Tony Silbert is President of Silbert Consulting Services, Inc., which provides grant development, research, strategy and evaluation services to nonprofit and public sector organizations. Tony began his career in the community benefit sector in 1986 leading urban youths on wilderness adventures.  Since then, he has worked with organizations of all sizes, covering virtually every aspect of the "nonprofit" world, including health & human services, education & youth development, literacy, the arts, civic engagement, and public policy.  As a consultant since 1996, he has helped clients win grants to build their capacity, expand programs, construct new facilities, and sustain their operations (see website for current totals and clients).

Tony graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelors degree in Philosophy.  He received his Masters in Public Policy from the University of Southern California - where he taught grantsmanship to graduate students in the Price School of Public Policy.  He was previously the Director of Foundations, Grants & Research at the American Jewish University.  Prior to that, he was a Grant & Contract Officer at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

Tony is a founding Board Member and current Chair of The Harmony Project, a nationally acclaimed, award-winning nonprofit organization that builds healthier children, families and communities through music.  He has been a contributing writer for Foundation & Corporate Grants Alert and CharityChannel's Grants & Foundations Review, as well as a speaker and contributor for various efforts to educate the "nonprofit" community.  Most recently, he was one of the 25 experts included in Grant Writing Revealed: 25 Experts Share Their Art, Science, and Secrets.

Tony is trained and believes in the Creating The Future model of community change.

Silbert Consulting Services, Inc. is registered as fund raising counsel with the State of California.

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Revisited: Grant Seeking in Tough Economic Times

A year ago, at what now is considered the height of the financial crisis, I wrote about the potential impact of the impending economic collapse on grant seeking. (See, Grant Seeking in Tough Economic Times, Grants and Foundations Review, October 8, 2008.) Today, with perfect 20/20 hindsight, I would like to take on the bold and…

Grant Seeking in Tough Economic Times

Are you scared yet?  Based on the daily barrage of bad financial news, we seem to be in the midst of a global economic meltdown.  And, given the psychological underpinnings of our financial systems, the reasons, causes or facts behind the crisis really do not matter.  Businesses are going under and the stock market is…

The Grant Trap

Win, win, win. A whole industry has grown up around the desire to win grants. Hundreds of books, thousands of training seminars, innumerable web sites, even this newsletter speak to the insatiable desire to win and win big. Well I am here to tell you that grant success can, and often does, have a down…

You Never Know

There is an axiom in the grant profession, oft-repeated (at least by me) that goes, “If you’ve seen one foundation, you’ve seen one foundation.” The saying captures the heterogeneity of grant makers and the difficulty with making generalities about how they behave or see the world. In recent years, I’ve come to wonder if it…

The Site Visit

So, you got the call. The foundation you went to for that big grant wants to come see your organization at work. This is great news. Although it is no guarantee of funding -- something the program officer is likely to tell you -- it means you have survived several levels of weeding out and…