Grant Writing & Funding

By Holly Rustick

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Holly Rustick, world-renowned grant writer, Amazon bestselling author, and nonprofit Guru, reveals all her freelance business tips, grant writing strategies, nonprofit funding action steps, and tips and tools so you can be ahead of the curve with your freelance grant writing business, nonprofit consultancy, or nonprofit organization. Discover how you can develop clear frameworks to grow your freelance or nonprofit work and create a positive impact in the world. Holly has more than 15 years of grant writing and nonprofit experience, 10+ years of freelance grant writing experience, and has secured millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations throughout the world while building up a successful and leading grant writing company. Freelance grant writing tips, grant writing hacks, grant research tools, strategic planning systems, board training steps, nonprofit fundraising blueprints, governance guidelines, crowdfunding counsel, and online courses accessibility will help you better understand how to crush it for your freelance grant writing company, nonprofit consultancy, or nonprofit organization. Check out www.grantwritingandfunding.com for more resources! Warmly, Holly

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Ep. 175: 2021 Grant Funding Forecast
00:15:04
Complete Guide to the 2021 Grant Funding Forecast If you are wanting to know what type of grant funding is forecasted out there for your nonprofit, government office, or business then look no further! In this week's podcast (and video), I share with you the following: Grant Funding Pulse 2019, 2020, and 2021 Grant Funding Federal Grant forecast State Grant Forecast Foundation Grant Forecast This is for you if you are writing or seeking grants! It might not surprise how many grants were given out in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but what about 2021? Will there be a plateau or leveling down of grants? The answer might surprise you!  Check out this week's podcast or video to find out! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Jun 15, 2021
Ep. 174: How to Conduct Meaningful Conversations for Effective Nonprofit Strategic Planning
00:54:13
Yes, meaningful conversations are a must if you want effective solutions for your nonprofit strategies. I know. It's easier for many nonprofit leaders to just ask, "Can you just make me a fundraising content calendar within the hour?" But what if that fundraiser isn't really what your nonprofit needs to grow? I know it can feel taxing to try and fit in a conversation about why you even want the fundraiser in the first place (because we always have one) or what the real outcome you want that fundraiser to have for your nonprofit (er, money?). But the immediate answers aren't always the right ones. In this week's episode, Nonprofit Strategist Julie Platts guides me through how she goes deep with nonprofit clients to ask some of these specific questions. After all, she is a nonprofit strategist for a reason. What you hear might surprise you. But chances are, it will also inspire you to slow down for a few shakes so you can speed up with efficiency with your strategies. There are a lot of 'a-ha!' moments in this episode. Believe me. Plus, since Julie is also a consultant, she also shares with me some consultancy wisdom. We go deep on this too! I love how she talks about how she organizes her time and selects ideal clients. Need I say more? Just listen. Believe me, you'll thank me ;) What we discuss: How to have those meaningful conversations with nonprofit leaders What questions to ask nonprofits when prepping for strategic planning Why services usually need to change during these deep dives Why it's okay that these services change ;) How to select ideal clients by using a 'warm' technique Other amazing stuff that you just need to tune-in and listen to! ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com
Jun 08, 2021
Ep. 173: Instrumentl: Grant Prospecting, Tracking, and Management in One Place
00:43:25
✨*Check out the links on https://grantwritingandfunding.com/173 * ✨ If you find yourself Googling when looking for grant funding or not even knowing where to start, then this podcast episode is for you! I've got Gauri Manglik, CEO and co-founder of Instrumentl on the show, and we go behind-the-scenes on how to use this platform. What is Instrumentl? It's a fundraising platform tool to help you find, well, funds. Looking for grants? This is your hub. What we Discuss in this Podcast About Instrumentl ✨ Why Instrumentl was created ✨ The new tools on Intrumentl (includes 990 magic) ✨ How to use Instrumentl for grant tracking ✨ How to use Instrumentl for grant research ✨ What types of grants are available on Instrumentl ✨ Secret (not-so-secret anymore!) announcement coming up! Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Jun 01, 2021
Ep. 172: Top Expert Tips to Write the Evaluation Section of a Grant Proposal
00:48:11
Have you ever wondered how to write the evaluation section of a grant proposal? Maybe you sat there at 2 a.m. (of course the night before a grant is due) and scratched your head as you came across this section towards the end of a grant. You think, “You want me to write how I am going to run a program and now you need to know how I will evaluate that the project is running how I said it will run?” Er, yep. Funding sources do want to know how you will evaluate what you say you are going to do. Are you proposing to house 30 sloths within 12 months? Well, you better include how you will evaluate that those 30 sloths will be housed! But seriously, we do need to showcase this in grants. In this week’s podcast, Dr. James Pann goes over how to write the evaluation section of a grant proposal (and he gives his top tips!). Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
May 26, 2021
Ep. 171: 6 Hacks to Score High on a Grant Application That Will Surprise You
00:23:33
1. Get the FOA/RFP First you need to download the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) or Request for Proposal (RFP). These are usually for federal grants, state grants and contracts, and certain foundation grants. This is basically where the funding sources publish directions and guidance about the grant program. The grant funding sources also put in technical requirements (such as font size, margin sizes, number of pages allowed, and so forth). 2. Convert the FOA/RFP from a PDF to Word Doc PDFs can be really hard to work with! Especially if you copy something from a PDF and put it into a Word document. It might copy really strange and into a weird font or it might not even let you copy it. By converting the PDF file to a Word document you can work with the FOA/RFPs so much easier and it only take a few seconds to convert! 3. Copy the Scoring Criteria Section and Paste it Into a New Word Doc Now that the FOA/RFP is in a Word document you will want to go to the Scoring Criteria in the FOA/RFP. Copy that and put in a new Word document. I know, another Word document, but you will thank me. Ta-da! Now you’re not starting with a blank page! 4. Turn the Criteria Sections into Headers (Header 1, Header 2) What do I mean by this… well, make the criteria actual headers. Make the main scoring criteria (for example, Needs Section) a Header One and then any questions under Needs Section into a Header Two. 5. Put in a table of contents at the beginning (if you have space allowed) Go to the beginning of your Word Document and go to Reference Tab in the Word document and click on Table of Contents. This is nice to include in your cover page or in the top of the first page. This is of course, if you do have room. Why is this important? It shows there is a flow to the grant. 😊 6. Respond to the Grant Scoring Criteria Now you have all the questions formatted and you no longer have a blank page. Plus you will be responding directly the Scoring Criteria. This is super important because grant reviewers are real people who have to score according to the grant scoring criteria. Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
May 18, 2021
Ep. 170: 8 Grant Writing Resource Reviews to Find, Manage, & Win Grants
00:28:04
As a 15+ year grant writing veteran I have seen some amazing resources come and go, and I've seen other ones evolve. I am highlighting 8 resources that I LOVE and some of these I use on a consistent basis! In fact, I am using one right now (after you read through my recommendations, have a guess at which one I am using at this moment!).  In full transparency, I do have partnerships (and receive affiliate payments) with some of these products below and offer coupon codes for you. I do this as I love, love, love these products and they are proven to help grant writers succeed!  #1) Federal Grants: Grants.Gov  This is for you if you are seeking federal grants. And this one is free!  This is a U.S. government e-platform and is where all federal grants are required to be published. I recommend joining the email list and checking the boxes on what types of grants you are interested in being notified of.  #2) Federal Grants: Federal Agency Websites Okay, this one has a lot of links. What I recommend you do is visit the federal agency websites that are related to your nonprofit. Even though all federal grants are published on Grants.gov, it is still good to visit the federal agency website where the grant originates from.  3) Nonprofit & Foundation Information: Guidestar.org Guidestar.org is a great place to find both nonprofits and foundations. (Your nonprofit might even be listed here!) Check it out to ensure that your nonprofit's profile is updated and accurate as funding sources sometimes check out Guidestar.org when reviewing grants! 4) Foundation and Federal Grant Research: Instrumentl Looking for a grant research platform that includes foundation grants? Instrumentl is a an intuitive online software that matches your specific programs with funding opportunities.  5) Grant Management: GEMS (Grant Easy Management Software) GEMS was built by a grant writer to manage nonprofit clients, previously submitted grants, and more! Never miss a grant deadline with this program management system developed specifically for grants writers. 6) Project Management: Asana Track your fundraiser, project, and more (and share with your team!). You can also upload all files and graphics needed for projects so no more digging through emails! 7) Graphics: Canva I love, love, lova Canva! Do you need to create social media posts, fliers, or even webpages? Check out Canva for even the dinosaur techies! It’s so easy to use and has tons of templates! 8) Time Tracking: Toggl Yes, time tracking is a thing. It’s actually a major item that every grant writer should use! You need to know about how long it takes you to write a foundation grant, a federal grant, a fundraising proposal and more! All you have to do is write what you are doing and it tracks your time! Plus, it gives you  reports and more. This is also great for freelance grant writers who need to bill for your time. It’ll track everything and you can send your clients a jazzy report! Plus, there’s an app. Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
May 11, 2021
Ep. 169: What is the difference between an output and outcome in a grant proposal?
00:17:35
What is the difference between an output and outcome in a grant proposal? The difference between an output and outcome in a grant proposal might not seem quite different at first. In fact, it might feel downright like the same darn thing. For many grant writers this difference between an output and outcome can feel a little abstract and confusing. You might be thinking, "What are the differences and why do grants have to be so meticulous?" Are grant funding sources just trying to trick you with these output and outcome words? Are they chuckling in the background while you scratch your head and think, “to-may-to / to-mah-to”? Nah, grant reviewers aren’t that bored, although they do have a good sense of humor. But it's good for you there is a quick way to know what this differences actually are and a way you can remember outputs and outcomes, and better yet, understand them. Once you understand what the differences (and similarities) are between grant outputs and outcomes it will make your grant writing SO much better. ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
May 05, 2021
Ep. 168: 3,000 Free Online Nonprofit Fundraising Courses To Build Your Expertise
00:45:52
Find out where you can get SO many free nonprofit fundraising courses! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Apr 27, 2021
Ep. 167: How to Write Objectives for a Grant Proposal
00:23:23
✨ Get the Free Workbook: https://grantwritingandfunding.com/167-how-to-write-objectives-for-a-grant-proposal/ ✨ Learning how to write objectives for grant application proposals is essential to your grant writing success. This is often overlooked. Many people think an objective can just be a wish. Such as, "We hope to accomplish this program." Let's just start with Captain Obvious. Would you be willing to give someone money for a project if they only hoped to accomplish it? Or would you be willing to shell out dough for a project that had a goal of 'Ending Poverty for All" but there was no plan on how to accomplish that goal? Sometimes it helps to flip the script and pretend you are the funding source, rather than the applicant. But how do you create a plan (objectives) for a grant proposal? What is the secret formula? Check out this week's article and podcast! ✨ Get the Free Workbook: https://grantwritingandfunding.com/167-how-to-write-objectives-for-a-grant-proposal/ ✨ Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Apr 20, 2021
Ep. 166: Simple Tips to Increase Charitable Giving on Your Nonprofit's Website
00:52:08
Are you looking for tips to increase donor giving on your nonprofit's website? You might be frustrated because you finally went through the work of installing a donate button and connected it to your nonprofit's PayPal account, but you are getting nada.  Why aren't donors giving? Your website is up. The donor button is up. But still, no transactions. Ugh. It makes you want to crawl under your desk with a box of Kleenex. You might think, "Do people even care about my nonprofit?" The fact is, that plenty of people probably care about your nonprofit and the mission it provides. But have a think. Just think about all the times you have donated (or tried to donate) to nonprofit's online. Have you ever been on a website where you hit the 'donate' button and it brought you to a 404 Error Page? Or maybe your baby started crying in the background and the nonprofit was requesting a survey for you to fill out before you gave so you just hit the X button and closed out the page? There are a lot of reasons that people might not become donors online. And most of them aren't because they don't care about your nonprofit. (So throw that tissue away). A lot of times it is because of the friction to actually become a donor.  This could mean an error page, too many questions to donate, and lots, lots, more.  In this week's podcast, Brady Josephson from NextAfter Institute will this and more including: Online Donor Friction Worksheet Donor Giving overall was up 2 -10% in the United States in 2020 2020 was the Biggest Year in Online Giving (up at least 30%) in the history of the world Transition to investing in technology for nonprofits Digital fundraising ideas Important to remember when online marketing "You are not your donor" Why email marketing and nurturing should be more frequent than once a month Why you should do both online and offline donor updates (emails, social media, phone calls, direct mail) Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Apr 15, 2021
Ep. 165: Grant Management Made Easy: Never Miss a Grant or Funding Deadline
00:51:53
Grant management needs to be made easy otherwise you will miss a grant or funding deadline!  Let me know if you resonate with any of the following: You've woken up in the middle of the night with a start and pry out your phone realizing you just missed a grant deadline Or maybe you submitted a grant a year ago but can't find the final application anywhere. Or a combination of the above! Yes, whether you are a nonprofit leader that is juggling your actual job and had the role of grant writer thrown on your lap or if you are a freelance grant writer and are having a hard time keeping up with grant opportunities (or plain management) of your nonprofit clients, then this episode is for you! In this week's podcast episode Rachel Waterman, CEO and Founder of GDS Grants, shares her Grant Management System Made Easy (GEMS). She also discusses her unique system of managing clients and her background on how she got started with writing grants. (wink-wink, it might include the Peace Corps). What We Discuss in This Episode: How Rachel got started in writing grants How leveraging your strengths can help you as a grant writer Rachel's unique grant writing methods Writing out objectives and goals in grants  How federal and foundation grant writing are similar How to manage upcoming grants and funding opportunities to never miss a deadline How to manage nonprofit clients How to be more professional as a grant writer About Rachel: Rachel Waterman has over 25 years of community development and grant writing experience, is Grant Professional Certified (GPC), a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), a Grant Professionals Association (GPA) Approved Trainer, and an expert in grant management. She holds a Master’s degree in community and economic development with a concentration in applied social research from Illinois State University and a Bachelor’s degree in international studies from Barry University. Her career has encompassed a broad spectrum of professional experiences, including serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer, nonprofit executive director, community organizer, city master planner, researcher, and Mayor of the city of Lake Worth Beach, Florida. Rachel is CEO and Founder of GDS Grants. She is responsible for client strategy, new program & budget development, data tracking systems, outcome measures and data analysis. Rachel also oversees the GDS Professional Development Program and personally coaches GDS interns, fellows and mentees.
Apr 07, 2021
Ep. 164: How to Get Rid of Boring SWOT Analysis and Revive Your Strategic Planning
00:19:48
Are you not sure even what a SWOT Analysis is or how it relates to strategic planning? Well, I am definitely not saying get rid of the SWOT analysis altogether, but I am saying the old tired way of just shoving it in your planning and not knowing how to utilize is so over. How? Well, you do need a SWOT Analysis for your nonprofit’s strategic planning, however, it doesn’t have to be boring. It is actually one of the most FUN activities in your strategic planning. A SWOT Analysis A SWOT stands for: Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats (or Challenges) Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Mar 31, 2021
Ep. 163: 5 Proven Steps to Actually Find the Best-Fit Federal Grants
00:50:58
This is a question I get a lot... “Holly, how do I find federal grants for my nonprofit?” Federal grant research expert Jason Adkins, gives us 5 steps to find those pesky federal grants. Well, er, they seem pesky until you find them, and then federal grants rock. I know you might feel like federal grants are elusive, but after Jason breaks down the steps (and gives you websites to find them), then you will be feeling like a pro. So if thinking about finding federal grants makes you immediately zone out and start stress-chewing your nails, then you will want to listen to today's podcast episode on finding federal grants (and save that precious manicure). Some Highlights We Discuss: Why sometimes having an English Degree doesn’t automatically equate to being a Grant Writer Why ‘failing forward’ is important Keeping a flipchart list of grants secured to make sure you have moments of celebration and don’t go from grant deadline to grant deadline How Jason uses the same strategies of writing a foundation and federal grant How being a federal grant reviewer has been helpful in writing federal grants Grant writing is best at a 9th to 12th grade level Why formatting a federal grant is  important Schedule time in your workday to find grants Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Mar 23, 2021
Ep. 162: Why You Cannot Guarantee Grant Award Funding as a Grant Professional
00:14:58
A common question I get, as a grant professional, from nonprofit clients, is, "Can you guarantee that the grant you write for us will get awarded?" There are a number of reasons that I say no. Very simply put, these are some of the determining factors: 1) It depends also on the nonprofit's capacity and experience in winning and managing grants that depend on their competitiveness with getting a grant awarded. 2) It depends on how well the grant project aligns with the priority of the funding source. 3) It depends on how 'trendy' the project is with current funding overall. 4) It depends on how many grant applications the funding source receives. These are just a few, but there are many more reasons. Listen to this week's podcast to hear them all and how you can respond to this question!
