Hiring a grants consultant? Here’s what to look for.

Outsourcing the time-consuming work of grant writing can be a wise investment. That’s because the most valuable place for your leadership team and development staff is not behind the desk, but in front of funders to cultivate relationships. Plus, an external grant writer can provide dedicated focus to propel a grant seeking effort forward. However,…

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Board Member’s Guide to Boosting Donor & Funder Relationships

A BOARD MEMBER’S GUIDE TO Boosting Donor & Funder Relationships Fundraising is the noble act of inviting someone to act on his or her values. Donating to a nonprofit gives people a chance to be involved in a cause they care about. Who better to extend an invitation than members of an organization’s board of…

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Three Tips for Getting Donations from Donor-Advised Funds

“How can we receive grants through donor-advised funds?” Savvy fund development professionals feel confident pursuing grants from traditional foundations but are less sure about maximizing funding from donor-advised funds (DAFs).  The donors who give through DAFs are often high-net-worth individuals with the propensity to volunteer and make major or planned gifts. That means that nonprofits risk…

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Win the Grants Game with Three Plays for Program Staff

Who in your organization is responsible for getting grants? If development staff are the only players in the grant seeking process, it’s time to rethink your game. Grant seeking requires the whole team—including program staff—to achieve maximum success. Want to be better and smarter at winning grants? Following are three ways program staff should be…

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Hallmarks of Effective Grant Writing
Part 4: Write to Persuade

A grant proposal must not only inform but also inspire. It’s up to the writer of a proposal to persuade the reader that a project or organization rises above the competition and is worthy of funding. Persuasive grant writing begins with remembering that you are writing for a reader: a real person who can be…

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Hallmarks of Effective Grant Writing
Part 2: Be Clear

Under pressure to get past all the hurdles of preparing a grant proposal, what can sometimes fall short is the grant writer’s most important job of all: communicating ideas clearly. It’s frustrating to struggle through unclear writing. Consider the times you’ve had to go back a page when confused by what you’re reading. This is not…

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Grants Plus interviewed on WCPN 90.3 The Sound of Ideas

President Lauren Steiner and Director of Client Engagement Dana Textoris were interviewed on WCPN 90.3 The Sound of Ideas (March 2, 2016) to discuss how creating a psychologically healthy workplace produces happier, healthier employees — and translates into higher-quality services for Grants Plus’s nonprofit clients. Watch the televised segment at the 43:30 minute mark: Click for Ohio Channel TV…

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