Tips on Streamlining your Grant Applications

By |2021-04-16T11:28:47-07:00April 16th, 2021|

There are no exceptions to the fact that grant writing is a long and often arduous writing process.Worseyet, for smaller charities and non-profits there may not be the resources to employ grant writers.This task isthenleft to program managers or administration staff who do their best to fit writing tasks into an alreadycrowdedwork schedule. But grant applications [...]

The Do’s and Don’ts in Communicating with Potential Funders

By |2021-03-25T12:49:50-07:00March 25th, 2021|

Do: Create Meaningful Connections  Build a relationship with your funders as you would other stakeholders and partners. Funders are people too, and while it may seem intimidating to initiate a relationship, donors are seeking a connection with the organizations they fund. Remember to stay in touch, even with one-time donations. Thank-You's can be a phone call, a mail card or an email. You could [...]

The Big Ask: 5 Tips on making a strong letter request to donors

By |2021-03-05T12:45:03-08:00March 5th, 2021|

1. Introduce Your Organization/ Project Give your funders a good understanding of your organization or project in a concise and simple manner. Avoid language that is busy, unclear and muddled with details. Put yourself in the position of the reviewer; donors receive countless requests for funding and reviewing these summaries can be tedious. Simplify your [...]

Anxiety in Grant Writing: Tactics to Overcome Performance Anxiety

By |2021-01-28T12:49:24-08:00January 28th, 2021|

Whether you’ve been grant writing for decades or are a first timer, the emotions that come with completing grant applications can be pretty tumultuous. Although experience is always a great teacher, many organizations do not have the resources to ‘test out’ or practice their grant writing skills. The reality is that a lot can hinge [...]

They said “No”—Now What?

By |2020-11-09T10:46:46-08:00September 7th, 2020|

So you have done the necessary research for your campaign and identified what looks to be some great Funders. You have written what you consider a great Letter of Inquiry and you are feeling sure you are going to be successful this time. Then you get a “No” or, even worse, you get no [...]

How Much Should I Ask For?

By |2020-11-09T10:23:39-08:00August 31st, 2020|

We're often asked the question of how much money  to ask from a Foundation. I’d love to tell you this is a simple yes or no answer, but the reality is that your grant request amount should be based on a  variety of different factors. Initially, you will need to take into consideration the total [...]

Do Your Research!

By |2020-11-09T10:46:23-08:00August 24th, 2020|

Successful grant writing should always begin with thorough research. The research that you do will undoubtedly be time consuming for you, but take heart. This will be time well spent and most certainly should not be overlooked. Ultimately, your goal is to match your charity’s programs, activities, and goals with targeted grantmakers. Each Foundation—whether a [...]

Establishing Relationships

By |2020-11-09T10:46:05-08:00July 24th, 2020|

“It’s all about establishing and maintaining relationships” Really? Could it be that simple? Well, probably not quite that simple, but it most certainly stands to reason; Foundations do not want to feel that they are the local ATM machine. You need to put yourself in their shoes for a moment. They are looking to build [...]

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