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Matching Funds Aren’t that Difficult to Find
Nonprofit organizations worry about many aspects of grant funding—and finding adequate matching dollars is usually at the top of the list. With each new grant opportunity that requires matching funds, they worry that they won’t be able to apply because they don’t have any.
Professional Development for Grant Professionals: Formal Learning Versus Hands-on Experience
There are numerous opportunities for career development as a grant professional throughout the year and one’s career in the field. They each offer their own pros and cons including budget and time-related factors. Even the most common career development opportunities offer different learning strategies. It is important that you select the ones that best suit your needs.
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.…
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…
Grant Follies to Avoid
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. It has happened to many—if not…
Ethics throughout the Grant Profession: Writing, Implementation, and Reporting
So Much More Than a Percentage Based Compensation Discussion Ethics are defined as “the moral correctness of specified conduct.” In the case of grant professional ethics, a specific code of conduct has been modeled after the pre-existing Association of Fundraising Professionals code of ethics and through the work of the Grant Professionals Association’s (GPA) board…