Are you trying to catch a funder’s attention?
If you are like many of my nonprofit clients, securing grants is an important element of your fundraising strategy. A well-written grant will convey the value your programs offer to the community, the impact you’ve already measured and why now is the right time for a funder to make an investment. All of these contain elements of storytelling – especially when you highlight the people who change their lives because your organization helped them gain the tools to make it happen.
Why hire a grant writing consultant?
While assigning a grant writing project to a current staff member or volunteer might sound like a great, financially smart idea, it may fail to land that big grant. It can also take key staff away from current responsibilities requiring their attention, like direct program oversight or a fundraising event. Securing the services of an experienced, skilled, efficient, deadline-sensitive grant writing consultant can prove to be a wise investment in your organization’s future.
I tailor my services to meet your needs
Are you seeking help with your grant writing or foundation prospect research for the first time, to grow your organization? Or do you periodically seek the services of a grant writing consultant for bigger projects and peak fundraising periods?
Working together, we identify only those services that best meet your organizational needs for:
- Special one-time projects;
- Interim, time-limited grants management during sick or maternity leave or staff transitions; and
- On-going, monthly grants management to supplement organizational staff.
By working with me, the grants my clients have secured from foundations, corporations and the government range from $5,000 to over $1.3 million.
My experience serving as a development director with two Bay Area nonprofits provides me with a deep understanding of donor concerns. A strong proposal will articulate community need, agency qualifications, project methodology and desired outcomes, within the context of the funder’s area of interest.
My earlier years, as a Fiscal Manager, strengthened my ability to assist clients with budget development and allocation questions. As a journalist, I learned how to dive in and ask the right questions to get the information I needed for my stories and interviews. I apply these skills to create compelling proposals.
I love the variety and reach of working with social change agents– those organizations and individuals who are making a difference by creating greater equity within issues like aging, health disparities, education, the environment, food insecurity, social justice and leadership development. Their budgets range in size from modest to those with multimillion dollar commitments.
Other ways to catch someone’s attention in a noisy world?
As a writer, I utilize my skills to help nonprofits raise their visibility. Whether you want to gain the attention of potential program participants, donors or volunteers, written communications are still an effective way to reach them. Annual Reports and Appeal Letters, Social Media Posts, Fact Sheets, Print and e-Newsletters– the list goes on. Give me a call today, to discuss how effectively crafting your story can ignite connections to support your mission.
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