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Entries from December 2010

I’ve Got Those End of the Year,, Don’t Work So Good Subterranean Homesick Blues Again

December 27th, 2010 · 3 Comments

As 2010 proposals slide into the archives, I find myself reflecting on the inadequacy of and other federal electronic grant submission portals. After about seven years of electronic submissions, why is the federal government so incredibly incompetent at this? After all, can take hundreds of thousands of orders a day and Apple can [...]

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Not having New Year’s Resolutions and Some Predictions for Nonprofits 2011

December 26th, 2010 · No Comments

Joanne Fritz of’s nonprofit blog is hosting this month’s blog carnival and wants to know your “2011 resolutions.” Our resolutions are easy: we don’t have any because we don’t need them. We’re going to keep writing complete, technically correct proposals that we submit on time for our clients. That’s it. Our clients hire us [...]

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The Laugh Test Strikes Again — and the Danger of Calling on Weekends

December 15th, 2010 · 2 Comments

We mentioned “the laugh test” in “So, How Much Grant Money Should I Ask For? And Who’s the Competition?” Whenever you’re asking for money, you shouldn’t request a wildly implausible amount. If your organization has a $100,000 budget and you ask a foundation for $10M, you’ve failed the laugh test. As we said in “When [...]

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Tags: Clients · Nonprofits · Questions

One, Two, Three* Easy Steps to Start-Up a Nonprofit Upstart

December 5th, 2010 · 3 Comments

My recent post, “Grant Writing from Recession to Recession: This is a Great Time to Start a New Nonprofit,” featured a phone call I received from a “Mrs. Smith” who inquired about using our services to fund her new nonprofit. A few days ago, we received this comment from another real world Mrs. Smith, in [...]

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