Are you researching foundation prospects for a program, project, or organization? Have you discovered questions that you can’t find an answer to on the foundation website, 990-PF, or another research platform? These are typically the questions that make for great calls to program officers and really help clarify if your organization is a good fit for their current priorities or upcoming grant cycle.
The best leaders understand that two things must happen simultaneously to sustain a nonprofit- SAVING money and RAISING money.
You must first look closely as what you are doing, what you have time to do, and then what you are asking a grant writer to do for you.
If your conversation does not achieve real consensus, it is impossible to get the buy-in, you will need to ensure the successful implementation and delivery of your proposed program or project! So how exactly can you do that?
Your grant writer can do everything else right: develop relationships with foundation officers, present comprehensive financial reports, craft a beautiful narrative to highlight your organization’s history and prior successes, check all the right boxes, but that isn’t enough to secure dollars.
Grant writing is more than simply putting words on paper. The next time your board proposes grants as a solution for short-term fundraising needs, take into consideration the following facts every board member should know.
We get a lot of questions about how organizations could access private foundations that operate on a “by invitation only” funding model. It is quite common for private/family foundations to pre-select organizations they are interested in supporting.
Before you get worried that you are going to have to pay a fee or get a subscription to starting incorporating 990s into your research process, you can access 990s for free online.
While research and building relationships are both time consuming, the return on investment for both is unparalleled.
For those of you new to grant writing, guidelines vary from donor-to-donor and agency-to-agency. As grant writers often say, “If you have seen one application, you have seen one application.” Keep this in mind as you read through guidelines.
An overwhelming number of leadership studies indicate that 90% of nonprofit employees report that burnout contributed to a transition into another workplace.
It is critical for organizational leaders at both the board and staff levels to make a conscious effort to address workplace “burnout culture.” Doing so protects both the individuals we employ and the organization we serve.