Monday, May 31, 2010

When Not to Apply for a Grant

Many nonprofit leaders have a simple rule of thumb when it comes to grant writing: apply to every grant opportunity that fits your geographical region and area of interest. Grant professionals would do well to remember that it's not always wise to apply even if the opportunity looks really really attractive. Here are just some reasons to NOT apply:

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Dealing with Rejection

A colleague called me the other day, distraught on her fifth rejection letter from a foundation. The program is wonderful, she said, and she only applied to foundations with a past history of giving to her organization. Imagine her surprise when I assured her this was good news.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Welcome to my blog!

I resisted for a long time, but here I am - finally writing my own blog! Funny... I was the last one to buy a cell phone, and was using a paper calendar when everybody else had a PDA back in the day. And once again, it seems as if every last human being on earth - well except maybe for my mom who just recently discovered email - has their own blog. So I thought, why not me? I have something important to say, don't I? If I can succeed as a grant writer and an author, what makes me think blogging will be any different? So here goes...

Welcome to my blog - a place for and about grant professionals (what else did you think it would be?). I hope the tips, advice and articles I provide here will be of help to you. Good luck in your endeavors!