Confused About the IRS Nonprofit Designations?

What kind of nonprofit are you working with? Over in my Facebook group, The Nonprofit Grant Writers Mastermind, we've been having a discussion about whether a church is a nonprofit, with or without a 501 c 3, along with other matters associated…
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Using a Grant Calendar to Keep from Going Crazy

I’ve been a freelance grant writer for a long time. One common trait among the organizations I've worked for is their need for a grant calendar. They seem to react in a panic when a grant opportunity arises. It usually happens when they…
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How To Get Your Foot In The Door Of Family Foundations

If you have family foundations in your area you may be in luck. That is, if you can get your foot in the door. In my geographic area, the secret to getting a grant from a family foundation is in building a relationship with a contact at…
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Say Thank You!

Your mother taught you to say Please and Thank You when you were young, right? What about now that you are a grown-up grant writer? Thanking your funder should be high on the list of to-do’s after you get your grant. During a recent…
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How Much is Too Much Jargon in Your Grant Application?

We all do it – use jargon in our grant proposals. It makes perfect sense to me, and it’s the easiest way for me to say it, right? The fact is that while you may understand the terms specific to your nonprofit, the board members of…
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You're Our New Grant Writer

Someone recently asked me how long it took to get where I am today with my grant writing career. That’s a hard question to answer. The simple answer is that I’ve been writing grants for over 25 years. But, how long did it take me to…
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3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Make 2017 Your Best Grant Year EVER

I’ve got my nice new planner, all clean with no appointments in it yet. (There are appointments on sticky notes but nothing is written on those beautiful, clean pages yet.) I prefer a paper planner that I can doodle in, take notes in, and…
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3 Lessons Learned the Hard Way and How to Do Better Next Time

If you’re Facebook friends with me, you know I love animals and volunteer for a local animal rescue organization. I write several grant proposals for them every year. Here’s where the lessons start, folks: A good grant opportunity came…
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Everything You Need To Know About Grant Writing Is Out There (Somewhere)

Any seasoned grant writer will tell you there are a gazillion (don’t use that word in a grant proposal) places to find grant writing information. You can search for them on the Internet. But I don’t have time for that, so I look for one-stop…