Grant Writer’s Blog

I Was Burned Out at Work, and I Didn’t Even Know It

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For a long time, I had a job I loved. My boss was the best. He left me to do my job but gave assistance whenever I requested it. He always understood when I had to leave early or show up late to attend a function at my children’s school or care for them when they were sick. He was genuinely complimentary about the work…

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Win More Grants by Writing Real Page Turners

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Win More Grants by Writing Real Page Turners with Joshilyn Jackson I always knew I wanted to use words to do something good. Winding my way through feature writing for a city newspaper and creating content for a medical newsletter eventually led me to grant writing and fundraising—after a brief foray into corporate marketing and editing insurance reports.  (No one ever has ever claimed that…

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Fundraising? Start in Your Own “Backyard”

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After 11 months of the pandemic, I have learned to cultivate a deep appreciation of beauty around me, which wasn’t always apparent when I was rarely at home. In March, my husband and I mapped out two 3.5 to 4 mile walking routes through our neighborhood, and I walk one of them every morning. The more I walked, the more I saw. One morning a…

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Top 3 Ways to Improve Grant Applications for 2021

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Top 3 Ways to Improve Grant Applications for 2021   If you’re pining for a return the way things were pre-pandemic, let me stop you right there. Of course, I am longing for an end to the extreme suffering and death that COVID-19 has caused. Let there be no doubt on that point. But in the nonprofit world, everything was not all coming up roses…

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It’s the Season of Miracles, So Why Not Dream BIG for 2021’s Grant Goals

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It’s the Season of Miracles, So Why Not Dream BIG for 2021’s Grant Goals When you have kids, the holiday season starts earlier than most of us adults would like. My youngest has been blasting Christmas tunes since August, her eternal favorite being Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas. We have already watched a National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (a Thanksgiving Day tradition carried forward…

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Raise More Money, Win More Grants—By Doing Less—Strategically!

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Opportunity comes in many forms.  It knocks. It forms a window. Or it opens a door. Or maybe a door closes, and a window of opportunity opens.  Whichever proverb frosts your cupcake.   Successful fundraising and grant seeking require recognizing and acting on opportunities as they appear—or as you create them.   Not all opportunities are best for your nonprofit or agency. Make it your…

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Career Paths: The Road Less Traveled

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I may have driven my parents crazy with all my questions when I was a little girl. Okay, I did drive my parents crazy will all my questions.  Maybe you did too. Or maybe you’re raising a someone who questions everything.    When I started school, my questions changed from “why is the sky blue” and “how do my eyes know when I’m sad” to…

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Rule Followers & Grant Managers Should Be One and the Same

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Growing up, my parents were strict but fair. They were clear in their expectations of how my younger sister and I were expected to behave. They wanted us to grow up as responsible adults. I did not always appreciate it at the time, but I sure do now. And let me tell you, between their expectations and my fear of disappointing my folks, they sure…

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Self-Care in the Workplace

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Self-Care in the Workplace. What Does That Mean to You?   On the latest episode of the Fundraising HayDay podcast (Season 3, Episode 11), my cohost Kimberly and I spoke to Tara Davis, head guru of workplace self-care for the American Psychological Association. She shared an awful lot of data and resources related to the importance of self-care in the workplace, but the one statement…

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No Community Need, No Grant Money – It’s That Simple

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Every time I teach an intro to grant writing workshop someone wants to know the secret to writing successful grant proposals. How I wish there was a simple guide, something like “8 Steps to Getting the Grant”, but this profession of ours is complicated and nuanced. Sometimes it’s about relationship building. (Actually, that’s often the case.) It is about the data, the storytelling, the budget,…

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