Grant Writing Tips

Want to be a better grant writer? In this section, we have articles on grant writing, understanding the grant writing process, preparing grants, and writing grant applications.

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Fundraising on the Internet

The excitement surrounding Internet fund-raising and its hoped-for windfall of support for non-profits reminds me of when direct mail and tele-funding were new to the fund-raising scene. However, Internet fund-raising is causing an even greater stir in the non-profit world for a couple of reasons. [Fundraising on the Internet]

Non-Profit Fund-Raising Demystified

When it comes to fund-raising, there are truths and myths. The truths illuminate the path to success. The myths speak with the dark voice of “conventional wisdom” of what can’t be done and won’t work. [Non-Profit Fund-Raising Demystified]

Don’t Make Your Organization’s Statement Of Purpose A “Mission Impossible”

When it comes to fund-raising, there are truths and myths. The truths illuminate the path to success. The myths speak with the dark voice of “conventional wisdom” of what can’t be done and won’t work. [Don’t Make Your Organization’s Statement Of Purpose A “Mission Impossible”]

Fitting Annual, Endowment, Capital, and Sponsorship & Underwriting Campaigns Into Your Organization’s Plans

The annual fund campaign is a 365-day-a-year process conducted each and every year to raise money to assist in paying regular and ongoing expenses. It should be an organization’s primary source of contributed income, and it: [Fitting Annual, Endowment, Capital, and Sponsorship & Underwriting Campaigns Into Your Organization’s Plans]

Grant Applications: Know Your Organization

To sell any product, it is important to know just what the product is and what it does. It makes no difference whether you are a waitress explaining the intricacies of the specials of the day, a computer salesperson pitching the new improved model, or a solicitor in a fund-raising campaign. [Grant Applications: Know Your Organization ]

How U.S.-Style Fund-Raising Can Work In YOUR Country

…people from around the world sought advice and guidance regarding the U.S. philanthropic-style of fund-raising. They did so because they recognized that government support of charities, cultural bodies and NGOs in their countries was rapidly eroding and in danger of disappearing altogether. As a result, they were both willing and eager to learn how to fund-raise in the American style. [How U.S.-Style Fund-Raising Can Work In YOUR Country]

Developing a Communications Strategy For the Development Operation

If a non-profit organization wants to maximize its contributed income it needs a coherent, executable development plan, and that plan must have a viable communications strategy. [Developing a Communications Strategy For the Development Operation]

How Board Members Can Become Effective Fund-Raisers

So, you’ve been asked to join the board of a non-profit organization, or maybe you’re already on the board. In either case, here’s some advice. [How Board Members Can Become Effective Fund-Raisers]

Building Donor Loyalty

When we set fund-raising goals, we usually cast them in terms of dollars. However, the major fund-raising goal of any organization should be to build a base of loyal, supportive donors who give money year after year, campaign after campaign. It is that base of loyal, supportive donors upon which the financial goals of every campaign are built, making donor loyalty the most critical element of long-term fund-raising success. [Building Donor Loyalty]

What Do You Know About Your Donors

If you want donors to be loyal to, and support, your organization — they must know you, trust you, and believe that you are fulfilling your mission and using their contributions wisely.  If you don’t know who your donors are and what they think of your organization — you can’t successfully communicate with them. [What Do You Know About Your Donors]

Campaign Feasibility Studies

If a non-profit organization wants to maximize its contributed income it needs a coherent, executable development plan, and that plan must have a viable communications strategy. [Campaign Feasibility Studies]

Should Your Organization Sell Products And Services To Raise Money

I am made increasingly aware of the conflict non-profit organizations experience when faced with choosing between:

  1. Raising the money they need using a traditional philanthropic process.
  2. Making a profit from selling and endorsing commercial products and services.
[Should Your Organization Sell Products And Services To Raise Money]

Learn The Secret Of Fund-Raising Success

For many people, fund-raising is the stuff of myth and magic—a series of tasks rivalling the labors of Hercules and demanding the powers of a Merlin. Myth and magic, because they offer the balm of simple acceptance in place of the pain of comprehension, can be very comforting, and in no instance is this more true, than when the myth of fund-raising magic is used to excuse fund-raising failure. [Learn The Secret Of Fund-Raising Success]

Major Gifts Campaign Checklist

A successful Major Gifts fund-raising campaign is not magic. It is a straightforward, concise process of executing well-defined components arranged in a step-by-step progression. I know this to be so because I have seen it done over and over again — starting at A and working through to Z, successfully carrying out campaign after campaign and achieving goal after goal. [Major Gifts Campaign Checklist]

How Do You Pay A Grant Writer

“I recognize the difficulties that cash-strapped non-profit organizations have in providing upfront, fair compensation to consultant grant writers for the legitimate and important work they perform. In many instances, it has become a common practice to make compensation contingent of the award of a grant. Nevertheless, there are concerns this practice raises which need to be addressed.” [How Do You Pay A Grant Writer ]

What Should You Do Before Engaging An Outside Grant Writer

“Accomplished, experienced grant writing consultants are in demand and they are not cheap. Therefore, you should do as much of the preparation work as possible yourself. This will allow you to spend your consulting dollars where they are really needed — the actual grant writing. Also, the better prepared you are, the more likely you will be to attract the best grant writers.” [What Should You Do Before Engaging An Outside Grant Writer]

General Grant Writing Pay Rates

Fees charged by grant writers will range far and wide. But from what I have seen, experienced and capable grant writers charge about $60 per hour. I’ve seen some fees in the area of $100 per hour and more, and then I have seen some very low fees — well under $50 [General Grant Writing Pay Rates]

How to Find Grant Writing Jobs

Contact development officers of non-profits in the geographic area of your choice (United Way, universities, hospitals, etc.), and ask for an interview. Get your resume’ up to date and ready. Consult the newspaper want ads. [How to Find Grant Writing Jobs]

How Do You Evaluate The Performance Of Grant Writers

I have seen many resumes with statements like the following, The grants I write are awarded funds 80% of the time A recent query to an Internet newsgroup by an executive director asked My grant writer has a grant success rate of 41%. How does that compare with the standard of other organizations” [How Do You Evaluate The Performance Of Grant Writers]

How to Find Grant Writers

Contact development offices of a few of the largest non-profit organizations near you (United Way, university, hospital, etc.), and ask to (personally and confidentially) talk to their grant writers. Many times, such professionals are eager to, and are allowed, by their employers, to “moonlight” by producing proposals for other, non-directly-competing, organizations. [How to Find Grant Writers]

Common Grant Application Form

Use the following outline as a guide to your proposal narrative. Most grant-makers prefer up to five pages, excluding attachments, but be sure to ask each individual funder if they have page limitations or any additional requirements. [Common Grant Application Form]

Writing Letters of Inquiry

It’s a good idea (and sometimes it’s required) to send a letter of inquiry to a foundation before submitting a full proposal. [Writing Letters of Inquiry]

Tips For Grant Proposal Writing

Talk to others about proposals to a funder. Ask about their experience with funders’ proposal preferences regarding: Length; Complexity; Budget detail; Statistical support; Personal contact before submission. [Tips For Grant Proposal Writing]

Positioning Grant Writers For Success

“Some of the most heated discussion in the nonprofit world centers on grant writing. Why Because so much is riding on it. It is the rare organization that could continue to carry out its mission anywhere near as effectively if its grants dried up, and for many, such an occurrence would sound the death knell.” [Positioning Grant Writers For Success]