Project

Annual Report Writing

Philanthropy & Capacity Building

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This project will save us $5,000, allowing us to work with a professional to create quality and informative communication materials.

What We Need

  • Clear and effective copy for an annual report that illustrates the Organization’s successes and plans for growth. Copy may include: descriptions of programs, allocation of funds and recognition of donors and volunteers
  • Blueprint of the structure for the annual report, including optimal content, length, and style
  • Suggestions for the format and structure of the annual report, if applicable

Nice To Have

a template for easy development of an annual report. Some simple, creative and to the point.

How This Will Help

Will have available an electronic version for easy distribution when requested or required from donors and other partners. Something that can be uploaded to the website for easy of locating.

What We Have In Place

We currently have the basic information to be included in the report which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have copies of previous reports available and the ability to provide any other information you need.

Fun Fact

Proud to say that we are in our dirty thirties and we have been giving $$$ away each year for 37 years.... We aim to help communities help themselves!

  • Estimated Time
    Volunteers: 25-40 hours over 1-2 months
    Organizations: 5-7 hours
  • Location: Remote (work anywhere)

Project Steps

  • Prep: Distribution of Prep Materials
    • Volunteer Manager delivers relevant Organizational materials such as mission, vision, key messages, Organization’s history, profiles of individuals or communities served, previous annual reports and stories of impact
    • Volunteer Manager shares last year’s statistics, financial statements, significant accomplishments and stories of impact, awards received, new and noteworthy grants as well as the complete list of supporters including names and donor levels
    • Professional reviews prep materials and identifies any information gaps
  • Milestone 1: Project Outcomes, Steps, and Timelines are Determined
    • Professional and Volunteer Manager connect to discuss prep materials, overall goals, and desired tone and style for the copy
    • Professional and Volunteer Manager brainstorm key messages, themes, and content and determine a time for delivery
    • Professional creates project plan and articulates project goals
  • Milestone 2: Finalized Blueprint of the Report is Created
    • Professional creates the blueprint for the report and submits to the volunteer manager for review
    • Volunteer Manager reviews blueprint and provides feedback
    • Professional incorporates feedback and creates final draft of the blueprint
  • Milestone 3: Final Annual Report is Created
    • Professional writes first draft of the content for the report and submits to the volunteer manager for review
    • Volunteer Manager reviews the content and provides feedback
    • Professional incorporates feedback and creates final draft of the content
Prerequisites for Professional
  • Excellent writing and communications expertise
  • Experience writing annual reports or comparable marketing collateral
Prerequisites for Organization
  • Staff member committed to providing feedback throughout the process; we recommend an Executive Director or Board Member sign onto this specific project
  • Materials that illustrate your Organization’s impact, financials, program achievements, relevant data, etc.
  • Prep Materials should be gathered and ready to share prior to starting the project

Our Mission

The Fund for Southern Communities is a public foundation that supports and unites organizations and donors working to create just and sustainable communities that are free of oppression and that embrace and celebrate all people. Through grant-making and related activities the Fund for Southern Communities fosters social change initiated by community-based groups in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. In a nutshell - we are a grant-making foundation.

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