Demystifying Grant Seeking: What You Really Need to Do to Get Grants

Demystifying Grant Seeking: What You Really Need to Do to Get Grants

Demystifying Grant Seeking: What You Really Need to Do to Get Grants

Demystifying Grant Seeking: What You Really Need to Do to Get Grants

Synopsis

In Demystifying Grant Seeking, authors Larissa Golden Brown and Martin John Brown offer down-to-earth advice on implementing an effective grant- seeking process based on the art of fearless grant seeking. Written for nonprofit professionals and fundraisers- no matter what their level of expertise- this hands-on resource outlines a five-step program that will help to dispel myths, overcome fears, and lead to grant-seeking success. Using the suggestions outlined in Demystifying Grant Seeking fundraisers will: Learn about their organizations, communities, and funders Match requests to funders Invite funders to invest in their organizations Follow Up both internally and with funders Evaluate results, methods, and opportunities

Excerpt

Grant seeking relies more on knowing what to do than how to write. Yet most fundraisers don't understand the importance of organizing their grant-seeking efforts. By focusing on writing and putting their energy into a few long-shot grant proposals that are eloquently written but poorly targeted or timed, they waste energy and set themselves up for disappointment. I've seen this happen again and again in nonprofits of all sizes, which is why I'm pleased to welcome Demystifying Grant Seeking into the library of books available on grants.

This book makes a special contribution to an often misunderstood field. Larissa and Martin Brown focus on the logical aspects of grant seeking, that is, how to control the flow of information to bring together the best of office organization techniques and development expertise. They help people with all levels of experience set aside the fear and time-stealing habits that keep them from raising serious money.

And the authors do it with integrity. Their book sets aside the myth that grants result from adulating foundation trustees, playing games of chance, and designing programs that meet funders' desires. It frees the reader from the fear of having to know the right people or the right jargon. the book suggests that fundraisers should rely on something much easier to come by: their own common sense and heart.

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