Grant Writer’s Blog

Telling the Story of Your Impact

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I was a keynote speaker at the Reimagine Communities Summit powered by Capital One recently, and one of the sessions during the event was a panel discussion with three large corporate funders. Who might you ask? Some BIG funders. Capital One. Toyota. Amazon.   This felt like an unusual funder panel compared to those I am used to, where it is a panel of government…

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3 Essentials For Nonprofit Sustainability You May Have Missed

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Which do you like first, the good news or the bad news?   But before you answer, what if I told you that the good news is also the bad news? How you or your clients handle this good, bad news or this bad, good news will affect the sustainability of your nonprofit agency.   Baby Boomer wealth transfer forms the glass half-empty or half-full…

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From Good to Better to Best – Telling a Compelling Story of Impact

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When it comes to making an impact on the communities and issues they have prioritized as a philanthropic body, grant funders live vicariously through their awardees. So it makes sense that they would want to know how the work of applicant organizations is making a difference in those same communities and how it is impacting the issues about which the funder is passionate.    Questions…

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Add Productivity by Subtracting Distractions

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After years of pandemics, civil unrest, natural disasters, and economic uncertainty, what red-blooded grant writer or fundraiser wouldn’t want to curl up on a comfy couch and scroll away for a few minutes to escape the stress and practice some self-care? You deserve it.   After all, you’re probably being told to write more, ask more, and work more with less time, money, and fewer…

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When It Comes to Baking the Perfect Grant Proposal, It’s Not Just About the Ingredients

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My family has a cake recipe that we have passed around for years now. We were introduced to it when my sister made my wedding cake, and it is now used for birthday cupcakes, anniversary celebrations, holidays, etc. No one can quite remember where it came from, and the only existing documentation of the recipe is a text message with the ingredients – no instructions….

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Grant Professional: We Are Strong & Mighty

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Every time I meet a new grant professional and hear about their work, I am totally in awe. We juggle so many deadlines and responsibilities. The work we do is IMPACTFUL to communities around the world. In case you have never met a grant pro, here’s a sampling of what I’m talking about. My friend Laura works for Habitat for Humanity and funds the building…

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Why Grant Research Isn’t as Easy as Saying “Show Me the Money”

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“Show me the money!” Anyone who lived through the 90s can identify that famous catchphrase. Despite our opinions on Jerry McGuire, this is all too often the expectation with stakeholders when it comes to grant funding. If only it were that simple! But the fact is, successfully securing and implementing grant funding takes time and effort; to be successful in the business of grants, you…

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An Introvert’s Top 3 Tips for Approaching Grant-making Foundations

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Many people become grant writers because they’re better with words than people. And by many, I mean me. You too, maybe? Seriously though, in my 25+ years in nonprofit fundraising, I have met many more introverts than extroverts who gravitate toward grant writing and management versus individual donors or special events. But here’s the trick. Even though many foundations may seem like faceless institutions hidden…

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4 Software Tools For Better Nonprofit Grant Management

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*Diane’s note: You are used to our team talking about how both pre-award and post-award work connect to create an organization’s overall grant readiness. In fact, we were just talking about this in our most recent webinar about How to Be Exceptionally Grant Ready with Lucy Morgan from MyFedTrainer.com. That’s why thinking about the key types of tools to help you with your grant management…

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Twitter, Reading, and a Grant Conference; How I Found My People

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This is the story of how I found my people. You know who I’m talking about – the colleagues you learn to lean on when you have questions; the ones who understand when you’re having a bad day because they’ve been there too; the people who celebrate your victories, big AND small; and the people who check in regularly because they care. I believe that…

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