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Creating a Monster Budget Package...

When you’re seeking grant support for a complicated five- to 10-year program, developing the budget can be challenging. Take a five- to 10-year program plan, throw in two or three collaborating organizations as sub-recipients, pile on a required annual matching contribution, and you’ll find yourself in a swamp of numbers you must somehow sort into […]

6 Steps To Showing Funders A New NPO Is Credible...

Organizations where leaders document a solid track record of success are well positioned to attract grant funding. “Everyone likes safe bets,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “To hand over a $250,000 award, the funder needs confidence that you know what you’re doing and will deliver what you’ve promised.”   Many […]

Grants: Nonprofits And Chamber of Commerce Membership...

There are an estimated 4,000 chambers of commerce across the country that have at least one staff person, according to the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. There are many thousands more that are run as volunteer organizations.  Membership can include one-person enterprises, very small “mom-and-pop” stores, small firms, local manufacturers, all kinds of companies […]

11 Steps To On-Boarding A New Grants Professional...

You’ve finally established a full-time grant development position and hired a professional to fill it. Expectations are high. The board assumes grant funding will skyrocket and every manager is scribbling wish lists. Why not? Before this, seeking grants was a hodge-podge of catch-as-catch-can work by everyone from program staff to administrators. This new position will […]

You Made A Plan. Now What?...

Cartoonist Allen Saunders said it first, and John Lennon made it sing: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” These days, most nonprofits leaders must know the feeling.  You’ve invested in a strategic planning process, you worked through a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats). You articulated coherent and […]

Grants: Focus On Concepts, Not Terminology...

Is an objective the same thing as a goal? Is a method the same as an output? “It depends on who you ask,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “When it comes to terminology in the world of grants, the only thing you can count on is inconsistency.” But while […]

4 More Tips for Collaborative Grant Proposals...

Collaborative efforts can offer more comprehensive responses to community challenges than any one organization alone can deliver. “When the muscle and know-how of multi-talented teams focus on a mutual concern, there’s a real opportunity for impact,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “Laying out a coordinated approach in a collaborative […]

Grant Applicant Organization Holds the Bag...

When nonprofits work collaboratively to tackle community needs, they often submit joint grant proposals and share the funding to implement programs. Still, only one organization can serve as the applicant for the grant.  “In a joint funding proposal, the strength of the applicant’s operating systems and administrative track record are crucial,” said Barbara Floersch of […]

8 Tips To Writing A General Operating Grant Proposal...

General operating awards have always been highly prized by nonprofits, but in the era of COVID-19, they have become lifelines helping many nonprofits survive. As funders loosen restrictions and turn toward general support, nonprofit managers must be prepared to respond with solid proposals that check off all the boxes.  “A general operating request is somewhat […]

Grantors Back Endeavors Benefiting Communities of Color...

Two new efforts, one aimed at raising the profile of Black-founded nonprofits and the other geared toward supporting Asian, Black, Indigenous and Latinx arts organizations, have received pledges of support from a variety of partners and supporters. In the first, 16 donors and foundations banded together and pledged $156 million to support Asian, Black, Indigenous, […]