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Best Practices and Suggestions for Applications
Over the past seven years, we have collected a number of great ideas and suggestions from our WEDU Be More Awards™ judges. We hope you will take a few moments and review these helpful hints in order to make the most of your application submission. Good luck!
Dot your i’s and cross your t’s:
“It’s heartbreaking for any organization to be disqualified because they overlooked including their IRS form or budget information for example. Double check to make sure everything that is required has been included before your application heads out the door.”
Don’t lose focus:
“Focus each answer directly to the category in which you’re applying. So often, organizations will complete the application based on their organization as a whole instead of sharing the attributes of a great Special Event or Marketing Campaign.”
“Make sure if you are applying in multiple categories that your applications are unique and directly relate to the category.”
Toot your own horn:
“Just because you’ve been nominated in an online category, don’t stop there. Let your supporters know you need them to vote for you. Build a campaign around it. Shout it from the rooftops. It’s a great way to leverage awareness for your organization and even get lapsed supporters re-engaged. Don’t miss that opportunity.”
Thank the important people:
“Once you have taken the time to complete your application, take an extra minute or two to go online and nominate a volunteer or individual that helped you achieve the success you just described in your application. They’ll be honored you thought of them and they’ll keep coming back.”
Play nicely with others:
“Especially in this day and age, nonprofits can’t exist without partners. Tell us about unique ways you collaborated with not only local companies but also with other nonprofit organizations. How did these partners support your outcome?”
“With budgets and staffs shrinking, we want to hear about how organizations have re-engaged, motivated, and mobilized volunteers and members in unique, fun, and effective ways.”
Keep it local:
“There are some great local chapters of National Organizations in our area going above and beyond. They need to share their local chapter story of how they are serving our local community.”
Tell us a great story:
“We want to not only hear about the overall success and outcomes, but we want to hear the stories of impact. Tell us how your project, event, outreach, or overall organization made a difference.”