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  • SubGenre:Handbooks & Manuals
  • Language:English
  • Pages:65
  • eBook ISBN:9781483540122

Grantwriting 101

Your Essential Guide to NonProfit Grant Acquisition

by Christina Ryder

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Grantwriting 101 is a self-help book for nonprofits. Christina's non-nonsense approach to fundraising makes it easy for nonprofit professionals to acquire grants and get new projects off the ground. Her step-by-step guidebook will walk you through the basics of finding grant opportunities and writing successful proposals. She provides clear examples and references that make the grant process virtually painless...even for a beginner. Christina's insight will undoubtedly make a positive and lasting impact on your organization, so you can continue making a positive and lasting impact on your community. Get started by purchasing Christina Ryder's book 'Grantwriting 101' today!
Congratulations on starting the grant writing journey! If you are like most approaching the grant writing process for the first time, the task may seem daunting. This book is designed primarily to assist non-profit organizations in applying for funding, although much of the content may be helpful for other entities. I also include a section on additional training opportunities that can enhance and hone your skills as you grow. Throughout this book, I provide you with tips and recommendations from over a decade in writing grant proposals and assisting non- profits internationally. Exercises and summaries of key points in each chapter are also provided. Comments from non-profit organizations have been incorporated to relay real-life challenges and successes at each step of the process, as well as comments from foundations and other donors on the importance of these key steps. Given my extensive work with non-profit organizations that are pursuing grant funding, there are a few things that I believe are significant to note and keep in mind on this journey: Remain Committed to Your Organization’s Mission & Vision Given an uncertain economy and difficult times with raising funds, it has been my experience that there is the temptation for non-profit organizations to ‘chase’ funding - even if this funding lies outside their mission or core program vision. My experience has also been that organizations that look for grant funders and opportunities that align with their mission and vision (or otherwise do not change their purpose or focus just to receive funding), are the organizations that are the most sustainable over the long term and those that are able to leverage grant funding to make the largest impact possible once the money is received. This book allows you to be strategic about your grant pursuits and not waste time or money chasing opportunities that, in the end, may provide only temporary assistance or recognition. Have a Clear and Specific Request in Mind I always recommend that prior to applying for grant funding or creating a grant strategy, a non-profit organization review their annual or bi-annual goals and objectives to see if grant funding could be applied to any of these strategic initiatives. Of course, at times, funding may also be needed for more tangible needs such as capital or equipment requests. Regardless, it has been my experience that those organizations with a specific request in mind (instead of simply looking for general operating funds) typically have the most success at winning grant proposals. Have a Diverse Revenue Strategy Grant funding is a good source of revenue for non-profit groups, however, it should not be the only source of revenue. As it was communicated to me once: “Grants are icing on the cake; they should not be the whole cake.” A diverse revenue strategy (that includes multiple fundraising strategies) is recommended for any non-profit organization that desires to be in business for the long-term. Simply put, grants can be unpredictable. An organization may receive funding one year but not the next, or they may receive less than what was requested the prior year. Natural disasters or other prominent social needs may lead funders to change foci from year to year. Stock market downturns could mean that grant funding that was available one year is not available the next. I have seen a few large non-profit organizations forced to close their doors simply because they relied too heavily on one source of funding (for example, a large grant that fell through unexpectedly) and without having diverse sources of revenue they were unable to continue providing services. Recognize the Complexity Surrounding Successful Grant Proposals Over the past several years, grant funds have become more and more difficult to obtain, even for seasoned and successful grant writers. This is partly due to economic difficulties, the lack of available funding, and…
About the author
Christina Ryder is the founder and CEO of The Grantwell, LLC. The Grantwell LLC provides non-profit social service groups (including faith-based, community- based, and grassroots groups) with quality and affordable grant support, grant writing, and grant training. Christina graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Master of Arts in Social Science, a concentration in demographic and social analysis, and a course focus in social inequality. Christina has been a grant writer for over 13 years and, as a fundamental area of expertise, has been successful in securing millions of dollars in foundation, corporate, and federal requests for multiple non-profit organizations, coalitions, and grass-root projects worldwide. She has served in various capacities within non-profit organizations including direct service, administrative, training, and research capacities. An activist at heart, Christina has dedicated most of her personal research and volunteer efforts to addressing the needs faced by at-risk youth, those affected by poverty, and women and children victims of violence. In addition to her role at The Grantwell, LLC, Christina is an adjunct Professor of Sociology at Drury University and an Instructor of Sociology at Missouri State University where she also serves as Coordinator of the non-profit training program, GO LEAD, through the Office of Non-Credit Programs and as Assistant Director for the Center for Social Science and Public Policy Research. In November 2011, Christina was appointed to the Springfield, Missouri Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights and she is also an active member of the Community Partnership of the Ozarks Council of Collaboratives. More information about The Grantwell, LLC can be found online at:
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