant Professional Association’s national conference in St. Louis:

From November 11-14, 2015, Butler Consulting President, Linda Gatten Butler, MSW, ACSW, LISW-S, attended the Grant Professional Association’s (GPA) national conference in St. Louis.
During the conference, Linda offered two presentations: 1) “Consultants’ Special Interest Group” where she served as a panelist focusing on best practices, tips and successes; and 2) “Best practice models: Funding grant professionals” with co-presenter and consultant, Kim Richardson from Alabama. The second presentation highlighted Butler’s work as Grants Specialist for three years in Allen County, Ohio where she offered grant writing, editing, training, researching and consulting for nonprofits in Allen County, Ohio. As Grants Specialist, she assisted numerous nonprofits to raise over $1.5 M in grant funds. This best practice model was possible through the United Way of Greater Lima funds as well as Community Development Block Grant funds from the City of Lima. eCivis, the leading cloud-based grants management system in the nation,  subcontracted with Butler Consulting to offer these services. United Way’s Community Impact Director, Michael Hayden, noted: “…Linda’s efforts have increased the overall awareness of what is required to successfully plan for and execute a grant in our nonprofit community….”
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FUNDERS’ SPOTLIGHT:
1) Merck Family Fund-
Targeted Organizations: Nonprofits in northeastern and southeastern US
Proposal Due: Rolling
Summary: The purpose of this program is to restore and protect the natural environment, ensure a healthy planet for generations to come, and strengthen the social fabric and physical landscape of the urban community.
Contact: http://www.merckresponsibility.com/our-giving/priorities-guidelines/
 
2) Ohio State Bar Foundation Grants-
Targeted Organizations: Ohio Nonprofits
Proposal Due: 2-15-16 and 8-15-16
Summary: To support projects which promote the pursuit of justice, or enhance public understanding of the rule of law throughout Ohio. Projects that are innovative or address unmet needs are favored.
Contact: http://www.osbf.net/what-we-do/grants/grant-application-process
 
3) Ohio Arts Council: Artists with Disabilities Access-
Targeted Organizations: Ohio nonprofits, local government, academic institutions, schools
Proposal Due: 06-01-16
Summary: To provide funding that gives artists with disabilities the necessary resources they need to further their artistic development. Organizations must dedicate funds for activities that directly advance the artistic careers of artists with disabilities or allow artists with disabilities to spend more time creating and promoting their chosen art form.
Contact: http://www.oac.state.oh.us/grantsprogs/
 
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