Archive | December 2012

Update on GuideStar Exchange Seals to Websites


Greetings from GrantLessons, we continue with 56 followers. Our chapter’s website administrator has been hard at work trying to get our badges up on our chapter website. I wanted to show them to you. But, there have been a few unanticipated kinks which are not going to be resolved until after the holidays. For one thing, we found out that we would have to pay for the “widgets” or code that is used to make the badge appear on the webpage.

The holidays are upon us. Let us all say a prayer that the New Year brings us peace to all our communities. Let’s rest a little until January 2nd when we will take up with our discussion on GrantStation, writing grants and getting publicity for our work.

We at GrantLessons (Pat Reinier, Assistance League of Kansas City, Anita Friesen, Assistance League of Tucson, and Sandie Barrie, Assistance of Reno-Sparks) wish you happy grant writing successes in the New Year 😉

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

This entry was posted on December 19, 2012. 2 Comments

An Early Christmas Present and More Public Relations

Greetings from GrantLessons, we have 56 followers. So it was kind of a regular day last week, when the President is waving this piece of paper in my face, what is this, a grant? She had looked at the Chapter List of Grants, but the grantor’s name was not on the list. Turns out, we finally got a response from a letter of inquiry that was written 18 months ago. The better part we have another $1,500 for operating expenses. I am just smiling on this one. And yes, I wrote the thank you letter and invited them to come to visit us at our Thrift Shop 😉

Now that we have the GuideStar Exchange Seal under our belt, let’s talk about completing GuideStar reviews. When I first started working with GuideStar, I did not understand the value of writing a review. Remember, big funders use GuideStar to sort through the potential applicants. Big funders pay GuideStar to collect data from the grantor profiles.

One of our followers, Ann Whitaker AL – Kansas City reported she has got 28 reviews completed on her GuideStar profile. I suggest you take a look at the Kansas City GuideStar profile by going to  .  Ann states, “I have used parts of these reviews as quotes in newsletter articles and grant applications.” Great Job!

You can learn more about how to complete a review by going to your chapter’s profile and click “Write a Review” right under your chapter’s name. Reviews can be written by a volunteer, client served, donor, board member, professional with expertise in this field, general member of the public, or an advisor. The review form indicates, it only takes a minute. Remember grantor’s go to GuideStar to learn about your chapter. They are interested in hearing what board members, volunteers and the general public have to say.

I am counting the days till Christmas, found that online shopping is working at helping me get ready for the Christmas holidays.

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

This entry was posted on December 12, 2012. 1 Comment

Grant Writing and Public Relations


Greetings from GrantLessons, we gained a new follower making our group at 56. Last week we looked at training new grant members. Well I got started with two new team members for our local chapter. We scheduled 2 hours of time and it took 2 hours to orient the new members to our process, to discuss GrantStation, GuideStar, and Dropbox. We started to look at the grant application that I need to complete for January 1st. I found there were a lot of really good questions that came from the discussion. I wanted to complete a grant while they watched, the trying to “kill two birds with one stone” and realized quickly that I needed to listen and respond to the questions and complete the grant at a later time. I will ask the two new members to review and edit the grant before I submit it, since I always need someone to check for flaws in the writing.

Today, I wanted to reflect for few moments on working with your Public Relations Chairman to get some press for your chapter’s grants. The Public Relations Chairman can include their names in the chapter’s annual report. The chairman can use a press release to share the grantor’s names with the community. The Grants Chairman must be sure that only the grantors who want recognition are included, some will want to remain anonymous. The information can be included on the chapter’s website and a post can be made to the chapter’s Facebook. We recognize grantors every 6 months.

We are now working at getting our seals and badges from GuideStar loaded onto our website. I can’t wait to see how that is going to look. It is not quite ready so maybe in a couple of weeks. I really want to share it with you all, but it is not quite ready.

For now, keep warm, be sure you get all your seasonal shopping but at the same time keep one eye on your grant writing process. It is so important to hundreds of people, mostly children in our communities.

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

This entry was posted on December 5, 2012. 3 Comments