Mar 16, 2021
Ep. 161: How Grant Research Can Be a Service You Offer Nonprofit Clients
00:19:43
Did you know that you can do grant research as a stand-alone service or in a package that you offer nonprofit clients? You write grants, but did you know you can charge separately for researching and finding grants?  (jaws drop). Yes! Here's the thing...sometimes nonprofit clients will approach grant professionals with a list of grant opportunities and just want you to write the grants. But more often than not, nonprofit clients will also want you - the freelance grant writer - to research the grants, too. Sometimes nonprofit clients may not understand that this is an additional service or will increase your grant writing rate. Why? Well, grant research takes: an investment of your skillset (yes, grant research is an art), your time (the research rabbit hole), and money (most grant research databases charge you to use their database).  So grant research can actually be a standalone service you provide or in addition to the grant writing (first you find the best X # of best-fit grants, then you write them). In this week's podcast, I go into more detail on the how, why, and what of grant research! Be sure to give it a listen :) ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Mar 10, 2021
Ep. 160: 2 Questions You Should Ask Before Getting a Grant Writing Certificate
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✨ Join my Free 5-day FB Challenge: Confidently Pitch Your Grant Writing Services to Nonprofit Clients" Click here: http://grantwritingandfunding.com/5-day ✨ Grant Writing Certificate. To have or not to have?  And then... from where? This is a question I get all the time.  I get this question from freelance grant writers and aspiring freelancers, but I also get it from potential nonprofit clients.  Do you have a grant writing certificate? This question, and 7 more common questions asked by nonprofit clients, I will go over in even more detail (and give you a fill-in-the-blank script) in my upcoming 5-Day FB Challenge, "Confidently Pitch Your Grant Writing Services to Nonprofit Clients" on March 8th - 12th. Sign up above. But for this week's podcast, I will uncover the answer to the elusive question, "Do you have a grant writing certificate?" Here's the thing though. Grant Certificate or not, it doesn't really showcase your grant writing abilities. To have long-standing credibility and a reputation and to implement your learned skills, you need to write grants. Real-world grants. Not just a sample in a grant workshop. You need a pen to paper (or, er, keyboard to monitor?) and get out there and write some grants.  So, yes, a grant writing certificate can increase your resume and improve your skills, but grant writing certificate or not, you need to actually write grants. If you aren't sure where to start, then check out nonprofits to volunteer at! And believe me, if you start volunteering the nonprofit won't ask you for a grant writing certificate! But you may be able to ask them to pay for your grant writing certificate and then you will volunteer ;)  So do you really need one? No. However, a grant writing certificate can be helpful in increasing credibility, knowledge, skills, and confidence. But you still will need to actually start writing grants. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Mar 03, 2021
Ep. 159: 7 Myths That You Need To Know About Grants & Freelance Grant Writing
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ These are 7 myths about grant writing and freelance grant writing that I have heard time and time again. In this week's podcast episode, I am going to break down each of the following: #1: Grants Are Easy To Get Grants are not super easy to write. In fact, if you are a grant writing you are probably chuckling right now. Grants are competitive. They aren't impossible to get, nor are they so easy that you don't need to learn the technique behind grant writing.  #2: Grants Don't Have to Be Paid Back No Matter What Sure, overall grants don't have to be paid back. However, if grants aren't spent properly they might need to be paid back. Always check with the program office if you need to modify a budget to get permission before you spend for something not approved! #3 Grants Can Cover My Personal Debt Moreover, you are not going to get a funding source to pay off your BMW. Grants are created for specific purposes, and those purposes usually don't include a direct deposit to pay off your personal debt. #4: Grants are Similar to Writing an English Paper Writing English literature papers is not like writing a grant. Grant writing has specific technical methods and is different than writing an English paper. That said, writers in other genres and disciplines can learn how to write grants! #5: I Should Write Grants For Free Eek! If you have the skillset and experience, you can definitely charge nonprofit organizations to write grants or get a position as a paid grant writer! #6: I Can Get Paid on Commission No, no, no. This is unethical, against Best Practices, ineligible to be charged for in federal grants, and is a product you create! You should get paid to write a grant with other funds.  #7: I Can Get Paying Clients With No Grant Writing Experience Okay, I know  I said you should get paid to write grants. You should - if you have the experience. However, if you are new to writing grants, then you may need to volunteer for a few months to get some grant writing experience, take a course to learn some skills or do an internship. This will help build your skills so then you can charge for it! Make sure you listen to the full podcast to get SO many more details and examples about the  7 Myths You Need to Know About Grants & Freelance Grant Writing! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com
Feb 24, 2021
Ep, 158: 3 Tactics You Didn't Know to Become a Nonprofit Executive Director Ninja
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✨ Click here to download the Infographic Top 10 Responsibilities of a Nonprofit Executive Director: https://grantwritingandfunding.com/158-3-tactics-you-didnt-know-to-become-a-nonprofit-executive-director-ninja/ ​ ✨ What if you had a checklist to help streamline your duties as an executive director of a nonprofit organization? Sometimes an executive director of a nonprofit organization is stereotyped as juggling a million things and getting paid peanuts. But this doesn't, nor shouldn't, need to be the case. For a nonprofit organization to thrive, the executive director should have a roadmap. Some nonprofit organizations may not even have an executive director yet, and are even drooling at this aspect of having one! But the deal is - if your nonprofit is so fortunate to have an executive director - don't burn them out! So here's the old hierarchal order of a nonprofit. There is a board of directors that provides guidance for the nonprofit organization and then the executive director implements this guidance. Of course, the board should still support the mission in governance ways, and other staff, volunteers, and consultants can help out too! The executive director is then often tasked with a lot of items, ranging from taking minutes of meetings to writing grants! This is why they get the stereotype of juggling a lot of diverse responsibilities. Well, if you know of a busy nonprofit executive director that feels like they are virtually drowning, or if you are one, then you will want to listen to this week's podcast! Sean discusses the following: How to communicate with your board of directors How to delegate How to manage time (time management hacks) What activities to focus on most of the time (high level) What you should ask for in a contract and why one is important Much more... ✨ Click here to download the Infographic Top 10 Responsibilities of a Nonprofit Executive Director: https://grantwritingandfunding.com/158-3-tactics-you-didnt-know-to-become-a-nonprofit-executive-director-ninja/✨
Feb 16, 2021
Ep: 157: Zero to 10 Nonprofit Clients in 5 Steps: Freelance Grant Writer Client Roadmap
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✨ FREE Nonprofit Client Start Guide: https://grantwritingandfunding.com/freelance-grant-writer-client-starter-guide/ ✨ Ready to Start Growing Your Freelance Grant Writing Business But Not Sure Where to Start? This podcast episode and free (and highly detailed) cheat sheet will give you, as a freelance grant writer or nonprofit consultant, everything you need to know to confidently reach out to nonprofit leads and start securing clients like a pro. (Yep, even if you’re starting with no clients!) Let's face it - starting a freelance grant writing business or nonprofit consultancy can feel overwhelming! Knowing how and where to find nonprofit clients can be like facing a large ocean of obscure possibilities. But it doesn't have to be that way! That's why I created this extensive roadmap for you! So how do you find those clients? Through the following 5 steps! (download the roadmap or listen to the podcast to get examples and the full system!) #1: Identify Your Skillset #2: Identify Your Passion/Knowledge/Experiences #3: Decide Which Services to Offer First #4: Create a nonprofit client lead list #5: Pitch to Nonprofit Clients If you follow the Roadmap and do all of these steps, you will have a minimum of 50 nonprofit leads on your list! So securing 10 of those 50 just became a lot more doable. Plus, these will turn into warm leads really quickly. No more cold calling when you use these strategic steps! Be sure to download the Roadmap and listen to the podcast! ✨ FREE Nonprofit Client Start Guide: https://grantwritingandfunding.com/freelance-grant-writer-client-starter-guide/ ✨
Feb 11, 2021
Ep. 156: Common Freelance Grant Writer Mistakes: How To Avoid Them & Grow Your Business
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Being a freelance grant writer doesn’t need to be a career - yes, career, not just a hobby - full of pulling your hair out! Not at all, my friend. This can be quite the opposite. It can be one where you grow in a methodical way and start with a strong foundation. 👉 Click here to get all the links from this interview! 👈 What better way to do that than to listen to someone else’s mistakes and how they have traversed into a success! My guest and Freelance Grant Writing expert coach, Rodney Walker, gives you all the tips of the trade and goes behind-the-scenes to show you what to avoid! (wink-wink, some major confidence tips coming at you!). Plus, he shares the most common mistakes freelance grant writers make when starting out and how to avoid them. Whether you’ve been a freelance grant writer or a nonprofit consultant for years, or you’ve been a little overwhelmed to get started, this episode will ease those hesitancies and ensure you are sure-footed in your journey. Here’s a snapshot of a few things we talked about… • Having real confidence in starting a business • Why closed doors might be a sign to change direction • Why affirmations are so important • How he went from broke to making a prosperous income and what that took • Behind-the-scenes on the igrantwriters.com and that you might be featured there already! Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ “I’ve been devouring the episodes and learning a ton of practical tips in the process. They are full of great nuggets of information” <– If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing my show! This helps me support more changemakers — just like you — move toward the grant writing life and business that they desire. Warmly, Holly xo
Feb 03, 2021
Ep. 155: 5-Steps to Know How & When Your Nonprofit or Business Should Publicly Support a Movement
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In this podcast, I am going to bring up when your freelance company or nonprofit should stand up for movements or injustice. Here’s the deal. Sometimes I see nonprofits and freelance companies not sure if they should publicly support something. Most of the time it’s not because you don’t support something, but rather you might not be sure if your brand should make a stand. In this episode, I am going to give you indicators on how you can quickly decide if you want your nonprofit to stand on an issue and how you want to represent it. I am not going to shove down your throat what my stances are on issues, however, I will use my company’s stances as examples that I actually practice what I preach. Here’s the issue. Many times nonprofits and freelancers are just scared to publish a social media post or say they are in alignment with issues. They may fear losing donors, losing followers, or getting unsubscribes on their email list. They may not want to marginalize or polarize their audience. I am going to show you how to make decisions where those fears will not be an issue. Why is this important? Because we are moving more and more from a position where non-political players have an influence in the social, economic, and yes political movements. The invention of social media is has created a platform for sharing views and perspectives. I remember when celebrities first got on social media and suddenly there was direct access to their thoughts and beliefs. It was, and is, pretty cool. But social media is also your platform of your nonprofit’s view and ethics or your freelance grant writing businesses branding. To post nothing is to post something. ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Jan 26, 2021
Ep. 154: Why Your Nonprofit Should Start a Podcast & How to Monetize One with Larry Roberts
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I actually get this question a lot. Why should I start a podcast?  And later after explaining it the following two questions: How do I start one? Can I earn revenue with a podcast? In this week's podcast, I speak to podcast expert Larry Roberts, podcast host of Readily Random and the 1 Big Win. Larry is quickly becoming one of the top coveted podcast consultants in the United States.  What we discuss in this episode: Why Your Nonprofit or Freelance Biz Must Start a Podcast ✔️ Your podcast is a platform ✔️ A foundation of your voice  ✔️ To launch speaking opportunities and products ✔️ You become a go-to in your nonprofit industry ✔️ Creates credibility ✔️ Brings people into your world ✔️ Share stories of beneficiaries ✔️ Connect with funders and donors in an intimate way ✔️ A place to create relationships with people you would never have the chance to meet How to Monetize a Podcast ✔️ Be your own sponsor ✔️ Insert your own commercial ✔️ Ask for donations (like a telethon) ✔️ Understand you won't monetize it right away ✔️ Use the podcast to launch a campaign ✔️ Use it to launch digital and physical services The Big Leap: Behind the Scenes of Larry Transitioning into Full-Time Podcasting after 21 Years in a Job ✔️ Why your gut is important to listen to ✔️ Make sure you test the market before you jump ✔️ When your J-O-B is no longer fun (red flags) ✔️ Why it took Larry 5 years to leap ✔️ Jump ship, let it go or make it a hobby ✔️ Why online course creation is on his list ✔️ Why multiple streams of revenue are vital for podcasters  ✔️ Why he's transitioning during the pandemic
Jan 20, 2021
Ep. 153: Interview Like an Expert & Magic Tips to Boost Your LinkedIn Profile
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com/153 to get the Free Resource: Interview Like an Expert & 5 Tips to Boost Your LinkedIn Profile✨✨ Lynée Alves is a successful career coach and business coach. She helps individuals effectively position their skills and experience, and also provides guidance on job search strategies, interviewing skills and mindset strategies. In this podcast, she discusses how to interview like an expert and boost your LinkedIn profile! This is great for nonprofit leaders, volunteers, freelance grant writers, and more! ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com/153 to get the Free Resource: Interview Like an Expert & 5 Tips to Boost Your LinkedIn Profile✨✨ Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Jan 13, 2021
Ep. 152: 2020 Mash-Up 8 Tips on Freelance Grant Writing & Nonprofits
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2020 Mash-Up 8 Tips on Freelance Grant Writing & Nonprofits Oh my goodness! This podcast was SO much fun to edit. I got to go through some of the MOST-listened podcasts of 2020 and grab some snacks for ya. That's right. I grabbed the gold of the good. This is caramel boutique popcorn for you to snack on. I pulled some excellent snippets to start off with nonprofit tips, then went into pricing and packaging for freelancers. But this episode is super unique because it's a historical archive of highlights from 2020. It showcases how we pivoted - and continue to pivot - in our nonprofit and grant world.  See who is featured! Jenni Hargrove: Jenni Hargrove is a Charitable Marketing Coach and hosts a podcast for nonprofit leaders called the Nonprofit Jenni Show. With a background in market research and corporate philanthropy, Jenni loves training nonprofit leaders in best practices for building a robust Marketing and Fundraising Strategy. Angela Braren of Instrumentl: Writing, winning & awarding grants for 14 years; Started as a grant writer/jill-of-all-trades at an environmental nonprofit after college and most recently at the Global Fund for Women in San Francisco; Lead Instrumentl building what she wishes she had when she was a fundraiser; When she’s not thinking about grants she’s either at yoga, on a hike or hanging out with her two calico rescue cats, Bella and Possum. Sean Kosofsky is the NonProfit Fixer! He has worked in nonprofits for more than 27 years, including as executive director for five organizations. He has worked in policy, communications, grassroots advocacy, direct service, development, management and served on numerous boards. He has raised millions of dollars for causes, candidates, and campaigns. His work has appeared in news stories around the world, and he has offered webinars or blog posts through AFP, Candid, Idealware, Bloomerang, Wild Apricot, and Pamela Grow’s Motivate Mondays. Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the former Executive Director of RVC, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities. Sean Croxton: #1 Podcast host: Quote of the Day (#1 daily motivational podcast) Underground Wellness (one of the internet’s most popular health podcasts) The Sessions Author of Dark Side of Fat Loss e-book Started the JERF (Just Eat Real Food) movement Host of seven online summit events, including The Thyroid Sessions, Digestion Sessions, and The Depression Sessions Creator of Rich Lit Society, an online book club Dr. Omotola Akinsola: Omotola has over seven years of experience as both an in-house grant writer and as a freelance grant consultant to various nonprofit organizations across the United States and the continent of Africa.  A Social Worker by trade, Omotola combines her passion for education, youth, leadership, homelessness, community service, nonprofits and social entrepreneurship with her skills as a writer and researcher. Rodney Walker is president of Grant Central USA, a grant development training firm that is internationally known for helping organizations land six-figure and seven-figure grants and shave months off the time it takes for them to get funded. He oversees an elite network of approved licensees who deliver today’s leading training in grant development systems. Dr. Browning is the author of 43 grants-related publications, including six editions (over 1 million books sold) of Grant Writing For Dummies™ (Wiley.com). Dr. Browning is Founder and Director of the Grant Writing Training Foundation and CEO for Bev Browning, LLC.  Browning has assisted clients and workshop participants throughout the United States in receiving awards of more than $500 million.
Jan 06, 2021
Ep. 151: Nonprofit Expert Tips to Create the Best New Year's Resolution
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What is your new year's resolution for your nonprofit? "This is the time not to drink, but to think." Dr. Beverly Browning The first thing on your list should be (before you even file for a nonprofit) in your state should be to learn the entire process from start-up to sustainability. If you have the right board of directors, a strategic plan, a financial outline, and the right branding, then you can do this! (Join the Nonprofit Start-Up Academy if you want this entire system) But let's face it, 2021 has changed the priorities and funding systems for many nonprofits. So it is time to make a new resolution for your nonprofit! 1) Reflect on what is most important in how your nonprofit will operate 2) Are there new goals for your nonprofit (include your board of directors!) 3) Writing your values down and seeing if they fit in your mission and vision statements 4) Do you need to create new projects or programs? These questions will help you define what your nonprofit's New Year's Resolutions should be! Want more information? Check out www.grantwritingandfunding.com/151. Warmly, Holly & Dr. Bev
Dec 29, 2020
Ep. 150: Branding is Important to Demonstrate Nonprofit Credibility. Here's the Why, What, & How
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to sign up for the Nonprofit Start-Up Academy ✨✨ OMG. Branding is important and here to stay. Yes, even for nonprofit organizations. But Holly, I don't have a budget for my programs how do I fund a swanky website or social media posts? Don't you know we are living off peanuts here? Okay, the second question there is worth another podcast all on its own. For reals. We gotta pull up a seat for that one. The first question, though, here is your answer. You don't need a big budget for branding. Sometimes it's as simple as having business cards for your staff. But let's be real, it's almost 2021 (or maybe your reading this in 2021 and beyond), and you need a website. Not just a Facebook page. Not just an Instagram account. You need a website and there are a lot of very affordable and user-friendly options out there. It can be overwhelming, though. So that's why Dr. Beverly Browning and I put together this podcast so that you would get a crash course on some great tips and resources to get your nonprofit (or if you are a freelancer: the nonprofits you work with) up to speed on some beautiful branding. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Dec 23, 2020
Ep. 149: Discover Diverse Funding Streams For Nonprofit Organizations
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Is your nonprofit struggling financially? Do you only get grants or only do fundraising for your nonprofit? If you nodded your head to either of these questions and if you are a nonprofit board director, executive director, or even a freelance grant writer looking to expand your services, then this podcast is for you. But first, guess who is back on the Grant Writing & Funding podcast with me this week? Dr. Beverly Browning! Woot-woot! In this podcast, we discover diverse funding streams for your nonprofit, and we discuss the following: ✔️ How your board of directors can contribute financially ✔️ Why your start-up nonprofit should do monthly fundraisers and how it doesn't have to be hard ✔️ Why it's critical your nonprofit is on Guidestar.org How you can get money to start a nonprofit ✔️ How you can raise $40,000+ in more than a year ✔️ What your funding should consist of (it's not all grants) ✔️ Why social media is intertwined with funding opportunities If you are looking to improve your nonprofit's financial portfolio and, heck, just get some ideas that will help increase your funding, then make sure to check out this podcast. ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Dec 16, 2020
Ep. 148: Strategic Plan Must-Haves to Stop "Chasing the Money"
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Don't know where to start with strategic planning? This week, I have Dr. Beverly Browning back on the show with me as we give you tips to stop chasing the money, but to actually develop a strategic plan for 2021. ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Dec 08, 2020
Ep. 147: Critical Red Flags To Avoid When Starting Or Growing A Nonprofit
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Welcome to the December Nonprofit Series! Dr. Beverly Browning will be my co-host throughout the entire month! Eek! In this week's podcast, we cover the Red Flags in starting or growing a nonprofit! Make sure to visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com/147 for more info! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Dec 01, 2020
Ep. 146: 6-Step System to Prepare a Nonprofit for GivingTuesday
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GivingTuesday is a global movement that began in 2012, and (wowza!) has it gained momentum. This was originally a day to create a movement from shopping to giving and has been very focused on nonprofit organizations.  Who is this important for: ✔️ If you are a nonprofit leader ✔️ If you are a freelance grant writer of nonprofit consultant Why is this day important? ✔️ You can gain buzz about the nonprofit ✔️ You can get donations and funding on this day ✔️ You can kick off a nonprofit end-of-year campaign ✔️ (Freelancer) You can earn an additional stream of income by making this a service you help nonprofits with Listen to the podcast to get 6 tips to help you join in on this international movement :) Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author
Nov 25, 2020
Ep. 145. 5 Virtual Fundraising Ideas For Thanksgiving
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This year is definitely a bit different when thinking for end of year fundraising. Let's be real.  But not doing fundraisers may not be an option (and shouldn't be) for your nonprofit, or the nonprofits that you serve.  Let's be real. People still want to give to your nonprofit. And some people may have some extra cash this year as they aren't traveling and doing all the normal holiday things. Other people may even realize the impact your nonprofit really has in the community and understand that you haven't been getting the funding you normally do. Therefore, I encourage you to do your fundraising events. But I also realize that you may not be able to do the good ole brick n' mortar (or live) ones that you usually do. So here are some great ideas for nonprofits to do some virtual fundraisers over this Thanksgiving or over the holidays in 2020 and beyond. 1. Build Relationships - Thank Your Current Donors Before you start asking for money, you want to make sure you first have given thanks. This is your time of year to also recognize those who have given in the past. So give a shout-out and nurture that relationship before you ask for another donation.  Ways to thank your donors:  Snail Mail! Send out a thank you card! We love snail mail right now! Recognize (and tag) donors on your social media accounts. We are all online more right now. Be sure to recognize people! For a list of 15 Creative Ways to Recognize Donors and Thank Them, you can listen to Podcast #33. 2. Virtual Turkey Trot Fun Run & Scavenger Hunt A fun way to earn some funding on Thanksgiving is to organize a Turkey Trot 2K, 5K, or 10K. But what about now? Virtual fun runs are all the rage right now. Adding a virtual scavenger hunt can be tons of fun (and way less work than organizing an in-person 5K, believe me).  I love Scavify. :) 3. Baking Competition This is a great way to add a variety of food for people right now. We are all tired of cooking and ordering and need some variety! Host a seasonal baking competition utilizing the top bakers in your community. Entry fees can be very nominal to try out samples of the baked goods. This competition will create a buzz about the baked goods and may not raise a lot of money, BUT to upsell you can create an online order form for people to order the winning baked goods! So, all of a sudden the pumpkin pie that won the competition, you can now sell pre-orders on your website! 4. Gift Baskets Create a gift basket, complete with your logo and a brochure about your organization, and go get corporate orders! Yes, corporations love giving out gift baskets to their clients and staff, but they also want something new and meaningful each year. If they order the gift basket from your organization, you can still include the typical cheese, fruits, and baked goods, but you can also add your swag and personal touch so everyone that receives the basket knows that their gift benefited a nonprofit! Tip: Take orders (paid orders) from corporates beforehand so you do not hold onto any unwanted inventory. 5. Holiday Virtual Trivia Night This is a fun alternative to an in-person trivia night. People want to have fun right now and this is a great way to still have people connect and have fun online. Have people register online with a certain monetary charge per team. Get some great donated prizes and find some snazzy holiday trivia questions! So those are 5 Great Virtual Fundraising Events for Thanksgiving! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you!
Nov 18, 2020
Ep. 144: How & Where to Find CARES Act Funding for Nonprofits (before it's gone)
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Has your nonprofit, or the nonprofits you work with, received any CARES Act Funding? If not, you will want to listen to this full podcast! This week Mr. Tim Butler comes on the Grant Writing & Funding Podcast to discuss how your nonprofit can tap into CARES Act Funding before this round is gone. Yes, certain stipulations have been made so that states and cities distribute their portion of CARES Act funding by a certain time. In some cases, it's as soon as November 15th, 2020. However, there will be some extensions, but it's better to jump in on this now rather than later. About Tim Butler: Long have the disparities in America existed between the haves and have nots. But Tim is here to close the gap and shrink that great divide. Tim Butler, Founder & Owner of Freelance Soul Professional Services, an unapologetically black male-owned grant writing and fundraising consulting firm. Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma (Historic Black Wall Street), Tim specializes in working with individuals and entities from historically underrepresented communities and vulnerable populations (e.g. people of color, women, veterans, faith communities, LGBTQ+, those with disabilities, disadvantaged international organizations, etc.). Tim has secured over $1M for startups, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs through grants and corporate sponsorship. He has written grants for clients yielding them a return on investment as high as 35:1 (for every $1.00 the client spent with me I returned to them $35.00)! Moreover, Tim has worked with startups and small nonprofits helping them to secure their first ever grants and teaching them systems that created consistent funding. He is a “Certified Nonprofit Professional” through the historic Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Moreover, Tim is a “seasoned" Grant Writer who has been in the game for 15 years with a 93.75% success rate in my writing. He received his Community Development Certification from the Howard University Center for Urban Progress. While he is a licensed minister and evangelist with conservative Christian values, he also values diversity and inclusion and is passionate to give people a “seat at the table” who otherwise would never receive an invitation to the dinner. Tim's Services Include:  For-Profit Setup & Formation 501(c)(3) Setup & Formation Getting Organizations “Grant Ready” Grant Research & Writing Corporate Sponsorship Programming Consulting Board Training Grant Peer Reviewing & Editing Forever Grants “Knowledge is just having information. Wisdom is knowing how to use that information to get desired results” – Tim Butler Connect with Tim:  www.linkedin.com/in/freelancesoul Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Nov 10, 2020
Ep. 143: 5 Most Popular Grant Writing Questions
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Oh yes. Those pesky grant writing qualms.  Here are the top questions that I get.  #1: How Do You Get Funding From Grants for General Operating Expenses? You can get funding for general operating expenses through 3 ways: Pursue specific grants that target general operating  Include a certain percentage of your general operating expenses within the direct categories of a grant project budget Include up to 10% of the grant amount in the indirect category in a grant budget #2: As a non-US grant seeker, is there funding available? Yes! There is absolutely funding available! You can get that through the following: There are certain U.S. federal grants that give specifically to nonprofits (both U.S. organizations based abroad and to non-U.S. nonprofits) Certain foundations give out money to nonprofits around the world (think Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) There are many international funding sources, such as EU organizations, UN organizations, foundations, Canadian funding, etc. #3: Do you recommend college courses for beginning grant writers? That depends. If you are in college already and want to get college credit toward a degree this could be great. However, if you are not in college nor seeking a degree, then I would recommend taking a grant writing course offered by a grant writer that is in the field.  Such as my 6-Week Live Grant Writing Course or DIY Grant Writing Course *wink-wink* But the fact is these courses can cost way less and take less time, but give you the real tips of how grant writers are actually winning grants! #4: What's the best approach when a foundation states they don't accept unsolicited applications? Develop a relationship. A way to side-step the gatekeeper is to go on LinkedIn and start a relationship with decision-makers at the foundations. But remember - don't go in blazing asking for money right away. Spend time liking their posts and making comments. Start sharing things with them that they may find interesting. And make sure they are a good fit. Does their mission statement align with your nonprofit's mission? #5: I am a freelance grant writer and my nonprofit client does not know how to guide me.  What questions should I ask to get information? Ooh, I love this one. So first off you need to: Give them a list requesting certain documents  Then have a Kick-off Grant Writing Meeting Include the Executive Director, Bookkeeper, Grant Coordinator, and possibly an expert Write down the deadlines and tasks for everyone Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Nov 03, 2020
Ep. 142: Where to Find the Best-Fit Grants
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Anytime you’re trying to find the best-fit grants, it can be hard. Because in the beginning, everything’s new.  Things like figuring out the best grant search platform, knowing which grant programs are the best-fit, and knowing when to submit grant applications can be overwhelming. And you can see that as you grow, you come up against new challenges. Even if you have experience with grant writing already, you’re always looking for the 80/20.  You don’t have time to waste, so you want to find the 20% that’s going to produce 80% of the results. Well to know that you need to know what types of grants are out there. And there are 3 types of grants: ✔️ Federal ✔️ State Grants ✔️ Foundation We discuss all of these in the podcast today! ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Oct 28, 2020
Ep. 141: Grant Writing Made Easy - 5 Hacks To Write A Grant Proposal
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In last week’s podcast, we talked about a process for creating award-winning grant applications. I shared how this is going to immediately help you simplify grant lingo, so you feel less overwhelmed in Episode 140: Grant Language Made Easy. So let’s get into the meat and potatoes of today’s video starting with these 5 Hacks to Write a Grant Proposal. Okay, so when starting to write a grant application the first thing you need to do is: #1) Get the Funding Opportunity Announcement or Request for Proposal I never start with a blank page because I copy and paste what it is in the FOA for the criteria directly into my Word document or Google doc. #2) Research the Needs To create a compelling case for a grant application, you need to provide statistics and facts. A flowery statement about how awful the situation might get some tears, but it will not get grants won. #3) Articulate the Goals & Narrow Your Objectives The goal or goals in a grant is the overarching outcome. This needs to be clear for both you and the funding source. If you don’t have a goal then it will be confusing for both of you. What is it you want to accomplish? What other community goals can you tie this into? It might be: “To create safe homes for survivors of human trafficking in our region.” This is important as it is the big picture. The objectives are then what you can do to reach your goal. These objectives also need to be SMART, which stands for: • Specific • Measurable • Achievable • Relevant • Timebound For example, an objective to reach your goal could be, “By the end of quarter one, to lease a 4-plex apartment building that will provide housing for 8 survivors of human trafficking.” What other objectives do you think would be needed to reach your broad goal: “To create safe homes for survivors of human trafficking in our region?” What about hiring services workers, buying housing consumables, linking to food pantries for food, workforce training, education services, etc. #4) About Your Organization You also want to include why the funding source should give you money. Include your board of directors or experience of the key employees to carry out the services of the project. You can also include any experience the nonprofit has of winning grants or securing donations. This shows that you have credibility in managing funds. #5) the Budget Of course, you also must provide a request for the actual money via a budget. It is not enough to say you need $500,000. You need to show how that money is broken down. I encourage you to include a spreadsheet (even if you copy and paste it into your Word doc). I encourage grant writers to use the main categories of the federal government to include the following: • Personnel • Fringe Benefits • Travel • Contracts/Consulting • Equipment • Supplies • Other • Indirect I know that is a lot of information in a very condensed time, so if you want to delve deeper into this and get a free downloadable, visit https://grantwritingandfunding.com/grant-writing-webinar/ to sign up for Holly’ Free Live Training: 3 Proven Steps to 10x Your Grant Writing Skills. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Oct 20, 2020
Ep. 140: Grant Language Made Easy [3 Types Of Grants to Get]
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As you may or may not know acronyms are grants best-friends. If you’ve heard the terms FOA, RFP, SAM, DUNS, or a number of other terms, then you are in the grant world. I once heard a grant writer speak an entire sentence using only acronyms. Ugh! If you are overwhelmed already, don’t worry, I’m going to start breaking it down right now! Let’s first dissect the main different types of grants and contracts. There are federal grants, state contracts, and foundation grants. Think of those like your three main hubs. Federal grants are monies allocated from the federal government. State and local government contracts often receive much of their funding from the federal government as they can promote economic efficiency due to localized knowledge to implement a program more efficiently and effectively than the federal government (i.e., pass-through funding). A foundation grant is a monetary assistance provided to individuals and small businesses by companies, citizens, government, and non-government organizations. The money awarded as a grant is meant to meet particular needs and is not required to be repaid. Which grants should your nonprofit go after? Well, the wide answer is all of them. Listen to the full podcast to hear the full breakdown! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Oct 16, 2020
Ep. 139: $2 Million Secured in Grant Funding & 25+ Clients in 3 Years
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Navigating the road of freelance grant writing can feel lonely and overwhelming at times.  That's why I was so excited when Tawanda Ellis reached out to me via a mutual friend, Dr. Beveraly Browning. I was inspired to hear about Tawanda's roadmap and success as a freelancer. Honestly, the people who follow a roadmap normally do end up in the same place of success as Tawanda. But the type of person who commits to this is few and far between. That's why I get so excited when talking to other freelance grant writers who have built a business out of their house and from their talents.  This lady has done precisely that, and I know you will be just as encouraged and inspired as I was! Plus, you can download Tawanda's downloadable, the "Write it Out Method." In this podcast and YouTube episode, we discuss: ✔️ How Tawanda got 25+ clients in less than 3 years with only word-of-mouth advertising ✔️ How she secured $2.8 million in grant funding ✔️ How she helps nonprofits come up with strategies ✔️ Why she started an additional business: MirrorMom360 ✔️ The reasoning behind her business names ✔️ The reflection time  ✔️ The 'Write It Out' Method ✔️ Who is Tawanda Ellis? Tawanda has a minority-owned business that trains government agencies, start-up nonprofits, and others with funding strategies. Tawanda is Owner & Principal Consultant of DNA 360 Consulting. She started DNA 360 Consulting because she loves helping nonprofit organizations make a bigger impact in their communities. Her goal is to help you, as an organization leader, develop stronger community programs and services, evaluate the impact your organization has on your community, and win more grants to fund your organization.  She’s worked with a variety of nonprofit, for-profit, and government organizations and with her team, collectively has decades of experience developing, managing, and evaluating programs and services. Her team has also helped nonprofits raise over $2.8M over the past three years alone.  Contact Tawanda Website: https://dna-360-consulting.jimdosite.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tawanda-ellis-83476a198/ Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author
Oct 06, 2020
Ep 138: Website ADA Compliance & Online Marketing for Nonprofits
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ In this week's podcast, I have special guests, Shinedelight Enterprises! This is definitely for you if: ✨ You want your nonprofit to be ADA compliant ✨ You want more donors through digital marketing What we discuss: ✔️ Simple Tech Solutions to be ADA Compliant Online ✔️ How to Conduct Digital Marketing ✔️ Simple (and free) Online Hacks for Marketing ✔️ Ways to Attract Donors in 2020 ✔️ Case Studies on Nonprofit Digital Marketing Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author
Sep 29, 2020
Ep. 137: 3 Ways To Create A Name For Your Freelance Grant Writing Business
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com/137 to join the Freelance Grant Writing Master Course ✨✨ There always comes a time when starting a business that stumps people. Creating the best name for your grant writing business is one of those times. Sometimes it completely throws people off the tracks that they never get back on and actually start their business. Don’t let this stop you! To help you navigate this process I have identified three different ways (and the pros and cons) to help you find the best name for you grant writing business. Using Your Name Pros:  It is more personalized  If you have a unique name it won’t be taken!  It works for the 80% connection of social media (I am commenting on other people’s post, not a business name).  It is easier to get started (you don’t need to spend months trying to figure it out) Cons:  If you have a common name, you will need to add a little more in, i.e. “Holly Rustick Grant Writing Consultancy”  If your name changes (get married, divorced, etc.) then your name shift can be difficult  If you decide to dissolve your business, then you may need to rebuild your social media and website branding  You can’t separate yourself from your business so easily Basic Company Name Pros:  It tells the story very quickly of what you do; i.e. Grant Writing & Funding  It is found more easily when people are searching online (i.e. someone looking for grant writing and my business pops up. They aren’t looking for my name, but for what I do). Cons:  A lot of the popular super basic domain names; i.e. www.grantwritingandfunding.com, are taken  It can feel a little sterile  Some people forget to personalize their branding because their business name is what they do and not who they are (i.e. they use stock photos and not pictures of themselves). Whimsical Name Pros:  It can be fun and exemplify your character  You might be passionate about the words Cons:  It can be too abstract that you won’t get noticed; “Wish Granted!” vs. “The Beginner’s Guide to Grant Writing.”  It can confuse your ideal client because they won’t know what you do  It can be cute to you, but hard to pronounce and doesn’t connect to other people Be sure to check out www.grantwritingandfunding.com for more info! Warmly, Holly
Sep 11, 2020
Ep. 136: How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome & Grow Your Nonprofit or Freelance Biz
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This episode is for you, if: ● You are tired of getting in your own way ● You are not confident in submitting a grant application ● You are not confident in securing nonprofit clients or partnerships What you will learn, is: ● You will gain confidence in approaching clients or funding sources ● You will learn how to believe in yourself in your business or nonprofit ● You will become the person you want to be What is impostor syndrome? You may have heard this term kicked around on social media, podcasts, books, and more. But it is real. According to Very Well Mind, Impostor syndrome is defined as “the experience of feeling like a phony—you feel as though at any moment you are going to be found out as a fraud—like you don't belong where you are, and you only got there through dumb luck.” Learn the five different types of impostor syndrome and how to overcome them in your nonprofit or freelance grant writing biz in this podcast! Check out www.grantwritingandfunding.com/136 for more info! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author Want to do me a favor? Please leave a review on this podcast!
