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5 Ways To Ramp Up Trust With Grantmakers...

After submitting hundreds of grant proposals, it’s easy to get lackadaisical when completing yet another description of your nonprofit. But, don’t get lazy. Pump yourself up and snap to, because the funder’s belief in the integrity and credibility of your organization will tip the scale for or against an award. Until the grantmaker believes your […]

Building New Grants: 6 Tips for Launching Funding Opportunities...

Sponsored Content In the very simplest terms, grants are opportunities to make our world better. From grants that boost the sciences to grants that encourage the arts, grantmaking creates impact and change. Offering a new grant presents a wide range of challenges, and not meeting these challenges head on can mean that your grant doesn’t […]

6 Parts Of The Board’s Role In Securing Grants...

Your organization’s board of directors might be affable and effective, challenging, or down-right difficult, but love it or not, it has a role to play in grants administration. “The board’s responsibility to oversee the financial and legal operations of your nonprofit place it at the epicenter of post-award management,” said Barbara Floersch, chief of training […]

NeighborWorks America Unveils $74 Million In Grants...

More than $74 million in flexible grants was awarded to 239 nonprofits that are members of the national NeighborWorks network. This fiscal year (FY) 2020 grant funding (appropriated through Public Law 116 – 94, the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020) will provide the organizations with resources to further NeighborWorks America’s vision of making every community […]

$7.3 Billion Paid Out By Fidelity Charitable In 2019...

Fidelity Charitable (FC) donors recommended $7.3 billion in grants to 155,000 charities from their donor-advised fund accounts in 2019, according to a report released today. It exceeds the previous record of $5.2 billion set in 2018. The data is part of Fidelity Charitable’s “2020 Giving Report.” Millennials grew as a force in philanthropy, representing 13 […]

What Size Grant Should You Request?...

When hammering out the budget for a grant request, remember the Goldilocks Rule: If it’s too large or too small, it won’t do. It’s got to be just the right size to get the work done.  “The job of the budget is to support program implementation at a reasonable, professional level,” said Barbara Floersch is […]

Community Engagement Boosts Grant Success...

Some nonprofits always seem to be in the right place at the right time, standing shoulder to shoulder with other community organizations and reeling in grant awards one after another. What’s the story? Why are these nonprofits the darlings of every get-things-done project of every local school, community group, and municipal agency?  “When you see […]

Who’ll Read Your Grant Proposal?...

Every writer has heard the tired but true caution, “write to your reader.” But because grantseekers seldom know who’ll be evaluating their proposals, it’s hard to know how to best convey the message. “With such a huge range of possible readers, you’re grant proposal needs to communicate well to a diverse audience,” said Barbara Floersch […]

Emergency Grants—Are You a Good Applicant?...

When nonprofits are confronted with unexpected funding emergencies, grantmakers sometimes help them out of the bind. “If the freezer at the food bank breaks down, a local funder might jump in and solve the problem before the hamburger thaws out,” according to Barbara Floersch, chief of training and curriculum for of The Grantsmanship Center in […]

Full-Cost Funding Moving At Glacial Pace...

Ann Goggins and Don Howard of The Bridgespan Group in 2009 published The Nonprofit Starvation Cycle in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. That article made a clear, hard-hitting case for what is now called full-cost funding.  The case for full-cost funding argues that by failing to adequately cover indirect costs involved in implementing grant-funded programs, […]