Kimberly Hays de Muga

USA Charitable Giving is NOT All About Grants?!?!

USA Charitable Giving is NOT All About Grants?!?!

It happens every year, but I still get excited about it. A family cookout?  Poolside lounging? A beach trip? A mountain getaway? Nope. I’m talking about the annual June release of charitable giving trends from Giving USA and the Indiana University Lilly Family School...

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Vulnerability Can Be a Game Changer

Vulnerability Can Be a Game Changer

Whether you're a nonprofit grant writer, a city clerk “voluntold” to write grants, a newly minted development director, or a harried consultant, grant writing is intense.  The pressure to meet deadlines, navigate complex requirements, and craft perfectly written...

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It Takes a Village to Write a Grant

It Takes a Village to Write a Grant

Being the only person with the word “grant” in your job title, or even mentioned as “other duties as assigned” on an outdated job description, doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. While having a dedicated grant writer, team, or consultant is invaluable, grant...

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The ROI in Crafting an LOI

The ROI in Crafting an LOI

Letters of Intent (LOIs) can be beautiful things when it comes to streamlining your grant-seeking process. Over the past 10 years, more and more funders are using these (usually) shorter applications, or formatting for an actual letter, to screen applicant...

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Grant Professionals Are Change Agents

Grant Professionals Are Change Agents

As grant professionals, we often see ourselves as mere intermediaries - facilitating the flow of funds from grant makers to nonprofits by carefully completing proposals, securing required documents, and reporting on outcomes. As grant professionals, we’ve all grappled...

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Write the Right Grants

Write the Right Grants

Did you know that in 2022 alone, foundations, corporations, and the federal government offered over $146 billion in grants? A wealth of resources is available to support your nonprofit's mission, but securing those funds requires strategic planning. All too often,...

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How to Bake a Just Write Proposal

How to Bake a Just Write Proposal

How many of us dreamed of being a grant writer at age 12? Yeah, me neither. I also never dreamed of being a baker. Yet here I am with 25+ years of grant writing and fundraising experience and an addiction to the lovely amateur contestants on the Great British Bake...

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What Are You Playing at, AI?

What Are You Playing at, AI?

As frigid winter blankets most of the United States, it may help to think back to the long hot summer of 2023—including the annoying boy math vs. girl math memes—later expanded to dog math, cat math, and maybe even llama math. But how about Artificial Intelligence...

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Busting the Productivity Myth for 2024

Busting the Productivity Myth for 2024

It’s so seductive at the start of the New Year: the frenzy of planning tools, project management systems, productivity apps, AI integration, seminars, webinars, calendars, and checklists that all promise to help you do more things in less time. I am not suggesting a...

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Nobody Puts Grant Writers in a Corner!

Nobody Puts Grant Writers in a Corner!

Grant writing is not a solo sport. But it can sure feel that way for many grant professionals. It’s true that writing comes easier in silent spaces—at least for my introverted self. Those unfamiliar with how grant development really works may think that all grant...

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Reading To Win Grants and Donors

Reading To Win Grants and Donors

Something I genuinely enjoy is not often directly connected to being good for me. For instance, an entire party bag of salt and vinegar kettle chips or a whole can of wasabi almonds—delicious in the moment but not great for long-term health. But reading? That’s a...

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