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What Grant Writers Know (But Your Cli...

By Jennifer Buchi It’s important to make sure that we’re on the same page as the people we fundraise for. We work hard to understand the mission, strategy, and community position of the nonprofits we serve. We think we start out on the same page: But what are some of the things we take for […]

The Holy Grail of Grant Writing (exce...

In this latest excerpt from her book, Heather defines goals and objectives and their roles in grant writing.  Part II: Chapter 7  What will you accomplish with your proposal goals and objectives? Now that you have identified the problem and established your rationale for addressing it, the next step in developing your proposal is to describe […]

The Holy Grail of Grant Writing (exce...

In this excerpt from Heather’s book, she reviews the ever-important Statement of Need. Part II: Chapter 6: Telling your story by the numbers The Statement of Need provides the evidentiary basis for your persuasive argument.  The purpose of the Statement of Need is to establish the rationale for your proposal and lay the foundation for the […]

Cut the Clutter

I recently went into my personal email account and realized much of what I was receiving was junk mail. Somewhere along the way, I had clicked on retail stores, organizations, and who knows what else for coupons, special offers, discounts, and e-newsletters. Rarely was I opening any of these emails that popped up almost daily […]

The Holy Grail of Grant Writing (exce...

Enjoy more great information from Heather Stombaugh’s book, In the Trenches: Grantsmanship. Chapter 5: Part II:  Who is your audience and what is your “ask?” What is the difference between passive versus active voice? Passive voice clouds understanding, is vague, and often sounds awkward when read aloud. The active voice, in contrast, includes the action in […]

The Holy Grail of Grant Writing (exce...

Enjoy this excerpt from Heather Stombaugh’s Book: In the Trenches: Grantsmanship. Part II: Chapter 5:  Who is your audience and what is your “ask?”  Grant writing is persuasive writing. Through the introduction, we must make the reviewer want to keep reading. In order to capture your audience early, you must make your introduction shine. And […]

Mission Moments

Thank you to our guest blogger today, Michelle Jimenez, Senior Consultant, HUB Philanthropic Solutions I am working with a nonprofit that has a generous Foundation partner. We have never done anything particularly “special” for this partner aside from our typical thank you letter after the gift is received. But this year, we kicked it up a […]

The Holy Grail of Grant Writing (exce...

Enjoy another excerpt from Heather Stombaugh’s book: In the Trenches: Grantsmanship Chapter 4: Are you Grant Ready? Grant readiness comes before grant writing—it helps us determine if we are prepared to make a persuasive argument. How do you know if your organization is grant ready? Step 1: Conduct a Needs Assessment How do you know […]

The Holy Grail of Grant Writing (exce...

More from Heather Stombaugh’s book: In the Trenches: Grantsmanship. Chapter 3: Part I What do Grant Makers Really Want? People award grants. Not foundations, not corporations, not governments. Human beings read proposals. How do we change someone from a non-giver to a giver? What do we need to do, to know, to make the most persuasive argument […]

Making the Fit with Online Grant Appl...

By Lisa M. Sihvonen-Binder, MS NMP Nowadays many foundations are using online application processes for letter of inquiry and grant proposal submission. While many of the standard proposal writing hints and tips apply, below are several that I’ve found useful when working with online applications: How to deal with character counts: Brevity! It’s one of […]

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