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.

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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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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Evaluation: Non-Profits Measure What is Important to Us

Evaluation: Non-Profits Measure What is Important to Us

| May 5, 2014

Many nonprofits struggle with evaluation. I often hear complaints that evaluation is simply too difficult, that it is impossible to measure the effects of programs and services and that evaluation takes too much time and money. However, to be successful in today’s world of accountability and transparency, evaluation is necessary and can help you to […]

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Board Roles and Responsibilities in a Non-Profit Organization

Board Roles and Responsibilities in a Non-Profit Organization

| January 3, 2014

A nonprofit board of directors has three roles: (1) Setting organizational direction; (2) Ensuring the organization has the necessary resources to do its work; and (3) Providing oversight. Setting Organizational Direction It is the responsibility of the board to establish the mission of the organization and to write a mission statement. The mission statement should […]

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Understanding Your Volunteers: The Unpaid Yet Invaluable “Employees” of Your Organization

Understanding Your Volunteers: The Unpaid Yet Invaluable “Employees” of Your Organization

| September 4, 2013

One important factor for those who want to start a nonprofit organization or for those who want to grow their established nonprofit, is to understand the value of volunteers to their mission. For many nonprofit organizations, volunteers are truly the heartbeat of the organization. They keep many organizations going by providing high quality services to […]

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Grant Funding Considerations for Faith-based Organizations

| February 13, 2013

As faith-based organizations struggle to meet their financial needs while also meeting the needs of the community they serve, many are beginning to explore the possibility of grant funding. To be successful in grant seeking efforts, they need to recognize that there are special considerations for faith-based organizations. Many faith-based nonprofits rely on a variety […]

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