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Grant Writing: Nothing Magical

Grant writers don’t have special powers.  There are many myths surrounding successful grant writers and grants programs.  Successful programs bring in grants not because a writer has “the gift,” but because the program is built like any other successful program – … Continue reading

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Common Characteristics of Nonprofit Organizations with Weak Grant Proposals

These are common characteristics of nonprofit organizations that present weak grant proposals: Weak governance – The agency has a moribund or non-functioning board of directors that is not adequately overseeing the agency.  Examples: The board is very deferential to the … Continue reading

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Don’t Send Letters of Inquiry

Nonprofit organizations sometimes send out letters of inquiry (LOI) to foundations and corporations to try to obtain invitations for a full proposal.  The thinking sometimes is to send out dozens or hundreds of LOIs and wait to see who invites … Continue reading

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What Percentage of Total Expenses Should Go Toward Program Expenses

Prospective funders often ask nonprofit organizations “What percentage of my donation goes directly to the cause?”  If your correct answer to this question is anything less than 100%, no one should donate to your nonprofit organization. Starting today, you might … Continue reading

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Just Because a Foundation Approved Your Grant Request Before Doesn’t Mean They’ll Do It Again

There is a common misperception that if your organization receives a grant from a particular funder, you’ll probably receive a grant from them next time you apply as well.  This assumption is a mistake – and often a costly mistake. … Continue reading

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Still More Myths About Grant Writing (continued from last blog)

8. Some professional fundraisers can raise grant money “guaranteed.” Anyone who guarantees that they can obtain grants for your organization had better be speaking in colloquial terms.  If someone pitches to your organization that they can actually guarantee raising your … Continue reading

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More Myths About Grant Writing

1. Our organization needs to just go get a grant or two, and we’ll be set. Wrong.  Grant writing must be a part of a diversified, long-term, supported fundraising (or development) plan.  For example, your fundraising could include grant writing, … Continue reading

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How to Have Your Grant Proposal Not Funded

Don’t ask for a specific amount of money. Don’t have a board of directors that consists of a diverse group of professionals. Don’t have a current budget in a generally accepted format. Don’t have staff members with appropriate qualifications. Don’t … Continue reading

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Evaluating the Success of Your Nonprofit Organization

** NORTH TEXAS NONPROFIT RESOURCES HAS REACHED $50,000,000 IN GRANTS OBTAINED FOR OUR CLIENTS OVER THE PAST 13+ YEARS. ** ———————————————————————————————————- Many funders require that you explain in grant proposals how you measure the success of your nonprofit organization. Which … Continue reading

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Grant Writing Issues

Although grant applications and procedures are generally self-explanatory, many applicants fail to receive grants simply because they ignore the rules altogether or don’t invest the time and effort to properly and professionally assemble their materials. Incompatible Match Although there are … Continue reading

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