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Whose Job is It, Anyway?

October 17, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       (0)       0

In small nonprofits, it’s not unusual for one staff person to handle the entire grants process. These lonely grant professionals design programs, decide whether to enter competitions, represent the organization in community meetings and partnerships, develop budgets, and submit the proposals with little oversight.

Reboot Your Definition of a Grant Award

October 16, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       (0)       0

If you want to understand how to work most effectively with funders, you’ll probably need to reboot your definition of a grant award. Most grantseekers define a grant award as the money a funder gives their organization in response to a grant proposal. “That’s true,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calilf. “But if you limit yourself to that definition, you’ll limit your effectiveness as a change-maker and also be less successful in winning grants.” Money is involved in the grants transaction, but the transaction is not about the money.

When Foundation Grants Are A Match For Federal Grants

October 10, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       (0)       0

There’s a huge difference between managing a grant from a private foundation and managing one from the federal government. When private funders don’t have specific requirements, adhering to generally accepted accounting practices and preparing periodic reports on expenditures and program implementation and impact is good enough.

Getting Serious About Sustaining And Proving Impact

October 3, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       (0)       0

Grant awards are investments in change, and funders want to make a good investment. They don’t want to throw money away on programs that will cease to produce impact the minute the grant money runs out. “Sustainability doesn’t relate to the program activities,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “It relates to continuing impact. Think of it as ongoing dividends paid on the funder’s initial investment.”

Housekeeping For Clean And Tidy Proposals

September 26, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       (0)       0

Developing grant proposals is a fast paced, make-a-difference profession with the allure of bringing in big dollars that make a big difference. But doing it well is not all about high-level organizing, lofty thinking, and brilliant writing. “There are many mundane, but absolutely necessary tasks in this work,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “You’ve also got to make your bed and wash your bowl.”

There Is ‘Method’ To Funding Madness

September 11, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       (0)       0

The purpose of a grant proposal is to convince a funder that the situation you plan to address is significant and the change you plan to achieve (aka outcomes or result) is meaningful. The methods you’ll use to achieve the change are only a means to an end. They only matter to the extent that they’re capable of producing outcomes.

A Balanced Approach to Grants Management

July 18, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       (0)       0

Organizations managing grant-funded programs are anxious to stay out of trouble. Given the considerable regulations associated with government grants, especially federal grants, it’s easy to understand why abiding by the rules is the primary focus.

The 4 Cs of Grant Management

July 11, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       (0)       0

To manage grant awards effectively, you’ve got to know the rules. With private funders, the regulations and requirements can usually be adequately handled through good business and accounting practices.

Go and No-Go Decisions When Competing

June 20, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       (0)       0

Preparing a highly competitive federal grant proposal is an intense process that requires significant energy and resources. For staff members leading the charge, it can be an all-consuming marathon that lasts for weeks.

A Balanced Approach to Grants Management

June 13, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       (0)       0

Organizations managing grant-funded programs are anxious to stay out of trouble. Given the considerable regulations associated with government grants, especially federal grants, it’s easy to understand why abiding by the rules is the primary focus.