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How to Tackle the Grant Budget

October 16, 2018       The NonProfit Times       105       0

The budget is a make-it-or-break-it component of a grant proposal and while a solid budget won’t win a grant award, sloppiness and inaccuracy in this arena will certainly lose it. “Some people love building budgets, and others find the work intimidating,” said Barbara Floersch, chief of training and curriculum for The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “But love it or hate it, if you’re charged with bringing in grant dollars you’ve got to do it well to develop winning proposals.” When it comes to budgets, here are six golden rules:

5 Reasons To Consider A Grant Coalition

October 15, 2018       NPT Staff       105       0

When a problem, such as an invasive weed species, is spread across a wide geographic area, there’s good reason to question whether a small, localized response is a good investment of grant funding. What’s the good of temporarily thwarting the invader when wind, tires, or foot traffic will just bring it in again from the surrounding areas? “In some situations, a fully coordinated approach is essential to produce truly meaningful results,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center.

Capital University Promises Half-Price Tuition To Students of ‘Mission-Centered’ Families

September 17, 2018       The NonProfit Times       105       0

Capital University, a private undergraduate and graduate school in Columbus, Ohio, has promised to give half-price tuition to members of families who work for a nonprofit or public service organization. The program is scheduled to begin during the 2019 school year.
The purpose of the program is to encourage more people to work in organizations that have a mission to “champion good,” explained Dr. Elizabeth L. Paul, president of Capital University on the school’s website.

The Hierarchy of Guideline Terms

September 11, 2018       The NonProfit Times       105       0

Terms used by funders vary. There is no set of standard definitions. While this makes responding to application guidelines tricky, most people quickly learn to decipher the changeable lingo and go about the business of winning grants.

Buyer Beware When Engaging a Consultant

September 10, 2018       The NonProfit Times       105       0

There are lots of good reasons for nonprofits to engage professional grants consultants to help them identify funders and prepare proposals. The grant development work load might be too heavy for staff alone. Staff could benefit from mentoring by a high-level professional. Contracting with a consultant might be more cost-effective than bringing on a new staff member.