Grant Writer’s Blog

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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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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6 Inspirational Quotes for Grant Professionals

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We all have days as grant professionals/grant writers where we are looking for a bit of inspiration or motivation, even if it comes in the form of inspirational quotes, right?! In my office, I love to keep track of inspirational quotes that are related to writer’s block, editing, mistakes/rejection, and all things writing-related so that we can read them as needed and then dig back…

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If the OIG Arrived on Your Doorstep Tomorrow

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If the OIG Arrived on Your Doorstep Tomorrow, Would You Survive the Day? Site visits and single audits forever make me feel as if I’ve been called to the principal’s office. (For the record, I’ve never been, but just the thought would have sent my type A personality, rule-following self into a tailspin.) I’m darn good at grant management, and I do my best to…

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8 Qualities of Excellent Grant Proposals

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In a grant seeking environment of ever-increasing competition, it is imperative to provide a proposal that provides the clearest, yet most energized proposal that will excite the reader and make them want to financially support the program. The following are what I consider to be the 8 qualities that describe excellent proposals regardless of the program focus: 1. Energy – The proposal shines with enthusiasm and passion….

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Alice Walker and Flannery O’Connor Showed Up: You Can Too!

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Once every two months or so, I travel down a semi-rural highway flanked by pine trees and cow pastures–deep into South Georgia to visit some dear friends and get my introvert on. During the three-hour drive, I pass through the homes and haunts of literary giants.  First comes Eatonton, GA, the birthplace of Alice Walker, novelist, short-story writer, poet, essayist, and activist. Her most famous…

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