Sep 05, 2020
Ep. 135: $1K into $15K in 1 Month: How This Freelance Grant Writer Did It
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Have you ever known deep in your gut what your dream is, but you aren’t currently living in it? Or maybe you commit to living your dream but don’t even know where to start. If you could sit down and have coffee with someone who turned $1,000 into $15,000 during the pandemic while helping others and working less, then would you? Because today we are doing just that as we listen to how Dr. Omotola Akinsola as she shares all her secrets and how she overcame challenges. But even if you are not looking to open a freelance grant writing biz, and you run a nonprofit, you will also want to catch this as she is going to spill all in how she has also continued to grow a thriving nonprofit after doing a needs assessment. Due to that, her nonprofit has served more than 8,000 students and teachers in Nigeria. This episode is definitely for you if: ✔️ You want to start or grow a nonprofit ✔️ You want to turn leads from being those that ghost you into high paying customers ✔️ You are a parent and need to balance running a business with being home with your kids ✔️ You want to find out how to price and charge clients ✔️ You want to be inspired because you need something positive to listen today (yes, Tola is that amazing!) ✔️ You want a free coupon on Tola's Grant Writing Made Easy for Nonprofit! Check out www.grantwritingandfunding.com/135 Today’s Dr. Akinsola shares behind-the-scenes on: ✔️ How she grew up in poverty in Nigeria and followed her dreams in taking big risks ✔️ How the education strike made her start to do her own personal and professional development ✔️ Her Fab 6 heroes include: Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, and her parents ✔️ How she burned all her bridges to do the massive things she wanted to do ✔️ How and why she attended university in the States ✔️ Why and How she did a focus group before launching a nonprofit ✔️ How she opened a nonprofit in Nigeria while being a student in the States ✔️ How her nonprofit in Nigeria has trained more than 8,000s of students and teachers ✔️ When and how she opened her freelance grant writing biz; The Funding Magnet ✔️ How she created a product after talking to 300 nonprofits ✔️ How the Freelance Grant Writing Master Course changed her business and she 15X her investment within a matter of months ✔️ How she has diversified her streams of income ✔️ How she learned how to create passive income ✔️ How she learned her value and how to price ✔️ How a one-hour consultation helped her raise $5,000 for her nonprofit ✔️ How she realized she was wasting her time with dead leads and started getting clients with less drain
Aug 28, 2020
Ep. 134: Calling All Freelance Grant Writers! How To Narrow Down Your Nonprofit Niche
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*Sign up for the Freelance Grant Writing Master Course Waitlist and get a Bonus Downloadable today: www.grantwritingandfunding.com/freelance.* In this podcast you will learn how to get clear on who you want to serve as a freelance grant writer or nonprofit consultant, as well as what types of grants are best suited to you to write. This is super important as serving all nonprofits isn’t always the best place to start. Why not? Well, it is hard to really market specifically, cultivate clients, and get experience and expertise in a certain field. You may have heard that creating an avatar or ideal client is important in any business. That’s true – even in this business. You want to know what types of nonprofits you enjoy serving otherwise you might either take on clients that drive you crazy or have a hard time getting any clients because your message is too large. • If you just don’t even know how to market, or • wonder why your clients drive you crazy and end up being WAY too much work, or • just aren’t sure why you are not attracting leads… it could be due to not creating a niche market. This podcast will help you get clear on your messaging and show you how to gain more clients while focusing on less. In the Freelance Grant Writing Master Course, I go over this in more detail and quizzes so you can get clear on specific niches. But today’s episode will definitely help you get clear on your niche market. If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author P.S. if you love the podcast, please leave a review on iTunes! That would make me SO happy! :)
Aug 19, 2020
Ep. 133: 3 Fabulous Fundamentals to Grow a Freelance Grant Writer Biz
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Have you ever dreamed of becoming a freelance grant writer, but don't know where to start? Or maybe you opened your business awhile ago but have hit a plateau.  In either case, this podcast discusses the fundamentals of growing a freelance grant writer business. Yes, there are some fundamentals and if you skip these you are going to struggle. Big time. And the thing is, you won't know why. You will just feel like you are never focused and always doing. You will get stuck in the hamster wheel syndrome. So this podcast is breaking it down! Big time.  This week, we will go over the top 3 fundamentals and next week we will go over 2 more fundamentals.  If you want more of this, be sure to sign up to the Freelance Grant Writing Master Course Waitlist to get the accompanying downloadable: Freelance Grant Writer 5 Actions Steps to Make It Real. Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com/133. I only open the Freelance Grant Writing Master Course 1 to 2 times per year, so get on the waitlist to start on September 7th, 2020! In the meantime, check out this podcast to start growing your Freelance Grant Writing Biz today! Warmly, Holly BTW, if you love the podcast, please leave a review on iTunes! That would make me SO happy! :)
Aug 14, 2020
Ep. 132: Become A Federal Grant Reviewer - 10X Your Grant Writing Skills While Getting Paid
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🌟 Check out www.grantwritingandfunding.com for tons of free grant writing & funding resources for aspiring freelance grant writers, nonprofit consultants, & nonprofit leaders 🌟 Are you interested in becoming a better grant writer while gaining experience and not just on a volunteer level? If you have experience in a specific field: education, homeless shelters, climate change, workforce initiatives, tribe work, etc. then you could become a federal grant reviewer. In this episode, two of my AMAZING Changemaker Members share their experiences in how they became federal grant reviewers! I get asked how to become a Federal Grant Reviewer almost as much as I get asked how to write grants! So much, that I am putting a course together on it! If you want to sign up, see below! In this podcast episode, Christine Taylor, Jennifer Mitsch, and I discuss the following: ✔️ Overview of Becoming a Grant Review Process ✔️ How a Grant Review Process is like the Family Giving a Review on the New Boyfriend ✔️ What it Takes to Become a Grant Reviewer ✔️ How Jennifer and Christine Became Grant Reviewers and their Experiences ✔️ Why It’s So Important to Follow the Scoring Criteria in Writing Grants ✔️ The Don’ts of Grant Writing and What Reviewers Catch ✔️ Hacks on How to Be a Grant Reviewer (even if you’ve never done it before) ✔️ Why Grant Reviewing Helps You Become a Better Grant Writer ✔️ How Points are Deducted on Grant Proposals (see behind-the-scenes) ✔️ The Magic of 3 on a Grant Review Panel ✔️ How You Get Paid to Be a Grant Reviewer ✔️ How Freelancers Can Pitch to Nonprofits to Write Grants That They Have Reviewed If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! Please leave a review on iTunes if you love the Grant Writing & Funding Podcast! Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author
Aug 06, 2020
Ep. 131: The Flawless Framework to Transform a Nonprofit's Board of Directors with Sean Kosofsky
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com/131 to join Sean's FREE Webinar: How to Transform Your Board of Directors in 90 days✨✨ If you are a nonprofit leader, freelance grant writer, or nonprofit consultant than you know that the role and efficiency of a healthy board of directors are vital for nonprofit health! That’s why I brought on Sean Kosofsky from Nonprofit Fixer to share with you how to improve a nonprofit’s board of directors. If you resonate with not knowing how to ask your board to financial contribute, what their expectations are of showing up, or how they can be the most effective, then this episode is for you! Also, we talk about how freelance grant writers and nonprofit consultants can add a board of director training to their services and how this can help nonprofits get MORE funding. Sean Kosofsky is the NonProfit Fixer! He has worked in nonprofits for more than 27 years, including as executive director for five organizations. He has worked in policy, communications, grassroots advocacy, direct service, development, management and served on numerous boards. He has raised millions of dollars for causes, candidates and campaigns. His work has appeared in news stories around the world, and he has offered webinars or blog posts through AFP, Candid, Idealware, Bloomerang, Wild Apricot, and Pamela Grow’s Motivate Mondays. He has worked on a wide range of issues including LGBTQ equality, reproductive justice, voting access, bullying prevention, climate change, and more. He offers coaching, consulting, training and free tools at his website Nonprofitfixer.com and courses at http://Learn.MindTheGapConsulting.org. In today’s episode, we discuss the following: ✔ How to help recruit, retain, and grow a board of directors ✔ How a freelancer/consultant can conduct board of directors training for nonprofits as a side income or main income ✔ Sean’s colorful story on why he became involved with nonprofits ✔ How you can use your passion to do good in the world ✔ How Sean moved to a new city and started a freelance nonprofit consultancy ✔ How to leverage your relationships in your geographic area to get new leads ✔ What freelancers need to focus on that will lead to a full-time hustle job ✔ The huge space available for nonprofit consultants ✔ How to test your services to see which ones will sell the most ✔ The key elements in why a board of directors is inefficient and how to fix it ✔ 80% of what You do - Recruit, Retain, Remove board members ✔ The 3 M’s: Members, Meetings, and Money ✔ The Board Agreement: How to have a board of directors actually commit to bringing in funding every single year ✔ The Fundamental Change to Uplevel a Nonprofit: Flipping the Mindset of Board Members Links Mentioned From the Episode: ✔ Join the August 6th FREE Webinar: How to Transform Your Board in 90 Days. Click here ✔ Find out more about Sean, get a free consultation, or see FREE resources at: nonprofitfixer.com ✔ Find out more about Sean’s courses at: http://Learn.MindTheGapConsulting.org If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author
Jul 28, 2020
Ep. 130: 3 Essential Steps For Freelance Grant Writers To Pitch Services
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Why is this important? Well, it’ll do the following things for you Freelance Grant Writers and Nonprofit Consultants: • Create relationships on and offline • Develop & nurture warm leads • Give you a plan of how to start the pitch discussion Okay, I am going to outline the 3 Essential Steps for Freelance Grant Writers to Pitch Services #1: Reframe Your Thinking from When Do I Ask for Money to What Problems Do I Solve? #2: Create / Share Valuable Content that Solves the Problems #3: Implement the “Give, Give, Give, Ask” Approach If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author
Jul 21, 2020
Ep. 129 Freelance Grant Writer 6 Weeks To Summer Success Toolkit
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to your Freelance Grant Writer: 6 Weeks to Summer Success Toolkit! ✨✨ I know, I know, many of us still have our kids at home this summer as summer programs are still closed (ahem), and we may be burned out with being on our screens all the time. I get it. You need something tangible that you can do today that will move your business forward and pick up some serious momentum. The “Work Smarter, Not Harder’ adage could never be truer than right now. So first let’s cover what reading this article – and doing the free downloadable – will not do for you. You will not make a million dollars overnight or get 5,000 clients in 15 minutes. But here’s what it can do for you: ✨ Be the gamechanger that keeps you working in your business this summer ✨ Give you the confidence to take it up a notch ✨ Provide guidelines that relieve your stress and that looming monster in the back of your mind called procrastination Get the Toolkit here: https://grantwritingandfunding.com/freelance-grant-writer-six-weeks-to-summer-success-toolkit/ If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author
Jul 15, 2020
Ep. 128: Why You Must Write A Grant In 2020 (Plus, the Where & How)
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ If you are a freelance grant writer / nonprofit consultant: ● You might be paralyzed with going after funding because you just aren’t sure what to do. ● You might not want to pitch your services because you are nervous asking nonprofits for money right now. ● You aren’t sure what types of grants and funding are available. If you are a nonprofit leader or development coordinator: • You might have put off applying for grants because you aren’t sure what projects you want funded • You might have been focused on getting PPP and CARES Act funding and put the grants to the side. • You might just think the Feds aren’t funding regular grant programs right now. This podcast episode will address all these three items and you will learn the following: • The current grant environment • Where to find grants • Why charging clients is acceptable or if you are a nonprofit how to pay for help This will help you to be competitive in the current funding arena and gain new clients if you are a freelance grant writer or nonprofit consultant, or help you stand out in the crowd and move forward in sustainable funding if you are a nonprofit leader. If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author
Jul 08, 2020
127: Strategic Hacks To Rethink Fundraising To Grow A Nonprofit With Samantha Taitano
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ This week’s podcast is another episode in the Nonprofit Strategic Planning series! We are half-way through the year, so now is the time to do your planning and get clarity! This is definitely for you if: ✨ You want to increase your nonprofit leadership skills ✨ You are an aspiring or newbie consultant and want to 10X your business with services to teach strategic planning In today’s podcast, Samantha Taitano, executive director of Mañe'lu formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guam, is going to give you strategic hacks on how to rethink fundraising to grow funding in 2020. We have a great conversation and she touches on time management for productivity, strategic planning tips, hacks on getting creative for fundraising strategies, and also discusses some HR challenges while wearing all the hats in a small nonprofit. Some more things we discuss: • Transitioning from a national nonprofit to a local one • How to get a strong and committed board of directors • Social media: Don’t just put up content, but track your data • Social media: What platform to use? • Branding magic • 3 Time management tips • Nonprofit Strategic Planning retreats • Fundraising hacks and creative pivots • Apply for grants! Less competition • How to wear all hats in a small nonprofit About Samantha: Samantha Taitano is the Executive Director of Mañe’lu, a nonprofit organization that empowers and educates youth and families to change their lives for the better. She has been with the organization since 2018 and successfully led the rebranding of the organization from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guam to Mañe’lu. To date, Samantha has worked to secure over $500k in grant funding which led to the expansion of the portfolio of services Mañelu manages. Prior to her start with Mañe’lu, Samantha worked to develop experiences reinforcing her desire to assist local communities develop capacity and understand technology. While with the Peace Corps, she worked to enrich the lives of rural communities in South Africa. Samantha later returned home to Guam where she developed corporate experience with a private organization developing IT solutions. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time connecting to her island home and exploring destinations near and far. I’d love to connect with you! www.grantwritingandfunding.com Did you love this episode? Would you mind doing me a favor and to leave a review on iTunes? Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author
Jun 30, 2020
126: Strategic Planning Crash Course 10 Steps To Skyrocket Your Nonprofit or Freelance Biz
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Are you ready to make all your 2020 goals happen during the next six months? Or are you still trying to figure out how to survive during the pandemic? If you are either a nonprofit leader, staff, or volunteer and are trying to move the needle forward on your nonprofit OR if you are an aspiring freelance consultant and are stuck in overwhelm then this podcast and article is for you! Just imagine how much more accomplished you will feel having the steps to create a plan that will work. These 10 steps can be down internally in your nonprofit or business OR if you are a freelance grant writer or nonprofit consultant can be learned services you can offer!  So if you want to make a huge difference in ending the cycle of stressing out about not having enough time, not securing the funding you need, and having real burnout and instead you want to feel in control of your life, have a higher quality of life, and have a plan that brings in real financial results, then this is for you. If you want to go WAY more into depth, get downloadables and checklists, and MORE, then get the Nonprofit Strategic Planning Master Course. If you get it by June 30th you get $100 off the price! As a grant writer, you know that all nonprofits are not able to go for grants all the time or that they could improve their projects. Thus, this episode will give you skills to do each of these 10 steps as a stand-alone service for nonprofits or you can do them all as an overall package. In any case, this is another way to multiply your streams of income. Check out www.grantwritingandfunding.com/126. If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author
Jun 25, 2020
Ep. 125: How to Make Decisions Swiftly and Lead Your Organization
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Being stuck in decision paralysis is real. This might be because you have made the 'wrong' decision before or you aren't sure about the future and how it will all turn out. Honestly, either of those reasons feeds into your decision paralysis, but digging a layer deeper is more important and effective.  It's knowing not just what your values are, but in what order you follow your values.  For the month of June, I am giving you some amaze-balls strategic planning action steps to follow. Last week I shared the 4 Reasons to Expand (Not Grow) Your Nonprofit or Freelance Consultancy. We will continue how to not just survive the pandemic, but how to thrive utilizing basic action steps. Keep listening if you resonate with one of the following: Nonprofit Leaders and Freelance Consultants: This is for you if: ✔ You are not sure where to even start with pivoting your organization in the new normal ✔ You take on projects sometimes that you want to avoid completing and aren’t sure why ✔ You have a really hard time making decisions As we follow through on the series this month, we are doing to discuss how to know when to cut your expenses in order how to expand. For this podcast, you will learn how to do the following: 1. List all of your values for your nonprofit or business 2. Evaluate them and see if they really are the main values Brainstorm new values (check out www.grantwritingandfunding.com/125 for more ideas) Read them out loud and see if they are action words and have emotional meaning for you 3. Prioritize your values 4. Look at your products / services and see if there is something that is not congruent with your values and needs to be strategized or cut. If you enjoyed this podcast, please leave a review on iTunes! I’d love to hear your thoughts and this helps others find the podcast and get value to help their nonprofits or freelance consultancies expand. I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author
Jun 16, 2020
124: 4 Reasons to Expand (Not Grow) Your Nonprofit or Freelance Consultancy
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Just what is the difference between growth and expansion, and why should I think about this half-way through 2020? One of the best ways I have heard the difference is: “Growth is doing the same thing bigger. Expansion is using the current platform to develop other areas of business.” However, I’d like for you to think of expanding also as a mindset and as an action. The way I am talking about expanding here is the opposite of constricting. Expanding is key. Therefore… Nonprofit Leaders: This podcast is for you if: ✔️ You are not sure where to even start with pivoting your nonprofit in the new normal ✔️ You do in-person events and fundraisers and now need a different way to get income ✔️ You are overwhelmed by putting out virtual fires every day instead of focusing on GROWTH for your nonprofit Freelance Consultants: This is for you if: ✔️ You aren’t sure if you should close the shop ✔️ You need to figure out a new way to get clients ✔️ Your expenses overwhelm your income So if you want to move forward and expand your nonprofit or your consultancy, but just aren’t sure how to do that, this podcast is for you. Press play… If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author
Jun 10, 2020
123: Holly Rustick on Grant Writing Lessons Learned
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ This week’s podcast is another ‘behind-the-scenes’ show in our Open Kimono series where I share all with you to help your freelance consultancy grow! This is definitely for you if: ✨ You want to increase your grant writing skills ✨ You are an aspiring or newbie consultant and want to 10X your business by listening to lessons learned! In this episode, Ph.D. James Pann interviews yours truly, and we discuss: ✔️ Why & how Holly started writing grants ✔️ Why it is important to conduct a Needs & Strengths Assessment ✔️ Why Holly started her grant writing company ✔️ Where do you find grants and what are they? ✔️ Lessons learned from podcasting ✔️ A positive mindset in grant writing ✔️ How to create realistic expectations with clients ✔️ What to tell nonprofits if grants do not get awarded ✔️ Where to start in writing a grant with the G.R.A.N.T.S. formula ✔️ Why you should become a grant reviewer ✔️ The mindset behind grant writing ✔️ Great resources for aspiring grant writers ✔️ How to use Instagram to build your connections If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author
Jun 04, 2020
122: Nonprofits Who Get Tech Savvy Earn More with Jenni Hargrove
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ I’m talking with Jenni Hargrove today about what foundations are looking for when they want to fund your nonprofit. She’s also going to share best practices for Search Engine Optimization (SEO), which will help you rank higher in Google search pages. Finally, she’s going to talk about easily hosting online auctions for fundraising. If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wego-grants/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick
May 19, 2020
121: Behind the Scenes with Grant Writing & Funding: How We Are Navigating COVID-19
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ This week my project manager and I are taking you behind the scenes of Grant Writing & Funding to share with you how we’re pivoting in light of Covid-19. We also share our favorite systems for running online businesses. If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wego-grants/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick
May 12, 2020
120: Ways to Embrace Online Fundraising with Brady Josephson
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ As we’re navigating through the pandemic and things are starting to reopen, we’ve seen a huge increase in online functions. You may be thinking “I need to learn all this and invest all my resources in online marketing.” Brady Joshepson takes a simpler approach specifically for online fundraising for nonprofit organizations and shares the steps that you can take right now to boost your online marketing. If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wego-grants/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick
May 05, 2020
119: BONUS Freelance Grant Writer Panel: Grant Writing During COVID-19 Q&A
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If you are a grant writer, or aspiring grant writer during this pandemic, you probably have some questions.  That's why I asked Dr. Beverly Browning and Rodney Walker to join me on the live, virtual stage so we could answer your questions! Here are some questions you asked and we answered: What have you taken away from some of your failures in not getting a grant for a client if any? What grant funding certification body would you recommend for an aspiring grant writer? I seem to be frequently caught between not having enough income when my client level is down, to being overwhelmed with too many at once for one person when I ramp up my outreach.  But this doesn’t happen consistently enough for me to hire anybody. How have some of you balanced that? What advice do you have for someone just starting in the grant world (one grant written)? How do you show your worth for potential jobs with little to no experience? If you want to hear some feedback on these questions AND MORE, be sure to listen to the podcast! Love the podcast? Please subscribe and leave a review!
Apr 29, 2020
118: Freelance Grant Writer Panel: Grant Writing During COVID-19
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ This is an extra-special episode! I hope you'll enjoy listening to the broad range of experience from this expert, grant writing professional panel including Rodney Walker of Grant Central USA, Dr. Beverly Browning author of Grant Writing for Dummies, and myself. If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wego-grants/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick
Apr 27, 2020
117: Learn How To Pivot Your Nonprofit's Operations with Sarah Olivieri
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Sarah Olivieri is here to discuss how to increase your productivity via operations within the framework, and through the lens of, Covid-19. Sarah and I discuss: — Should non-profits apply for the CARES Act? — Planning your spending to survive (and thrive!) during this time — Different ways to expand your donor base — Building strategies for your nonprofit — What does it mean to pivot your operations? — The 8 different areas of nonprofit operations — Networking and developing relationships during coronavirus — Why taking risks is crucial for nonprofits — Sarah’s services that are currently available If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wego-grants/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick
Apr 23, 2020
116: Covid 19 Funding, Grants, and Loans for Nonprofits & Freelancers
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ I know that nonprofits are struggling right now because of event cancellations and all of the changes that come from the circumstances of Covid-19. As we move forward in this unstable time, we can find peace and calmness in the things we can control, and much needed relief in letting go of the things we can’t control. I am here with encouragement! There’s actually a huge influx of grant funding at this point in time. The federal government in the United States as well as foundations and corporations have acknowledged the overwhelming need for organizations and small business, and they are releasing funding streams. Get a 50% discount on ALL of my online course thru April 30th! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wego-grants/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick
Apr 10, 2020
115: 3 Things You Need To Know to Succeed as a Freelancer
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Oftentimes, freelance grant writers and nonprofit consultants think they are ready to go. They have their packages, they know their mission and vision, and they have a functional website and followers on LinkedIn, but they are hearing crickets. In this podcast, I am going to give you the first step for getting more clients. It’s probably not going to be what you think. But it’s really the most important step. If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wego-grants/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick
Mar 17, 2020
114: Challenges & Solutions of European Grants & How to Get Paid as a Grant Writer w/ Geir S. Nilsen
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ You asked and here’s your answer! What about grants outside of the US?! I’m bringing in an expert on grants in the EU to help answer some of your questions. If you’re a grant writer who’s from Europe or currently living abroad, you don’t want to miss this interview with Geir Sand Nilsen! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wego-grants/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick
Mar 10, 2020
113: Get a Committed Board, Increase Product Sales & Organize a Fundraiser with Ashia Stevens
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Ashia is a true animal lover who turned her passion into a nonprofit that’s spreading! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wego-grants/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick
Mar 03, 2020
112: How to Write a Successful Evaluation Section in Grants with James Pann
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Do you know the difference between research and evaluation? Or can you describe what a logic model is used for? This may seem like simple nuances, but not when you are writing a grant! In a grant application, the evaluation section can be up to 30 points! That is a lot when considering to be in the final running, your grant normally needs to score 93+ points. Dr. James Pann is on the podcast this week to break down the differences between evaluation and research, how to find someone to write the evaluation section, and what a logic model is. This is a must-listen for those who want to tighten up their grant writing skills! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wego-grants/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick
Feb 25, 2020
111: 7 Steps to Quickly Get Money From Products & Services for Nonprofits
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ The nonprofits you work with (or the nonprofit you work at) need to not only look at grants, but also other funding sources. Yes, grants can be awesome, but the fiscal health of a nonprofit should not be fully reliant on grants. Get your FREE checklist at https://grantwritingandfunding.com/111 If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wego-grants/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick
Feb 18, 2020
110: Why Grants Should be Eliminated with Vu Le of Nonprofit AF
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ I met Vu Le at the Grant Writing Professionals conference in D.C. We talked after his wonderful keynote. I love his fresh outlook on the grant process and progressive nonprofits! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wego-grants/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for watching! Holly Rustick
Feb 11, 2020
109: How to Write a Grant in 15 Minutes
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I’m going to walk you through the outline of how to write a grant in 15 minutes. For some of you, this will be a reminder. But my goal is that you walk away from this podcast having learned at least one new thing! If you haven’t grabbed the free G.R.A.N.T.S. formula yet, that includes mini-videos and downloadables, then please visit: www.grantwritingandfunding.com If you are wanting the entire Master Course which includes five complete module video series, downloadables, sample grants, a private FB community, and lifetime 50% savings on private coaching with me then please visit: www.grantwritingandfunding.com/grantwritingmastercourse. To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Feb 04, 2020
108: Freelance Grant Writing Wisdom with Dr. Bev
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Dr. Bev Browning is the person everyone knows in the grant writing world. She is the author of 43 grant-related publications, including six editions (over 1 million books sold) of Grant Writing For Dummies™. Dr. Browning shared with me that she first started writing grants back in the 1970s. She’s been doing this for half a century and tells all on how grant writing has changed and how you as a freelance consultant can keep up with all those changes and trends. To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Jan 28, 2020
107: Behind the Scenes with the Co-Founder of Instrumentl (Plus, grant research tutorial!)
