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Foundation To Let Community Decide On Funding...

The Philadelphia Foundation announced a public voting period for finalists in its $1 million “Key to Community Grants” initiative, which begins next week. From July 8 through July 26, the general public will have the chance to vote and ultimately select nine winners from a list of published nonprofit finalists in the categories of Economic […]

Where to Find an Evaluation Consultant...

When you need an evaluation consultant, you usually need one sooner rather than later. Your proposal narrative might require a high-level evaluation plan to be competitive. The report that’s due next month might require data analysis that’s beyond in-house capacity. “Because program evaluation is an imperative of good management, and because grant proposals require a […]

Grants: Finding The Right Evaluation Consultant...

It’s almost inevitable that most nonprofits will need assistance from a professional evaluation consultant at some point. A funder might require that the program be evaluated by an independent expert. A complicated program might be beyond in-house capacity to adequately assess. Involving an evaluation expert could give a proposal just the needed competitive edge. “Good […]

Impact After The Grant Is Gone...

Some programs are designed to develop a product during the period of grant funding and be done. But the product itself is expected to continue generating impact after the grant funding ends. For example, a systems-change program that results in a law to reduce pollution is, itself, expected to perpetuate the impact. “In these sorts […]

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 […]

Do Yourself a Favor And Document the Process...

Competitive grant proposals include solid documentation of the problem the requested funding will address, the effectiveness of the applicant organization, commitments made by collaborators, and more. “We’re clear about the need for documentation in the proposal,” said Barbara Floersch of chief of training and curriculum for The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles. “Unfortunately, we’re usually […]

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: Making Sure You Deliver On Program...

Winning the grant is just the beginning. Putting the program plan into action, managing the funds, and meeting the award requirements is a marathon-like test of your nonprofit’s competence. “The money you bring in doesn’t matter if you don’t deliver the goods you promised in the grant proposal,” said Barbara Floersch, chief of training and […]

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 […]