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So far Lia Bishop has created 13 blog entries.

Small Non-profits and Effective Grant Writing  

By |2021-08-12T09:39:28-07:00August 12th, 2021|

Okay, so you are a small non-profit and you don’t have any “official” development staff or experienced grant writers on staff. But you do have passion, you can fundraise, and you can network. You also probably have a lot of untapped resources in the guise of volunteers and previous supporters. So, let’s get started.  RESEARCH  Network With Your Advocates [...]

Dealing with Rejection

By |2021-07-21T10:59:33-07:00July 21st, 2021|

You’ve just uploaded the final draft of your grant proposal. You hit ‘complete & send’; instantly a friendly message pops up on your screen letting you know your application has been successfully submitted. “Successfully Submitted”. You sigh some relief. …And now the wait begins… Those of us who have been preparing and writing grants for [...]

Grant Applications Goals vs. Objectives

By |2021-07-08T10:08:24-07:00July 7th, 2021|

Grant applications have many components, and sometimes it can get a little overwhelming thinking about how to correctly address each section effectively. The “goal” and “objective” portions of grant applications tend to be the most confusing for individuals new to grant writing. It’s important to be able to distinguish the two, at the same time [...]

Release the Anxiety in Grant Writing…

By |2021-07-07T13:22:21-07:00June 17th, 2021|

Tactics to Overcome Performance Anxiety Whether you’ve been grant writing for decades or are a first timer, the emotions that come with completing grant applications can be pretty tumultuous. Although experience is always a great teacher, many organizations and writers do not have the luxury to ‘test-out’ or ‘practice’ their grant writing skills. The reality [...]

The Grant Writing Process!

By |2021-06-01T15:35:02-07:00June 1st, 2021|

  Fact: Grant writing is a worthwhile process. For many charities, large and small, grant applications are one of those key funding streams that can contribute to organizational success. While the process may seem daunting, there are several tricks and tips that work to keep things organized, streamlined and simple. Those who forego the preparation [...]

Innovative Techniques During Covid-19

By |2021-06-01T15:35:10-07:00May 20th, 2021|

Looking back now, most of us would agree that fundraising prior to Covid-19 were simpler times. There is no doubt the pandemic has put extraordinary pressures on the charitable and NPO sector to be extra innovative in revenue sourcing. With normative workspaces and traditional fundraising events off the table for now, organizations are adapting new [...]

The Do’s and Don’ts in Communicating with Potential Funders

By |2021-03-25T12:49:50-07:00March 25th, 2021|

Do: Create Meaningful Connections  Build a relationship with your funders as you would other stakeholders and partners. Funders are people too, and while it may seem intimidating to initiate a relationship, donors are seeking a connection with the organizations they fund. Remember to stay in touch, even with one-time donations. Thank-You's can be a phone call, a mail card or an email. You could [...]

The Big Ask: 5 Tips on making a strong letter request to donors

By |2021-03-05T12:45:03-08:00March 5th, 2021|

1. Introduce Your Organization/ Project Give your funders a good understanding of your organization or project in a concise and simple manner. Avoid language that is busy, unclear and muddled with details. Put yourself in the position of the reviewer; donors receive countless requests for funding and reviewing these summaries can be tedious. Simplify your [...]

Creating an effective digital presence for non-profits and charitable organizations

By |2021-02-19T14:31:26-08:00February 19th, 2021|

Going digital, whether willingly or not, is the survival mode of the times. Over the last several years, a shift of digital transformation is sweeping the NPO sector by surprise. Many small- to medium-sized organizations are scrambling to revamp their online identity, especially as remote work and internet technologies become the new normal. CanadaHelps notes [...]

Anxiety in Grant Writing: Tactics to Overcome Performance Anxiety

By |2021-01-28T12:49:24-08:00January 28th, 2021|

Whether you’ve been grant writing for decades or are a first timer, the emotions that come with completing grant applications can be pretty tumultuous. Although experience is always a great teacher, many organizations do not have the resources to ‘test out’ or practice their grant writing skills. The reality is that a lot can hinge [...]

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