Grant Seeking in an Affluent City: How to Approach Funders

Posted by Beverly Browning on Jan 22, 2014 1:50:00 PM

I was recently asked to help a nonprofit organization that was located in an affluent city and that was continually rejected by grantors when it sought funding to supplement its other revenues. The organization’s staff figured that potential funders had perceived the nonprofit as being as well off as the high-median-income city in which it was situated.

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Topics: Grant Seeking, Nonprofits, Local Government, Partnerships

How to Approach Grantmakers That Are Not Accepting Solicitations

Posted by Beverly Browning on Dec 16, 2013 10:01:00 PM

How many times have you diligently researched what you assumed was a potential foundation or corporate funder only to read these words, “Unsolicited proposals not accepted”? Yes, it’s frustrating when we only have a handful of funders on our prospect research list and any one of them publishes this statement. So how can you approach grant makers that are not accepting solicitations?

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Topics: Grant Seeking, Grant Writing

Grant Writing and Commission-Based Payments

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Nov 19, 2013 9:02:00 AM

Contingency fees or percentage fees are commission-based payments issued to professionals only if there is a favorable result from their work. In the case of grant writing, it means that a grant writer is paid based on a percentage of the grant awarded.

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Topics: Grant Seeking, Grant Writing, eCivis Resources

Grant Research: A Look at eCivis Grants Network Database

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Sep 20, 2013 2:00:00 AM

What is your organization's biggest grant funding challenge? Of the answers eCivis receives, the most common response is Finding and winning funding.

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Topics: Grants Management Software, Grant Seeking

The State of Grant Making in Indiana

Posted by Stacy Fitzsimmons on Aug 19, 2013 6:00:00 AM

What are we to think about the availability of grant funding in and for the state of Indiana? It's a broad question best approached one grantor category at a time: foundations, state agencies, and the federal agencies each take a slightly different grant seeking strategy.

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Topics: Federal Grants, State Grants, Grant Seeking, Budgets, Foundation Grants

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

Joint Grant Seeking: A Strategy for Securing Grants

Posted by Ruth Peebles on Jul 24, 2013 9:00:00 AM

Economic challenges and increased competition for dwindling resources is motivating many nonprofits and public agencies to take a closer look at collaboration as a means of ensuring sustainability. Organizations are increasingly leveraging resources by forming partnerships with other agencies. Funders welcome strong collaborative efforts that include joint grant seeking that will result in strengthening organizational effectiveness, expanding reach, and implementing best practices in a cost-effective manner.

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Topics: Grant Seeking, Nonprofits, Local Government, Partnerships

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

Grant Seeking: Search Skills and Strategy

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Apr 18, 2013 8:29:00 AM

It goes without saying that the competitive grants game has gotten fiercer—certainly at the federal level, where funding has been hit by sequestration and budget trimming. The solution, in part, is to get more competitive. But to do this, sometimes we have to take a step back and get back to basics. Practice our scales, so to speak. Make sure we're hitting all the notes.

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Topics: Grant Seeking, Grants Management Best Practices

Municipalities: What’s Your Approach to Nonprofit Grants?

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Mar 20, 2013 9:18:00 AM

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Topics: Grant Seeking, Nonprofits, Local Government, Grant Making, Partnerships