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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Challenge Grants Stimulate Giving

Challenge grants issued by grant makers can provide the final thrust to wrapping up a major campaign. For readers unfamiliar with a challenge grant, Wikipedia defines them as follows: “Challenge grants are funds dispersed by one party (the Grant Maker), usually a Government Agency, Corporation, Foundation or Trust, (sometimes anonymously) typically to a non-profit entity […]

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Volunteer Labor and Its Impact on the Budget

USA Today reported in January that “the sour economy is making it hard for non-profit groups to find volunteers as need grows and budget cuts force them to rely more on unpaid help.” As the article depicts, the nation’s volunteer force is dwindling as people have less time and fewer resources to give. Many people […]

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