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How to Construct Your Grant Application's Statement of Need

When you’re writing your statement of need for grant funding, remember this: Grant writing has progressed from rote and boring to individual/personality-packed/engrossing/exciting. Like all great stories [more…]

How to Prepare a Grant Funding Timeline

A timeline in your grant application tells the grant reader when activities (also called process objectives) will begin and end during the grant’s funding period. When you develop a project timeline, keep [more…]

How to Create a Program Blueprint for a Grant Application

When you apply for a grant, use a Logic Model (a graphic blueprint of the key elements of your proposed program) to sway the reader. This blueprint, or Logic Model, looks at inputs, activities, outputs [more…]

How to Prevent Mistakes on a Grant Application

After putting so much time and energy into your grant application or bid proposal, you may miss fatal writing or formatting errors. Unfortunately, when program officers and peer reviewers reading your [more…]

How to Follow Up on Government Grant Requests

As soon as you send your grant application off to a state or federal funding agency, start the tracking process so that you can do any necessary follow-up on the application. You have specific rules to [more…]

How to Follow Up on Foundation and Corporate Grant Requests

When you submit a grant application to a foundation or corporate funder, you may find information on procedures for grant proposal awards and declines on the funder's Web site. If you can’t locate the [more…]

How to Uncover Hard-to-Find Statistics for Your Grant Application

Knowing how to find current and relevant demographics (also known as statistics) is crucial to writing an effective grant application. Unfortunately, these statistics aren’t always easy to find when you [more…]

How to Prioritize Your Potential Private Funders and Grant Applications

After you identify the potential private funders that are the best fit for your program, you need to determine which funders get your attention first. Prioritize the funders to whom you want to submit [more…]

How to Find Grant Funding for Your Organization

The best way to sustain a high funding success rate is to identify multiple funding sources for each project initiative. Then submit your grant proposals to all of them. Sending out multiple proposals [more…]

How to Write a Grant Application Cover Letter

Your cover letter should be brief, it should get to the point, and it shouldn’t regurgitate the information that’s in the grant application or proposal. The grant app cover letter should provide the first [more…]

How to Create Your Grant Application's Abstract or Executive Summary

The abstract or executive summary of your grant application is a brief, one-page overview of what the grant reviewer will find in the full grant application. Keep your abstract short [more…]

How to Compose Your Grant Application's Management Plan

The management plan of your grant application tells the grant reviewer who’s accountable to whom. It clearly shows where the buck stops when questions arise from the funder. In your management plan, the [more…]

How to Organize Your Grant Application's Attachments

The attachments to your grant application go in a specific order. For most government grant applications, the attachments are compiled in the order that you refer to them in the narrative you construct [more…]

How to Submit Your Grant Application Electronically on

E-grants are the only way to submit your funding request to many corporations and foundations, as well as to most government agencies, especially the federal government. [more…]

Quarterly Accounting Reminders for Your Nonprofit Organization

To analyze the financial health of your nonprofit organization, the board of directors needs quarterly financial statements, which monitor the flow of revenue. Likewise, for taxes, grants, and contracts [more…]

Annual Reminders for Your Nonprofit Business

Running a nonprofit requires that you annually prepare and submit paperwork to your employees, the Board of Directors, the Social Security Administration, and the IRS. Each year, you should evaluate your [more…]

Weekly Reminders for Your Nonprofit Organization

To ensure your nonprofit’s daily activities are completed, organize a weekly to-do list and prioritize the tasks so the important ones are done first and other jobs are scheduled around them. Managing [more…]

Monthly Budgeting Tasks for Your Nonprofit Organization

As a director or manager of a nonprofit, you require monthly budget assessments to track and manage your nonprofit’s finances. Monthly meetings, which should happen after a cost-benefit analysis, should [more…]

Nonprofit Bookkeeping & Accounting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

To stay organized and on top of your nonprofit’s bookkeeping and accounting responsibilities, complete tasks that need to be done daily, weekly, quarterly, and yearly. Keep necessary financial information [more…]

Cause Marketing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cause marketing is a partnership between a nonprofit and a for-profit for mutual profit. The profit in cause marketing comes in two forms. For the nonprofit, the profit is money and branding/visibility [more…]

The Basics of Forming a Nonprofit

To ensure the success of your nonprofit organization, you need to start with a solid foundation. Take a look at the following fundamentals checklist so your nonprofit is set up properly and legal issues [more…]

Tax Traps for Nonprofits

Don't assume that since the federal government doesn't tax most nonprofit income that it doesn't require nonprofits to comply with tax-reporting requirements. Just like for-profit businesses, nonprofits [more…]

Nonprofit Law & Governance For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you're forming a nonprofit, it's important to start from a well-informed base. These basic start-up guidelines can get your organization up and running smoothly, and being aware of current tax and finance [more…]

What Is Cause Marketing?

Cause marketing is a partnership between a nonprofit and a for-profit for mutual profit. For example, you may be familiar with the partnership between Komen for the Cure and athletic shoe maker New Balance [more…]

Forms of Cause Marketing: Point-of-Sale

Point-of-sale is a very common and effective form of cause marketing. When a consumer is solicited for a donation at checkout that is point-of-sale cause marketing. Point-of-sale can take on two forms: [more…]


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