Book Smell

Book Smell

This morning, instead of working at home or at my co-working space, I’m working at a local library. My county’s library system has been renovating many of our local libraries, and some of the newer ones are spectacular! My favorite, the Silver Spring library, is a...
“Am I pushy?”

“Am I pushy?”

Our nation has been deeply moved by the school shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, and we have been inspired by what has followed: a youth uprising. Young adults who survived the shooting have said that enough is enough, and they’re not going...
Doing Less… and Gaining More?

Doing Less… and Gaining More?

I am trying to be more laid back, and it’s making me anxious! My daughter is the type of person who gets overwhelmed when there is too much to do, even when the to do list has fun stuff on it. In a summer jam-packed with overnight camp, day camps, out of town...
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...