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The Frankenstein Grant Proposal

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

I had fun over on my Blog Talk Radio Show today.

What happens after you have written a great grant proposal and your executive director wants the input of several people in your organization before you submit it? You get a Frankenstein Grant Proposal! The Grant Whisperer shows you how to salvage your proposal and your sanity.

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How Stories Can Strengthen Your Grant Proposals

Friday, February 4th, 2011

If you haven’t yet visited my Blog Talk Radio Show, this is the week to do it. Special guest Andy Goodman visited on the February 2nd episode to talk about Storytelling the Next Big Thing. He talked about the 6 categories of stories and how you as fundraisers and grantwriters could use each type of story in your organization to advance your mission. Now for those of you who have been reading my book, Grant Writing 101, you will notice that I wrote about some of these same topics that Mr. Goodman points out, although I didn’t refer to them as stories.  But he presents it differently and I like that. It is always good for you to hear things presented another way until you hear the explanation that grabs you and causes you to say, aha, I get it!

Storytelling As Best Practice

But Mr. Goodman also points out stories that are not in my book. For example, he talks about the ‘Creation Story’, which is the story of how your organization started. It’s the spirit of your organization and it’s vibrant history. These are compelling stories to gather, and as effective as his other stories not only for advancing your mission, but also for grant writing. Click here to listen to the program.

Visit Me At Work!

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Would you like to lean over my shoulder as I evaluate a new grant opportunity? Once I hear about a potential grant, what are the first steps I take? How do these crucial steps save me time and frustration? Come join me at my desk and see how I do it. You’ll have to click on this Blog Talk Radio link after 9:30am (Pacific Time) on Wednesday, January 26th.

Lean over my shoulder

I know grant writers are busy people, often assigned multiple duties at their jobs. The last thing any of us want to do is waste our time chasing after a grant that we have no chance of getting. That’s why it’s so important to take a few minutes BEFORE you begin writing to evaluate the grant requirements. It really only takes 10 minutes or less.

While we’re on the subject of my weekly radio show, I’m pleased to announce that Blog Talk Radio featured me today on their blog! Click here to read the exciting brief story.

The Bare Minimum to Include in a Proposal

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Last week on Blog Talk Radio (January 5th episode) I discussed the bare minimum to include in a grant proposal. Wait let me back up. You never know where you’ll pick up a kernel of grantwriting wisdom. For me, I attended a philanthropy award luncheon and (I love acceptance speeches) one of the awardees, board president Robert Borawski of the Robert Brownlee Foundation gave a marvelous acceptance speech that had the crowd roaring in applause. He said that he looked for three things in a grant proposal that came across his desk and he urged everyone in the room to start writing proposals that included those three things in two pages!

I remember hearing gasps, and whispers, and ultimately applause for this unusual request. The room was filled with about 600 fundraisers, professional grantwriters, and development executives. Many had never heard a funder suggest a two-page grant proposal before. But when I heard him name the three things, it made sense, and I realized that these were the bare minimum that should be included in a grant proposal. Listen to the Gant Whisperer BlogTalkRadio show episode: Grant Writing 101.

Grant Whisperer Blog Talk Radio Debut

Monday, December 6th, 2010

I wanted to let readers of the Grant Whisperer blog know that you can now find a weekly installment of the Grant Whisperer on Blog Talk Radio! You have the option of listening live on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. pacific standard time, or listening to the recorded program at any time. The benefit of listening live of course, is that you can call in and talk to me. You can comment on the show or ask any questions you have about the topic or other grant writing questions. I would love to hear from you. Visit the Blog Talk Radio web site to see the Grant Whisperer’s schedule. My debut show on December 1st covered The Three R’s of Grantwriting and this episode is available for you to hear now. Upcoming episodes include:  If Walt Disney Were A Grant Writer (on December 8th), Grant Writing Resolutions for 2011 (on December 29th), and special guest interviews on the weeks in between. To find out more, click on the white BlogTalkRadio button to the left.