Getting Funded

GETTING FUNDED: Index & Preface



Part One: Know Your Organization and Community – Thinking and Planning

Chapter One: Ensuring Organizational Readiness
Chapter Two: Defining the Need
Chapter Three: Designing Your Project

Part Two: Know the Funders – Deciding Whom to Ask and For What

Chapter Four: Identifying Potential Funders
Chapter Five: Deciding How to Fund Your Project
Chapter Six: Finding a Suitable Funding Match
Chapter Seven: Making a Good First Impression

Part Three: Plan, Write, and Submit a Competitive Proposal

Chapter Eight: Preparing to Write
Chapter Nine: Composing the Need Statement
Chapter Ten: Writing the Project Description
Chapter Eleven: Designing an Evaluation Plan
Chapter Twelve: Developing the Project Budget
Chapter Thirteen: Establishing Your Qualifications
Chapter Fourteen: Preparing Supplemental Documents
Chapter Fifteen: Crafting Letters of Inquiry
Chapter Sixteen: Reviewing and Submitting the Proposal
Chapter Seventeen: Investing in Ongoing Relationships

Appendix A: Proposal Development Checklist
Appendix B: Working with a Freelance Grantwriter
Appendix C: Resources for Instructors and Federal Grant Resources


Resources and References


Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations: A Practical Guide for Dynamic Times, Edition 3 Michael Allison and Jude Kaye, 2015

The bestselling guide to nonprofit planning, with proven, practical advice
Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations describes a proven method for creating an effective, organized, actionable strategy, tailored to the unique needs of the nonprofit organization. Now in its third edition, this bestselling manual contains new information about the value of plans, specific guidance toward business planning, and additional information about the strategic plan document itself.

The Sustainability Mindset: Using the Matrix Map to Make Strategic Decisions, Steve Zimmerman Jeanne Bell, 2014 John Wiley & Sons

The Matrix Map—a powerful tool for nonprofit strategic decision-making
Nonprofit sustainability lies at the intersection of exceptional impact and financial viability. The Sustainability Mindset offers nonprofit professionals and board members a step-by-step guide to move your organization towards this intersection. As outlined in the bestselling book Nonprofit Sustainability, “The Matrix Map” is an accessible framework that combines financial and programmatic goals into an integrated strategy. In this next-step resource, the authors detail a rigorous process to develop a meaningful Matrix Map and engage leadership in setting an organization’s strategy.

Impact & Excellence: Data-Driven Strategies for Aligning Mission, Culture and Performance in Nonprofit and Government Organizations
Sheri Chaney Jones, 2014 John Wiley & Sons

Learn to identify, capture, and utilize impactful data for organizational transformation
Impact & Excellence is the culmination of a four year research study into the most successful data-driven strategies for today’s non-profit and government organizations. The book focuses on five strategic elements to success based on proven principles, with solutions that are easy to implement and often lead to sweeping change. Each chapter includes discussion questions and action items to help leaders implement key concepts in their own organizations. Included with purchase is access to the Measurement Culture Survey, which, will allow readers to access a free benchmark report.

Building Nonprofit Capacity: A Guide to Managing Change Through Organizational Lifecycles, John Brothers and Anne Sherman, 2011 John Wiley & Sons

Praise for Building Nonprofit Capacity
“A central question for leadership is to identify where, and when, to focus organizational energy, and that is where Brothers and Sherman’s book comes in. Changing organizations is never easy, which is why managers need the right set of maps and tools—like this one.” Jon Pratt, executive director, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits