From Last Time

Write This

Abstract Due over

  • Evaluation. McElrath?, Step 6
  • Evaluation Redux. K & S, Lesson 11.
  • Mikelonis et al., “Designing the Monitoring and Reporting Plans.
  • Each team have a rough draft of an Organizational Background
  • Each team will have a rough draft of a Cover Letter

Read This

  • Capacity. Who is the organization I'm representing? Can it do the job it promises to? McElrath?, Step 9.
  • Who is the. . . . redux. K&S, Lesson 14.
  • Cover Letters and summaries. K & S, Lesson 15

We will do this

  • Finalize evaluation plan
  • Complete, or nearly complete"
    • Each Team's Organizational Background
    • Each Team's Cover Letter
  • It will be "All Hands On Deck" so we can git 'er done . . .

Today's Daily Agenda

1. Attendance Did our close person friend, favorite sports team owner, and TV personality get back to us?

2. Reminder: Look at Portfolio One? assignment in BB

  • Note that this is due next time, and the work on the grant app must be complete and submission ready by the end of the class next Thu (March 8)

3. Updates

  • Where are we at
  • What work do we plan in order to get done
  • What do you need?

4. Work time

5. Capacity and Organizational Background McElrath? 9 and Karsh and Fox 14--Your Organization's "Resume" McElrath? Step 9 and Karch and Fox 14.

  • Purpose of Organization Background Component 85 KS 222--Note it's about credibility
  • What it should show 85-6
  • What it should contain 86
  • Note (87) this is one of the few "plug and plant" sections you can have in a grant, although it should still be tailored to the specifics of each new you tailor every resume specifically for each job you apply for (if you actually want to get the job)
  • Adequacy of resources KS 226
  • You won't have to write this for the Food bank but you'll probably need to edit theirs
  • You will very likely have to write one for your organization
  • Example on 88

5. Cover letters and Resumes--Karsh and Fox 15

  • You have prepared for a job interview--research the company, thought out your skills an qualifications, talked to people who worked a the company, and created a set of well written documents that make an extremely strong case that you are the best candidate to the job.
    • Then you show up to the interview late, without shaving and combing your hair, and you are wearing old flip flops, ripped cutoffs, and a tee shirt with a marijuana leaf bearing the monicker "Everybody must get stoned!!!"
  • This is what happens if you don't follow the advice in Chapter 15 of Karsh and Fox
  • Cover page
    • Common but not always required on private foundation grants
    • Mandatory on federal and other public grants.
    • Just provide the information accurately.
    • It shouldn't need to be said, but it if it's a grant that you physically submit, it should be typed or done on a computer. As recently as two years ago, I worked with a nonprof that was submitting hand written stuff on their grants. Needless to say, it was not funded; not surprisingly, it's one that is ceasing operations this year
  • Cover Letter
    • Always necessary, even if it's not required.
    • Your grant writ small
    • Should include
      • Intro which specifically says what you want and what it's for.
      • Second paragraph provides a brief but detail packed discussion of your organization
      • Third paragraph providing a bit more detail about the program including a thumbnail sketch of "why"--maybe one of the most dramatic points or two lifted from the need statement
      • "We Are The World" concluding paragraph--emphasize the fine qualities of the funder and your organization, noting that, were we to work together, the awesomeness quotient in the universe would grow exponentially.
      • Attach:SampleCovers.doc
      • Attach:SampleCovers1.doc
  • The Abstract
    • If requested, you should do it based on the assumption that half of the board will only read this before making its decision.
    • Extremely important if it's requested; good to include if you have the option of adding attachments (hey, it's a chance to make your case better)
    • Note suggested contents 232-3
  • Table of Contents
    • Mandatory for any print document
  • Appendices
    • Makes sure you have one for each required document. (see 236-7)
    • If you are allowed to do additional appendices, add material that will increase creditability--info about organization, letters or support, etc.
    • If the grant is electronic and doesn't have a spot for a cover letter, make it an appendix.
  • Remember the three audiences for your grant
    • The person who skims the cover letter and then makes the decision
    • The person who reads your whole document with some care once, and makes the decision
    • The person who reads everything you submit three times, argues with your use of a semicolon (doesn't matter that you're right--that person thinks THEY are right), and then does the math in each of your budgets several times. Then that person makes the decision.
  • You need to write to all of these.

6. Next time:

Write This

  • Abstract Due over
  • Capacity. Who is the organization I'm representing? Can it do the job it promises to? McElrath?, Step 9.
  • Who is the. . . . redux. K&S, Lesson 14.
  • Cover Letters and summaries. K & S, Lesson 15

Read This

  • Summaries Redux. McElrath?, Step 10. Review of cover letter for the Group-written grant.
  • Putting it together: McElrath?, Step 11. Review of all grant materials.

We will do this

  • Complete grant due, including your Reflective Memo, by the end of class.