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6 Grant Resolutions for the New Year...

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. “The […]

Norfolk Not Paying Federal Grants To Nonprofits...

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. Some of the cash owed is from federal money paid to the city, according to […]

Lack Of A Program Is Not Grant Proposal Argument...

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, […]

Don’t Pay Consultants A Percentage...

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. There are numerous reasons why percentage payments don’t work, and why associations of fundraisers […]

Pass-Through Becomes Passé...

“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. During the past five years, this United Way has streamlined its focus to a few key intervention areas, including […]

Charities Brace For GM Plant Closings...

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. Representatives of local charities including the United Way, Salvation Army, and food banks in Lordstown and Youngstown, Ohio expect plant […]

The Right Grant for the Right Reason...

When your nonprofit is in dire need of general operating funds, a program-specific grant won’t ease the pain. “Just because you need money doesn’t mean you need a grant,” said Barbara Floersch, chief of training and curriculum for The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “And just because you need a grant, doesn’t mean you […]

Grants: Is it Time For A Competitiveness Check Up?...

If your organization’s grant proposals seldom result in funding, it’s time for a check-up. Not every proposal will win an award because here are too many variables. But if you’re doing the work correctly, it’s reasonable to expect a good deal of success. “Be sure to think of the assessment process as a “check-up” rather […]

DAFs Continue Torrid Pace...

Contributions to donor-advised funds (DAF) reached another all-time high in 2017 and charitable assets in DAFs eclipsed $100 billion for the first time ever, according to a new report. The “2018 Donor-Advised Fund Report,” by the National Philanthropic Trust (NPT), indicated that contributions to DAFs totaled $29.23 billion, up 16.5 percent from 2016, and grant […]

Use The Strategic Plan To Prioritize Grant Development...

Most organizations have a long list of projects that are reasonable candidates for grant funding. But with limited time available, it’s easy for grant professionals to get lost in a prickly thicket of competing demands. “Grants work should be viewed from the perspective of the organization’s overall strategy,” said Barbara Floersch, chief of training & […]