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What Your Competitors Do With A Denied Grant Application

What Your Competitors Do With A Denied Grant Application

WHAT YOUR COMPETITORS DO WITH THEIR DENIED GRANT APPLICATION You’ve just received word that your grant application has been denied. After long hours dedicated to strategy, budgets, narratives, charts, tables, partners, and more, receiving a grant denial may leave you  feeling like you never, ever, ever want to apply for another grant – ever – again. You may want to forget about your ideas, your project and your hopes. But that isn’t what your competitors are going to do!  What are your competitors going to do with their denial? They are going to seize it for all its worth! They…read more →

How to Thank a Funder on Social Media

How to Thank a Funder on Social Media

Thank a Funder on Social Media Grant stewardship is all about establishing and maintaining relationships. Grant makers, including government agencies, foundations and corporations, have Facebook pages and Twitter handles to provide more information about their mission, accomplishments, grantees and investments. As a grantee or potential grantee, you have an opportunity to support grant makers in their mission. One way to support a grant maker is by showing your gratitude (or ‘Grantitude’™ ). Should I thank a funder on social media if they are not on social media? The quick answer – yes. First, check to see if your funder or potential…read more →

HUD Grant Milestones

HUD Grant Milestones

Guess who is turning 50? The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is celebrating the big ‘five-oh’ this year (and so is yours truly).  I have a long history with HUD, their grant programs, their policies and their staff. I believe our greatest impact on economic development, childhood health and wellness, life-long health and wellness, workforce stability and growth, energy efficiency, and so much more – starts at home and with homes. The quality, safety and accessibility of housing, especially within our poorest communities, has a profound effect on our public systems – schools, the judicial system, medical system. I…read more →

Social Media Logic Model

Social Media Logic Model

Social Media Logic Model I come to social media from a career of grant proposals, community building and strategic planning.  I love how these areas of expertise impact my perceptions and strategies for social media and lead me to develop our Social Media Logic Model.  What is a Social Media Logic Model?  A Social Media Logic Model is a systematic and visual way to present and  share our understanding of the relationships among resources we have to operate our social networks and communities, the activities we plan, and the changes or results we hope to achieve.   Why Use a Social…read more →

IGPD Live

IGPD Live

Celebrating International Grant Professionals Day IGPD LIVE!   We’ve got a treat for you! On Friday 20th March at 12 noon EST, five seasoned grant professionals (including yours truly – Jo Miller – and my Smartegrants.com and #Grantchat partner, Diane H. Leonard ) are hosting a live Q&A. So, you have $1,000+ worth of consultants on a live call for an hour who are ready, able, and willing to answer your questions. Couldn’t get better than that, right? We’re open books! We’ll share our journeys, our not-so-secret secrets, answer your questions and celebrate everyone in the world of grants on…read more →

Target Progress Not Perfection

Target Progress Not Perfection

You’re Perfect!  Do you have big dreams? Have you set your sights on important goals? Are you leading a team or a project toward a huge deadline? Do you work with passion and integrity to make a difference at work, in your community and at home? I applaud your drive to make a difference, to build great things, and to hold yourself and others to high standards. How often to you face roadblocks, challenges, or even mistakes along the way to achieving those goals? How often does the weight of your workload feel like it is holding you back from…read more →

AWE-BUNDANCE

AWE-BUNDANCE

DO YOU HAVE AN AWE-BUNDANCE ATTITUDE?  As a grant professional, I am competitive. In order to ‘win’ millions in grant awards, I must be a tough competitor.  I am driven to win (WIN! WIN! WIN!)  awards for my clients. So, it may surprise you that I also have an attitude of abundance. Outside of the limits of a specific grant award, I have many opportunities where I can see a situation as competitive and limiting, or I can choose to see opportunities for abundance. For instance, I am fortunate to partner with Diane H. Leonard, who co-founded Smartegrants.com with me. Diane…read more →