Grant Writer’s Blog

Breaking the Stress Cycle: Burnout Relief for Grant Writers and Fundraisers

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We’re all just walking each other home— Rumi   (Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmi)   For most nonprofit and local government workers, there’s a “normal” stress level. Raising funds against growing needs, and often decreasing sources of revenues. Then comes family life–young children, older parents, loneliness, or too much togetherness.  Now we all share additional layers of stress from the COVID-19 pandemic,  the growing recession, the…

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Ethical Grant Seeking: Beyond Following the Rules

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Some people are drawn to true crime shows and podcasts. Others find solace in Animal Crossing or Candy Crush. Believe me, I am not judging. I self-medicate by watching reruns of the Great British Baking Show, and PBS’s Poirot and Miss Marple mysteries.   There’s something else that always catches my attention and that of my Fundraising HayDay co-host Amanda Day. Stories of grant fraud. …

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A Lesson for Nonprofits

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A Lesson for Nonprofits: The Rise and Fall of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos   If you have listened to enough episodes of the Fundraising HayDay podcast, you’ll know my cohost Kimberly and I are fascinated by grant fraud. Don’t get me wrong. We hate that it ever happens. It is more like we are floored by the things that individuals and organizations try to get…

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How to Support Our Nonprofits AND Ourselves as Grant Professionals

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There is no doubt that these are unprecedented times for all of us as individuals and as grant professionals. I have lost track of how many emails I have received that are talking about how businesses, grantmakers, and nonprofits are responding to COVID-19. I thought email traffic was heavy before…now I realize exactly how many email lists I am on for colleagues, organizations we are…

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Top 17 Grant Writing Blogs

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We’re so excited to announce the  2020 TOP 17 GRANT WRITING BLOGS It is the goal of DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services to assist nonprofit organizations with competitively researching, applying, and receiving grant funding to best serve our clients and have a significant impact in their communities, taking the stress out of grant writing.  With this mission in mind, our team put together…

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Transformative Top Ten: Fundraising HayDay’s Season 2 Favorite Things

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When my Fundraising HayDay cohost, Kimberly Hays de Muga, and I discussed how to best wrap up season two of the podcast, we knew it had to celebrate the great experiences it brought us. When we were planning and recording these past 15 episodes, we never would have guessed this final episode of season two would drop right as the Covid-19 coronavirus raged through the…

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This One Time At Grant Camp: Grant Procurement Woes

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American Pie, that iconic (and oh so crude) film from my youth has a classic line most folks from my generation still giggle over. When a friend utters “this one time, at band camp” you know a ridiculous, over the top story is about to follow. And while there isn’t a “grant camp”, I think anyone responsible for managing grant funding for more than half…

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The Dark Side of Little White Lies: Funder Feedback

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We’ve all done it. (And if you say you haven’t, you’re definitely telling a little white lie.)  A friend, spouse or a colleague asks your opinion. And you fear that telling the actual truth will hurt their feelings.   So you may find yourself saying: “No, your butt doesn’t look too big in those jeans… Or “yes, I would love to see every picture on…

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Don’t be the next grant management case study

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BECAUSE WE DON’T WANT TO BE A CASE STUDY IN SOMEONE’S GRANT WORKSHOP   A couple of years ago, a grant friend and I submitted a proposal on fraud for the Grant Professional Association’s Annual Conference. To keep things interesting, we highlighted real life examples of grants and money management gone wrong.    Imagine my shock as I’m standing in line for lunch at said…

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Old School Blog Post

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IT’S NORMAL TO LOVE THE FRESH SMELL OF OFFICE SUPPLIES, RIGHT? #ASKINGFORAFRIEND   A few years ago, I participated in a #grantchat on Twitter focused on technology. (#grantchat is from 12-1 pm Eastern every Tuesday.) Questions centered around the different tools we use as grant professionals to make our lives easier and work more efficiently. I learned so much in 60 minutes, and one of…

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