Using Social Media to Research and Connect with Grant Funders – Fad or Best Practice?

Eighteen months ago, I would not have believed my 2013 professional development goals would involve increasing the integration of social media into my business, as well as well increasing my team’s and my clients’ understanding of how to connect with current and potential grant funders via social media. I would have scoffed at the idea

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Donor-Advised Funds: Catching Up

With overall giving growing by nearly 5 percent in 2013 according to Blackbaud, and a 4 percent increase among The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s fifty most generous donors, charitable donations seem to be back on track. Donor-advised funds (DAFs ) are the fastest growing giving segment. Donors are increasingly favoring them because contributors to DAFs receive

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We Can’t Give What We Don’t Have

Have you ever thought about how your attitude and perceptions as a grant writer impacts your organization’s development and implementation of grant-funded programs? If not, I invite you to think about it today. Because I believe that grant writers have a far greater impact on an organization’s ability to raise funds than many of you

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Moves Management: Contrasting Grants to Other Major Gift Strategies

Like many grant writers, I have worked in a “silo” where I was expected to garner grant funds without access to information on agency priorities and strategies. I soon learned the value of good relationships with program, finance, and communications staff. I worked to cultivate relationships with foundation representatives. At other times a development colleague

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Grant Management Software: Friend or Foe

I have been serving as a grant writing consultant full-time for more than eight years now, and I still find myself on a holy-grail-like quest to assist the nonprofits that my team and I serve find the right tool for their grant management needs. The field is such a small niche within the fundraising and

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Commonly Asked Grant-seeking Questions

As a writer, editor, and trainer for the nonprofit sector for over twenty years, I’ve answered my share of tough questions! And many of them have been focused on grant seeking. A few inquiries appear below, along with my answers. Q: How do we deal with another nonprofit that serves the same group as we

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Five Lesser-Known Sources Every Grant Writer Should Use

Grant writers are, for the most part, voracious readers. Many of us regularly read the Chronicle of Philanthropy and CharityChannel articles (thank you). Some of us read the Journal of the Grant Professionals Association, GPA Strategy Papers, blogs by other grant writers and development professionals, books on grant writing, and e-newsletters galore. As professionals, we’re

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How the GPC Process Changed My Perceptions and My Business

Editor’s Note: Our appreciation to Grant Professionals Association (GPA) and to the author, Micki Vandeloo, for permission to publish this article simultaneously with its publication by GPA.   Last fall, I earned my Grant Professionals Certification (GPC) from GPA’s Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI). I am so proud to be in the company of a

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Grant Professionals: Jump Start Your New Year with Old and New Strategies – Part 2

Last week in Part 1, I suggested that you consider implementing six “old” strategies that I have found successful in jump starting a successful grant year. Some were probably new to you. Others you’ve used throughout your careers. Now, I want to suggest three more old ideas and two new ones. So get ready to

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How I Found My Mentors and Why You Need to Find One Today!

Mentor – An experienced and trusted advisor (noun). To advise or train (verb). I am new at this entrepreneurship thing. While starting and growing my own business invigorates me, there is still a lot I don’t know about my craft, business start up and platform building. Sometimes it feels like I don’t know so much

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