Ahhh. It's so nice when it happens. A board that gets it.
I had the privilege today of spending time with a non-profit board in my community to talk to them about grants.
They asked smart questions. They had reasonable expectations. They knew they aren't a fit for some funders.
Here are some of the questions they did NOT ask:
1.Can we pay you out of the grant?
2.Can you write one letter and send it to all of the
3.Why don't we try the Bill and Melinda Gates
4. We need $100,000 in 6 weeks. Can you get that for us?
What did we talk about?
Which programs are a priority for funding. Building their staff capacity.
How long a grant can take to be funded. Which funders in our region will be more sympathetic to their cause. Fitting grants into other fundraising strategies.
Focus. On the right things. Smile.
This (rare) positive experience has served as inspiration for an upcoming article on what boards need to know about grants.
Please tell us. What do you wish nonprofit boards understood about grants? Credit for all good ideas cheerfully given where it is due. Post your comment today.