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Showing Emotion

I’m more of a data and information person in a grant application. Since applications restrict the number of words, I focus on only putting in the facts. I refrain from adding emotion. However, this is wrong. There needs to be some emotion (not drama) in a grant application. Some passion to impress the foundation members[…]

My Writing Group

In the fall of 2018, I reluctantly became president of a small writer’s group that is a nonprofit and incorporated. The group has been around for over thirty years. My term was up in the spring of 2020. Regardless of COVID, I was not finding a replacement. Today I am still president looking for a[…]

When a Nonprofit Lacks Volunteers

A nonprofit I’ve been working with had their board members resign for personal reasons. They were past their terms and had not found any volunteers to take over. There are still nonprofit members, just no board members. This is a problem with nonprofits that are volunteer based—it is hard to find people to be on[…]

Playing with In-Kind Costs

This is a continuation of a previous blog post “In-Kind Costs” about (you guessed) in-kind costs. In that blog, I suggested grant writers should avoid putting in-kind costs into a grant application. As a definition, in-kind goods and services do not involve the exchange of money. An example of in-kind services are volunteers providing labor[…]

Funds from the State

Some foundations get funding from their state government to distribute, via grants, through their area. The state guidelines provide the categories for the foundation to fund. Foundations in high populated areas can usually fund most of the categories and meet the state’s guidelines. Smaller foundations or those in a limited population area may fund only[…]

The Time To Write

Many authors talk about what the best time it is for them to write and create. Much of this depends on families and jobs, whether the person is a morning or evening person, health, and other issues such as whether they need quiet or noise. When I commuted to the Pentagon, I did a lot[…]

Funds from the State

Some foundations get funding from their state government to distribute, via grants, through their area. The state guidelines provide the categories for the foundation to fund. Foundations in high populated areas can usually fund most of the categories and meet the state’s guidelines. Smaller foundations or those in a limited population area may fund only[…]

Linking Short Stories Together in a Novel

I self-published one book of short stories and will soon self-publish another. My biggest issue I had was what order to put my stories in. Over the years, I wrote almost fifty short stories. Since I am writing novels now (at least for the time being), I wanted to do something with my stories. I[…]

Creative Writing Advice *

A lot of people give advice on the craft of writing. I am guilty of this, too (as you can see by this blog post). With so much advice going around, some of it becomes contradictory. What is correct? ** My thoughts are that advice is based on the experience and education of the person[…]

Update on Two Recent Blogs About Grant Writing

One recent blog was about crowdfunding and nonprofits. A grant I wrote required the nonprofit and project members to advertise, through their contacts, for donations on the foundation’s crowdfunding website. The advertisement did not happen. Too late, I tried to get everyone involved. Most of the members could not or did not want to get[…]

Newsletters and Writing

Newsletters are all the rage now. It used to be blogging and they are still around (I like reading blogs). Podcasts are also big, which are very much like old radio shows prior to TV. Except podcasts require equipment, technology know-how, and an extrovert personality. All of these are designed to connect the author with[…]

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