Equity in the Land of Enchantment series: Making the Statement

  With the murder of George Floyd, uprisings across the country have called for racial justice at all levels of society.  Many nonprofits have released public statements affirming their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, but many nonprofits have struggled to locate themselves in the movement for racial justice — what that means for…

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Our Unique Congressional Delegation Office & What They Can Do For You

The New Mexico Delegation Office is jointly funded and supported by all five New Mexico Members of Congress. New Mexico is one of the few states that supports such an office and it has survived for many years, regardless of the partisan makeup of the delegation. Understanding that the power of all five New Mexico…

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Love’s Labour’s Lost… Your grant wasn’t funded 💔

What can you do when you receive a letter of declination? Here are some ideas: For federal proposals, you should receive panel feedback and scores on your application. Take the time to go through these, as you can likely improve your score on next year’s grant round. Many federal agencies post winning proposals on their websites.…

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The Non-Monetary Value of Grant Seeking 👫

Even if you are not funded, the process of putting together an ambitious proposal, including a budget and all the attachments, can pay off. A significant grant proposal forces planning and organization to happen quickly because you have a deadline and a list of requirements. Those general thoughts of “we should update our financials and our…

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What happens after you hit submit? 🤞

At The Grants Collective, we’ve seen a lot of grants get submitted with sweaty palms and jittery fingers, and we’ve been known to pop the bubbly over some particularly cantankerous submissions. Inevitably, we’re asked, What happens next?  We’ve volunteered for and worked as grant reviewers for community foundations, state programs, and federal agencies, so we can give…

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Answers to your questions in grant seeking 🙌

If you’re anything like us, you hate feeling like you don’t know how to help your organization get the grant funding it needs. And some grant opportunities are confusing, and federal RFPs can be downright frustrating. As grant writers, we used to hate that feeling too, and that’s why we created two ways for you…

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More on Laying Good Groundwork before Grant Seeking🖨

A good plan in building your organization’s business documentation will greatly improve your overall success, both in providing services to your community and in seeking grants to make your organization sustainable. Beyond your Articles of Incorporation & Bylaws, good organization documentation includes the items listed in the model below. Templates and guidelines on how to build…

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Using Nonprofit Rating and Review Sites to Your Benefit

Last week, we talked about the types of rating and review sources that donors use when seeking information about charities. These sources can strongly influence donor decisions on whether or not to fund your organization. Here’s how to prepare online profiles that demonstrate your organization’s impact in your community and your innovations in your field…

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Do Nonprofit Review Websites Affect Grants?

Funders and donors, with good reason, want to give to the organizations that will produce the most good-per-dollar donated. This is where the online listing/rating services come into the picture. They provide the first, and in many cases, the only line of information being presented to potential donors. What are these sites saying about your organization?This is…

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Charts, Graphs, Plots and Other Ways to Make Your Grant Stand Out

Last week we talked about how Charts can be a powerful addition to grant narratives and other proposal elements. Here are 8 tips to keep in mind as you format your charts. Don’t use 3-D effects, exploding pie charts, or other whiz-bang options. This just gets in the way of your point and visually clutters…

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