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Output or Outcome?

In today’s blog JWS Associate Scott Herr, PhD,  revisits the “Is it an outcome or output?” dilemma grant writers often face. In drafting a final report to a grant funder, the program manager for a household financial education program that teaches low-income households how to become more financially stable boasted that the program was successful, […]

The Magic of SWOT

Thank you to Linda Butler, President of Butler Consulting, Inc., for today’s guest blog! Whether you are developing a project, planning a grant, or creating a strategic plan, a SWOT is a valuable component and magic wand of your toolkit. What is SWOT? SWOT is an acronym for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. Strengths (S) […]

Decision-Making Matrix: Is That Grant...

Tis the season to be jolly, and we have gifts for you in this installment of our LINKY Party! The grants profession is often complex, and my grant writer friends and I offer you a special present for the season: five useful tools that will help you develop more compelling and competitive grant proposals. If […]

Do you hear what I hear? What are you...

As grant writers, we are all familiar with the importance of presenting data as a part of making our case for support. Having sound methods in place to collect and report our program data is critical to communicating our successes and securing future funding. But how often do we actually use program data beyond just […]

Is it an “Outcome” or an ...

In drafting a final report to a grant funder, the program manager for a household financial education program that teaches low-income households how to become more financially stable boasted that the program was successful, and provided the following list as examples of “outcomes” that were achieved: 1,500 promotional flyers were distributed in the community. Ten […]

Tell Grant Makers What Your Program i...

With reform and reductions to many Federal grant programs taking effect by the end of this year, the competition for grants through private foundations will likely increase as many organizations that have relied on government funding for years seek other sources of income to support their work. A recent study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy […]

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