Tag Archives: Writing

Thoughts on Writing Your Own Grants


Hope you had a great Fourth of July. I spent a good deal of my time writing a grant proposal. Not for a client. For me. It has been a long time since I wrote a proposal for my own … Continue reading

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Your Proposal Is Rejected. Now What?


When some nonprofits get the rejection notice, the staff takes it as — well, rejection. They get depressed or angry. They curse the funder. They rail at the cosmos. They feel personally rejected. Simmer down, people. Savvy fundraisers can use rejection to … Continue reading

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Four Resources So Your Writing Doesn’t Suck


Sucky writing is easy. Anyone can do it. I was on a plane yesterday. The only reading material were trade magazines left by an insurance agent. I got a snootful of  sucky writing. To be fair, the writers were salesmen … Continue reading

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Thank Your Donors Now


We have all done it. We forgot to send out thank you notes. The mail merge screwed up and sent letters to the wrong donors. And how much do stamps cost these days? Thanks to Vanessa Chase, you now have … Continue reading

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Why Are Grants Written So Badly? And How To Stop It.


Crazy sentences. Lazy verbs. Pointless paragraphs. Bad commas. We write grant proposals, business plans, donor letters, marketing copy. Writing is the foundation of everything we do. It’s how we raise money. It’s how we communicate with our board and staff. It’s … Continue reading

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