Do Angels Sleep?

Do Angels Sleep?

When my youngest daughter was three years old her great grandmother died. I traveled to Michigan for the funeral, leaving my husband in charge of my two daughters. It was the first time I’d ever been away from Abigail overnight. I was gone five days and when I returned Abbey couldn’t quit asking...
Be a Fearless Grantseeker!

Be a Fearless Grantseeker!

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot. Eleanor Roosevelt Awhile back I did a poll on the biggest fears grantwriters face in writing a grant proposal. Not surprisingly approaching...
Prepping For Your First Foundation Site Visit

Prepping For Your First Foundation Site Visit

It’s been six weeks since you spent considerable time and effort researching the regional foundations and sending out eight new proposals in support of a planned educational initiative on behalf of your three-year-old community arts organization. So when the phone rings and it’s program officer Samantha...
Grants:  Do You Have a System in Place?

Grants: Do You Have a System in Place?

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. JOHN DEWEY Charity Channel, always a great barometer of the world of nonprofits, recently posted a question from a member: We are trying to put some numbers to a part time grant writer. We are a $35 million agency and have sporadically applied for...
Myths About Women and Weight Lifting … Er, Grant Proposal Writing!

Myths About Women and Weight Lifting … Er, Grant Proposal Writing!

The other day I mentioned to a couple of women that I was lifting weights in the gym. I was surprised at the responses that I got. “Pam! That’s not good for you!” “Yeah, you never want to use weights heavier than 5 pounds or so …” Frankly I thought that the myths about women and weight lifting...
Foundations Don’t Fund General Operating Costs – Or Do They?

Foundations Don’t Fund General Operating Costs – Or Do They?

Do you still believe the old fairy tale about how difficult it is to find foundations that support general operating expenses? It’s one of the grantwriting myths that even I bought into. Why not? The foundation that I worked for for a number of years most generally dissuaded grantseekers from applying...
What to do When Your Proposal is Declined.  (Hint:  It’s the Beginning, Not the End!)

What to do When Your Proposal is Declined. (Hint: It’s the Beginning, Not the End!)

It’s always frustrating to have your grant proposal rejected, but it’s absolutely essential to stay optimistic and to persevere. The fact is that most grant proposals do get rejected, but learning from the experience—examining why your proposal was turned down—will benefit you by making future...
Metasoft’s Foundation Search Vs The Foundation Center’s Foundation Finder

Metasoft’s Foundation Search Vs The Foundation Center’s Foundation Finder

… and what to do if your budget doesn’t allow for either. Awhile back the “Grants” listserv of CharityChannel, the Internet’s premier resource for nonprofit information, featured a lively debate about the merits of Metasoft’s Foundation Search subscription database versus The Foundation...
Create a System for Grant Writing Success!

Create a System for Grant Writing Success!

The key to successful grant funding is to send your proposal to a diverse group of foundations that make a good match for your project, and then keep at it. Though rejection can be very frustrating, it’s simply part of the process. Keep in mind that a rejected proposal is not a total loss–not...
How to Build Relationships with Foundation Funders

How to Build Relationships with Foundation Funders

When it comes to foundation grants, the biggest question seems to be “how do we get our foot in the door?” How can our nascent grassroots arts organization quickly build relationships with the regional foundations that will help make our programming happen? Generally speaking, I’ve always believed...

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