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Grantwriter’s FastTrack Coaching Program: Spring Session Runs 4/28 – 5/22

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Announcing the Spring Session of the….

Grantwriter’s FastTrack Coaching Program

~A personalized online community to shorten your grantwriting learning curve and help you win grants faster~

April 28 – May 22, 2014

ONLY 5 MORE SLOTS AVAILABLE: GRAB YOURS NOW!

The 4-week intensive Grantwriter’s FastTrack Coaching Program is a unique opportunity to receive in-depth group and individual training and coaching to fine-tune your grantwriting skills. We’ll cover a wide range of topics concerning the strategy and craft of grantwriting to foundations and corporations. You’ll earn  up to 11 Continuing Education credits for CFRE Int’l certification!

The FastTrack Program includes group training, thorough feedback and advice, and individual “laser” coaching: all to help you improve at least one grant proposal (and edit many others). Together we will create a safe and supportive online group of trusted colleagues.

This online program is designed for you if…

  • You have grantwriting responsibilities as a nonprofit development or program staff member, volunteer, or board member
  • You are a beginning/intermediate grantwriter
  • You have strong writing skills and want to explore the world of grantwriting

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Quote of the Month: April 2014

quotes“If you want to appear expert, your writing must be expert: professional and clear… Words matter. Craft, sand and polish your words religiously… Assume everyone in your company could communicate more clearly, and invest in learning how… Most people write just a little better than they draw.” – Harry Beckwith in What Clients Love: A Field Guide to Growing Your Business

“Ask Dalya”: Grant Proposal Results vs. Solutions

personally speakingQ: I like the acronym you teach for planning a grant proposal’s priority information: FIRST (Facts & Figures, Importance, Results, Solution, and Track Record). I often get confused between the “results” of my work and the “solution” I’m advocating. Can you clarify?

A: Yes, “solutions” lead directly to “results.”

“Results” are things you envision as the ultimate outcomes of your work. This is one of the most important pieces to most funders. It’s the answer you would give if they were to hear about your program and then ask, “So what?” What difference do you plan to make at the end of the day? What changes or community benefits will we see?

For example, your organization may seek to reduce pollution in your local waterway. One way you do this is by educating and mobilizing young people as volunteers for a clean-up day. This work can immediately result in an educated group and a cleaned up area. The long-term result might be that this work leads to continued involvement of the volunteers, who share the information with their peers and contribute to a less-polluted waterway for years to come.

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4/16: Free Webinar: Grantwriter as Strategic Leader: Your Crucial Role

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Please join me on Wednesday, April 16 @ 12-1pm PST as we discuss “Grantwriters as Strategic Leaders.”

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As a grant professional, you are perfectly positioned to help your organization plan strategically for its grantseeking future. You are the knowledgeable guide who can lead executive and program staff to design work that is attractive to grantmakers. In this webinar, we will discuss ways to “rally the troops” while staying calm, cool, and collected. This is a sneak peek at the 4-week Grantwriter’s FastTrack Coaching Program.

Takeaways:
1. How to make sure everyone is on the same page
2. What questions to ask to get the information you need
3. Examples of strategizing with staff – before , during, or after the grant award

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4/2: (FREE) Writing Wednesdays: From Snippets to Stories (with a Special Guest)

writing_wednesdays_jpeg“From Snippets to Stories” showed writers how to take the germs of ideas and incidents and fashion them into stories–whether for books, articles, presentations and even coaching and sales situations. It covered where snippets come from, how best to collect and catalog them, develop and shape them, and ultimately present or perform them. We looked at kernels of stories and identified their universal truth or archetypal echo, and learned how they can be combined, enhanced, or otherwise massaged to serve our goals and purposes.

Craig Harrison has fashioned stories from bad school behavior, bad job interviews, bad dates, and good fortune to be at the right and wrong places at the right and wrong times. He also has a keen ear and observant eye and realizes context and time often inform what’s funny, poignant, meaningful, or magical.

The recording is now available: HERE.

craig_2010About Craig Harrison:

Craig Harrison is a SF Bay-Area based speaker, trainer, author and coach who helps professionals express their excellence as communicators and leaders. His first publication, Recycled Jokes, came as an eleven year old, when he went door-to-door in Berkeley peddling joke books and good cheer amid the protests and riots of the late 60s/early 70’s. Today he is prolific article writer–having published four books, a pocketbook, three tips booklets, and numerous special reports–and is the principal of the training firm Expressions of Excellence.

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