Grant Writing Orientaton

Greetings from GrantLessons, we continue with 55 followers. GrantStation has released their Fall 2012 The State of Grantseeking Report, you can download a copy at http://www.grantstation.com/ . The report is long but there is one strong message for us. The message is “Almost one quarter of respondents told us that their greatest challenge in grantseeking was the lack of time and/or staff”.

Have you given any thought in your chapter about training a new member to assist in your work? Perhaps one of the best ways to do this training is to have the new grant commitee member sit with you as you actually complete a grant. This is particularly important when doing an online grant to show them how the process works.

You can find a downloadable file for an orientation form at Resources/DownloadableFile/Committee Development. You can customize the form to work for your chapter. Next week, I will be orienting two new members to our chapter’s grant writing process and I will be using this form to make sure that I do not miss any important components.

During the process of completing our GuideStar Exchange Seal profile, we learned more about doing reviews so that when funder comes to GuideStar to look at potential organizations, they can see comments made about the organization. Look at our chapter’s reviews by going http://www.guidestar.org/ and searching for the Assistance League of Reno-Sparks. On the right side of the screen, you can see the reviews that our chapter members entered. There will be more to come on this important element.

For now, I am having fun celebrating news about one of our programs that made the news. Take a minute and check out this link http://bit.ly/Tlygjy, it is a great story. There will be more to come on working with your Public Relations Committee as part of your grant writing process.

The leaves are finally off the front lawn and now it is time to get serious about the holiday season. Have fun and stay warm!

Catch me when you can and I will catch up with you soon. Sandie

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