Butler Consulting helps organizations target grant seeking, fundraising, training and managing primarily in the Miami Valley of Ohio and nationwide since 1994


The goal of this newsletter is to connect with you and help with your grant seeking, training, capacity building and/or managing.  We've included many useful resources, but it's not the same as personal attention.  If you'd like some one-on-one consultation, just click reply and send us a message.  We'd love to help your organization get the money it needs to succeed!

Slow Summer Days

During these “slow summer days”, Butler Consulting invites you to take a break and appreciate life. Are you doing what you enjoy? Are you using your gifts, time and talent to accomplish something important and meaningful? Fortunately, summer is usually a time for vacations, renewal and reflection. As we reflect on our last few months with our clients, funders and supporters, we are grateful for opportunities to make a difference with nonprofits and our communities.

We invite you to “take a break” by enjoying our newsletter as a gesture of gratitude for your recommendations, business and support. Seize the opportunity this summer to renew, reflect and redirect your energy on what you enjoy and find meaningful. Thanks for your referrals, support and for all that you do!

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Board Leadership
Part 1

Reprinted from Charity Channel
As the executive director, I was challenged to administer, supervise, fundraise, create, mentor, monitor, market, counsel and lead. In this first of a two-part series, I am going to explore questions about board leadership that arose out of this experience: What is leadership? And, how do we ensure the “right” leadership for board members? Continue Reading

As a member of Charity Channel, Butler Consulting encourages you to join at:

Grant Opportunities 

Help Children Learn Through Promise Choice Planning!
Promise Neighborhoods Program: Planning Grant Competition
POSTED: 4/20/2012
FUNDING SOURCE: Dept. of Education
ELIGIBILITY: Nonprofit and public agencies
MAX GRANT SIZE: $500,000
DEADLINE: 6/8/2012 (LOI); 7/27/2012 (final)
DESCRIPTION: Planning grants to improve significantly the educational and developmental outcomes of children in America's most distressed communities and to transform those communities.
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Grants for Rural Business Development!
Rural Business Opportunity Grants
POSTED: 6/7/2012
ELIGIBILITY: Nonprofit and public agencies
DEADLINE: 8/6/2012
DESCRIPTION: Grants for a variety of activities to improve business opportunities in rural areas.
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Funder Spotlight

Toyota U.S.A. Foundation
We support programs focused on environment, education, and safety initiatives that help strengthen the diverse communities where we live and work. In addition to funding national programs, Toyota partners with nonprofit organizations across the U.S. in the local communities where we live and work. This includes supporting arts and culture, civic and community, heath and human services, and leadership development. To learn more or to apply, please read the guidelines for each Toyota affiliate company.

Continental U.S. for programs national in scope. For community™ based programs, the following regions. ALABAMA: Huntsville and Madison counties. ARIZONA: specifically Maricopa county. CALIFORNIA: Torrance, Los Angeles county. ILLINOIS: Wabash and White counties. INDIANA: Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Warrick, and Vanderburgh counties, southeastern Indiana. KENTUCKY: Daviess and Henderson counties, northern Kentucky. MICHIGAN: specifically Washtenaw county. MISSISSIPPI: Pontotoc, Union, and Lee counties, counties in northeast Mississippi. NEW YORK: New York City area. OHIO: greater Cincinnati. TEXAS: Bexar county and adjacent counties. WEST VIRGINIA: Putnam, Cabell, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Mason counties.
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Don't Forget!

Grant Professional Association’s (GPA) National Conference is in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 16-19, 2012
Join hundreds of grant professionals for essential professional development, dynamic workshops, and outstanding keynote speakers during four days in Indy! GPA member rates are only $499 until June 30th. For information and registration, visit the GPA website. Conference scholarships are available through the Grant Professionals Foundation with applications due June 30th.
Butler Consulting is presenting three workshops: 1) “4 Winners and Best Practices”; 2) “GPA Chapter Leadership Forum”; and 3) “MAGIC! Transforming grant skills into career options”. See you in Indy in October!  
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