July 30, 2013

Make a great first impression: get to the point

June 9, 2013


Imagine Chuck, a talented candidate about to interview for a job. He dresses in his best suit and arrives early. The waiting room is overflowing with interviewees, and they’ve all come to impress with well-crafted pitches. The schedule moves quickly; each interview lasts ten minutes, tops. Then it’s Chuck’s turn. “Tell me about yourself,” the […]

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5 mistakes you can avoid with funder research

January 3, 2013


5 grantwriting mistakes to avoid with funder research

Good research is the best way to prepare for writing a grant request. It takes valuable time to gather credible, up-to-date information. But you must know your funder before you write a single word. No time for research? Here are 5 mistakes you won’t know you’re making Mistake #1 – Mission mismatch. Proposing a project […]

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Top 5 posts of 2012

December 23, 2012


Meredith Hilt's blog, Top Five 2012

As the year draws to a close, I reflect on what worked (and what didn’t) on my blog. Your clicks made these posts my top five for 2012: 8 tell-tale signs of a grantwriting rookie – New to grantwriting? Are you sending signals that you are a newbie? Behind the foundation curtain – About my […]

Wait-and-See Wednesday

November 28, 2012


Did you participate in Giving Tuesday? A coalition of nonprofits launched the campaign to encourage giving back. It follows Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, (no-name Sunday) and Cyber Monday. My first reaction to Giving Tuesday was applause. I like the idea of an official start to the giving season. After days of feasting […]

Why volunteers love Feed My Starving Children

November 15, 2012


Volunteers at Feed My Starving Children

The night before our family volunteered at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), my eight-year-old daughter couldn’t sleep. She couldn’t wait to go. During our entire two-hour shift, she bounced with excitement. She’s not alone. I’ve been there with groups from work, church and the neighborhood. No matter how old they are or how many times […]

4 grantwriting taboos

November 1, 2012


4 grantwriting taboos

Even philanthropy has a dark side. Certain topics feel too risky to discuss, like these 4: 1) The relationship is inherently unequal. There are many similarities between grantwriters and funders. But those of us in the industry know it’s not exactly equal. When I left a nonprofit and started working for a foundation, I noticed […]