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If you are tired of tracking grants in Excel sheets or jumping around on Google and constantly missing out on deadlines, then Instrumentl might be what you are looking for. I met Angela in November 2019 at the Grant Professionals Association annual conference. After she showed me some of what Instrumentl can do, I asked her to be on the podcast! Eek, it was like she was reading my grant writing mind of how I want grant research presented. But what really intrigued me is that Instrumentl is a women-owned business, developed by women who actually worked in the nonprofit arena and faced some of the same overwhelming issues in grant research as all of us changemakers. Then they coupled with (ahem) another woman in the tech industry to work grant research magic. Love it! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Jan 21, 2020
106: How to Shift Your Mindset to Build Confidence & Increase Funding with THE Sean Croxton
00:57:16
I’ve been following Sean Croxton for about 8 years, AND I have learned (and continue to learn) SO much from him! Sean is the expert in money mindset and is a living example of how to physically and psychologically change your mindset. In this podcast, he explains money mindset, where he goes nerdy (non, woo-woo) into the wiring of the brain and how your past experience colors your current situations. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Jan 14, 2020
105: How to Conduct Nonprofit Strategic Planning for Your Best Year Ever
00:34:42
Get ready for 2020 with some strategic planning!
Jan 08, 2020
104: Top 4 Episodes of 2019
00:37:23
Hey Changemakers! It's our last episode of the decade so here's a mashup of our top 4 most listened to episodes including 2 great interviews! Happy New Year!
Dec 31, 2019
103: Grant Writing Certification: To Be or Not to Be with Mike Chamberlain, CEO of GPA
00:48:55
One of the most common questions I hear is “Should I become a certified grant writer?” Well, the answer is different for everyone! That’s why we walk you through all the ins and outs of certification in this episode. “I may not write grant proposals or manage grant funds, but I want to make sure that grant professionals everywhere have the tools and resources so that they can make those impacts on their communities.” -Mike Chamberlain In Today's episode, you'll learn about: -- How Mike got involved with grants and became an entrepreneur -- Getting started as an independent contractor or freelancer -- Developing a business plan for yourself -- Different tasks you can help a nonprofit with -- Networking resources for grant writers -- Types of grant writing certifications -- Should you become a certified grant writer? -- How long it takes to become certified -- The cost to become certified -- The GPA community where you can find your tribe Links: GPA: https://www.grantprofessionals.org GPCI: https://www.grantcredential.org Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Dec 24, 2019
102: How to Create a Platform & Secure Multiple Streams of Income with Honoree Corder
00:55:09
If you think you don’t know enough to write a book, this episode will change your mind! “Turn the volume up on the voice of possibility. Choose to listen to someone who tells you that something is possible.” -Honoree Corder In Today's episode, you'll learn about: -- 4 Different streams of income -- How writing (now 51 books!) has changed her life -- Tips for getting paid to speak in public -- Why you should and can write a book -- The benefits of being a published author -- Traditional Publishing vs. Self Publishing -- Getting into consulting and finding clients -- Ways to develop your business when you don’t have much experience Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Dec 17, 2019
101: Why the DUNS & SAM is Vital to Securing Federal Money with Boris Hertslet of Guam PTAC
00:50:49
There are so many acronyms when it comes to grant writing! In this interview with Boris Hertslet, we discuss two of the most important ones for getting federal grants - DUNS & SAM. In Today's episode, you'll learn about: --Guam TPAC - How they can help --The first steps toward getting federal grants --Getting you EIN from the IRS --What is the DUNS and why do you need it? --Tips for getting registered with the SAM --Common issues with DUNS & SAM Scam Alert - These are FREE! Never pay money. --The renewal process for every year --Finding free resources to help with federal grants Links: --EIN (Employer Identification Number) - https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/employer-identification-number --DUNS (Data Universal Number System) - https://www.grants.gov/applicants/organization-registration/step-1-obtain-duns-number.html --SAM (System for Award Management) - https://www.grants.gov/applicants/organization-registration/step-2-register-with-sam.html --PTAC (Procurement of Technical Assistance Centers) - https://www.aptac-us.org/ Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Dec 10, 2019
100th Episode! How to Create Valuable Content that Brings in Donors & Clients
00:25:19
Hey changemaker! I am so excited about today’s podcast! I know I say that every week, but today is the 100th episode! Can you believe it? Before we even start today I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU for listening and hanging out with me on this journey! You are simply amazing! Today, I am paying homage to you and this podcast! You are going to learn about creating content, why it is super important to show your credibility as a nonprofit or consultant, how to effectively tell your story as a nonprofit or creating depth as a consultant, and create a movement for people to be part of! Of course, the content will help build up donors, funders, clients, and/or customers. I will give examples for both nonprofits and consultants for how you can get ahead without overwhelm before 2020 even kicks off. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Dec 03, 2019
099: Do You Just Ask for Money or Do You Tell a Story? Featuring Dan Portnoy of Portnoy Media Group
00:51:59
Check out this week’s interview with Dan Portnoy to learn more about increasing funding through storytelling and to get ready for Giving Tuesday! Bio: Dan is the founder of Portnoy Media Group and the author of The Non-Profit Narrative: How Telling Stories Can Change the World. For over two decades, Dan has worked with the toughest outposts of Fortune 500 companies to get them back on track with big results. He is a sought after to help flesh out ideas, coach teams, and lead senior staff through the digital age. He is a story expert and builds narratives that remove the barriers between traditional cultivation and acquisition. Ready to connect with Dan? FREE course: How To Make #GivingTuesday Amazing Without A Plan... yet! Websites: Portnoy Media Group and Dan Portnoy Podcast: Copy That! Instagram & Twitter: @danportnoy In this week’s episode, you’ll learn all about: --Dan’s extensive background in nonprofit work --Using the simplicity of storytelling to connect --Assessing a nonprofit’s story, internally and externally --How to make the most of Giving Tuesday --Dan’s FREE course - How To Make #GivingTuesday Amazing Without A Plan... yet! --Why Giving Tuesday shouldn’t be your BIG campaign --The best timing for recurring gifts --Tips for improving your email marketing --Dan’s next book coming soon! Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Nov 26, 2019
098: How to Make a Nonprofit Fly with Zac Woonsam of Youth Inspiration Nation
01:15:36
Zac shares the ins and outs of his nonprofit while Holly provides TONS OF TIPS for increasing funding and getting more grants! “You have to talk to other people. Learn lessons that they’ve learned already so that you don’t have to make that same mistake.” - Zac Woonsam In this week’s episode, you’ll learn all about: --The reality of working with nonprofits --The inspiration behind Zac’s nonprofit --How he teaches and encourages middle school kids --The logistics of teaching children how to fly --The downside to giving things away for free --Strategies Zac uses to fund his nonprofit --How to move from foundation grants to federal funds --Tons of practical tips from Holly on getting federal grants --Making connections to increase funding --What to do when you can’t afford a grant writer (don’t miss this!) --Writing a press release to get more visibility *Mentioned in the interview: --Press Release Blog Post: http://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/77 --Press Release Podcast: https://grantwritingandfunding.podia.com/step-by-step-tips-to-write-a-press-release-sample-template “Step 1 - Have a dream. Step 2 - Go big or go home. Step 3 - Work your butt off” - Zac Woonsam Biography: Zac Woonsam is the Executive Director of Youth Inspiration Nation Inc, a non-profit that is dedicated to providing motivation, inspiration, and education through aviation. In a nutshell, he teaches little kids how to fly. Zac founded Youth Inspiration Nation in 2017, and it's been the most painfully brutal, yet amazingly gratifying experience he's ever had. His favorite saying is, "If it was easy, it wouldn't be any fun!" You can find Zac on his website https://inspirekids.us/ or on Facebook and Instagram! @AviationEducation4Kids. You can also help the kids get their wings by making a donation on Giving Tuesday this year! https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-aviation-education-4-kids/ Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Nov 19, 2019
097: What You Need to Know Before You Start a Fundraiser w/ Matt Hugg, Founder of Nonprofit.Courses
00:56:10
Matt Hugg’s passion is education, and he has so much to offer nonprofit organizations. Check out Nonprofit.Courses for access to more than 300 FREE courses! “When you’re working with a nonprofit, you get caught in that ‘mission bubble.’ There’s nothing wrong with that, but you need to be able to do more than that. You need to connect yourself out to other resources, whether it’s marketing, human resources, or accounting so that you can actually carry forward your mission.” - Matt Hugg In this week’s episode, you’ll learn all about: --How Matt got started with Nonprofit.Courses --His extensive background in teaching and online courses --Learning new skills to further your nonprofit’s mission --The diversity in the available courses on his website --Behind the scenes of nonprofits --The basics of successful fundraising --The mathematical formula for fundraisers --Three aspects you MUST cover to have success in raising money --Overcoming the major challenges in fundraising “There is an actual mathematical formula for fundraisers.” Biography: Matt Hugg is president and founder of Nonprofit.Courses, an on-demand, online (and very cost-effective) educational resource for nonprofit leaders, staff, board members and volunteers. He’s the author of the Guide to Nonprofit Consulting, and teaches nonprofit management at several universities, via the web, and in-person in the United States, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Matt’s past work includes fundraising universities and nonprofits. He has a BS from Juniata College and an MA in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. You can email Matt at matthugg@nonprofitedu.com or find him on social media at Nonprofit.Courses! You can also find his books on Amazon. Check out the book that Matt recommends in the interview: A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri Nouwen Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Nov 12, 2019
096: Raise Funds Without Overwhelm for Your Nonprofit with Beaudy Camacho
01:01:37
If you need some new and fresh ideas on fundraising then you definitely need to check out this interview! You will love Beaudy’s positive, infectious energy!! “Fundraising events should be 1) Safe, 2) Fun, and 3) Profitable!” - Beaudy Camancho In this week’s episode, you’ll learn all about: -How Beaudy got started with fundraising and why she built her business -The different categories and types of fundraisers, including definitions and examples ---Services ---Events ---Raffle/Sweepstakes ---Games/Contests/Competitions ---Grams/Giveaways ---Products ---Sponsorship/Donations ---Crowdfunding ---Loyalty Programs ---Collection Programs -Save time on fundraising by using expert advice -Tips for planning fundraising events -Unique and memorable fundraiser ideas you can borrow for your nonprofit! -Which fundraiser you should do in November -Creating a fundraising plan for 2020 “Turn your passion into a paycheck!” Biography: Beaudy Camacho is the founder of the events agency Fundforte, with a focus on fundraising, special events, and custom parties. Ms. Camacho has received numerous awards and recognition for her products, services, volunteerism, and support for many causes such as the success and well-being of others, education, arts, and the environment. With the most recent being the Small Business Association's 2018 Home-based Business Champion for the Island of Guam. Plans for the future of Fundforte include giving back to the community through free publications in digital and print and creating a program to bring birthday parties to the less fortunate. The company will soon be providing more digital products, online courses and 1:1 coaching on fundraisers, parties and special events that will assist other event planners, fundraiser coordinators and party promoters or entertainers to become the best versions of themselves. For more information on Beaudy or the Fundforte team, please visit www.fundforte.com where you can find links to all their social media, podcasts, and YouTube channel! Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Nov 05, 2019
095: 3 Steps for Ultimate Self-Care for Nonprofits
00:19:07
Self-care is vital! But how do we do it? I’d love to hear your ways, so if you have some great ideas, please send me an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com! 1)Plan your week in advance Self-care isn’t just doing nothing, but it is being intentional with your time. If you live in a big rush of overwhelm every week having huge projects that never end, then it is time to start creating your time. Believe me, if you do not sit down once a week and plan out all of your strategic blocks of time to get those projects done, they won’t get done. They will be on your to-do list for waaaay longer than you want. And by being on your to-do list for so long (with little to no forward movement), then they become big looming monsters that grow in size. Just the thought of them starts to stress you out and overwhelm you. Instead, give that goal an end date and then work backward week-by-week writing down one step toward that goal you can accomplish and schedule it in your planner. If you goal has a hard deadline then it makes it easier as you know exactly where to work backward from! Don’t overthink this step. Just sit down for an hour once a week and schedule out your entire week. Even your schedule for the gym, picking up the kids, buffer time in checking your email and even downtime. 2) Say no more than yes You have your week scheduled so you know what your bandwidth is. But I also know that life happens and sometimes you stray off your best-intentioned schedule. There’s a party you didn’t know about, your kid gets sick, you have a migraine one day, there’s a storm, etc. That’s why it is important to factor in buffer time and move forward in at least one step on each project per week rather than waiting for the last week to do it all! (Yes, guilty at doing that at times). But as Robin Arzon says, “No is a complete sentence.” She’s right. It is easier to say no when you are in the habit of planning your time! The thing is if it isn’t a complete, “Heck, yeah!” it should be a no. That is a good indicator. If you aren’t truly excited about it, then you are going to dread doing it and nobody wants that energy. But even before the “heck, yeah” comes out of your mouth, what you should say is, “let me check my planner and get back to you.” Because you need to see what your bandwidth allows. I even schedule my volunteer work in my planner because it is a part of my load. Now when people ask me to volunteer for additional items, I know that my volunteer time is already filled up. I don’t even tell them I will check my calendar, my answer is, “my plate is already full.” 3) Listen to your body Sometimes you do need that day off! I know that I like to hustle hard. I love to fill my schedule and accomplish big audacious goals. But sometimes, I need a day off when it isn’t planned. My body’s way of telling me to slow down and take an unintentional day off is giving me a migraine. Yes, I believe that our bodies are smarter than our minds with survival. And my body is like, here is a migraine to make you go lie down and take a nap. Of course, I can’t always do that, but most often I don’t have a choice. I know it’s going to be a day that I will get a massage and an early night to sleep and that if I push through my work won’t be that productive anyway. But the next morning, after a massage and an early to bed night I am 110% slaying my projects. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Oct 29, 2019
094: Trials & Triumph in the First 6 Months of Freelance Grant Writing with Derrick Clark
01:13:46
This is your chance to learn from someone who is 6 months into their grant writing business. Where could you be 6 months from now?! “Writing a grant is like writing a research paper and a business plan together.” - Derrick Clark In this week’s episode, you’ll learn all about: - Derrick’s military experience - His “why” for getting into grant writing and how he got started - How to use your experiences to develop a niche - Offering free services or volunteering to build relationships - Moving from free services to getting paid - Overcoming the difficult conversations associated with getting paid - Challenges of owning a grant writing business - Hiring freelancers or interns to help you with your business - Being prepared for upcoming grants - Different pitches you can use to make connections and build stronger relationships - Additional services you can offer in your business “Resolve to have an impact on your community.” Biography: Derrick Clark, M.A. Human Services Leadership, owner of DC Resolve Consulting and Proposal Writing. He is an Army Veteran who served 8 years as a combat medic with the 101st Airborne Division, current spouse of an Army Environmental Science Officer. He transitioned from active duty service nearly 5 years ago, completed undergraduate and graduate degrees to begin working with veteran service organizations ranging from homeless veteran and substance abuse case manager to managing regional veteran benefits programs. Derrick recently moved to Honolulu, HI and started a business that provides consulting and proposal/grant writing services to nonprofit organizations. Currently, he works with San Antonio veteran nonprofits writing state grants, local foundation proposals, social media marketing and creating event flyers. Also, he recently began building a relationship with the Prevent Suicide Hawaii Task Force to find out what needs they have. You can connect with Derrick through his website www.dcresolve.com, via email at dclark@dcresolve.com, or on Facebook @DCResolveConsulting. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Oct 22, 2019
093:Growing a Freelance Grant Biz & Lessons Learned w/ Pres. Rodney Walker of Grant Central USA
00:56:08
If you have a grant writing business, or you want to become a grant writer, then this interview is gold for you! “The best way to get to success is through failure, and really, embracing failure” - Rodney Walker In this week’s episode, you’ll learn all about: - Rodney’s background and how he got started with grant writing - The very first grant that he got funded - At what point in the process do grant writers get paid? - Rodney's onboarding process for new clients - How he got his very first grant writing client - Choosing your ideal client ,and who is not your ideal client - How to provide value to your clients when you're just getting started - 2 big things every business and organization MUST do to succeed - The first BIG mistake Rodney made (and how you can avoid it!) - Should you focus on branding your business or branding yourself? - Is there enough room in the market for new grant writing businesses? - The most valuable investment that you can make in yourself and your business - Improving your mindset to overcome the fear and doubt - Using a vision board to reinforce positive messages “Be brave. Be bold. Be brilliant.” Rodney Walker is the President of Grant Central USA and is a highly sought-after, Grant Development Systems™ expert that helps thousands of organizations nationwide to get funded! With over 14,000 members in his online discussion group, he influences and inspires people to do a better job of telling their organizational stories to become more attractive to funders. He has helped his clients raise over $357 million in grants and conducts The Ultimate Grant Writing That Gets Funded training workshops nationwide to empower nonprofits, governmental agencies, and individuals on the best ways to secure grant money. They also host the Education Grants Conference that trains schools and districts on today’s best practices in winning educational grants at EducationGrantsConference.com A few of his clients have included United Way, Habitat for Humanity, The Magic Johnson Foundation, the Bush Foundation, Hawaii State Teachers Association, and numerous school districts and city governments. Other celebrity clients have included, Danny Glover and Ben Guillory. Rodney has appeared on ABC, NBC, and CBS News for his work in education and in hundreds of grant training videos and produces numerous award-winning resources at GrantCentralUSA.com Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Oct 15, 2019
092: What, Why, & How Nonprofits Can Get Money (Not from Grants)
00:27:14
**Get your Free Checklist Downloadable www.grantwritingandfunding.com/90 Are you looking for ways to increase money for your nonprofit, or nonprofits that you work with, that doesn’t include funding from grants? Diversifying streams of income for nonprofits is vital. Many clients, especially start-up nonprofits, may think that grants are the only type of funding that they can get. Today, you are going to learn many ways of creating products for your nonprofit. These ideas may help your nonprofit bring in extra revenue that is for operational funds. Why Nonprofit Products Sell You might say, “Ugh. Not another t-shirt for sale! We are competing with millions of others. Why would anyone buy our product?” The truth is that consumers are spending their money more and more these days, on items that make a difference. Consumers are realizing the power and voice in how they spend their dollars. We’ve seen a huge shift in the #shoppingforgood movement where consumers are comparing brands and shopping for items that are actually impacting the world in good ways. We see the reflection of how consumers are shopping with this conscious shopping in mind, especially among millennials. A really cool online platform is called The Good Shop, where you can shop online for thousands of brands and then choose where you want a portion of the profits to go. These nonprofit causes are vetted and show transparency. It is pretty cool! What Products Sell: Ideas for Goods/Products Backpacks / fanny packs Business Card Holders Coffee mugs / Flasks Cookies / Baked Goods Sweatshirts and sweaters Food Truck! (What, yeah!) Hats and caps Jewelry Luggage Tags Notebooks Phone covers Purses Stuffed animals / plushies Tote bags T-shirts Wallets How Products Sell Start Small You’ll want to start small and test the market. Instead of investing thousands into a food truck or converting a kitchen into a commercial kitchen, maybe you test your cookies on a small scale first. Test out what types of cookies sell and unique recipes. Do a survey Put together some product ideas and ask your followers or community what they like and would purchase! This can easily be some mock-ups of different items and price points. If they won’t buy, make sure you ask them why not without badgering them. The feedback will help with your business design! Get Start-Up Capital There are 5 different ways to get capital to help you with developing the products: Pre-Ordering, Corporate investment, Small Business Administration, Grants, and Crowdfunding campaigns. Now is a great time to create products for your nonprofit. Consumers want to engage with your branding and to shop for good reasons. They need clothes, so why not advertise their ethics on their clothing? This will also raise the reach of your branding as often clothes with a great message or interesting logo can start conversations which lead to sharing the nonprofit’s mission. Please share your different product ideas by tagging us @grantwriting_funding on Instagram! I’m SUPER excited about next week’s post! I interviewed Mr. Rodney Walker, President of Grant Central USA. He is absolutely amazing and has helped secure well over $300 million for nonprofits. He also has a super active community on LinkedIn and is one of the most positive individuals I have ever met! Don’t forget to grab the FREE downloadable from last week’s episode! Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Oct 08, 2019
091: 5 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Make Money from Services
