Grant Writing

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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Don’t Be Afraid to Talk to Your Grantor

Don’t Be Afraid to Talk to Your Grantor

Last week Kimberly and I led a workshop for area police chiefs and other command staff. We spent time talking about what grants can and cannot do and how to build a grants team without a grant professional on staff. We spent a lot of time explaining that competitive...

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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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How Grant Management is A Lot Like Broccoli

How Grant Management is A Lot Like Broccoli

The grant world is split into two very distinctive halves: pre-award and post-award. Many organizations put pressure on their grant professionals to get the grant, causing the focus of our time to live on the pre-award side – conducting prospect research to find the...

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Own Your Mistakes

Own Your Mistakes

Kimberly and I are currently going through the Dare to Lead training created by Brenè Brown. Our facilitator is Julie Boll, a fellow grant professional, whom we had the pleasure of interviewing on the Fundraising HayDay Podcast last year. If you want to learn more...

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It’s Good to Have a Nerdy Best Friend

It’s Good to Have a Nerdy Best Friend

I have a friend who is always first in line for the newest iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac Book. She refers to Apple Park (Apple’s headquarters) as the Mothership. She’s my go to when I have a question about these products. I jokingly refer to my son as HayDay...

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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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Why I Was Scared of AI

Why I Was Scared of AI

Everywhere I looked in 2023, people were talking about the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other large language models (LLM). The voices ran the gamut from telling us the sky was falling to these tools being the greatest thing since sliced bread. I have never...

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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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Infographics: The New Grant Proposal?

Infographics: The New Grant Proposal?

Last week my friend Cecilia Peredo told a few of us grant colleagues she submitted her first infographic grant application. Needless to say, we all had lots of questions. Turns out, a funder asked for a one-page infographic explaining your proposed project. This...

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Find Your Grant People

Find Your Grant People

My first job out of college was in local government, working as an administrative assistant for the city manager. Six months into the job I started helping one of the police officers who had a knack for grant writing. The officer took another job six months later, and...

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