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Entries from February 2013

February Links: Writing, NIMBYs, Nonprofits-as-startups, Affordable Housing, Baltimore, Washington DC, Washington Monument Syndrome, Porn Star Study and more!

February 24th, 2013 · No Comments

* In Writing, First Do No Harm. * “The emergence of “YIMBY” [Yes In My Backyard] organizations in American cities would be a welcome counterpoint to the prevailing tides of NIMBYism that often dominate local government. But it is worth saying that broader institutional reforms are what’s really needed.” * Nonprofit Startups Are Just Like [...]

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Tags: Government · Links

Always Finish Early: You Never Really Know What’s Going To Happen With a Proposal Deadline

February 17th, 2013 · 3 Comments

We always tell our clients the same thing: the real deadline for any Federal proposal is 48 hours before the stated deadline. The is true for online and hard copy submissions. Most federal proposals these days are submitted through what has become our old friend, Grants.gov. Grants.gov takes 48 hours to spit out confirmation e-mails [...]

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Tags: Advice · Deadlines · Government · Grants · Grants.gov

So, Are Seliger + Associates’ Grant Writing Fees Too High, Too Low, or Just Right?

February 10th, 2013 · No Comments

Last Monday, the executive director of a Community Health Center (CHC) in a western city called me for a HRSA New Access Points (NAP) proposal fee quote—a fairly routine call. I gave him the quote, told him how we do what we do oh-so-well, and he agreed to hire us. As my kids liked to [...]

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Tags: Advice · Clients · Stories

When It’s Good For At-Risk Youth to Hang Out At McDonald’s: Searching for Connectivity in All the Wrong Places

February 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

“The Web-Deprived Study at McDonald’s” describes a role reversal: in the usual proposal universe, McDonald’s is the enemy—a purveyor of simple sugars and nutritionally bankrupt edible food-like substances that help drive obesity and disease. Internet service providers (ISPs), however, are supposed purveyors of knowledge and connections vital to linking the modern world. But many American [...]

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Tags: Government · Media · Nonprofits · Programs