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Start Close to Home When Seeking Grantmakers

February 5, 2019       The NonProfit Times       105       0

When looking for the grantmakers most likely to support your organization’s work, start close to home. “The idea of a fat grant from a large national-level foundation is alluring,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, calif. “But unless your organization is doing work of national importance, these large funders probably aren’t a good bet.”

In Funder Research, Keywords Are Simple, Right?

January 28, 2019       The NonProfit Times       105       0

Whether you’re looking for government or private grants, you’ll be plowing through a variety of databases to find the funding programs or foundations most likely to support your work.

Record $2.2 Billion Granted Via Schwab Charitable

January 24, 2019       NPT Staff       105       0

Schwab Charitable reported a record $2.2 billion in grants to 86,500 charities during 2018, a 35-percent increase from the $1.6 billion reported for 2017.

Grants: Document the Process When Developing Grant Proposals

January 22, 2019       Barbara Floersch       105       0

You jump feet first into a dizzying whirl of activity; you’re developing a grant proposal. You’ve got to pull together staff members, community organizations, program and evaluation plans, supporting data, graphics, matching commitments, and budgets.

6 Grant Resolutions for the New Year

January 14, 2019       The NonProfit Times       105       0

It’s the time of year contemplation and resolutions. “While the tradition of New Year resolutions is generally focused on our personal lives, I suggest that we also establish a tradition of self-assessment and goal-setting in our work,” according to Barbara Floersch, chief of training and curriculum of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

Norfolk Not Paying Federal Grants To Nonprofits

December 21, 2018       NPT Staff       105       0

The City of Norfolk, Va., owes at least 15 social service agencies as much as $650,000, some of it since 2017, according to a report in The Virginian-Pilot. That includes nonprofits responsible for the city’s homeless and domestic violence shelters.

Lack Of A Program Is Not Grant Proposal Argument

December 18, 2018       The NonProfit Times       105       0

Accurately identifying the problem or need your organization wants to tackle is the single most important factor in developing a powerful grant proposal. “The problem or need is the situation that’s driving your organization to take action — it’s the reason you’re seeking grant funding,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “A proposal’s definition of the problem effects all components of the request and when it’s wrong, the entire proposal suffers.”

Don’t Pay Consultants A Percentage

December 10, 2018       The NonProfit Times       105       0

Inexperienced administrators are apt to think they can simply reach out to a grants consultant, have the consultant write-up a proposal, then pay the consultant with a percentage of the funding brought in by that work. They couldn’t be more wrong.

Pass-Through Becomes Passé

December 6, 2018       Richard H. Levey       105       0

“We are no longer cutting a check and asking organizations to send us a report,” said Timothy Johnson, vice president, community impact at United Way of the National Capital Area, which serves the Washington, D.C. region.

Charities Brace For GM Plant Closings

November 30, 2018       NPT Staff       105       0

The plan by General Motors (GM) to close up to five plants and lay off more than 14,000 workers in North America likely will have a significant impact on local charities in the affected regions.

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