Deborah DiVirgilio

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Deborah DiVirgilio is a Certified Governance Trainer through BoardSource and has more than 20 years of experience in providing nonprofit consulting, grant writing and management services for nonprofits, government agencies and faith-based organizations. She is the owner and principal consultant of The Faith-Based Nonprofit Resource Center (formally known as DiVirgilio & Associates). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences from Wilmington College and a Masters Degree in Non-Profit Management from Regis University, and is Grant Professional certified by the Grant Professional Institute. She has served on the Board of Directors and as an officer of the Grant Professionals Association.

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Is Federal Funding a Good Fit for Your Non-Profit

Is Federal Funding a Good Fit for Your Non-Profit

| September 13, 2019

Organizations often search for federal grant funding, and, indeed federal grants are often large and can provide the revenue needed to deliver high-quality services. However, before applying for a federal grant, organizations must take into account the following considerations. Ensure your organization is eligible Take the time to read through the grant guidelines to determine […]

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Funding Insights

Funding Insights

| June 17, 2019

Recently I had an opportunity to hear from three funders. It was a situation that every non-profit organization dreams of being in – being able to ask funders what you really want to know about how they view nonprofits, how they operate and why they do the things they do. These are some of the […]

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Thanks, Gracias, Merci!

Thanks, Gracias, Merci!

| April 9, 2019

Once you have received the gift that you were seeking, you may think that your work is done. However, the most important part of you work has not even happened yet.  Now, you need to say thanks. Many donors tell me that they just can’t believe that they gave a gift to XYZ organization and […]

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Building an Effective Sponsorship Program

Building an Effective Sponsorship Program

| August 13, 2018

Are you looking for a way to generate additional revenues for the nonprofit or ministry without going back to your faithful donors? Sponsorships are a great way to bring in additional funds for nonprofits and ministries. Let’s begin by developing a definition of sponsorship to ensure we are all on the same page. A sponsorship […]

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Five Things You Need To Know About Grant Funding

Five Things You Need To Know About Grant Funding

| August 23, 2017

Once an organization obtains its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, immediately the thought goes to funding and how can we find funding to support all the great work we want to do. Before you go off to begin writing grant proposals, here are five things you need to know. Grant funding cannot be the only source of […]

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Funding for Faith

Funding for Faith

| October 20, 2015

Ministries and faith based organizations frequently ask whether or not grant funding can be part of their funding plan. An equal number of ministries tell me: “Oh, no we don’t accept grant funding.” Grant funding should never be considered the only source of funding for an organization. However, it can be one source of funding […]

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Are You Drifting?

Are You Drifting?

| May 12, 2015

Why was your nonprofit formed? Is this still the focus of the work of the organization? Mission drift occurs when the organization begins to “drift” away from the purpose or mission of the organization. The mission statement is the statement of purpose for the organization and sets your organization apart. Does it matter if the […]

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Four Foundation Funding Myths

Four Foundation Funding Myths

| February 5, 2015

Many nonprofits seek foundation funding to support the mission of their organization. However, many grant seekers frequently become discouraged and frustrated — often because they have bought into one of the common myths about foundation funding. Myth 1: Funders are clear about what they want to fund. Because funders have the money, they are always […]

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Governance In Non-Profits: The Best Practices

Governance In Non-Profits: The Best Practices

| November 14, 2014

Good governance practices by a Board of Directors are vital to every nonprofit organization.  It starts with meeting Legal Standards. Nonprofit organizations must follow all federal, state and local laws and its board of directors is responsible for ensuring that this happens. The IRS gives the responsibility of organizational oversight to the board of directors. […]

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The Outcome Oriented Non-Profit Organization

The Outcome Oriented Non-Profit Organization

| July 7, 2014

Donors and the public are increasingly expecting non-profits to demonstrate that their work is making a measureable difference – to be outcome oriented and not just ministry oriented.  Simply put, outcomes answer the question, “what have we accomplished?” Clearly, the purpose of a nonprofit is to change something or make a difference, so when we […]

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