Where are the startup grants for nonprofits?

Where are the startup grants for nonprofits?

It is the #1 question I hear. Every month, it comes up in my Facebook group.  Where can I find start-up grants for my nonprofit?

It sounds like a simple question, but I find myself hesitating because it really isn’t that simple.  Most people who ask that question haven’t yet come to grips with their unrealistic views of how a nonprofit functions.  Answering the question is not as simple as giving you a list of funders (wouldn’t life be easy that way), but it means a better understanding of how grant-making works and how to approach your grant writing strategy overall.

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Six Things We Can Learn from the Black Church About Fundraising

Six Things We Can Learn from the Black Church About Fundraising

I grew up in a historically black church.  Built in 1864, it first served as the only black school in the community and then transitioned into a Methodist church where the majority of the community went (if they were not Catholic)  Today, my church is like most typical churches. We average about 120 members a Sunday, and we have remnants of very large families who have been there for decades. I still attend today and am actively involved.

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What I Wish You Knew Before You Started Your Nonprofit

What I Wish You Knew Before You Started Your Nonprofit

Dear Nonprofit Founder, or Soon-to-Be-Founder, this post is for you.  I want you to come take a seat and chat with me just a little while.  When I started Boss on a Budget®, I specifically had you in mind because I noticed the void.  I noticed that resources for nonprofits are almost targeted to organizations that are already established.  Most resources, articles, blog posts, and trainings don’t focus on helping small grassroots organizations and movements build resources and thrive.  So, here we are.

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How to Stand Out in Grant Proposals Without Writing One Word

How to Stand Out in Grant Proposals Without Writing One Word

When you think about what makes a successful grant proposal, the normal things come into play:  an organized proposal, attention to detail, and a compelling ask.  Your proposal’s presentation plays an integral role in how the funder perceives how well you can spend the money you may potentially win.  The end result is to ensure that the funder has the confidence in your organization to get the job done, plain and simple.  But, did you know, there are ways to instill that confidence that have nothing to do with your written proposal?  What if I told you that there are ways to boost your proposal’s success before you type one word?

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Should You Hire a Grant Writer?

Should You Hire a Grant Writer?

Grant writing is one of those professions that you sort of fall into. Most grant writing masters earned their stripes from many long nights, thousands of cups of coffee and plenty of hectic days submitting proposals at the last second.  They didn’t start out learning the ropes from books; they sharpened their skills by being rejected, wiping the dust off their feet, and pursuing the next opportunity before them.

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