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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 […]

6 Grant Resolutions for the New Year...

It’s the time of year contemplation and resolutions. “While the tradition of New Year resolutions is generally focused on our personal lives, I suggest that we also establish a tradition of self-assessment and goal-setting in our work,” according to Barbara Floersch, chief of training and curriculum of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. “The […]

Norfolk Not Paying Federal Grants To Nonprofits...

The City of Norfolk, Va., owes at least 15 social service agencies as much as $650,000, some of it since 2017, according to a report in The Virginian-Pilot. That includes nonprofits responsible for the city’s homeless and domestic violence shelters. Some of the cash owed is from federal money paid to the city, according to […]

Lack Of A Program Is Not Grant Proposal Argument...

Accurately identifying the problem or need your organization wants to tackle is the single most important factor in developing a powerful grant proposal. “The problem or need is the situation that’s driving your organization to take action — it’s the reason you’re seeking grant funding,” said Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, […]

Don’t Pay Consultants A Percentage...

Inexperienced administrators are apt to think they can simply reach out to a grants consultant, have the consultant write-up a proposal, then pay the consultant with a percentage of the funding brought in by that work. They couldn’t be more wrong. There are numerous reasons why percentage payments don’t work, and why associations of fundraisers […]