00:21:20
**Get your Free Checklist Downloadable https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/90 Today, I'm going to discuss 5 different ways that your nonprofit can make some extra money! 1) General Services: According to MissionBox, a fee-for-service approach for nonprofits is defined as “nonprofit uses its earnings to support its mission and prioritizes benefit to the community over profits. Your organization can grow financial sustainability with a fee-for-service model.” 2) Memberships I see a lot of 501(c)6 nonprofits utilizing the basic membership service approach. For example, a Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, etc. may charge individuals, nonprofits, and corporations a fee to enjoy the membership of the organization. 3) Tuition Fees This is commonly associated with universities, but you could also think of this if your nonprofit is (or can!) offer any knowledge sessions. Nonprofit colleges and schools do charge tuition fees! Just because it is a nonprofit college doesn’t mean it is dirt cheap tuition fees, either! 4) Speaking Engagements / Appearances Your executive director, people who serve on your board of directors, or even some of your volunteers probably have amazing stories! Of course, all won’t necessarily be offered a financial contribution to be speakers, but some might be. Building up to speak at national or international conferences can include a nice side income. But even speaking at local trade associations or chambers can produce some money. 5) Renting out Space Does your nonprofit have a building or physical space? Are you utilizing the space at all times? Well even if you’re not, your are paying for rent 24/7! If you aren’t utilizing the space at all times, you may consider renting out some of that unused space! You could rent out to other nonprofits or individuals to run workshops, AA groups, training, or even baby showers! Maybe your office is closed on the weekends, but a smaller house church would love to rent out your conference room on Sundays? Or maybe you have a beautiful garden area outside (or real quick want to create one!) and you can rent it out for weddings or photoshoots? Don’t forget to grab the FREE downloadable from last week’s episode! Next week, we will discuss developing goods/product ideas for nonprofits to sell that can help bring in even more funding! Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Oct 01, 2019
090: 8 Powerful Ways to Get Money for Your Nonprofit
00:28:33
**Get your Free Checklist Downloadable https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/90 Do you feel like earning revenue for your nonprofit or the nonprofit you work with is REALLY difficult? Do you feel like there is NO money left? Are you tired of only going after grants for revenue or approaching the same darn corporate sponsors as every other nonprofit? These may be signs that your nonprofit, or the one you are working with, may not be healthy when it comes to funding. But the fact is that most nonprofit executive directors, and many boards of directors, don’t have MBAs or know how to operate a business. Different Types of Revenue Streams for Nonprofits 1. Fees for Services or Goods (Products) 2.Grants 3. Fundraising 4. Corporate Solicitations 5. Individual Charitable Contributions 6. Crowdfunding Campaigns 7. Emerging Social Capital 8. Influencers Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Sep 24, 2019
089: How For-Profit Businesses Support Nonprofits with Alexis Cook of Unlocked
00:51:13
Alexis Cook is the Co-Founder and Co-President of Unlocked, an ethical jewelry brand that employs and empowers women transitioning out of homelessness in Nashville, Tennessee. She was an Ingram Scholar at Vanderbilt, where she majored in Human and Organizational Development and Economics. Alexis and her co-founder began Unlocked while undergrad students at Vanderbilt, and they went full-time upon graduation in August of 2018. In that short time, Unlocked has grown rapidly and has been in many publications, including the Social Enterprise Alliance and News Channel 5. You can learn more about Alexis, Unlocked, and all the Makers at their website, on Facebook, or on Instagram. Be sure to check out their Indiegogo campaign running now through October 12th! In this week’s episode, you’ll learn all about: -The incredible and inspiring backstory for Unlocked (it’ll give you all the feels!) -How market research guided their business -How they connect with non-profit businesses to employ Makers for the jewelry and provide services for them to help transition out of homelessness -Why they chose to become a for-profit business instead of a non-profit -Unlocked’s vision for 2020 and beyond -How non-profits can develop relationships with for-profit businesses -The growth of for-profit businesses and non-profit organizations -Identifying the right product lines and designs -A pricing model for accessibility and inclusivity -Where can you find Unlocked jewelry? Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Sep 17, 2019
088: The S in the G.R.A.N.T.S. Formula: How to develop a strategic budget for your grants
00:33:28
The final step in the G.R.A.N.T.S. Formula is "S," Strategic budget. I am going to show you how to create a strategic budget that you can use for every single grant that you write. By the end of the episode, you will have the tools to create an amazing budget. Having a simple and unified budget format could save you hundreds of hours of frustration. Want a free downloadable CHEAT SHEET and mini, video-series (five day mini video course!)? Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com and get it NOW. You'll get Holly's proven, step-by-step system that has helped her secured millions of dollars for nonprofits over the last 15 years, as well as eliminate wasted hours as a consultant. Create extraordinary grants while minimizing your time writing grants! Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Sep 11, 2019
087: The T in the G.R.A.N.T.S. Formula: How to Draft Activities that Get your Grant Funded
00:24:23
The fifth step in the G.R.A.N.T.S. Formula is "T," Timetable your Activities. Activities describe what you are going to do, but a timetable will show a clear delineation of each activity, who is responsible for ensuring that it happens when it will happen, and how each activity will be measured. The actual table also helps to break up all the WORDS in your application. You must include the following in your table: Description of the activity, Lead person who will be responsible for the activity, Start date of the activity, End date of the activity, and Measurement of success. Want a free downloadable CHEAT SHEET and mini, video-series (five day mini video course!)? Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com and get it NOW. You'll get Holly's proven, step-by-step system that has helped her secured millions of dollars for nonprofits over the last 15 years, as well as eliminate wasted hours as a consultant. Create extraordinary grants while minimizing your time writing grants! Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Sep 04, 2019
086: The N in the G.R.A.N.T.S. Formula: 5 Tips If You Want to Avoid Failure When Writing Objectives
00:18:38
The fourth step for setting up a winning grant structure is "N," Narrowing Your Objectives. In just 5 easy steps, we can take your objective from a wish to a plan! Want a free downloadable CHEAT SHEET and mini, video-series (five day mini video course!)? Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com and get it NOW. You'll get Holly's proven, step-by-step system that has helped her secured millions of dollars for nonprofits over the last 15 years, as well as eliminate wasted hours as a consultant. Create extraordinary grants while minimizing your time writing grants! Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Aug 28, 2019
085: The A in the G.R.A.N.T.S. Formula: How to Quickly Articulate a Goal to Guide your Grant
00:16:07
The third step for setting up a winning grant structure is "A," Articulate Goals. I'll show you step by step how to write a goal that aligns with the priorities of the funding source. Want a free downloadable CHEAT SHEET and mini, video-series (five day mini video course!)? Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com and get it NOW. You'll get Holly's proven, step-by-step system that has helped her secured millions of dollars for nonprofits over the last 15 years, as well as eliminate wasted hours as a consultant. Create extraordinary grants while minimizing your time writing grants! Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Aug 21, 2019
084: The R in the G.R.A.N.T.S. Formula
00:23:05
The second step for setting up a winning grant structure is "R," Research Needs. I'll teach you exactly how to use research to explain specifically WHY your project is needed. Want a free downloadable CHEAT SHEET and mini, video-series (five day mini video course!)? Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com and get it NOW. You'll get Holly's proven, step-by-step system that has helped her secured millions of dollars for nonprofits over the last 15 years, as well as eliminate wasted hours as a consultant. Create extraordinary grants while minimizing your time writing grants! Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Aug 14, 2019
083: The G in the G.R.A.N.T.S. Formula
00:28:08
Meet the G.R.A.N.T.S. Formula, a proven framework for grant writing! This week we'll start with "G," the first step for setting up a winning grant structure. We'll discuss how you can use an FOA or RFP as a template for your grant application. Want a free downloadable CHEAT SHEET and mini, video-series (five day mini video course!)? Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com and get it NOW. You'll get Holly's proven, step-by-step system that has helped her secured millions of dollars for nonprofits over the last 15 years, as well as eliminate wasted hours as a consultant. Create extraordinary grants while minimizing your time writing grants! Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Aug 07, 2019
082: How to Submit for IRB and Conduct a Needs & Strengths Assessment w/ Dr. Ellen
00:40:48
Learn about the process of submitting an IRB application with special guest Dr. Deborah Ellen. Dr. Ellen is Assistant Professor of Education at Guam Community College and active member of the Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association and co-chair of newly formed non-profit - Talaya Micronesia. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Jul 31, 2019
081: 7 Reasons to Get IRB Approval and How it Can Make You Money
00:23:47
What is IRB approval? Do I need one as a grant writer? Do I need one before starting my research? All these questions and more answered as Holly discusses the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Jul 24, 2019
080: 8 Ways to Cite Research for Grants [PLUS It's my Birthday and I got YOU a gift!]
00:22:52
Learn how to track sources and file them into a stunning bibliography for your grant. We're all about citations and celebrations because it's Holly's Birthday! Head on over to www.grantwritingandfunding.com/80 for your FREE gift! Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Jul 16, 2019
079: Social Media Polls Made Easy for Grants
00:27:56
Gathering data is important when supporting grants, connecting with your beneficiaries, providing credibility for your projects, and even understanding what projects to develop. Join Holly as she discusses free and affordable ways your nonprofit can gather research. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Jul 10, 2019
078: Rebroadcast: Needs and Strengths Assessment
00:34:30
Join us as Holly revisits an important topic for nonprofits: Needs and Strengths Assessment! We discuss why your organization needs this research before applying for grants, and how to survey your audience to get the data you need. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Jul 03, 2019
077: How to Get Wildly Successful Media for Nonprofits: Tips on How to Write a Press Release
00:17:46
Get the free downloadable on www.grantwritingandfunding.com/77 that includes a template press release, a sample press release, and a podcast audio! As a grant freelancer or nonprofit freelancer, writing press releases can be another stream of income or expanded portfolio that you provide your clients. A great press release to write is when one of your clients wins a grants! Woo-hoo! Send that out to the local press 😊 Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Jun 26, 2019
076: 10 Steps to Get Video Comfortable for Your Nonprofit [w/ Downloadable 😁]
00:27:52
Lights, camera, action! Are you ready to be on camera to represent your nonprofit? Join Holly as she shares valuable tips and tricks to being comfortable on video. Check out the podcast blog post on www.grantwritingandfunding.com/76 for a free downloadable that goes with this week's upload. This downloadable will ensure that you are ALWAYS ready before going on camera, whether that's your iPhone or on TV! Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Jun 19, 2019
075: How to get Nonprofits Noticed [Free PR Checklist] 👀 🔥
00:58:26
Join Holly as she discusses public relations with Nikki R. Jones! With 12 years of communication experience, Nikki explains how nonprofits can navigate traditional and new media to create awareness for your organization. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud or Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Jun 12, 2019
074: 4 Proven Ways To Get Nonprofit Clients
00:29:20
Cows, monkeys, pups oh my! What do these have to do with grant writing? Join Holly as she identifies different types of nonprofits and what they mean for you as a grant writer. Learn which nonprofit organizations to target and decide what works best for YOU! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
Jun 05, 2019
073: What's Your Grant Success? 5 Reasons This Is Myth
00:22:47
"What is your percentage rate of grants won?" Clients will want to know how effectively you can work as a grant writer. However, stating a percentage isn't always the best reflection of your work. Join Holly as she discuses how to effectively relay your success as a grant writer to potential clients. To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
May 31, 2019
072: 4 Reasons Why You Should Get Paid As A Grant Writer and 3 Ways A Nonprofit Can Pay You
00:18:01
"How can I get paid as a grant writer?" A question that's on everyone's mind, but how do you approach it? A nonprofit might not have the budget to pay your for your work, or maybe you think you can be paid in a commission. In this podcast, Holly discusses the best ways a nonprofit can pay you as a grant writer. To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
May 23, 2019
071: One - on - One Coaching Call with Founding Member Meg Tyquiengco Of ENERGETIC PRESENCE
00:50:51
Join Holly on a coaching call with founding member Meg Tyquiengco of Energetic Presence. A 30 minute, live one-on-one coaching call is one of the benefits that Members get of the Grant Writing & Funding Membership! We are closing the doors to the Founding Beta Grant Writing & Funding Membership today, so Holly wanted to share a little behind-the-scenes. Meg asks the following questions: 1) How to go from a Working Board of Directors to a Governing Board? 2) How to grow with only a part-time Executive Director? 3) How to manage volunteers? 4) How to localize a nonprofit chapter that is part of a national nonprofit? Holly gives tips and ideas to come up to solutions to each of these questions! A bit about Meg: Meg is a coach, mentor, and trainer/facilitator focusing on leadership, communication, teamwork, and sales & service where she focuses on Creating Teams of Leaders. She's also a desired speaker around Guam promoting The Power Of Giving Back - Leadership Through Mentoring and, Supporting Your Tribe. To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
May 16, 2019
070: Why Blueprints Organize Your Nonprofit Strategies With Sarah Olivieri
00:36:26
Join Holly Rustick (Grant Writing & Funding Podcast) and Sarah Olivieri of PivotGround and Impact Method as they discuss The Impact Method, Developing a Blueprint, Blueprint Checklist, and Time Management and the Accountability Optimizer. Sarah Olivieri is the founder of PivotGround and the creator of The Impact Method. PivotGround's mission is to deliver better programming, attract more funding, and hopefully make the world a little better. The Impact Method is more effective method for helping nonprofits create a written, comprehensive digital strategy and support them in executing it for at least 12 months. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud or Stitcher or watch on YouTube! To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @grantwriting_funding
May 08, 2019
069: 14 Secrets To NOT Leave Out Of Your Bylaws
00:23:03
Imagine a board member has just been elected to you board. You can literally hand them over the bylaws, and they should know their role and expectations on the board. So, you know your bylaws are like individual laws, but what do these laws do? Your bylaws can help: (Get the FREE Downloadable Template: https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/bylaws) 1. Number of board members: The number of board members is recommended to be odd in case of a vote. Having no less than three members and no more than 15 is typically but do check your State requirements. 2. Office Seats and Roles: Describe each office seat (Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer) and their specific roles. 3. General Responsibilities of the Board: Duty to hire, fire, appoint officers, agents, or employees of the organization. 4. Duration of Elected Seat: I recommend at the very least to have staggered elections. 5. Non-compensation of Board Members: Including a non-compensation policy for nonprofit board of directors is advised. 6. Conflict of Interest Policy: Having a clause that board members will recuse themselves from voting on any potential conflicts of interest is vital. 7. Have a Specific Number of Meetings Each Year: All board members are required to attend meetings! But how many? Do they have to be in person? ​​​​​ 8. Types of meetings: Do you have regular meetings? I recommend quarterly at the bare minimum, but ideal is monthly. Just imagine if you only have quarterly meetings and someone misses one meeting; they are essentially missing six months. 9. Annual meetings: An annual meeting is generally when boards have their elections for the board of director offices, report on activities of the organization, and get prepared to outline strategies, goals, and projects for the upcoming year. 10. Special meetings: Include that special meetings may be called from time to time and who is able to call the meeting. Often this is the chair, the Executive Committee, etc. 11. Notice of Meetings: It is vital that all your board members are reminded of meetings. 12. Quorum Having quorum means that there are enough members present at your meetings to make decisions. 13. Fiscal: Make sure you include the fiscal year of the board. 14. Amendments: Include a clause that these bylaws can be amended, if desired, and what is the process. Of course, these are not the exhaustive list of bylaws, but these are my top recommendation to include!
May 03, 2019
068: 15 Simple Steps to Create Successful Articles of Incorporation
00:34:46
Developing Articles of Incorporation is the next step in filing with your state and getting your nonprofit established. Now, every state is different, and you can visit your State’s nonprofit resources (link on www.grantwritingandfunding.com) to get a link for different state requirements. Sometimes states have very basic Articles of Incorporation to easily fill out in their own format, but for many you have to develop your own. For this podcast, we are going to give a basic outline of Articles of Incorporation. If you would like to download a free copy of this, please visit https://grantwritingandfunding.podia.com/article-of-incorporation-template. Why do you need Articles of Incorporation? 1) Articles are required for starting a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. 2) Articles will also give your nonprofit guidance in how it should operate. As you will most likely have new board members come on from time to time it is good to have guidance for the structure of your nonprofit. Articles of Incorporation act like a constitution for your nonprofit. They give the governing requirements. For you grant writers, you may get asked to help start nonprofits. I know I get this request quite often, so it is good for me to have a Nonprofit toolkit and to have a template to work from! I am going to give a basic outline to formulate Articles of Incorporation for you nonprofit in the podcast. Now is your time and get to your computer to type up this outline or if you would rather a downloadable Word doc, please visit https://grantwritingandfunding.podia.com/article-of-incorporation-template to get your downloadable. ARTICLE I Name ARTICLE II Purposes ARTICLE III Duration ARTICLE IV Principal Office ARTICLE V Inurement Clause ARTICLE VI Limitation on Corporate Activities ARTICLE VII Limitation of Political Activities ARTICLE VIII Liability and Indemnity ARTICLE IX Registered Agent ARTICLE X Directors ARTICLE XI Corporate Officers ARTICLE XII Membership Requirements ARTICLE XIII Amendments ARTICLE XIV Dissolution ARTICLE XV Incorporators Click https://grantwritingandfunding.podia.com/article-of-incorporation-template to get the FULL, free template, weekly podcast updates and discounts! Warmly, Holly ***** To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @ grantwriting_funding
Apr 26, 2019
067: Values, Mission And Vision
00:27:04
Have you identified your values, and developed a concise and well communicated mission and visions statement for your nonprofit or freelance grant writing company? Your mission statement is what you do today, and your vision statement is what you will be doing tomorrow. These elements are crucial, as they guide your organization to success. To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. Looking for more? Follow us on Instagram @ grantwriting_funding of ind us at www.grantwritingandfunding.com.
