David Lipten

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Too Many Cooks? Tips on Surviving the Grant Editing Process

Posted by David Lipten on Sep 23, 2013 8:34:00 AM

I wrote a blog article a while back discussing some of the difficulties inherent in successfully fulfilling a role as a grant writing subcontractor (insufficient time before a deadline, a lack of client vetting for grant preparedness, etc.), while proposing some solutions to these problems, such as avoiding situations in which there is not enough time to do a good job, and performing all due diligence on a potential client to make sure they can deliver the goods. That discussion did not include a very important task, one that if not undertaken successfully can sink any grant proposal, especially when time is tight.

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Topics: Grant Writing

Federal Grants and Florida: A Spending Deficit

Posted by David Lipten on Jul 31, 2013 8:17:00 AM

In 2010, the state of Florida received some of the most generous funding amounts of any state from the federal government in the form of direct expenditures, including grant support, as it has for quite some time. But it never seems to be enough (in spite of the many calls for cuts to federal spending coming from state politicians, including many of Florida’s). Its citizens are repeatedly told that there isn’t enough money for things like education, infrastructure, housing, and so forth.

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Topics: Federal Grants, State Grants, Grant Seeking, Grant Making

Grant Writers as Subcontractors: Problems and Solutions

Posted by David Lipten on Jun 3, 2013 6:01:00 AM

I do some grant writing/research for other firms as a subcontractor in addition to the work I do for my own company, GrantWorks. In certain cases, everything functions as it should. This means that:

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Topics: Grant Writing

What’s the ROI of Hiring a Grant Writer?

Posted by David Lipten on Apr 30, 2013 8:59:00 AM

In my work, I have occasionally addressed the question of what the ROI of hiring a grant writer is. I always turn the question around and ask what the cost of not hiring a grant writer would be for an organization. Money spent hiring a grant writer is not money taken away from the bottom line when you consider the return that grant writers provide in the way of grant funding. Hiring a grant writer may in fact result in significant savings over doing the work in-house.

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Topics: Grant Seeking, Grant Writing

U.S. Navy and Alternative Energy: Strange Bedfellows?

Posted by David Lipten on Mar 11, 2013 5:00:00 AM

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Topics: Federal Grants, Energy

Grant Writing and Success Rates: Putting Lipstick on a Pig?

Posted by David Lipten on Jan 28, 2013 3:01:00 AM

I have recently been following a number of discussions on the provision of performance statistics in order to demonstrate a positive return on investment for potential clients. Success would seem to be a relatively reasonable thing for a client to wish to consider when deciding whether or not to hire a grant professional and, particularly, whether or not to spend precious dollars on them. In fact, the demand for such metrics is becoming the norm, especially as individuals with backgrounds in other, for-profit disciplines are increasingly coming to dominate nonprofit boards of directors and as budgets become even tighter. But, are grant professionals responding by, essentially, putting lipstick on a pig? My guess is that, while there are useful data that can be provided to a potential client for them to evaluate the quality of a grant writer’s work, much of the data that is provided consist, largely, of misrepresentations, especially that which pertains to success rate percentages.

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Topics: Grant Writing

Grant Writing Success and Subject Matter Knowledge

Posted by David Lipten on Dec 4, 2012 6:05:00 AM

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Topics: Federal Grants, State Grants, Foundations, Grant Writing, Foundation Grants

Grant Writing: The Ethics of Compensation

Posted by David Lipten on Oct 31, 2012 3:00:00 AM

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Topics: Grant Seeking, Grant Writing, Grant Making