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Strong Proposals Have Strong Connections

December 12, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       (0)       0

A successful grant proposal sorts the details and moving parts of a complex plan into a precise description of how things will work. “It’s somewhat like writing a brief explanation of how a Rube Goldberg machine works,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “Each piece of the plan must be distinctly articulated and the connections between pieces must be clear.”

Solid Management Builds Trust

December 5, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       (0)       0

The rules and regulations that control the management of federal grants can feel like a sledgehammer poised to fall. The playbook for managing grants from foundations and corporations isn’t nearly as burdensome, but handling grants from private funders also requires diligence and attention.

Who Gets General Operating Grants?

November 28, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       (0)       0

A general operating grant is the most prized type of funding award. In the best circumstances, it’s a significant chunk of money handed to your organization with the magnificent instructions to “do what needs to be done.” Private grantmakers increasingly recognize that general operating funds provide flexible support that enables nonprofits to be most effective.

When Do You Need a Planning Grant?

November 14, 2017       THE NONPROFIT TIMES       (0)       0

Organizations constantly engage in program planning, and most of the time that work folds readily into the ongoing work of administrators and program managers. In effective organizations, staff members have a finger on the pulse of community problems and regularly form working groups, join community networks, and pull together colleagues to lay out a way forward.

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.