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The Power of Consistency...

For many nonprofit leaders, the term “grants management” conjures up visions of navigating an ever-changing labyrinth of rules and regulations. While there is a learning curve when managing regulation-heavy grants from various levels of government, it’s nothing diligence and determination can’t conquer. “The first step is understanding what’s required and putting systems in place to […]

How Many Eyes See A Proposal?...

Preparing a brief, simple grant proposal for an established program is usually a one-person job. It’s always best for colleagues to give the proposal a final once-over, for the financial manager to check the budget, and for the top administrator to examine the package and give it the final nod. “Others should always check a […]

Funders Must Provide Clear Guidelines...

Grants are social investments and to invest wisely, funders look for effective nonprofits that deliver high-quality programs. Unfortunately, some nonprofits that offer deep subject-area expertise, broad community capital, and fiery passion don’t win grants simply because staff don’t know how to interpret funders’ application guidelines. “Many nonprofit staff members charged with securing grant funds have […]

Grants: Evaluation Amplifies Impact...

When developing a grant proposal, it’s tempting to think of the evaluation plan as something you tack on once the program plan is in place. But the evaluation plan is an integral part of the program. “It’s the program’s mirror,” said Barbara Floersch, chief of training for The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “It […]

Grants: 5 Elements Of An Ethical Program Evaluation...

There’s a fine line between research and evaluation, and much has been written on the topic. Research is governed by a plethora of ethics rules. Typical research rules include the requirement to get informed consent from those participating in research, and the need to define how human subjects will be fully informed of the risks […]

8 Ways To Showcase To Funders Your Sustainability...

People generally agree that the wonderful work done by nonprofits should continue. Another area of agreement is that the work should receive financial support — from someone else. In their book “The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need,” Ellen Karsh and Arlen Sue Fox offer advice about seeking a grant at a time when everyone […]

Start Close to Home When Seeking Grantmakers...

When looking for the grantmakers most likely to support your organization’s work, start close to home. “The idea of a fat grant from a large national-level foundation is alluring,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, calif. “But unless your organization is doing work of national importance, these large funders probably aren’t […]

In Funder Research, Keywords Are Simple, Right?...

Whether you’re looking for government or private grants, you’ll be plowing through a variety of databases to find the funding programs or foundations most likely to support your work. “Getting a detailed, up-to-date picture of a grantmaker’s priorities and requirements, and learning about what it’s actually supporting, are pivotal factors in how successful you’ll be […]

Record $2.2 Billion Granted Via Schwab Charitable...

Schwab Charitable reported a record $2.2 billion in grants to 86,500 charities during 2018, a 35-percent increase from the $1.6 billion reported for 2017. Contributions to Schwab’s donor-advised fund (DAF) accounts increased 30 percent from 2017 to about $3.9 billion, according to preliminary reporting.  Contributions were accepted in calendar year 2018 as long they were postmarked […]

Grants: Document the Process When Developing Grant Proposals...

You jump feet first into a dizzying whirl of activity; you’re developing a grant proposal. You’ve got to pull together staff members, community organizations, program and evaluation plans, supporting data, graphics, matching commitments, and budgets. And then you’ve got to hammer all these bits and pieces into a logical and compelling proposal that conforms to […]