Applying For Federal Grants

Applying for Federal grants can be confusing and time-consuming for both businesses and non-profit organizations. The best way to go about it is to be prepared with all the required information such as obtaining a DUNS number, registering with the System for Award Managment (SAM.gov), and getting all your documents in order.Grant application expert Sheila […]

Win Grant Funding With A Compelling Needs Statement

If you want to win grant funding with your proposal, you’re going to need a compelling needs statement. Think of it this way: You’re the only one who really knows how big and how important your need is, so it’s your job to convey that need in a compelling manner.Professional grant writer Betsy Baker shows […]

Grant Funding Foundations Tips

One of the best tips for grant funding from foundations is to build relationships with the funders, i.e. the key personnel making the funding decision. And just how do you go about building those relationships to improve your chances of getting your grant funded?Fundraising consultant Tina Cincotti, founder of the consulting group Funding Change, explains […]

Grant Proposal Success – Use Testimonials

The secret to writing a grant proposal that gets funded is to use testimonials to help tell your story. Testimonials help grab the grant reviewer’s attention and provide a compelling case for funding your proposal.Grant writing expert Pamela Grow, who is the author of “Five Days to Foundation Grants”, explains how to use testimonials to […]

Boost Your Appeal Letter’s Response Rate

If you want to boost the response rate of your fundraising letters, here are 3 ways to make it happen. The first thing you need to do is offer more than just the standard donation appeal letter reply device.Fundraising consultant and expert copywriter Alan Sharpe explains exactly what you need to do to double or […]

Grant Writing Tips From Top Foundations

What better source for grant writing tips than the top foundations that are doing the funding? Grant proposal expert Pamela Grow covers 8 tips for improving your grant proposal from the top funding sources.From following the guidelines and getting right to the point, Pamela provides succinct insights into what the foundations are looking for in […]

Grant Writing Myths & Success Tips

When you want to know about grant writing for schools and what works and what doesn’t, it’s best to consult an expert; a grant writing expert who’s not only an educator, but has also successfully obtained millions of dollars worth of grant funding. And, it would be nice if they were a published author and […]

Best Practices For Grant Research

There’s a right way to do grant research and a wrong way when trying to find grant funding for your non-profit. These best practices for grant research will keep you on track and help you avoid wasting time and energy applying for the wrong grants.Grant funding expert Marcie L. Wagner explains four simple ways to […]

Fundraising Challenge

Fundraising Challenge – Fundraising is both challenging as it is rewarding. Raising the needed fund for a worthy cause is indeed spiritually and emotionally satisfying. Every school organization may want to extend a helping hand to those folks who are in dire need.Fundraisers Help EveryoneThe prospect beneficiary could either be a charitable institution, an orphanage, […]

Corporate Foundations

There are many types of foundations–community, private, operating, and corporate, to name the big ones. The differences are based on a number of factors: Internal Revenue Service regulations, where the foundation money came from, and what the foundation money will be used for.Comprehending the differences can be confusing, but one type of foundation that is […]

Writing Grant Requests

Here is a brief recap of the essential elements of writing grant requests: Summary or abstract – Write this part last. Establish your credibility, state your goal, sample activities, and cost. The summary should be brief, clear, and informative and of very high quality. STAY FOCUSED!Introduction – This section highlights your credibility and your school’s […]

Nonprofits Bad Reputation

Here is a lengthy article about statistics showing that some not for profit organizations are developing a bad reputation in polls by David Clayton, PhD, Vice President, Nonprofit and Social Issues Research Group, Harris Interactive.While a Third of Adults Think the Nonprofit Sector in the United States is Headed in the Wrong Direction, a Vast […]

Writing Appealing Donation Letters

Compelling donation letters are the specialty of master copywriter Alan Sharpe. Not sure how often to ask for a donation in your fundraising letter? Consider this joke about a couple who regularly mailed out donation request letters:Did you hear about the couple that won the Irish Sweepstakes?The husband enters the kitchen one morning and kisses […]

State Raffle Laws

In both the United States and Canada, all types of fundraising raffles are considered to be games of chance. Consequently, they are very tightly regulated and failure to adhere to state raffle laws is considered a serious offense.If you have any doubt about the correct procedures, do not rely on anybody’s word but a government […]

Online Fundraising Email Strategies

Guest article by Alan Sharpe, President of Raiser Sharpe, a direct mail fundraising agency that helps non-profit organizations raise funds, build relationships and improve their online fundraising efforts.Your greatest challenge as an email fundraiser is your list. If your organization is typical, only 10% of the people in your donor file have given you their […]

Grant Writing Tips

If you want to get your grant request approved, then follow these 10 grant writing tips:1. Understand the needs of the grantorsBehind every foundation grant is a philosophy, intention or basic principal. These principles not only determine how grants are funded, if you pay attention, they will also tell you how to approach the foundation […]

Grant Writer Tips

Here are a few ideas and grant writer tips:1 – Have a great idea that stretches the minds of students and challenges teachers to extend past their comfort zones. Your program or project needs to be unique, have some sound benefits for students, and be able to be maintained by the district and/or replicated by […]

Grant Proposal Tips

40 Tips On Putting Together A Grant Request1. Don’t use a committee.The fewer writers involved, the better the writing.Preferably, the project innovator should be the author with editorial assistance by a grants coordinator.2. Write in the third person. It’s easier to brag about “they” than “I”.3. Select an appropriate and interesting title of ten words […]

Grant Application Tips

A grant application generally consists of three parts: the application form or forms, the narrative, and the budget. Grant writers and grant givers alike caution applicants to give equal weight to all three sections, and they provide the following advice for completing each part successfully. Here are some grant application tips:Fill out application forms meticulously […]

7 Great Fundraising Ideas

Fundraising Ideas – Have you been given the job of organizing a fundraising event and are stuck for ideas? Here are seven fundraising ideas that are simple  to organize. Seven Great Ideas For FundraisingCookie Dough FundraisersThis is an ideal fundraiser for all times of the year. Just take orders and sell tubs of delicious cookie […]