November 13, 2016

Organizations make a mountain out of a mole hill when it comes to producing a budget.  Sometimes, I get an Excel spreadsheet with 18 tabs, detailing each time they buy paper towels for the office bathroom.  Other times, I have to produce a budget for a client....even s...

November 6, 2016

"Oh my, we can't have a young person on our board!"

" They are in school when we have our meetings."

" We deal with confidential information and youth may not understand how we do things."

Baloney.  I've heard it all as a grant writer.  Here's the truth.  The only reason...

October 30, 2016

Most funders want a Board of Directors list, complete with contact information (address, phone, email) AND their career affiliations.  

It's not enough to say "Treasurer" or "President" of the Board.  What do or did they do in their careers?  And don't list ony: John Sm...

October 23, 2016

Don’t Name your New 501c3 Organization a Foundation
Almost 20% of my client portfolio is made up of Foundations.  
What were they thinking????  A reviewer sees the word “foundation” and they automatically assume it’s an organization that GIVES money.  
Folks, plea...

October 16, 2016

I love and respect faith based organizations. But, please……let’s mention God once.  Mention God in your Mission Statement or mention God in your narrative.  Heck, you can even choose to mention God in your Budget.  But do it once.  Only once.  

October 9, 2016

Bless your heart.  If you’re sharing your time and talents to get a 501c3 up and running, go for it.  But, if you’re ready to write grants, you need to add a part time program director or manager into the request.  No funder will allocate money to an all - volunteer or...

October 2, 2016

It’s an unspoken rule, but an important one.  Funders prefer that you apply for no more than 10% of your organization’s budget and no more than 20% of any program or project budget.  For example, if your agency operates on a budget of $100,000 annually, you should not...

September 25, 2016

When writing a corporate, family or community foundation grant proposal (my specialties!), multipage, complicated spreadsheets are not acceptable as a budget.  Reduce it to one page.  Revenues at the top.  Expenses at the bottom.  And, make certain that the Revenues eq...

September 18, 2016

Remember high school journalism class?  
Who, What, Why, When, Where, and How….answer those questions about your program or project in a concise, brief manner and you’ll have 90% of your grant proposal finished!  Forget the flowery language.  Reviewers see through the...

September 11, 2016

What?  After you spend so much time pouring your heart out on a grant proposal you are expected to mail it regular mail?  Yes!  Look at it from a funder’s prospective.  If you mail it expedited or certified mail they will think your organization has money to spare.  An...

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