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Finding Rural Funding

Not all great nonprofits are located in the city. Many commendable and successful nonprofit organizations thrive in the middle of the heartland. Finding and securing funding for rural organizations, however, presents its own set of challenges. In a recent workshop, JWS Principal Consultant Heather Stombaugh, MBA, CFRE, GPC,   shared these findings and advice to grant seekers […]

How to Become a Pre-Selected Organiza...

Spring is in the air, and as a gardener, I could not be more delighted. I can’t wait to get my hands dirty this weekend. But just as you wouldn’t just throw a tomato plant in the garden and expect it to grow with no supports, you can’t just throw a proposal at a foundation […]

Who are your Supporters and are they ...

This is a special guest post from George Rattin, our colleague at Laurus Strategies. Through my many years of serving at nonprofits I have come to identify a significant trap that ensnares many development officers. This trap is most visible at budget planning time. During this time, a development office needs to make revenue and […]

5 Tips for Effective, Efficient, and ...

Cold calls, while easier for some, are still considered one of the more difficult and dreaded pieces of the grants process. Here are just a few reminders to help make those calls more efficient, effective, and easier overall: 1. Research the grantmaker prior to the call. We have repeated this again and again. Make sure […]

Don’t Overlook County Governmen...

“County” is an odd word, when you think about it. It references a feudal system where a certain amount of land was under the control of a Count or Countess, members of the nobility. This same system identified the larger Dukedoms (controlled by a Duke or Duchess) and the smaller Baronies (controlled by a Baron […]

Research is Enlightening…..and ...

Research is  vital  to every organization. The research you conduct prior to creating a program is some of the most important work you can do to solidify program ideals and help ensure its success. Even if it is a current program, examine other organizations that have similar activities, what obstacles they encountered, and the best […]

How Does Your Grant Garden Grow?

Most of us are dreaming of spring. I personally cannot wait to get my hands dirty as I plant seeds and prepare for the growing season. But I don’t just stick seeds in the dirt and expect them to magically grow into delicious vegetables the next day—it takes a lot of care to produce beautiful […]

We Love You Funders . . . But We Need...

This is our first blog in a new and exciting partnership – a Linky Party – with esteemed grant writers from across the country, including Jana Jane Hexter, Diane Leonard, Jo Miller, and Mark Whitacre. Click on the links throughout this article to read their fascinating and educational perspectives on this subject. Look for more […]

Prospecting and Listservs: The Best ...

Listservs…..you may have a love/hate relationship with them. Hate because they can really clog your inbox, but love because there are so many wonderful nuggets of information to be found. At JustWrite Solutions, we used to have a combined list of more than 80 listservs that we followed for prospecting. While not all of us […]

What happens when the “sure thing” is...

All of us who seek and attempt to secure funding for non-profit organizations are fully aware that there are no guarantees when it comes to funding. I have heard many stories, and have experienced this myself, how projections and development plans cannot always account for a large funder declining renewal support. The rejection can sting, […]

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