Grant Foundation Center

I just talked to yet another nonprofit professional, this time from Wyoming, regarding this fraudulent organization. URL: http://www.grantfoundationcenter.com/gfchome.html

I also just sent an email to my former colleagues in the nonprofit world. Please beware of the Grant Foundation Center, supposedly located in New York. They’ve been duping good people out of their hard-earned funds for their nonprofits.

Email below:

I’m sending this message as a heads up. This past spring, I signed up for a free grantwriting workshop by the Grant Foundation Center in NY. URL: http://www.grantfoundationcenter.com/gfchome.html

At the seedy hotel in downtown LA, about 20 of us were standing at the lobby, looking at ourselves. One of us called the Center in NY and was told it was canceled. The man who worked at the hotel lobby was unaware that there was a workshop scheduled too. Fortunately for us, the only charge we paid was for parking.

In the past few months, THREE other nonprofits have called me to ask about my experience with the Grand Foundation Center. The latest was director from Wyoming. I spoke with her this morning and she is working to get all charges on her credit card canceled. She and her coworker had paid for a workshop in CA that also didn’t happen. Apparently the address and phone number that are listed on the website is not even a physical address. It was sold to them by a company that sells street addresses and phone numbers.

As you can see, they seem to be targeting all nonprofit professionals. I ask that you please let your colleagues know about this org so they don’t get blindsided as well.

Thank you, WAW SoMe 101 attendees!

Thank you so much, Women at Work attendees! I had a lot of fun teaching the Intro To Social Media workshop at WAW. I’ve just about lost my voice!

You all had such great questions and shared personal experiences with these SoMe tools. I appreciate your candor very much. I hope that the workshop helped clear up a few issues regarding the social media “universe.”

There were many questions that were posed about LinkedIn privacy settings and Facebook settings in general. In the next few days, I’ll be posting my thoughts (and hopefully, some answers) for you. A couple of you asked for the PPT presentation – please let me edit the presentation and I’ll post it as a .pdf file on this website. I’ll also email the final PPT to Kristy for WAW’s files. (I only ask that you give credit where credit is due, and attribute my work.)

In the meantime, I just want to thank everyone who attended this evening’s workshop. (Next time, I’ll try to slow down and take in some oxygen.) <G>

Social Media 101 at WAW

Things are getting exciting! Kristy from Women At Work just called to tell me that they’ve been turning people away for my social media workshop next week. Whoa! So, to accommodate as many people as possible, we’ll be moving the workshop from the computer lab (hands-on) to the conference room.

Alas, I’m revising my PPT to reflect the changes. I’ve yet to create a 1-page handout, but rest assured, I will. I do appreciate it when I have a take-away when I go to workshops and conferences. Better still, I’ll be posting that doc on this site so that you can download it.

Best Friends Animal Society

Last Sunday, I attended a Best Friends meeting at the Pacific Design Center. The founders Frances and Silva Battista were there from Utah, and so was Georgia, one of the rescued Michael Vick pit bulls. She’s known as one of the Vicktory Dogs – how cute! The attendees were people who represented many animal rescue and animal welfare organizations in the LA area. I went with my colleague Christina, a rep for the Rescue and Humane Alliance of Los Angeles.

This was more of a townhall where the attendees listed several issues they faced in working for animals in LA. Some of these issues included:

  • Volunteer management
  • Overlapping organizations and competition
  • Reinventing the wheel again and again
  • Working with their respective city halls

Christina and I were excited about this because this is what we aim to do with our business. We don’t want organizations to compete with each other. Each organization has an expertise or specialty, whether it’s feral cats, pit bull rescue, or education. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an umbrella organization or group that could pull a directory of regional groups and be the hub of education, volunteer management, and resources?