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Jake Selinger

This very helpful blog is by Jake Seliger, a veteran of the grant writing scene. Keep up and improve your gran [Read More]

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Charrettes live: Cite them as a planning tool in your proposal
Ten years ago we advised that grant writers and nonprofit Executive Directors "know your charrettes!" (the exclamation point is in the original title). Since then, though, we've heard less about charrettes than we really should. Until this week, that...
Grant Writing Confidential
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Philanthropy is not being disrupted by Silicon Valley
The Atlantic writes that "Silicon Valley Has Disrupted Philanthropy." A lovely article, except for one minor issue: Silicon Valley has not "disrupted" philanthropy. The evidence presented for the article's thesis is an anecdote from a Boys & Girl...
Grant Writing Confidential
Friday, August 3, 2018

Links: The bike challenge, the car challenge, the subway challenge, the EMR challenge, the altruism challenge, antibiotics, and more!
* "Learn to Ride: E-bikes are great—as long as people know how to ride them. Here's how to make sure they're safe." Also, Isaac has seen the sudden emergence of e-scooters in Santa Monica and environs, appearing like a swarm of 17-year cicadas. * "Pr...
Grant Writing Confidential
Monday, July 16, 2018

Write proposals for grant reviewers, not your colleagues or bureaucratic peers
We've written many times in many ways that the golden rule of grant writing is "he who has the gold makes the rules"—and that means organizations that want to be funded should follow the funding guidelines as closely as possible. While "follow the fu...
Grant Writing Confidential
Monday, June 18, 2018

Yours is not the only organization that isn't worried about long-term grant evaluations
Ten years ago, in "Studying Programs is Hard to Do: Why It's Difficult to Write a Compelling Evaluation," we explained why real program evaluations are hard and why the overwhelming majority of grant-funded programs don't demand them; instead, they w...
Grant Writing Confidential
Friday, June 1, 2018

The DOL FY '18 YouthBuild FOA is out and a dinosaur program is again relevant
The Department of Labor (DOL) just issued the FY '18 YouthBuild FOA. YouthBuild, which has been around for about 25 years,* is relevant for the first time in about ten years. We've written around 30 funded YouthBuild proposals, including, in 1994, th...
Grant Writing Confidential
Monday, May 28, 2018

No children allowed in the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Families and Children
Anyone who writes a few proposals will soon discover the disconnect between the bureaucrats who write RFPs and those of us who write the proposal responses. We've discussed poorly written RFPs before and part of the reason that RFPs are often badly w...
Grant Writing Confidential
Monday, May 14, 2018

Links: The White Wartyback, fighting poverty, healthcare and prices, big soda, college versus learning, and more!
* "Recovery Efforts for the White Wartyback," a favorite recent grant program from * Propel, a Start-Up, Says It Wants to Fight Poverty. A Food Stamp Giant Is Blocking It. * "Medicare will require hospitals to post prices online." This is...
Grant Writing Confidential
Monday, April 30, 2018

No rush: the NSF "Accelerating Discovery: Educating the Future STEM Workforce" program
The National Science Foundation (NSF) just issued the "Accelerating Discovery: Educating the Future STEM Workforce" RFP, and it looks like a promising grant source for community colleges and four-year schools interested in STEM education, since the p...
Grant Writing Confidential
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Nonprofit royalty exist, but you're unlikely to be the next Duchess of At-Risk Youth Services
I had coffee with a friend who was in LA from NYC, and he's the development director of a huge arts organization in NYC that raises $50M annually, mostly from large foundations, "whale" donors, ticket sales, and a soupçon of grants (not one of our cl...
Grant Writing Confidential
Monday, April 2, 2018

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