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Entries from November 2010

Grant Writing from Recession to Recession: This is a Great Time to Start a New Nonprofit

November 21st, 2010 · 4 Comments

I received a phone call last week from a woman (let’s call her “Mrs. Smith”) who just started a tiny new nonprofit in South Central LA during this never-ending recession. She wants to help the growing number of homeless youth and unemployed young adults hanging out on the streets. Mrs. Smith’s call reminded me of [...]

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Tags: Clients · Government · Grants · Nonprofits

November Links: Healthcare Machinations, Becoming a Writer, Why Your High School Probably “Sucked” Statistically, Demography, Government Pulls in Three Directions (again), the Native American CDFI Assistance Program, and More!

November 16th, 2010 · 1 Comment

* What makes our healthcare so expensive? Hint: the answer is not simple or obvious. If you hear people say, “It’s x, and chiefly x,” where x might be greedy insurance companies, clueless consumers, the market, regulation, government, greedy doctors, or any noun preceded by the word “greedy,” * The dangers of Groupon and of [...]

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Politics and Proposals Don’t Mix: Your Politics (or Your Organization’s) Shouldn’t Matter in Grant Writing, and Neither Should Elections

November 7th, 2010 · No Comments

Ed Nelson asks, “Do conservative non-profits get grants or are federal grants such an anathema to them, [and] they choose not to apply?” I want to answer, but the question itself feels wrong because politics shouldn’t be an issue in human service delivery. Politics and political views matter in Congress, which decides what kinds of [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants · Nonprofits · Questions

Talent Search RFP Finally Published — But What A Stupid Deadline

November 4th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Last Sunday I posed the question, “Searching for Talent Search: Where Oh Where Has the Talent Search RFP Gone And Why is It A Secret?.” I still don’t know why the RFP release date was a secret, but on Wednesday, the Department of Education finally published the Talent Search application instructions. Hallelujah, or as my [...]

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Tags: Deadlines · Education · Government · Programs

Searching for Talent Search: Where Oh Where Has the Talent Search RFP Gone And Why is It A Secret?

November 1st, 2010 · 2 Comments

UPDATE: Talent Search has finally appeared, and the RFP vindicates much of what Isaac wrote below. Having been in business for over 17 years, Seliger + Associates has lots of spies. Well, not spies exactly, but clients, former and current, program officers and assorted grant cognoscenti who send us interesting nuggets. Recently, one made it [...]

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Tags: Advice · Blogging · Government · Grants · Questions · RFPs