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A shortage of jobs for qualified grant writers? Not that we’ve seen!

December 29th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mark Peters and David Wessel’s “More Men in Prime Working Ages Don’t Have Jobs: Technology and Globalization Transform Employment Amid Slow Economic Recovery” is an article you’ve already read 10,000 times, and the intro, as usual, is a dubious vignette: Mark Riley was 53 years old when he lost a job as a grant writer [...]

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Tags: Media · Nonprofits

In Forming a Nonprofit Board, Think “Goldilocks”

September 7th, 2014 · 1 Comment

When forming a new nonprofit, one of the first issues confronting the sponsor as they apply for a state charter and draft articles of incorporation and bylaws is: How many board members should the new organization have? As with most things relating to nonprofits and grant writing, while there’s no definitive right answer, there are [...]

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Tags: Advice · Nonprofits · Questions

Issues Facing Old-Line Nonprofits Differ from Those Facing New Nonprofits: Think Bambi Meets Godzilla

June 29th, 2014 · No Comments

We’ve written various posts on the challenges of starting a new nonprofit (like this one), mostly because we get lots of calls from fairly new nonprofits or folks trying to get one off the ground. Last week, however, I got a call from an agency in a large east coast city that’s been operating for [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Grants · Nonprofits

Until you get a call from your congressman and sign a contract, grant notifications don’t count

June 21st, 2014 · 2 Comments

Last week, a client got a federal funding notification e-mail for a proposal we wrote a few months ago, and and the client started celebrating… until an hour later, when the Federal department sent a second e-mail, recalling the first and saying our client hadn’t really been funded. That hurts, but it’s also not the [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Nonprofits

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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Tags: Advice · Clients · Nonprofits · Stories

Seliger’s Quick Guide to Setting Up a Nonprofit Corporation and Getting a 501(c)(3) letter (I Hope You’re Not in a Hurry)

May 1st, 2014 · 3 Comments

We get a couple of calls a week from folks saying, “I’m in the process of setting up a nonprofit to help _______.” We always say the same thing: “Do you have your IRS 501(c)(3) letter of determination of tax-exempt status, and, if not, have you applied to the IRS?” Too often the response is [...]

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Tags: Advice · Government · Nonprofits

Volunteers: Nonprofits Really Want Their Money, Not Their Bodies

April 20th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Today’s New York Times has a rarely expressed view (and, almost as rarely, a view that we share): that volunteering is largely a waste of time. In it, Aaron Hurst quotes an anonymous nonprofit executive director saying that “If I get another volunteer I am going to go out of business.” It’s a common misconception [...]

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Guest Post: Tales of the Grant Manager

April 4th, 2014 · No Comments

This guest post was inspired by “Grant Writer Vs. Grant Management: Two Essential Nonprofit Job Functions Separated by a Common Word” and describes what a Grant Manager does and how that differs from what grant writers do. Like many of our guest posts, it is published anonymously to protect the guilty and the innocent. I’ve [...]

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Grant Writer Vs. Grant Management: Two Essential Nonprofit Job Functions Separated by a Common Word

March 9th, 2014 · 4 Comments

George Bernard Shaw or Oscar Wilde allegedly said, “England and America are two nations separated by a common language.” “Grant Writer” and “Grant Manager” are two allegedly related functions separated by a common word: grant. Many nonprofits and public agencies combine the functions of Grant Writer and Grant Manager into a single position, often called [...]

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The Narrative Should Use the Headers the Funder Says It Should Use: HRSA’s Health Start Initiative (HSI)

January 20th, 2014 · 2 Comments

A few days ago I was describing some of the weirder sections in HRSA’s Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health (HSI) program to my fiancée, and between the time I started and the time she fell asleep I mentioned that a proposal’s disjointedness often comes not from the writer but from the RFP. [...]

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