Frustrations of the Profession

Robin Wenger is a grant writer for the City of Elkhart, Indiana. As a veteran writer, Wenger recently shared a list of frustrations – his top ten, to be exact– describing the challenges of grant writing. In introducing the list, Wenger begins with this statement: “I have been equally frustrated by the feds [federal agencies] […]

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Breaking the Barrier: Unsolicited Proposals Not Accepted

How can an organization get its foot in the door of a foundation unwilling to accept unsolicited proposals? There are enough foundations limiting acceptance of proposals that The Foundation Center allows grant seekers to exclude these foundations as part of the search criteria they use to identify grant makers. As though there were not enough […]

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The Grantseeker’s Checklist

“The Grantseeker’s Checklist” is reproduced with the permission of CD Publications. For more information visit www.cdpublications.com or call 1-800-666-6380. CD Publications Presents The Grantseeker’s Checklist The following tip sheet for grantseekers is the result of a collective effort by the team of veteran editors and reporters at CD Publications, a company that has been providing […]

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Go for the Extra Points!

Grant writers preparing proposals to grant makers using a point system to review and score applications can take this lesson from the sport of football: The extra points a team earns after scoring a goal can make or break the game. In the end, it all comes down to points. Governmental agencies and foundations employing […]

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Part 2: Grant Writing Strategies

Part 1: A Guide to Grant Writing during the Economic Crisis explored the response by foundations to lay the groundwork for organizations to adjust their grantsmanship programs accordingly. Part 2: Grant Writing Strategies recommends three strategies for organizations to survive the economic changes: Write Smarter Write More Grant Proposals Write Better Grant Proposals TIPS FOR […]

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Part 1: A Guide to Grant Writing during the Economic Crisis

Part 1: A Guide to Grant Writing during the Economic Crisis The downturn in the United States economy has taken a toll on the giving levels of private oundations by making less money available to not-for-profit organizations. At the same time, many organizations are seeing increases in the demand for their services. Most not-for-profit and […]

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Tis the Season for Year-End Grant Requests

As the end of the calendar year approaches, it is time for fundraisers to implement annual appeal campaigns to solicit year-end contributions. “Tis the season” also for grant writers to revisit prospect lists to identify grant makers, especially foundations and corporations, open to making year-end grants. Procedurally, the business of grant making slows during the […]

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Target Grant Writing to the Reviewers

Marketing the organization and its services to the buyer—in this case, the grant maker—is an integral part of successful grant writing. It pays to know about the individuals who will be reading the grant proposal and making the funding decisions so writers can feature relevant information in their proposals. For example, the reviewers of federal […]

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Are Your Grant Seeking Goals Realistic?

Is your organization realistic about how much money it can generate from government agencies and foundations? Answers to the following questions can help an organization set realistic goals for its grants program: How much money does the organization plan to raise? What is the total fund raising goal, combining grants with all other funding sources? […]

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Will Foundations Support Government Funded Projects?

One result of the poor economy and dwindling federal grants is that organizations that have relied on government-based funding for years are looking to the private sector, foundations in particular, for support. While some foundations have always supported them, more foundations are opening their doors to consider requests from organizations that receive government grants or […]

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