Grant Writing

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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Not All Funder Websites Are Created Equal

Not All Funder Websites Are Created Equal

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been frustrated because a funder website: Sent you round and round but never gave you information on their grant funding process Shared who they awarded grants to, but never gave information on their grant application process Told you...

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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Being the only person with the word “grant” in your job title, or even mentioned as “other duties as assigned” on an outdated job description, doesn’t mean you have to go it alone.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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Six Steps to Successful Grant Consulting

Six Steps to Successful Grant Consulting

Pursuing a career as a grant consultant can be an incredibly rewarding path, allowing you to leverage your skills in writing, research, and project management to secure vital funding for non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and other worthy causes....

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5 Steps to Successful Grant Management

5 Steps to Successful Grant Management

In the grant world, so many people focus on the award. There is a lot of emphasis on writing a successful proposal and winning the money, but the truth is, the award is just the beginning. The only way to keep the grant award, and find success in future applications,...

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A Tale of Two Federal Program Officers

A Tale of Two Federal Program Officers

It was the best of responses; it was the worst of responses… A grant professional’s workload often centers around application deadlines. I have been tracking a funding opportunity for a client for over a month now. The 2023 application was released in early-April, and...

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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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How to Have Difficult Conversations

How to Have Difficult Conversations

I don’t know how you handle conflict, be it personal or professional, but my go-to modus operandi is avoidance. I’ve always been a peacemaker, and when things get uncomfortable for myself or anyone else, I will happily change the subject, crack a joke, or simply sweep...

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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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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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