Of the three basic sources of revenue that fund nonprofits; earned income, donations from individuals and grants, the process of getting a grant is perhaps the most puzzling.fundraising_strategy
It is a rare nonprofit organization that could continue to carry out its mission if their grant funding dried up.
All but the smallest nonprofit organizations are likely to have people on staff or use outside counsel who specialize in grant writing.
Executive directors who see the success or failure of winning grants as a fundraising strategy as residing solely in the hands
of the grant writer, fail to consider something even more important than the grant application—namely the purpose of the funding.
Poorly delineated projects, soft budgets, and a whole host of weaknesses simply can’t be overcome by a well-crafted grant proposal.
When it comes to performance, I believe that a grant writer should be evaluated on the quality of his or her work.
Aside from the obvious interpersonal skills, analytical problem-solving abilities and expository writing traits that are needed for grant writing, what other responsibilities should be included in the work of a grant writer?
Whether you are new to grant writing or a seasoned professional, the goal of this article is to provide the reader with a basic outline of the obligations you should expect a grant writer to perform.
It is by no means exhaustive, but I feel it’s a good start if you are looking to fill an open position on your grant writing team or approach a grant writing consultant.
The grant writer will;
Corporate and foundation grants are an important element of a nonprofit’s comprehensive fundraising strategy.
One advantage of including foundations and corporate giving programs in your nonprofit fundraising plan is that these entities are structured to make charitable contributions.
They exist to allocate funds to nonprofit organizations and in many cases are bound by law to do so.
A partnership with a nonprofit can help a corporation or foundation achieve its goals such as increasing knowledge, providing programs or economic development.
These partnerships can be mutually beneficial when the interests of the nonprofit fit well with a funders goals.
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