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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 […]

5 mistakes you can avoid with funder research

January 3, 2013


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 […]

Top 5 posts of 2012

December 23, 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 […]

4 grantwriting taboos

November 1, 2012


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 […]

A sweet and simple thank-you

October 10, 2012


Did your mom make you write thank-you notes? Mine did. It’s a habit that’s stuck with me from birthday parties to baby showers and followed me into my fundraising days. After all these years of giving and receiving thank-yous, I like the simple ones best. Nothing better than a personal note (see an example in […]

For your grantwriting tool kit

April 12, 2012


Writing a grant proposal is a labor of love. Finding a match, gathering information, meeting funder requirements, revising again and again — it’s a relief to get the darn thing out the door. But before you send it off, ask yourself: How readable is my grant proposal? Why does readability matter? It helps foundations understand what […]

5 faux pas to avoid with funders

February 21, 2012


I believe in open, honest communication between grantseekers and grantmakers. It’s the only way we’re going to advance our missions. However, there are certain cringe-inducing sentences that grantseekers should avoid. For example: I haven’t looked at your website, but can you tell me… Oof. Before reaching out to a funder, spend a few minutes to […]