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Once Upon a Time…Helping Clients Tell...

Thanks to JWS Associate Micki Vandeloo, GPC, for today’s blog. As a grant writer, I work with both non-profit and for-profit companies.  Most often, my clients have created marketing materials and websites touting their services.  Their annual reports often mention their organization’s history and the recent year’s achievements.  But, they have trouble telling their story in […]

Hiring a Grant Landscaper: Never have...

Today’s blog is by JWS Associate Danny Blitch, MPA, GPC. It is not clear when or how it happened, but somehow the word got out “if you hire a grant writer they do all the work without any input, direction, or assistance.”  I can’t tell you how many times the staff person I was working with […]

A Newcomer’s Perspective on Grant Wri...

Today’s blog is by JWS Associate Anna Kakos. There is a beautiful lily pond in my neighborhood that is within walking distance from Lake Michigan. The pond is now frozen and covered with ice and snow, but it’s the perfect, tranquil place to collect your thoughts on a quiet day. Originally constructed in the 1930’s, […]

What Will Happen if You Don’t G...

Today’s blog is by Lisa M. Sihvonen-Binder, MS NMP I teach the 8-week online Grant Writing for Corporations and Foundations course for a local university in my area. Each year, students struggle with developing a strong case for why funding is needed. We read several texts in the course and look at many examples of need […]

Big Enough: Does your Grant Waist Siz...

Today’s blog is by JWS Associate Danny Blitch, MPA, GPC. Go Big or Go Home! “Go Big or Go Home!” is a fallacy statement for life, as well as, for grant development. The adage implies, if your grant request amount isn’t for big bucks, then you might as well curl up into a ball and stay […]

Crossing the Balance Beam: Functionin...

Today’s blog is by Just Write Solutions Associate Lisa Ovenden.  “Back in the day”, when I was a younger and less experienced major gifts officer for a major healthcare organization, I prided myself on being able to say that I “don’t do grants”. In fact, the organization was large enough that creating silos between grants […]

Six Sure-fire Strategies to Develop C...

Some things are worth repeating: like this previously published blog by JWS Associate Scott Herr, PhD, on sure-fire strategies for developing competitive grant proposals. All indications are that competition for grant funds will continue to increase for the near future. For grant writers and nonprofit leaders, it can be helpful to be aware of essential components […]

Non-Profit Grantsmanship Lessons for ...

Today’s blog is by Micki Vandeloo, GPC, Lakeview Consulting.  “I never even thought about applying for a grant!” “Why is it important to share my financials (or my product idea) with a funder?” “Why would I want to get a grant?” “Wow, getting grants is a really complicated process!  I hope it’s worth it!” I […]

Lights, Camera, Action…Grants!

Today’s post is by Anna Kakos at JustWrite Solutions, LLC. Before the audience arrives and slips into their seats, the past hours are spent rehearsing dialogue and dance moves, altering costumes, sweeping theatre aisles, adjusting light fixtures, practicing in the orchestra pit, and pacing back and forth before the final curtain call. A tremendous amount of […]

Output or Outcome?

Here’s a re-run of a great blog previously written by JWS Associate Scott Herr, PhD. 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 […]

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