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Entries from August 2011

Prospecting for Grants: Be a Bear and Bite that Salmon, Any Salmon

August 27th, 2011 · 6 Comments

A recent email from a prospective client got me to thinking about the best time to prospect and apply for grants. Our would-be client presented the idea of hiring us to his board. One board member pointed out that the organization lacked a current strategic plan, the last one having expired at the end of [...]

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Tags: Advice · Clients · Grants

Program Officer Blues: What To Do When The RFP Is Ambiguous, Contradictory, Incoherent, or All Three

August 21st, 2011 · 9 Comments

When you find an ambiguity or outright contradiction in an RFP, it’s time to contact the Program Officer, whose phone number and e-mail address is almost always stashed somewhere in the RFP. The big problem with contacting a Program Officer is simple: you can’t trust what she or he tells you. The formal RFP—particularly if [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants · How-to · Stories

Nonprofits Should Make Better Use of Social Media, and Here’s a Free Project Concept Illustrating How

August 14th, 2011 · 7 Comments

We try hard to keep our proposals fresh by making our project concepts reflect what is going on in communities today—not what the world was like when we entered the business in 1993. For example, several years ago we began including references to emerging social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) in many proposals, mostly [...]

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Tags: Advice · Clients · Media · Nonprofits · Programs

Seliger + Associates Finally Enters the Twitterverse: @SeligerGrants

August 7th, 2011 · 3 Comments

After three years of contemplation, we’ve finally decided to use Twitter. Sign up at Twitter and you can follow us using our handle, @SeligerGrants. Or, see the “What I’m Doing” column to the left and right of this post. I’m starting to tweet because I think the world of nonprofits is at another major inflection [...]

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Tags: Advice

Two for One: Where Grants Come From, Fast Food, and the Contradictory Nature of Government Programs

August 6th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Have you ever wondered where grant programs come from, like a child asking about the nature of baby making? Programs often don’t start with legislators; they percolate up from the minds of journalists, academics, and bloggers who realize, “X would be a great idea!” You can see this process in Mark Bittman’s editorial “Bad Food? [...]

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Tags: Government · Grants · Media · Programs

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes Keep Coming to the Nonprofit World

August 1st, 2011 · 2 Comments

A continuing avalanche of bad economic news confirms the upheaval in the nonprofit world that I’ve been blogging about for the last few months. To paraphrase David Bowie in “Changes:” Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the strain) Ch-ch-Changes Don’t want to be a richer [organization] Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the strain) Ch-ch-Changes Just gonna have to [...]

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