Apr 19, 2019
066: How To Select The Best Board Of Directors
00:22:55
Don't make a desperate plea to fill your board of directors. Be mindful of who you're bringing into your nonprofit organization.Your board members represent the organization whereever they go. If you want to set up your organization for success, choose individuals you believe can help you achieve that. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud or Stitcher To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com Share this podcast and blog on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. To get involved with the Grant Writing & Funding Community: Join the Tribe!
Apr 11, 2019
Ep. 65: Which Type Of Nonprofit Should You Start
00:24:51
Establishing an IRS Tax-Exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit status is imperative to setting up your nonprofit for funding success. Most foundations and federal agencies require this status when awarding grants. Furthermore, this status will help your nonprofit establish credibility as donors will feel confident that you are not a crooked fronted company looking for easy dollars. Don’t get me started! This tax status will also allow private donors and corporations to receive a tax deduction! Therefore, this should be a first step after you have created your board of directors and articulated the needs that your project will fill. ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Apr 04, 2019
Ep. 64: 6 Steps Before You Start a Nonprofit
00:14:46
So you have an idea for a new nonprofit, now what? In order to get your organization together it's a good idea to first conduct some market research. Find out where your new nonprofit will stand among the other organizations in your area. This will help strengthen your stakeholder relationships and discover if your nonprofit will be filling a gap in your community. ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Mar 22, 2019
Ep. 63: All About 501(c)3 Nonprofits with Lawyer Vanessa L. Williams
00:44:27
In podcast episode 63, Holly Rustick interviews Vanessa L. Williams, business lawyer, about starting a 501(c)3 Tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Vanessa shares the common struggles that she sees with many nonprofits, as well as gives advice and tips on what documents people need to form a nonprofit organization. This episode provides a great umbrella to all the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization goodies that we will be rolling out in March. Want downloadable bylaws, articles of incorporation, conflict of interest policies, and more? ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Mar 06, 2019
Ep. 62: How Will a MOU Strengthen Your Grant Application?
00:19:16
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) can strengthen your grant application in the eyes of a funding source. It demonstrates a strong, committed partnership to ensure the project can and will happen as it is laid out in the proposal. This commitment gives security to all the partners involved as well. Plus, MOUs are frequently REQUIRED when submitting grant applications and can be scored! Have a template to create the highest scoring MOUs by listening to this podcast! ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Mar 02, 2019
Ep. 61: Get Ready & Prepare Strong Letters of Commitment
00:20:11
Follow these tips and learn how to develop a strong letter of commitment. By preparing a quality letter to go along with your proposal, you will demonstrate to funders the high quality of your collaborative commitments. ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Feb 08, 2019
Ep. 60: How to Get Letters Of Support on Time
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The dreaded Letter of Support, yes, the one that you forgot to get and then upload the grant application you’ve been working on for weeks! You suddenly realize you forgot to get your partners to endorse your project. Eek! Listen to the podcast to get letters of support on time for your stakeholders. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Jan 23, 2019
Ep. 59: How to Boost an Invitation to Apply for a Grant - The Letter of Intent
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Yes, it’s true, you need to ask some funding sources on a date before you actually go on a date. That’s what a Letter of Intent is all about. In order to get a date - you need to ASK for a date! Find out the tips on how to write a Letter of Intent! Also, check out the YouTube video and all the awesome sauce on our website for funding and grant writing! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Jan 16, 2019
Ep. 58: How to Knock your Letter of Inquiry out of the Park in 10 Steps!
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Hi Changemakers, A Letter of Inquiry is a gateway to funding. This Letter of Inquiry, not to be confused with Letter of Intent, can be the difference between a foundation accepting a full application from your nonprofit or shutting you down. These are 10 steps to Write a Successful Letter of Inquiry that will secure your Invitation to Apply for a Grant #1 Alignment You will normally find requests for Letters of Inquiry from private foundations. Basically, they want to get a snapshot of what your nonprofit is all about before they consider inviting you to share more in a full proposal. Just because there is tons of money out there, doesn’t mean you should apply to every single foundation in the world. #2 Overall Tips on Format Be succinct. No flowery prose here. Be logical and make sure you include an objective, goal, and budget. Do not use cute, flowery, or whimsical language. Save that for your blog or journal. #3 Salutation Include the date you are submitting at the top of the page, as well as the person’s name and title of who it should be addressed to (find a NAME – never just write ‘To Whom it May Concern’), and the address of the foundation. Utilize the good ole' fashioned, “Dear NAME of PERSON”. #4 Introduction (one short paragraph) Unless otherwise required by the foundations you will include steps #3 through #9. Your opening paragraph is where you get the attention of your reviewers from the foundation. Keep this paragraph very short. Do not explain the need and how you will roll out the project, yet. #5 The Need or the Why (2-3 Paragraphs) You’ve already stated what you need, now state why you need it. Give a few stats to back up the need. Try to utilize stats or surveys that are within the previous five years. #6 Project (2+ paragraphs) Explain your goal List the objectives List the activities List your partners #7 Outcomes and Evaluations (1–2 paragraphs) What are the main outcomes? How will you evaluate this? #8 Validation of your Nonprofit (1–2 paragraphs) The last part is where you get to explain why your nonprofit is a rock star. Tell why your nonprofit is the best to carry out the activity. #9 Budget (1–2 paragraphs) Most funding sources would like a snapshot of the budget. If you have space include a little snapshot of a graph of the money. #10 Conclusion (1 short paragraph) Provide a ‘Thank you’ and appreciation for the reviewer’s time. Also include a contact name, email address and phone number. These are the 10 steps to completing a successful Letter of Inquiry. The other thing is by doing this Letter of Inquiry you really have to get clear on your project. The 15-page grant will feel like a cinch after doing this Letter of Inquiry! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Jan 10, 2019
Ep. 57: Your Best Year - How To Increase Funding, Eliminate Burnout, And Avoid Competition
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Hi Changemakers, In early December I finished facilitating a 10-week Strategic Planning Group. Those nonprofits are definitely set up and ahead of the curve in 2019! In any case, even if you haven’t sat down and did your planning yet, or even if you have, you are going to want to listen to this episode. This is a snapshot of one of the modules from the Strategic Planning Course. It is one that the nonprofits in the group got really excited about and will give you excellent tips on: How to get ahead of your 2019 and make sure that you have: Funding Success Eliminate Burnout Avoid Competition Okay, let’s get into your Calendar Tips. (Get your FREE Printable by clicking: https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/057-your-best-year-how-increase-funding-eliminate-burnout-avoid-competition - or just visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com and go to podcast episode 57). The best thing to do is to print out a full-page of a 2019 calendar that lists all the months and dates, and a piece of paper. (Or download the FREE Printable), where we have everything set up for you! Here are some questions to consider: What are our nonprofit’s milestone events for the upcoming year? What are other community-wide big events for the upcoming year? Do we need to adjust the dates of our events? What are the grant and funding timelines in the upcoming year? Click out episode 57 on www.grantwritingandfunding.com for your FREE Printable! Once you have really nailed down this calendar, then make it available and visible for your staff. Let people know what projects are in the works and what they should be prepping for. This activity really shouldn’t take very long at all yet will save your nonprofit hours and hours (maybe even eliminate repeating the same unsuccessful year) and will help everyone understand the vision. You can also: Mitigate having an unsuccessful fundraiser or missing a grant deadline simply by: Planning it in advance Getting corporate funders to commit to funding your event before others Prepping for grants! If you enjoy listening to this podcast, then please leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher! I love seeing reviews and personally read every single one of them! Talk with you all next week, as I share more grant writing and funding tips to help advance your nonprofit organization. Happy New Year! Warmly, Holly Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Jan 03, 2019
Ep. 56: How to Find Your S.U.R.E. Word for the Year
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This word should guide you and keep you focused so you don’t get busy chasing the shiny pennies, trapped in projects that don’t meet your mission, or say yes (or no!) to partners that aren’t aligned with your vision. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Dec 27, 2018
Ep. 55: Simple 10 Step Checklist to Write Winning Grants
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Check out the simple 10-Step Check to Write Winning Grants. Be sure to check all the guidelines, determine eligibility, prepare, take the steps to create a strong proposal. Then be sure to review and submit. Happy grant writing! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Dec 20, 2018
Ep. 54: The Secret Formula To Unlock Funding For Your Nonprofit
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This secret formula can unlock millions of dollars from the ether that are awaiting to be given to your nonprofit. It can increase partnerships and relationships at an exponential level. It can increase prosperity for your staff so that they are no longer glorified volunteers. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Dec 13, 2018
Ep. 53: How Do You Win Grants When You're A New Nonprofit?
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This week’s podcast is focused on a wonderful question that we receive quite frequently. Thank you to Susan Silverman, President of the Women’s Tax Resolution Center, Inc. for asking, “My challenge is we are a very small and new nonprofit and don’t have enough of a track record for grants, etc. Do you have any thoughts on how we could get that first grant?” Tune in to learn six ways your organization can secure funding! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Nov 30, 2018
Ep. 52: Thanksgiving Fundraising - 7 Tips for Success
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This week we have so much to be thankful for! Tune in as we share 7 tips with you to increase your fundraising success around Thanksgiving. These ideas can be used for other holiday seasons throughout the year for fun, meaningful fundraising. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Nov 21, 2018
Ep. 51: 6 Ways To Stand Out On #GivingTuesday
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As we are quickly approaching the holiday season we will be focusing on tips to help you with your organization's end of the year giving. Check out these 6 ways you can stand out on #GivingTuesday! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Nov 15, 2018
Ep. 50: The Importance of In-kind Gifts for Nonprofits
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In-kind resources are goods, services, and people who offset the costs to run your nonprofit organization; these are your budget relieving resources.  Their value should be noted and is an important part of relationship building for nonprofit organizations. Looking to advance your grant writing skills? Join the Grant Writing & Funding Changemaker Membership! Get checklists, awarded grant samples, online courses, a tribe, and discounts on our services! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Nov 07, 2018
Ep. 49: Niñas Sin Miedo - Dylan Mehri
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Be fearless in following your passions; much like the girls of Niñas Sin Miedo (Fearless Girls). Dylan Mehri shares the mission of Niñas Sin Miedo and his experience in fundraising for this international nonprofit in an exciting conversation with Holly Rustick. Tune into a stimulating and solution-oriented conversation on fundraising for international nonprofits. ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Oct 30, 2018
Ep. 48: How To Make Cash For Your Nonprofit
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How are other nonprofits making money? Can nonprofits even do that? Yes! You are still a business, there are just key differences for nonprofit organizations and what you do with earned income. ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Oct 24, 2018
Ep. 47: Scared Silly The Frightening Fundraiser Crash
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An out-of-control event can impact your fundraiser. Whether that be a storm, your main speaker getting sick, or the power going out. Your job in preparing an event is to set up a contingency plan for anything that you can think of. Think “Plan B” when you are planning out your event. ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Oct 17, 2018
Ep. 46: Why Values Are Important For Your Nonprofit
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Values are a critical part of your nonprofit organization. Knowing your organization's values is important in decision making, interactions and implementing programs and projects. This often overlooked component has powerful influence on the culture of your nonprofit! ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Oct 10, 2018
Ep. 45: How to Get Volunteers and Board Members to Write Grants
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While running your nonprofit you find you are in a pickle. You would love to pay a consultant to write your grants, run your crowd funder, develop donors, or spearhead that fundraiser, but you do not have the cash to hire those experts. In today's episode, we are going to show you how to get your volunteers and board members to write grants without YOU having to train them. Get the FREE (non-email demanding) Downloadable Job Description for a Grant Writer by visiting this episode on https://grantwritingandfunding.com/045-how-to-get-volunteers-and-board-members-to-write-grants/. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com
Oct 05, 2018
Ep. 44: Are You Frustrating Your Volunteers? Eight Ways To Recruit And Retain Volunteers
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Are you Frustrating your Volunteers? Here are 8 Ways to Recruit and Retain Volunteers for your Nonprofit. Volunteers can provide help, support, and manpower for nonprofits. However, does your nonprofit have the necessary processes in place to take full of advantage of your volunteers? Many nonprofits I have come across understand the importance of volunteers and even WANT more volunteers, but unfortunately are not organized enough to really utilize volunteers well for their nonprofits. You may be confusing and even frustrating your volunteers if you relate to one of the following: • After a volunteer starts, you realize it is more work for you to organize yourself to give the volunteer tasks to complete • There never seems to be enough work for the volunteer, but you seem to be still as busy as ever • Your volunteers do not stick around for long • You never provide appreciation days or incentives for your volunteers • You do not include your volunteers as part of your nonprofit morale or culture • You have no idea where all the volunteer forms are • You want to get a bunch of grant money, but you have nothing in place to mobilize volunteers I get it. You might be a small or start-up nonprofit and your limited staff are wearing ten hats each as it is. But if you want to grow, then it is important to take the time to get organized and prepared for people to help you. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com
Sep 26, 2018
Ep. 43: How To Find The Best Fit Grants
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Seven steps to help guide the review of foundations and grant guidelines. Be sure the foundation and your organization are aligned before you pursue funding opportunities. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Sep 19, 2018
Ep. 42: How To Write A Winning Grant Proposal
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Writing a grant proposal can feel overwhelming. It can be the looming monster in the back of your mind because you know a deadline is coming up, but you just can’t seem to make the time to sit down, read over the application guidelines and start writing. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Sep 14, 2018
Ep. 41: What Is The Value Of Volunteer Time?
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Volunteers CANNOT be given a tax-deduction based on their hours, but they CAN be given a tax-deduction on a number of other items, such as travel expenses, uniforms, donates supplies etc. as long as the nonprofit is a registered IRS Tax-exempt 501(c)3. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Sep 06, 2018
Ep. 40: How To Regain Time And Do Your Job
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Have you ever felt like you just have WAY too much on your plate to get any grant writing done? Is the pile of delegations stacking up throughout the day like a perfectly timed factory? Do you say ‘yes’ to additional work thinking you can get it done, but then realize there is never enough time? Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Aug 29, 2018
Ep. 39: True Or False: Your For-Profit CAN Get Grants
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You are developing a really cool solution to a problem or providing a service/product that can benefit others, but the thing is you are a for-profit. You want to help others, but you also need cash to run this part of your business. You aren’t sure if you can get grants for your idea/product/service as you have been getting mixed messages from those around you. True or False: Your Forprofit CAN Get Grants Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Aug 22, 2018
Ep. 38: Overcoming Grant Writer's Block
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Here is the thing. It takes focus to write a grant. But the real thing that it takes is a project. If you do not have a specific project that you know you need funding for, then it’s like trying to paint a picture with rocks. It will be sloppy, awkward, and unprofessional. The grant reviewers will know that you are just trying to make something work and are trying to fit a square into a circle. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Aug 14, 2018
Ep. 37: How to Become a Grant Reviewer
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Did you know that you can make money while becoming a better grant writer? What?! Yes, indeed. You can also learn about the federal grant process and meet other specialists. How? By becoming a federal grant reviewer. Check out this podcast on how to 10x your grant writing skills while getting PAID to be a federal grant peer reviewer. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Aug 03, 2018
Ep. 36: Indirect Cost Rate
00:19:52
Is your nonprofit including an indirect cost rate in your budget and grant applications? Did you know you can have a maximum 10% indirect cost rate according to federal regulations? Learn why your organization should include this line item to your budget. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Jul 13, 2018
Ep. 35: How to Embrace Grant Rejection
00:20:49
You’ve put your heart and soul into it. You may have lost sleep. You definitely missed the latest Breaking Bad episode. Or you paid a grant writer a hefty sum. For all of that, what you got was a mass email that started with the lines, “We regret to inform you…” Your heart plunges and you decide to write off grants for the rest of the year… or for the rest of your life. You might have at some point said, Enough with that foundation / federal grant. I’ll never get it. I get it. Nobody likes rejection, especially after they put so much time or funding into writing a grant. Nobody likes to see their much-needed project swatted away and not even given a chance. This isn’t always a bad thing. What?! Holly have you lost your mind? Okay, it’s not the best scenario (I’m not that much of a Pollyanna), but it’s not all lost time, energy, and moola. Listen to today's episode to hear 10 Ways to Embrace Grant Rejection. This will make you WAY less frustrated. Believe me. Want to read the article instead? Jump over to www.grantwritingandfunding.com. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Jul 06, 2018
Ep. 34: Leone Rohr On Mind Mapping For Grants
00:42:54
Have you been stuck when it comes to writing grants? Leone Williams-Rohr shares her secret weapon of Mind Mapping for your Nonprofit grant writing. Leone is the executive director of a nonprofit, Parents Empowering Parents of Children with Disabilities (PEP) and is CEO of Crafting My Powerful Life. Leone is the executive director of a nonprofit, Parents Empowering Parents of Children with Disabilities (PEP) and is CEO of Crafting My Powerful Life. She started PEP in 2013 after advocating for her own two children with autism (this lady has 11 kids!). As she went through to become a certified trainer, she came across a course in Mind Mapping and it became the holy grail for her. Now she uses this method of Mind Mapping to outline grants, strategies, fundraisers, and even her own life. Join me today as Leone shares her tips on Mind Mapping and how it can improve efficiency for your nonprofit. Want a free Mind Mapping downloadable? Visit: www.grantwritingandfunding.com and go to Podcast Episode 34. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Jun 27, 2018
Ep. 33: 15 Creative Ideas To Thank Your Funders
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Are you getting funding for your nonprofit or project? Yay! That’s amazing! Just don’t forget to give thanks to the funders and donors who are supporting your project. In this episode, Holly shares 15 Creative Ideas to say Thank You to Funders. Are you racking your brain trying to find cost-effective ways to say, "Thank you"? Or, worse yet, did you totally forget to thank those foundations or corporations who gave you a hefty check for a project? Or are you just trying to find different ways to stand out in the noise? This episode is for you then! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Jun 21, 2018
Ep. 32: Finding Grants On GuideStar
00:19:46
Are you getting grants from foundations? Does it feel like an uphill battle of constant rejections? Or are you not even sure where to look? In this episode, we are going to look at a great resource for finding foundation grants and how to find the best-fit foundations to fund your projects; GuideStar.org. GuideStar.org is a great resource as you will see, and it’s free to utilize most of the services. But how do you use it to find the best-fit grants? I'll show you four simple things to look for when searching foundations on GuideStar. Make sure you stand out when applying for grants! It’s simple, but it does take time. However, when you take the time to do research and find good-fit foundations it can pay off big time. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Jun 14, 2018
Ep. 31: The Four Best Places To Find Contracts For Your Nonprofit
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Do you know what the difference is between a contract and a grant? Are you aware that contracts might be able to cover operational costs for your nonprofit in AMAZING ways? Listen to this podcast to find the Four BEST places to find city, state, and federal contracts for your nonprofit. Plus, get pros and cons for each of these places. I know your nonprofit wants funding in diverse ways. Listen to this podcast to find more funding opportunities! Thanks so much for listening! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Jun 08, 2018
Ep. 30: GDPR For Nonprofits & Grant Writers
00:31:14
In today’s podcast we will talk about what the GDPR is, why it doesn’t just effect the EU, what the impact is on nonprofits and on grant writing consultants, and give you some free downloadable templates. Now, some of you may be scratching your heads when I mention GDPR. Although, if you are in the EU, then you have probably been running around like it’s Y2K. Remember the turn of the century panic? Yep, I hear it’s a lot like that. But chances are, you have seen an increase of emails in your inbox over the last week with companies or people asking you to check a box giving them permission to email you or asking if you’d like to remain on their email lists. This is all due to the new European regulations or GDPR. The pure IT nature of this regulation makes it a global concept at the very least. Rashmi Knowles, chief technology officer at RSA Security states that “GDPR is interesting because it is the first time that the EU is exporting regulation. In the past, everything created by the EU applied to the EU. Now we have this regulation, but it is going to apply globally. If anybody wants to use the data of EU citizens or consumers, they have to comply, so it is exporting privacy rules to other countries.” In today's podcast you get great tips on how to be GDPR compliant for your nonprofit or grant writing company, plus free privacy policy templates, and links. Thanks so much for listening! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Jun 01, 2018
Ep. 29: Review A Federal Grant Opportunity And BEST Tips On Grant Writing
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Here is your crash course in looking over federal grant announcements and great grant writing tips! Are you confused on how to look through federal grants on Grants.gov? Looking for grant writing tips that will get to an awarded grant? If you answered 'yes' to either of those questions, then this is the episode for you! Grant Writing Expert Holly Rustick gives a free video lesson on what to look for on grants.gov, what the snapshot means, how to deduce a federal grant opportunity, PLUS the best grant writing tips EVER. Thanks so much for listening! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
May 24, 2018
Ep. 28: Grants.gov in a Nutshell: Pros and Cons
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Today I am going to explain the functions offered on the Grants.gov website and give you my favorite tools. This is great information for you grant writers or for those who aspire to be grant writers. The reason I am breaking down Grants.gov is because it is a mammoth website for federal grants, and being such, it is very busy. I have been going to Grants.gov for years but tend to stick to looking for grants and applying for grants. So I decided to dive in and find out the full capacity of the website, so all of us grant writers might actually use it. Let's check it out! Do you feel overwhelmed when it comes to running a nonprofit or working with nonprofits? From figuring out how to start a nonprofit to wondering how to engage your board of directors, working with nonprofits can feel overwhelmed. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
May 17, 2018
Ep. 27: How To Register On Grants.Gov
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Grants.gov is the haven for federal grants. Are you registered? Need some tips on all the "pre" enrollments, such as EIN, DUNS, and SAM to then be able to register on Grants.gov. Check out this short podcast on the process and go to www.grantwritingandfunding.com to see the short video on how to apply on Grants.gov and getting the new templates for SAM notarization. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
May 09, 2018
Ep. 26: Where To Find Grant Opportunities
00:23:56
“Obscurity is a bigger problem than money,” quotes Grant Cardone and this could not be truer when it comes to finding grant funding sources. If these funding sources are hidden away in some obscure world to your nonprofit, then this becomes the main root of not having any grant money. If you cannot find the sources that hold the money, then you will never be able to tap into the funding. Thanks so much for listening! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Apr 27, 2018
Ep. 25: How To Find Grants: What Is a Grant?
