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  • Escape the Labyrinth with Mindful Mentoring: Part 1

    Escape the Labyrinth with Mindful Mentoring: Part 1

    Navigating your career path can be a challenge, especially if you’re embarking on a new journey. Finding a mentor to help guide you along the way can be key to your success!

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  • Executive Summaries: Say it All Without Saying Too Much

    Executive Summaries: Say it All Without Saying Too Much

    As a rule, Executive Summaries are designed to offer your reader a BRIEF overview of your organization’s capacity and proposed initiatives. The BEST Executive Summaries allow you to “hook” a prospecti

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  • Giving Days: Bringing Strength and Awareness to Communities

    Giving Days: Bringing Strength and Awareness to Communities

    Each year, spring heralds giving day events around the country. While community events come in all shapes and sizes, the giving day model is an effective way to educate and engage the public around ar

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  • Dialing in Your Self-Assessment: A Guide to Grant Professional Development

    Dialing in Your Self-Assessment: A Guide to Grant Professional Development

    Ready to take your grant professional resume to the next level? Check out Julie Assel's tips on self assessment and the best professional development opportunities.

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  • What do grant writers do? 12 steps to help you explain.

    What do grant writers do? 12 steps to help you explain.

    Nobody Knows the Troubles We've Seen: How to artfully educate colleagues and bosses on what we do.

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  • Building a Winning Grants Team

    Building a Winning Grants Team

    As grant professionals, we all need the support of a team. But how do you start?

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  • Know Thy Passwords: A Guide to Security

    Know Thy Passwords: A Guide to Security

    What steps can you take to help make your passwords more secure? We have some experience in this area, and would love to help!

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  • Should I give grantmakers more than they ask for?

    Should I give grantmakers more than they ask for?

    When I teach beginner level grant writing courses, a common question from participants is whether or not it is okay to send or upload additional materials that were NOT requested by the grantmaker...

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  • Funders - Take a Tip from Michelangelo

    Funders - Take a Tip from Michelangelo

    How foundations can use organizational learning to evaluate their impact.

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  • Year-End Fundraising: 2018 Practical Lessons Learned

    Year-End Fundraising: 2018 Practical Lessons Learned

    With each passing year, we learn something new. This guide is designed to teach new strategies you might implement for year-end fundraising next time around!

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  • Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude: Why Giving Back is Our Culture

    Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude: Why Giving Back is Our Culture

    Workplaces that encompass a culture of appreciation, positive energy, and a sense of value give organizations purpose, direction, and a standard of behavior that motivates teams to aspire to greatness

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  • Grantmakers: Listening Leads to Improvement

    Grantmakers: Listening Leads to Improvement

    Listening is the key to improving your relationships, your processes, and your organization.

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  • Grant Readiness Assessment: What it is and how to use it effectively.

    Grant Readiness Assessment: What it is and how to use it effectively.

    I have been writing grants for over two decades and decided to put together a Grant Readiness Checklist to use for myself and with clients. This list has saved me so much time over the past few years.

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  • Who Knew Stephen King Was a Grant Writing Tipster?

    Who Knew Stephen King Was a Grant Writing Tipster?

    After reading On Writing by Stephen King, I created a workshop surrounding tips from Stephen King and how they can be applied to grant proposal writing. Here are a few of the highlights.

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  • How to Develop a Realistic 2019 Grant Calendar

    How to Develop a Realistic 2019 Grant Calendar

    Based on our real-world experience in grant writing our team is sharing how we create realistic grant calendars for our clients.

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  • Faith-Based Organizations: Getting Good Grants

    Faith-Based Organizations: Getting Good Grants

    No matter what your mission is, there is a donor somewhere in this world who is just as passionate about your cause as you are. You just need to figure out who it is!

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  • In 2019, Choose Kind

    In 2019, Choose Kind

    We can choose. We can choose to be kind or mean, we can choose to give great service or bad service, we can choose to set a positive or negative example for others.

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  • Top 5 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Grant Writing Success in 2019

    Top 5 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Grant Writing Success in 2019

    What are the top 5 things you can do to improve your grant writing success in 2019? Find out from Jana Hexter - writer and The Grant Writer's Well workshop teacher.

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  • Let's Talk About Grants, Baby!

    Let's Talk About Grants, Baby!

    Sylvia Redic and Amanda Day, GPC brought back the grant rap duo for GPA 2018 with a Salt-N-Peppa classic, Let's Talk About Grants, Baby!

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  • Is One of Your Professional Goals for 2019 to Serve as a Grant Reviewer?

    Is One of Your Professional Goals for 2019 to Serve as a Grant Reviewer?

    Serving as a grant reviewer provides several benefits to your work as a grant professional.

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