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  • Grant writing isn't a creative writing exercise, but. . .

    Grant writing isn't a creative writing exercise, but. . .

    To connect the reviewer for the grantmaking organization to the proposed work, it is important that they understand the larger story of the work you are doing.

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  • Supporting Capacity: 6 Tips to Elevate Your Grant Funded Partners

    Supporting Capacity: 6 Tips to Elevate Your Grant Funded Partners

    While serving as a grantmaker gives wonderful perspective and insight for when sitting on the grantseeking side of the table, it also gives me unique perspective and ideas on ways grantmakers could...

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  • The (right) picture is worth 1,000 words

    The (right) picture is worth 1,000 words

    Data Visualization is a broad topic and a buzzword that can mean a lot of things. . . and can often be misconstrued or misunderstood. If you want even better retention, consider data visualization

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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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  • Becoming the "MacGyver" of Grants

    Becoming the "MacGyver" of Grants

    For any grant professional, a key strength is being resourceful. Remember that you have access to two primary types of resources – external and internal.

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  • Great Service Makes the World Go Round

    Great Service Makes the World Go Round

    Customer service shouldn’t be undervalued. The personal relationships built by providing exceptional service can become an integral part of any purchase decision.

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  • Spreading the Grantseeking Love: 5 Positive Changes, 5 Gifts for You

    Spreading the Grantseeking Love: 5 Positive Changes, 5 Gifts for You

    While not all change is perfect there have been numerous positive events and changes that have enhanced our work as grant professionals.

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  • From Chaos to Client Success: A Grant Manager Story

    From Chaos to Client Success: A Grant Manager Story

    Community foundations are established to serve the people in their geographic region, but many don’t have competitive grant processes for local nonprofits. And the community foundations that do may h

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  • Celebrating April with Time, Trees, and Treasures

    Celebrating April with Time, Trees, and Treasures

    To show our appreciation and joy for being able to work in this sector, we are giving time, trees, and treasure back to the philanthropic community!

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  • [Guest Post] GPA Member Benefits are Endless

    [Guest Post] GPA Member Benefits are Endless

    The GPA member benefits are endless. My membership has allowed me to create relationships with business professionals in the community to include other nonprofit associations and businesses.

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  • [Guest Post] Evaluating Your Fundraising Grants Management Program

    [Guest Post] Evaluating Your Fundraising Grants Management Program

    The many factors that affect grant writing success are incredibly diverse. They include such things as the reputation and professionalism of the organization; the quality of the program or evaluation.

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  • When Should an Organization Start Looking at Grants?

    When Should an Organization Start Looking at Grants?

    You are a non-profit organization, that does not mean you are ‘suppose’ to apply for & rely on grants. Many experts in the field agree that a healthy non-profit should never depend on grant funding.

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  • Problem Solver, NOT Nuisance: Reframing the Fundraising Stigma

    Problem Solver, NOT Nuisance: Reframing the Fundraising Stigma

    I have never heard anyone say, “when I grow up, I want to be a fundraiser.” For most development professionals, pursuing a career in asking for money is. . .

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  • Using ROI to Spell Out the Importance of Stewardship

    Using ROI to Spell Out the Importance of Stewardship

    Stewardship is the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to our care. I cannot think of a better definition that speaks to the core of our duty as grant professionals.

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  • Advice from Grantmakers: Building Blocks for Efficiency

    Advice from Grantmakers: Building Blocks for Efficiency

    Those working in the philanthropic community are consistently asked to do more with less. The pressures of limited resources and increasing need create. . .

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  • Foundant Meet Ups: Adventures in Minnesota

    We held our first Foundant Meet Up in Minnesota on June 23rd. Six of us gathered after work in Saint Paul where we connected over our use of the Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager (GLM) system. It...

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  • Need a Quick Project Management Fix? Try a Checklist!

    Need a Quick Project Management Fix? Try a Checklist!

    Now, as a project manager and nonprofit consultant, I use checklists of various types and complexity on all sorts of activities, and I find them extremely helpful.

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  • The Foundant Knowledge Project: A Philanthropy Story Sharing Experience

    The Foundant Knowledge Project: A Philanthropy Story Sharing Experience

    In June of 2017, we hatched a plan. What if we created a “survey” to gather experience, advice, opinions, and knowledge from our grantmaker and grantseeker communities?

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  • The Unrealized Power of the Student Essay

    The Unrealized Power of the Student Essay

    In this article we are going to talk a bit about why students struggle with the essay, how we can use instructions to elicit more thoughtful responses, and how the stories told in student essays. . .

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  • A Formula for Achieving Impact

    A Formula for Achieving Impact

    Achieving impact does not depend on whether your assets are small or large. What does matter is that you focus on subjects that are important to you, and that you care about.

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