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We’re Not Taking Sides: We’re Describing How Grant Programs, Like Those Related to Domestic Violence, Get Funded

September 30th, 2014 · 1 Comment

In Isaac’s post about the NFL spurring new interest in domestic violence, he points out the likely public response to the issue: more grant money. He’s showing what is likely to happen, and he is tracing the formation of a new grant wave—as we have done before. We want to clarify one point: we aren’t [...]

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Collaboration Again: A Story From the Trenches

September 20th, 2014 · No Comments

We’re working on a project for a client who needs two things: a lot of data that isn’t easily publicly available and the dreaded letters of collaboration from other local providers (which we’ve written about in the context of Susan G. Komen, Mark Zuckerberg, and Community-Based Job Training). We have to be vague on the [...]

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Grant Writer as Ghost Writer: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Conundrum

August 1st, 2014 · 5 Comments

At our most basic level, we grant writers are nothing more than ghost writers. Ghost writing is sometimes referred to as the world’s second oldest profession, and there’s probably some truth to that. While ghost writers haunt (sorry about that) every strain of writing, ghost writing is largely veiled from the real world. Andrew Crofts’s [...]

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One Foundation Grant Can Lead to Another: A Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Funding Story

July 13th, 2014 · No Comments

A few years ago we conducted foundation grant source research and wrote ten foundation proposals for a national membership nonprofit that wanted to do a complex education study. One of the national foundations we identified, and wrote a proposal to, awarded the client $200,000. The award is terrific but not the end of the story—if [...]

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The Challenges of Seeking Grants for a New Facility

May 27th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Facility grants are among the most difficult grants for a nonprofit to secure and almost impossible for a new organization with no track record. Last week, a guy in Atlanta called about grants for a transitional living facility for pregnant teens. I immediately asked the caller if his organization had received its IRS Letter of [...]

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Don’t Overmatch: You Need to Look Like You Need the Money

April 13th, 2014 · No Comments

As you no doubt know, many grant programs require matching funds, and we’ve exposed the secrets of matching funds. But in that post we didn’t mention one other key aspect of matching funds: don’t overmatch. If there’s a 10% match, get a 10% match—and no more. There’s a signaling hazard: If you come up with [...]

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Fallible FedEx and Federal Deadlines

February 16th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Some things just can’t happen unless the time is right. When we dreamt up Seliger + Associates about 21 years ago, all grant proposal submittals were paper-based, usually involving an original with wet signatures and multiple copies—sometimes as many as ten, despite the Federal Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980. In the early stages of Seliger [...]

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You Don’t Have to be in a Shithole Nonprofit

December 27th, 2013 · No Comments

Seliger + Associates’s main offices recently moved to Downtown Santa Monica. Those of you who have visited Santa Monica recently know that the area has finally upzoned (which is great) and has tons of new buildings that make it somewhat urban. Santa Monica has some of the world’s most valuable real estate, so insisting on [...]

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General or Specific—The Challenge of Defining a Project Concept for Foundation Support

September 29th, 2013 · No Comments

When scoping a foundation appeal with a client, the first task is to define the project concept. This may seem simple, but few aspects of grant seeking and grant writing are simple. Let’s assume our client is the Waconia* Family Resource Center and the agency provides a range of family and child support services, including, [...]

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Always Tell the Grant Writer: What We Don’t Know Can Hurt You

April 1st, 2013 · 1 Comment

If you read legal thrillers, you know that clients chronically give incomplete information to their attorneys—which, in legal thrillers, inevitably makes the attorney look stupid in the eyes of people she respects (like, say, judges). Keeping secrets from attorneys also seldom works in the client’s favor: it’s almost always better for the client and the [...]

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