No Unsolicited Proposals

No Unsolicited Proposals

An October 2015 opinion piece in the Chronicle of Philanthropy noted that 72% of US charitable foundations do not accept unsolicited grant proposals, a significant increase from just four years ago, when that number was 60% (“Let’s Require All Big Foundations to Let...
Writing Prompts For Great Grant Writing

Writing Prompts For Great Grant Writing

It’s a crowded marketplace for grant proposals. Many foundation program officers have dozens (if not more) proposals to consider, and they have to make tough choices about which ones to pass along to their trustees. How can you make your grant proposal “stick”? How...
Be Better Than The Gap

Be Better Than The Gap

Let me start by saying: I have nothing against the Gap. I have lots of clothes from the Gap. As far as I can tell, Gap, Inc. is a solid company that sells things that almost everyone I know has, or had, or will have. But this post isn’t really about the Gap. I...
How To Be A Generous Professional

How To Be A Generous Professional

As someone who has worked in fundraising and philanthropy for more than 20 years, “giving” has always been at the forefront of my profession. Whether inspiring generosity in donors, or helping individuals and groups to determine how, what, and how much to give to...
Your Fundraising Consultant

Your Fundraising Consultant

You do it, so don’t you think we do it, too? While I cannot speak for every fundraising consultant, I can tell you, based on my experience in being one for 11+ years and knowing lots of them… we’re talking about you. It’s not all bad, though. Some of it is nice,...