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Finding an Evaluator for Grant-Funded Projects...

While grant professionals generally know something about program evaluation, few are evaluation experts schooled in the nuances of statistical analysis, control groups, quantification of soft data, and the like.  For some grant-funded programs, simple evaluations that rely on pre-and post-tests, commercially available surveys, or pre and post comparisons of straight-forward and easily available data may […]

Private Funders Don’t Have To Be Objective...

You submitted a knock-out grant proposal to a well-targeted funder requesting just the right amount of money for just the right purpose. You did extensive background research and know for certain that the proposal was a spot-on ask. You didn’t win the award. What happened?  There are countless reasons you might be turned down, and […]

Exploiting The Economic Muscle of Nonprofits...

The nonprofit sector employs more than 10 percent of America’s private workforce, contributes about $985 billion to the economy, and produces myriad benefits that reach into every community and most homes. It’s a powerful, socially-focused engine bent on doing good. Maybe nonprofits haven’t conquered all the problems or brought equal life quality to everyone, but […]

6 Steps To Manage Proactively...

“The best grant managers don’t sit, waiting anxiously for trouble to come knocking,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “They’re proactive. They’re a special sort of smoke detector, monitoring systems and watching quality indicators to sniff out emerging problems and address them before fire breaks out.” Your organization’s policies, procedures, […]

Grants: Be Ready To Answer These Questions...

Developing winning grant proposals requires a deep understanding of your organization. “You’ve got to understand the organization’s capacity, expertise, and place in the community,” said Barbara Floersch, executive director of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “And, you must be able to provide a concise, thorough overview of the organization, highlighting its fit with […]

All We Want Is A Little Respect...

In the field of fund development, grants don’t get a lot of respect. “I’m well-known for bringing in millions of grant dollars for community programs,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “But at a social function, a fund development director once identified me as the woman who raises all the […]

California Approves Security Funding for Nonprofits...

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that provides security funding to nonprofit organizations at risk of hate-motivated violence. The maximum grant is $200,000 per institution. AB 1548, by state Assembly member Jesse Gabriel (D-San Fernando Valley), establishes the state Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which is designed to improve the security of organizations at high risk […]

$10 Million Economic Opportunity Grant Challenge...

Lever for Change, an affiliate of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, Ill., unveiled the Economic Opportunity Challenge, a competition for a $10 million grant to improve economic opportunity for low-income individuals within the United States.    Proposals must identify a specific barrier and offer a solution to overcome that barrier. Applications will be […]

Yes, Faith-based Orgs Are Eligible For Grants...

Faith-based organizations are often the boots-on-the-ground fighting pressing community problems such as homelessness, hunger, and substance abuse. But when raising money to support the work, they often overlook grants as a possible source of income. “There’s a common misperception that faith-based groups aren’t eligible to receive grants, but that’s simply not true,” said Barbara Floersch […]

Grants: Get Your Hands Dirty Quickly...

Planning a program can be exhilarating. In roughing out the fantastic activities your organization will put into place and the wonderful changes that will result, you get a 30,000-foot look at the program. It’s an inspirational view, but it’s vague.  “Once you’ve agreed on the general plan, strap on the parachute and dive down to […]