Getting Ready for Collaborative Grantwriting

As grants professionals, we collaborate with people all of the time, as it is an essential component of our work. Whether we are requesting reporting information from funders, providing technical assistance support to grantees (or sub-grantees), or working with our financial team to craft a budget, we are constantly communicating with various internal and external

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Capital Grants: Do You Know the Five Essential Elements?

Capital grants are unique in the grants world. They are the most time-limited of projects with finite objectives and closed-end Gantt charts. Moreover, opportunities for capital grants are highly competitive. As we speak, I am aware of at least ten multi-million-dollar capital campaigns in progress within sixty miles of my home. That is a lot

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The Crux of a Compelling Grant Proposal

Grant writing is about meeting community needs. As I explain in my book, Confessions of a Successful Grants Writer, once you have established the need and your method of meeting it, grant writing is about being the best conduit of funds among a variety of choices. It’s about making the perfect match and establishing a

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For-Profits Need Grant Awards Too!

When conducting an Internet search for grant writers, it is likely that the results would show a lot of them (the Grant Professionals Association website claims 1,800 members internationally). If you clicked on any of the search result links, you would likely find the following terms in the consultant’s About Me section: “Helping non-profits that

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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. Nor would I have believed that I would be seeking to increase my team and my clients’ understanding of how to connect with current and potential grant funders via social media.

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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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