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The One Leadership Trait That Will He...

Today’s blog is by JWS Associate Micki Vandeloo, GPC. Think about the grant writing process for a minute.  Once your organization identifies an opportunity to get grant funding, what happens?  In all likelihood, someone (the development director or grant writer) reviews it to make sure it with a current or future program.  If this is […]

Win More Grants: Get Your Politics in...

Today’s blog is by JWS Associate Danny Blitch, MPA, GPC. Development professionals, including grant writers, and fundraisers know there’s more to winning grants than excellent prose.  We sometimes refer to it as “grant luck” however, it can also be summed up as “The Politics” of our agency or client organizations. Often due to no fault […]

Is Your Organization Ready To Try For...

Is Your Organization Ready To Try For a Government Grant?

Thanks to JWS Associate Jennifer Rathburn for today’s blog. A long-time JWS client was reviewing their upcoming grant targets and discussing organizational goals/programs that need funding. As we were discussing the available opportunities, the question came up, “Are you ready to try for a government grant?” The client immediately responded with “Yes, I think we […]

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, […]

Data vs. Intuition–which is dri...

Thanks to JWS Associate Scott W. Herr, PhD,  for today’s blog. Evidence and data are essential tools for your success in writing proposals. For projects to be successful in the long term the data that is collected must be objective. While most people would say the evidence they present to support their need is objective, it’s very […]

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 […]

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