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Is a Fundraising House Party Right For Your Organization?

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Fundraising house parties can be an exciting way to earn funds for your cause. How do you know if house parties are right for your organization? How do you organize one? The Grant Whisperer answers the age-old question ‘should you bring a llama to a house party’ and more over at BlogTalkRadio. The episode gives you tips to have a successful event that puts the fun back in fundraising!

A common question is how many staff should attend the fundraising house party. My recommendation is, as few as needed. The host counts as one, add a board member, and then the staff person making the presentation. Three is good for a small house party; add more as needed for a larger crowd.

The host and staff/board member coordinate the event to ensure the project or program is highlighted in the best possible way, all the elements of the event harmonizes with your organization, and that an ask is made.

Click on the arrow below to hear more useful tips in the 16-minute episode.

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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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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.