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Considering the Context - Lifecycle of a Social Issue

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 9:57:38 AM

Few people would equate grantmaking with farming, but the comparison may be apt. Farmers adapt their crop decisions to different variables of soil and climate and develop a keen sense for when their crops are ripe and should be harvested. Like a farmer, a grantmaker must consider conditions, timing and ripeness to be effective.

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Topics: Capital Campaigns, Fundraising Principles, General Articles, grant applications, grant writing, grantmaking

A New Age for Grant Writing

Posted by admin on Aug 10, 2018 7:57:01 AM

In recent years, the feverish pitch in the search for funds has created a dangerous behavior called “grant getting.” Finding monies through grants has led many a fund seeker to shortcut the proposal process by “cutting and pasting” words and phrases on a grant application without regard to where the information came from. The focus has been on getting the grant, and nothing else. This “grant getting” behavior will have to change, however, or the consequences could be severe.

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Topics: annual campaign, annual giving, Capital Campaigns, Communications and Networking, Fundraising Principles, General Articles, grant writing, strategic planning

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