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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 […]

Sustaining Systems Change and Infrastructure...

Programs that improve infrastructure, systems, processes, or laws are a great investment of grant funding. Like a renewable energy source, once the improvements are in place, we expect them to deliver results long after the grant funding ends. “A new ordinance prohibiting recyclables in the landfill will yield benefits well beyond the two-year period it […]

Hammering Out the Case for Grant Support...

It’s the golden rule of grantseeking — follow guidelines to the letter. But to win more grants and generate substantive impact, Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif., urges you to step back, assess the problem you’re concerned about, and hammer out a case for support before responding to funder instructions.  “Funders […]

5 Ways To Proactively Manage Grants...

The best grant managers don’t sit, waiting anxiously for trouble to come knocking. 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. According to Barbara Floersch, chief of training and curriculum at The Grantsmanship Center in Los […]

Candid To Redirect In-Person Library Services...

Foundation Center and GuideStar merged earlier this year and rebranded as to become Candid. The organization’s Washington, D.C., office will continue to develop new training programs and convenings, but will be shifting the way it works, the organization announced. Candid’s two Washington, D.C. offices will consolidate. The office currently at 1627 K Street will relocate and will […]

5 Internal Controls For Grants Management...

Put yourself in the funder’s shoes — who would you choose to fund? These tough decisions are complex and include assessing an organization’s ability to deliver on the promises made in the grant proposal. Applicants must have the capacity to translate program plans into action, and the action into measurable results.  “Internal controls are safety-net […]

Grants Management: Before and After is Best...

Grants management is typically thought of as the tasks and responsibilities associated with spending and tracking grant funds, implementing and evaluating programs, and reporting. There’s more to it. “Those post-award activities are part and parcel of grants management,” said Barbara Floersch is chief of training and curriculum for The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif. […]

DAF Grants Show Donor Differences By Geography...

New York City residents might provide the most grant dollars overall but other cities’ citizens give a larger percentage to different charitable sectors, according to an analysis of grants recommended by Fidelity Charitable Giving account holders. The Boston, Mass.-based donor-advised fund (DAF) released its Geography of Giving study this morning, analyzing how donors in 30 […]

8 Budget Questions Funders Will Ask...

Funders put the budget and budget justification under a microscope. According to Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif.: “You’ve got to get it right. When you understand their concerns and the questions they’ll pose, you’re in a much stronger position to nail it.” Here’s a list of questions funders are sure […]

Making Sure the Proposal Budget is Thorough...

The budget is a high-stakes, make-it-or-break-it section of your grant proposal. A thorough, logical, and clear budget is certain to increase your likelihood of winning an award. And an incomplete, illogical, and murky budget is just as sure to sink your chances. “We become so immersed in developing the program and writing the proposal that […]