ACE’s compelling success story can attract funders and sponsors.  Its mission is closely allied with America’s effort to improve STEM education.  Many of its participants are at-risk youth whom ACE helps pursue postsecondary education.   Finally, ACE has a proven track record of developing a future work force for one of America’s largest economic sectors, the integrated design and construction industry.  

ACE National held an all affiliate webinar focused on Fundraising on August 21, 2020.  The meeting agenda included an update on virtual events for the fall, fundraising 101, an overview of the ACE Day of Action and fundraising examples from (2) affiliates.

TOTAL VIDEO DURATION: APPROX. 63 min

0:00 Virtual Events
07:10 Fundraising 101
12:08 ACE Day of Action 2020
15:44 Austin, TX Fundraising
27:67 Boston, MA Fundraising
44:15 Q&A

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AFFILIATE STRATEGIES (COMING SOON)

Affiliates raise money to support their operating costs and scholarships in many different ways.  Their fundraising activities and strategies are described below:

SPONSOR SOLICITATIONS

BENEFIT MEAL EVENTS + RECEPTIONS

OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS

ACE AS A BENEFICIARY

BOARD + MENTOR SOLICITATIONS

WEB CAMPAIGNS + E-SOLICITATIONS

FOLLOW-UP STEPS

FOUNDATION GRANTS

Foundation grants are a potential source of short-term support for affiliates.  Several affiliates have successfully competed for five- and six-figure grants.   

Although a tiny handful of affiliates have benefited from government grants, they are not a recommended source of support because the application process can be very cumbersome and the reporting requirements very time consuming.  In short, they often can be more trouble than they are worth.

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GRANT WRITING TIPS

- GRANT WRITING TIPS

- SAMPLE PHONE CALL SCRIPT

- GRANT WRITING: BEST PRACTICES MANUAL | ACE Austin, TX

SAMPLE PROPOSALS

- PROPOSAL TO CUMMINGS FOUNDATION | ACE Boston, MA

- PROPOSAL TO BELK FOUNDATION | ACE Charlotte, NC

- PROPOSAL TO RALPH WILSON FOUNDATION | ACE Michigan

- PROPOSAL TO OREGON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION | ACE Portland, OR