Summative evaluation (a complement to formative evaluation ), answers the question, “How are people’s lives (or communities, or animals, or the environment) different because of our program?” Some people refer to summative evaluation as impact or outcomes evaluation. Its purpose is to determine if your program is effective in making meaningful change for participants over the short and long-term.… Continue reading
In all my years of asking for funding, the greatest lesson I’ve learned is: it is NOT primarily about the money.
If It’s Not about the Money, What Is It about?
“Fundraising not about the money?” you say. “How can that be?… Continue reading
Grant writing is not so much about raising money as it is about implementing a compelling mission. It is not about getting money for a particular program or your agency. Your program or agency is just the vehicle that will be used to implement the mission, not the end result.… Continue reading
When evaluating different types of fundraising strategies that are part of a development plan, special events are often viewed as necessary evils that must be tolerated. These events are seen as intensive activities that require lots of time and money (direct and indirect) even though they don’t raise a lot of funds.… Continue reading
Do you dream of going to the office in yoga pants, waking up whenever you want and working from anywhere? Of course besides the obvious benefits of being your own boss, when you’re a grant consultant you also have the luxury of naming your own salary, deciding who you want to work with, and choosing how you want to work.… Continue reading
As grant professionals, we work to avoid all errors in grant applications—from math, to grammar, to citations. Nevertheless, we are all human and oversights slip through. Often the mistakes are minor and overlooked by a potential funder. However, there are times when an error can jeopardize a funding award.… Continue reading
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.
I have been writing grants for more than fifteen years. During that time, I have secured more than $138 million in grant funds for my clients. I also work as a proposal reviewer for a variety of state and federal funding agencies.… Continue reading
The title of grant writer does so little to describe the potential role that this person can play in an organization. Because grant writers can be pivotal to an organization’s success, having a plan to develop good grant writers into great grant writers can only enhance an organization’s results.… Continue reading
Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of quarterly articles for CharityChannel about health care reform in the United States. Read more in the upcoming release of Obamacare for the GENIUS: The Affordable Care Act and YOU, by the author, scheduled for publication by For the GENIUS Press, an imprint of CharityChannel, later this year.… Continue reading