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What’s so special about millenn...

Thanks to JWS Associate Scott W. Herr, PhD, for today’s blog.   The odds are good that within the past month you have read at least one story about how Millennials are changing the world and the way that we all do things. The odds are also not bad that you read such a story […]

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 […]

Working in Nonprofits: No, It’s...

Today’s blog is by JWS Associate Anna Kakos. One of my previous jobs was working for a food science nonprofit. Each summer, our organization hosted an annual conference that gathered more than 16,000 food science professionals working in the food industry, academia, and government. It took my colleagues and I nearly a year to plan […]

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 […]

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 […]

Surprises in the 990

Thanks to Carolyn Caldwell, GPC, for today’s blog on the form 990. Most all articles about 990s talk about the wonders they uncover: • Name and address of the foundation (or foundation manager) • Their fiscal year (either the tax year or calendar year) • Contact name and phone • Their assets, and amount of […]

Identify Best Fit Funders

Here is the latest blog from Heather’s upcoming book, In the Trenches: Grantsmanship. Let’s begin with a few questions.  How well do you know yourself? What are your organization’s needs? Can you identify trends in grant making? Do your priorities match the priorities of prospective funders? Geography Areas of concern Types of support Similar projects […]

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