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To find grants, it is first important to understand what they are and what they are not. Let’s start with what they are not. Let me say this very clearly. 1) Grants are NOT free money. I mean, sure if you handle them correctly it is money given to you that you do not have to pay back. Holly, how is that not free money? Well, because you have to spend the money on what you said you were going to spend it on, reach the objectives you stated you were going to reach, and send a report to the funding source on how you will achieve all of this. Want to read more about What Grants Are, What they Are NOT, and the Different Types of Grants? Go to www.grantwritingandfunding.com for more information and for Grant Opportunities! Thanks so much for listening! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Apr 13, 2018
Ep. 24: Data Management Plan
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First you will want to know what the needs are (through the Needs & Strengths Assessment), identify potential projects, and then evaluate those projects and refine your objectives. Don’t get scared by the term “Data Management Plan” which sounds super academic. Basically what this means is that you need to show: Why you are getting information? What are your project goal(s) What are your objective(s)/ data elements? What information do you desire? What data needs to be collected? Who collects the data? How will the data be collected? What is the frequency of the collection of data? Where will the data be stored? Why will this data be useful? Who will you share this data with? That sounds like a lot, but it makes sense, right? Just think if you were to hire someone to do this job or if you assigned this role to an existing employee or peer. You could hand over this Data Management Plan and they could run this initiative. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Apr 06, 2018
Ep. 23: Evaluating Projects
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“Why should I evaluate a project and why we even talking about that before we just start the project? Can’t I just make the project happen and then look back at it and give my review of it worked or didn’t work?” I hear these types of questions when nonprofits may just want to move. Heck, I asked these same sorts of questions when I was just starting out as a grant writer myself. When we are all pressed for time and ready to go this may seem to make more sense, the ‘do it imperfectly and get it done approach,’ rather than spending a bit more time planning. I get it. I understand sometimes the ‘over planning’ and ‘too-many-meetings’ syndrome. But projects that will really make a great impact to meet the numerous needs in your community aren’t a simple blog post to just get done imperfectly and publish online to move you forward. Projects have deeper repercussions and should have a major impact on your beneficiaries to initiate change. Setting up and Evaluation Plan is vital in the success of how you will meet your desired goals and make real change in your community. This podcast will give you the roadmap on how to do that. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Mar 30, 2018
Ep. 22: Developing Projects for Your Nonprofit
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Where to begin. You have the information of what the need is in the community, now it’s time to establish what your team needs for the the specific project. If you found that there is a huge need for transporting clients to services, what do you need to help overcome the transportation barrier? Would it be possible to create an Uber-like project? By establishing local or regional programs in areas that are easily accessible, giving out bus passes, creating a carpooling activity, connecting with the local transportation system, implementing more online courses, etc? Let's look at how to identify projects and how to manage those projects... Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Mar 09, 2018
Ep. 21: Needs and Strengths Assessment
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Are you blaming your beneficiaries for your failed latest project? Did you happen to first conduct a Needs and Strengths Assessment to actually find out what they needed and what was already working? Maybe it's time to take a moment and actually go back to the drawing board. In this podcast, we will look at Why a Needs and Strengths Assessment is vital for your nonprofit, what it is, different methodologies, designs, incentives, and sample size. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Mar 02, 2018
Ep. 20: The Key to Success. Annual and Quarterly Planning
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Annual planning is where it’s at. “Where what is at?” you may be asking. Well, ‘it is the amazesauce productivity that exists for those super successful nonprofits that make you want to drool or cuss at, in trying to understand how they do it. Either way, close your mouth, and realize that you can have the ‘it’s’ too. You can be that super successful nonprofit that others drool or cuss at, by implementing actions. Before you hop up and down, let me tell you nothing crazy successful happens immediately. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Feb 20, 2018
Ep. 19: Strategic Partnerships for Your Nonprofit
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Sometimes nonprofits exist inside a vacuum. This is not conducive for sustainability, let alone the chance of survival. The things is, partnerships are resources. Partnerships can literally make the difference between your nonprofit being able to pay the bills or have to shut down. There are different types of partnerships, but all are extremely valuable. ● Comprehensive Service Partners ● Corporate / Funder / Donor Partnerships ● Beneficiary Partnerships I'll be talking about each one of these partnerships in this podcast, as well as how they can increase your funding and resources! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Feb 16, 2018
Ep. 18: How to Get Your Nonprofit from Surviving to Thriving
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Is your nonprofit stuck in survival mode? Planning is key, but taking the time to do it is where you need to start (refer to Episode 15 to see how to set a schedule). Once you have taken the time and have reviewed your previous year, it is time to set your goals, objectives, and activities, so you can go from struggling to thriving. So what the heck are the differences between goals, objectives, and activities? Goals are the overarching, comparable to a large globe of aspirational destinations you want to reach. Objectives are the tangible flights or boats on how you are going to reach those places. Activities are how you do the day-to-day work of saving up for your trip. Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com for more info on how to get your nonprofit from surviving to thriving! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Feb 06, 2018
Ep. 17: Crowdfunding for Your Nonprofit
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Are you struggling with figuring out how to crowdfund for your nonprofit? Do all podcasts and blogs only discuss how to crowdfund for products? In this podcast Steve Vick, Founder of Nonprofit Ally, discusses how to run a successful crowdfunding for your nonprofit. As executive director for Noble Paws, he has had his own share of crowdfunding and has learned what to do and NOT to do. Check out this podcast if your nonprofit is looking for additional streams of income and are trying to master, or heck, just figure out how to crowdfund. Stop struggling when it comes to crowdfunding for your nonprofit! To visit Steve's website and to get a FREE e-Book on Crowdfunding for Your Nonprofit, visit: www.nonprofitally.com. Want the full e-course? Get it here: www.nonprofitally.com. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Jan 26, 2018
Ep. 16: Reviewing Wins and Challenges
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You’ve started your organizational strategic planning, now you are ready to evaluate last year and move into planning for this year. If you haven’t, no worries, just go ahead and listen to episode 15 on Grant Writing & Funding. Or better yet, visit our website at www.grantwritingandfunding.com/15 to get the free downloadable to set yourself up for your upcoming year You may be at the point where you have completed your “Why,” reviewed your organization’s mission and vision statements, conducted a S.W.O.T. analysis, outlined your agenda, and now you are ready to review last year and get going on this year. But how do you do this without it turning into a griping session about all the failures or only celebrating the wins and dismissing any lessons to be learned? Today’s podcast will discuss how to conduct the best evaluation. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Jan 17, 2018
Ep. 15: Your Agenda for Strategic Planning 2018
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It’s a new year and you are ready and organized with all your quarters outlined, projects in place, and all fund-raising events set up, right? I mean, you know when you will be applying for grants and have your calendars synced for all employees and board of directors…or do you? Or, like many other nonprofits, you are starting 2018: ● stuck in survival mode ● too busy to make time for planning ● have been meaning to do some research but are preoccupied ● don’t even know where to start as things change quickly and constantly If this sounds like your organization, like so many nonprofit organizations (i.e. the majority of nonprofits), then this article is for you. It is time to change the way that you have been functioning, get organized and prepare for the new year so that your capacity and revenue will increase. This article will change the life of your nonprofit. This isn’t hyperbole, it is the pure facts. This podcast will take your organization from survival mode to a thriving zone. 1. What is your Why? 2. Mission and Vision Review 3. S.W.O.T. (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) Analysis 4. Evaluate what worked and didn’t work for the previous year (we will go over this more in the next article and podcast) 5. Outline Goals, Objectives and Activities 6. Brainstorm and list all resources and partnerships 7. Take out a calendar and list down usual and new major events, such as fundraisers, crowdfunding, or projected grants 8. Make a list of all committees required to get each task done 9. Schedule a monthly (at least) review meeting of the plan To download the toolkit agenda, visit https://grantwritingandfunding.com/grant-writing-funding-015-your-agenda-strategic-planning-2018. To watch this podcast on YouTube, please visit: http://somup.com/cFV16GVUOY Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Jan 06, 2018
Ep. 14: Creating Credibility and Culture Part IV: Lead Generator for Nonprofits
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Lead generators, oftentimes known as free opt-ins or email list builders, are essential for nonprofits. Online businesses have this down to a T and use lead generators on a regular basis. Lead generators are catching on in the nonprofit sector and websites, but some of you still may be saying, “Lead-what?” Just what is a lead generator? Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Dec 14, 2017
Ep. 13: Creating Credibility & Culture: Part V Branding, Call to Action, and Website Audit
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Oh boy. That’s right. It’s time to address it. The big W. Your Website. This episode is a nonprofit’s crash course on different types of websites, how to communicate your brand, and what you should NOT do on your website. Nonprofit websites, in particular, can be a little overwhelming and are known for being the cause of one too many headaches. With the prevalent combination of tiny fonts, non-contrasting colors, and a scream to “Give! Give! Give!” with no clear vision of why one should give or an easy way on how to give. ARRGH! We are going to go into the overall approach to your website, give some tips on how to get the traffic it deserves and reveal ways for visitors to take the call to action that you provide. It doesn’t matter if you use WordPress, Square Space, Wix, or any of the other countless web platforms that are available. The formatting that we are going to discuss will work for them all in providing a better way to communicate your brand. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Nov 22, 2017
Ep. 12: Creating Credibility & Culture: Part IV Website Vs. Facebook
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ I know a lot of organizations are only using Facebook pages nowadays thinking websites are outdated and all they need is social media, but that is a very unwise perspective. Why? In this podcast, I will share the five main reasons why your organization needs a website and not just a Facebook page(Hint: branding, emails, and credibility). Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Oct 04, 2017
Ep. 11: Creating Credibility & Culture: Part III Doing the SWOT
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ So why do this fancy analysis? Well, it is very important to conduct an analysis of what stage your organization or company is and where you want to go. This is especially true when you have a new administration come in, or if you are expanding and growing. For instance, your organization may get some new grants and expand to a different target demographic. Or you may launch a new product to expand your reach and generate more income. Maybe you just haven’t really analyzed your programs and projects for several years and the workflow and projects are stagnant. Or possibly you could have a high turnover rate of staff and want to mitigate unforeseen or foreseen changes. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Sep 15, 2017
Ep. 9: Creating Credibility & Culture: Part I Mission and Vision
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ The six questions that will refine your mission and vision statements from 'meh' to amazing! Get clear and concise on your culture while creating the credibility that funding sources require. Do you need to listen to this podcast? If you, your staff, or your board of directors has to google your mission statement, then, yes, you do need to listen to this. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Aug 17, 2017
Ep. 8: 7 Powerful Steps To Write A Grant Narrative
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Part Five of the 5 parts to writing a winning grant. You will learn how to write about the following elements to write a winning grant in this podcast: • Activities • Selection process • Location • Challenges, contingencies, and sustainability plan • Nonfederal partners and resources • Leveraged resources • Oversee and monitor nonfederal resources and partners Looking to advance your grant writing skills? Join the Grant Writing & Funding Changemaker Membership! Get checklists, awarded grant samples, online courses, a tribe, and discounts on our services! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Aug 02, 2017
Ep. 7: Part Four: Budget and Budget Narrative
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ It’s time to talk about the money. The budget. The good news is you don’t have to be a CPA to write a budget. You do, however, need to understand budgets. In this podcast, you will learn how to write a consistent budget and budget narrative in the format that grant reviewers appreciate. You will know which category to put each item of your budget and how to calculate costs. You will also get links to resources to help you put a reliable cost on each item. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author
Jul 19, 2017
Ep. 6: Part Three: Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes
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This section of the grant is where the magic happens. Once you know your problem statement (listen to the previous podcast), you can figure out clear objectives, goals, and outcomes. This is the backbone of your project. A grant is like a big jigsaw puzzle, and this section is really the backdrop and what guides you to be able to find and connect each piece of the puzzle. It’s the part of the puzzle that is the backdrop fence or the house with the clean line you use to connect the pieces. If you have your objective, you will be able to formulate a budget, implement activities, and solve your problem (and build your house). In this segment, you will learn how to write clear goals, S.M.A.R.T. objectives, and measurable outcomes. Additionally, you will also learn how to implement your goal, objectives, and outcomes through the process of an action plan timeline. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/ ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨
Jul 06, 2017
Ep. 5: Astonishingly Easy Tips To Present Needs & Target Population
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Needs. We all have them, but how do you make yours stand out? How do you get funding sources to think your needs are crucial? How do you even identify the community you are serving? Welcome to the second in the series of the five basic parts of writing a winning grant. This podcast will articulate your target demographic, how to clearly state (and cite) your needs, and how to write a powerful problem statement to get funded. ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Jun 22, 2017
Ep. 4: 10 Must-Haves In Your Grant Background Section
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Welcome to Part I of The Five Main Parts of Writing a Grant. Today we will be looking at your nonprofit organization. Do you have everything prepared in advance so that when a grant comes around you are READY? For instance, is your tax-exempt 501(c)3 accessible, do you have a bio for all your board members and staff, and do you know all the grants your organization has received and in what year? In 25 minutes Holly will take you through the entire process of what you need to have prepared and how to prepare it. Oh, and sorry about the cold! I might have lost my voice a bit. :( ✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
Jun 06, 2017
Ep. 3: How to Build the Best Grant Writing Team
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ This is definitely for you if: ✨ You want to increase your grant writing skills ✨ You are an aspiring or newbie consultant and want to 10X your business by listening to lessons learned! The ideal grant team is comprised of the lead grant writer, the budget lead, the grant coordinator, and any potential specialists. The executive director should really oversee the process and be involved in the design process, but he or she should ultimately be someone whom you report to, who reviews the grant, and may be the one who submits the grant. We will talk about the process in the podcast and identify your team! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author https://www.grantwritingandfunding.com/
May 23, 2017
Ep. 2: What are the Different Types of Grants?
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ This is definitely for you if: ✨ You want to increase your grant writing skills ✨ You are an aspiring or newbie consultant and want to 10X your business by listening to lessons learned! Understanding the different types of grants is critical when applying for grants. In this podcast, Holly discusses the different types of federal, state, and foundation grants so you know what the heck they are and which ones to apply to! Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author www.grantwritingandfunding.com
May 08, 2017
Ep. 1: The Mindset Behind Securing Grant Proposals
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✨✨ Visit www.grantwritingandfunding.com to get the proven G.R.A.N.T.S. formula to write winning grants ✨✨ "So, when I get a grant I can just spend money on anything?" Er, no. No, you cannot. In this podcast of Grant Writing & Funding, we will go over 'the why'. It's time to stop adulting and be a teenager again. Okay, what is a grant? Most of you probably already know what a grant is. But let’s get into the nitty-gritty for a second. A grant is money given by an organization, most notably by a government, for a particular purpose. Here, I would like to stress the words “for a particular purpose” because, if you get a grant awarded and then spend the money on something else, you are not acting in good faith and may have to return the money. I want to spend another moment here to really drive this point home. Even though you may think, “Of course! I got this!”, you really need to understand this point. An organization, agency, or person has monies and a vision for those monies. When you apply for these monies, your vision must align with their vision. Having a clear understanding of how to think about grants is very important. When you are looking for and writing a grant, keep the metaphor of the teenager/parent relationship in your mind’s eye. This is a great idea for when you are formulating your needs, objectives, and evaluation sections. Another thing is that it is so important to spend money on what you said you were going to spend it on. If you need to change any spending, then you may have to ask for a budget modification. What? Okay, let me explain. Grants may allow for a certain percentage of money to be shifted from one main category to another. Note: I did not say to newly devise categories but pre-existing approved categories. If you do want to shift some monies around, the contract should specify what the percentage allowances are that can be made without pre-approval or what percentage requires approval or is not allowed at all. If you are scratching your head, just go ahead and call up your grant officer from the agency that awarded you the grant. For example, a grant may allow you to shift 10% of the entire budget between line items without requiring a formal budget modification. But, once again, this is between line items that have already been approved. In any event, I would still let the grants officer know what you are doing to allow for transparency. Some grants are so small that they don’t allow for many changes at all. Again, keep the teenager/parent relationship scenario in mind. Funding sources want to think the best of you. Just like many teenagers may need to prove that they are trustworthy to their parents, organizations must prove themselves trustworthy to funding sources. Remember when all else fails, A grant is money given by an organization, most notably by a government, for a particular purpose. Favor, please? If you love this podcast, would you please do me a favor and leave a review on iTunes or your podcast listener? This helps others find the podcast and I read each and every review! If you have any questions, feel free to email holly@grantwritingandfunding.com I’d love to connect with you! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWzIfwJt0az9KKwKz1Uc8vg Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollyrustick LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/holly-rustick-0765b817/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/grantwritingandfunding/ Thanks for listening! Holly Rustick Expert Grant Writer & Bestselling Author To share your thoughts: Send Holly an email at holly@grantwritingandfunding.com Share this podcast and blog on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest To help out the show: Leave an honest review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help, and I read all of them! Subscribe on iTunes or on YouTube. To get involved with the Grant Writing & Funding Community: Join the Tribe!
Apr 06, 2017