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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 or Gantt chart tells the grant reader when major project milestones will begin and end during the grant’s funding period (which is usually a 12-month period). The timeline also includes information [more…]

How to Create a Program Blueprint for a Grant Application

You can include a Logic Model on your grant application. The Logic Model is a graphic blueprint of the key elements of a proposed program. It looks at inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes, and impacts [more…]

How to Prevent Mistakes on a Grant Application

After putting so much time and energy into your grant application, your eyes and brain may be too strained or fried to spot fatal writing or formatting errors. Unfortunately, the individuals who review [more…]

How to Follow Up on Government Grant Requests

Don't sit around biting your nails. As soon as you send your grant application off to a state funding agency or upload it via a federal e-grant portal, start the tracking process. [more…]

How to Follow Up on Foundation and Corporate Grant Requests

Some foundation and corporate funders use their websites to post information on procedures for grant proposal awards and declines. If you can't locate the funder's guidelines, it's okay to e-mail or call [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

It's always a good idea to keep your potential private funders and grant applications organized and prioritized. After you identify the potential private funders that are the best fit for your program, [more…]

How to Find Grant Funding for Your Organization

To identify as many potential grant-funding sources as possible for your organization, you need to carefully research the primary sources of funding: the public sector [more…]

How to Write a Grant Application Cover Letter

Thanks to the prevalence of the electronic grant submission process, nowadays most people use cover letters only for foundation and corporate funders who require one. [more…]

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

The abstract or executive summary is a brief, page-limited overview of what the grant reviewer will find in the full grant application. Brevity is important [more…]

How to Compose Your Grant Application's Management Plan

The management plan tells the grant reviewer who’s accountable to whom. It clearly shows where the buck stops when questions arise from the funder. You can integrate the management plan into the key personnel [more…]

How to Organize Your Grant Application's Attachments

For most government grant applications, the attachments are compiled in the same order you refer to them in the narrative. So, read through the narrative from beginning to end and put your attachments [more…]

How to Submit Your Grant Application Electronically on is the main gateway for federal e-grants — and one of the most comprehensive e-grants systems. The website makes it easy to go about the process of submitting your grant application [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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