Special Events Evaluation Tool

13 10 2016

With so many special events happening this time of year we thought it would be a good idea to share a special events evaluation tool. Just click the link below! It can be used to help evaluate a recent event or plan for the next one.  We’re happy to offer this copyrighted tool for your use.  If you duplicate it please attribute it in a good way by leaving the footer in place.  Thanks and good luck with your special events as an important part of your overall fundraising strategy.

Don Chalmers, SparrowHawk Consulting

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Grants 101 Presentation!

21 07 2016

I was so excited to attend the breakout session presented by Don Chalmers, CEO of SparrowHawk Consulting, as his Grants 101 presentation was the primary reason I wanted to attend the Conference. I also wanted to meet some of my co-workers with grant writing experience to see if we could come up with ideas for additional money for future training. Impacting the future is great as long as you have the money to support the training and educational tools necessary to make that future a reality.

Many of us in this breakout class were heard saying that we could have spent a whole day learning from Mr. Chalmers and not touched the surface of his immense breadth of grant writing knowledge. I hope we can ask him back as a speaker or even to attend a class specifically designed to provide more information on those quick tips and private sector friends of education he knows so well. I mean really now, why reinvent the wheel?”

-Recent workshop participant

Can we organize a grant writing workshop for you and your organization?

Please contact: info@sparrowhawkco.com





ENHANCED GRANTWRITING AND FUNDRAISING at THE EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE FIRST SESSION-SUMMER SESSION 2016

2 06 2016

Don Chalmers, Adjunct Member of the Faculty

This course helps students understand and appreciate United States philanthropy especially  non-profit organizations and what they must do to seek and secure outside funding.  We’ll define and discuss key components of developmental readiness like board development and strategic planning that funders view as important to organizational sustainability.  We’ll learn how to research funding sources.  A primary focus of the course is grant writing, specifically how to prepare a competitive grant application to a corporate, foundation or federal source.  The course also shares keys to successful grant administration and other resource development activities.  These activities include annual funds, special events, contracting, planned giving, in-kind contributions and more.

Sample student evaluations:

“I would highly recommend this class to others. Don is a thorough and thoughtful instructor. The book was affordable, and the perfect complement to his knowledge and experience in grant writing and fundraising. Lectures were highly informative. All subject matter and coursework was in line with the syllabus. My work was fairly evaluated with appropriate and meaningful suggestions for development and improvement. All students were encouraged to participate with group work and the expectations were clear and concise. Don is a wealth of information and I feel privileged to have taken his class this summer.”

“Don is very helpful and has a wealth of information for those interested in writing grants for existing non-profits and those with interests in grant-writing. I enjoyed learning from him and he is a great resource for Evergreen. Don has a special talent of engaging the students in ways that will make them critically think about what is required to write a successful grant proposal.”

TO REGISTER GO TO: www.evergreen.edu or contact Don at tescgrantwriting@gmail.com for more information





Looking Forward to Sharing with Local Environmental Groups Next Week in Olympia

4 06 2015

Thanks to Amber Smith, Education Manager at the WET Science Center in Olympia.  She’s arranged for me to present to a monthly meeting of environmental groups next week on Wednesday, June 10.

Here’s the announcement:

Don Chalmers, President, brings over 40 years of experience as a community development professional to the SparrowHawk Consulting Company team. Don has worked with state agencies, Tribes, other governments, Colleges and Universities, and a host of non-profits and their governing boards and planning committees. His career includes successful community and organizational development for scores of clients through project management, grant preparation, other resource development, facilitation, training and strategic planning. For many years Don has served as an Adjunct Member of the Faculty at The Evergreen State College, teaching Grantwriting and Nonprofit Development in the Evening and Weekend Studies Program. He is a member of a number of related affinity groups. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Olympia.  He holds a law degree from the University of Oregon.

We will  start our session with Don doing brief self-introductions.  During those each of us will be asked to briefly share any learning objectives we have for our time with Don.  In addition we’ll learn about trends modern non-profits are facing and how best to respond to them.  We’ll delve into developmental readiness and how those activities help make non-profits sustainable and able to secure needed resources.  Developmental readiness includes board recruitment and development, board education and training and strategic planning among other components.

Come join us for a lively and fun session designed to help each of our organizations flourish!





Enhanced Grant Writing and Fundraising: Ideas to Realities at The Evergreen State College

23 02 2015

Just received word I’ve been approved to offer a 4-credit course in the first summer session at TESC in Olympia, WA. This course helps students understand and appreciate United States philanthropy especially  non-profit organizations and what they must do to seek and secure outside funding.  We’ll define and discuss key components of developmental readiness like board development and strategic planning that funders view as important to organizational sustainability. We’ll learn how to research funding sources.  A primary focus of the course is grant writing, specifically how to prepare a competitive grant application to a corporate, foundation or federal source.  The course also shares keys to successful grant administration and other resource development activities. These activities include annual funds, special events, contracting, planned giving, in-kind contributions and more. Join us this summer to learn ways to convert your ideas to realities!

For further information contact me at: tescgrantwriting@gmail.com





The Doctor is In!

22 01 2015
Glad to have participated yesterday in the first Winter Conference sponsored by Advancement Northwest, a blend of the Northwest Development Officers Association and the Washington Chapter of AFP. Turnout was good for several presentations across multiple tracks. I was one of the consultant “Doctors” (complete with lab coat) that advised other members on their careers and work challenges. Happy to share my insights and learn as well! — at Washington State Convention Center.
I’m happy to provide coaching/mentoring services.
Contact me at don@sparrowhawkco.com
or call at (360) 280-0511