Author Archives: Dalya Massachi

Oct. 13 – Nov. 20: Grantwriter’s FastTrack Coaching Program

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Join me this fall for the Grantwriter’s FastTrack Coaching Program, a unique opportunity to develop or refresh your grantwriting skills. We’ll cover a wide range of topics concerning the strategy and craft of grantwriting to foundations and corporations.

The FastTrack Program includes group training, thorough feedback and advice, and individual “laser” coaching. We will help you improve at least one grant proposal in real time, and prepare for many others to come. 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/returning grantwriter
  • You have strong writing skills and want to explore the world of grantwriting

Most people try the traditional way of developing professional grantwriting skills. They start as a development or administrative assistant/associate and work their way up over a matter of years (perhaps under the guidance of an experienced Development Director or Executive Director).

But many nonprofit organizations simply lack the time to build the grantwriting capacity of less-experienced folks. And If you have been working on the programmatic side of things and now need to add grantwriting know-how, you may be a bit … lost.

My guess is that you want to develop your skills quickly and efficiently. Your time is at a premium and you are looking for results in a convenient, high-value, low-cost, and supportive professional environment of your peers. Continue reading

How to Get Beyond Copywriting Confusion

confusion2Do you write text (copy) for a social sector organization? I’m talking about a nonprofit, social enterprise, or similar group that has a social mission.

If so, you undoubtedly have a lot on your mind. What is the organization’s brand strategy? Who are its target markets? How can you explain the benefits it brings to the community?

It’s also your job to help the organization share information and enthusiasm about its work with interested people who may want to exchange their support (money, time, etc.) for the value the organization adds.

In the social sector, copywriting serves a dual purpose. It aims to both:

A)    Promote the organization as part of the solution to a social or environmental problem: It may work with community partners as part of a continuum of care or service, or in a coalition arrangement. If you understand how the organization fits into the mix, you can help identify its uniqueness and special contribution.


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Grad Gift Pack: Get your social sector career off to a great start!

grad capDo you know a recent graduate interested in the nonprofit or social enterprise sector? (Hey, that recent graduate might even be you!)

Now that the caps have all been tossed in the air, it may be time to start focusing on the next step. If so, you’re in the right place.

Great writing is CRUCIAL to success in the social sector (nonprofits, foundations, green businesses, and the like). Improve your writing and you’ll boost the effectiveness of your fundraising, marketing, program development, or organizational management. You’ll also become an “authority” (the root of that word is “author”).

But few of us know how to share our work with the world in the most effective and efficient way. That’s where I can help.

Through August 31, I am offering a special Grad Gift Pack, which includes:

A) 20% off your paperback or e-book copy of Writing to Make a Difference: 25 Powerful Techniques to Boost Your Community Impact. This “portable writing coach for social change” is filled with solid advice, examples, bonus tips, and writing exercises designed to get you in the writing groove — no matter what position you get at an organization. Continue reading

Help for Your Inner Editor


Have you been working on your piece for a while, but your creative juices seem to have dried up lately? It may be a good time to do a bit of editing. It can help you clear the deck to figure out what to augment and what to diminish. Then you can fix the newfound problems and move forward. But how do you get started?

Editing will require you to separate from your initial, creative self: the part that knows what you meant to say when you crafted the early drafts of your piece. You must now pretend you are seeing the piece for the first time.

Wearing your new hat, your first job is to scrutinize the big picture—from the perspective of one of your intended readers.

If you have trouble getting that hat to fit, recall other times in your life when you have adopted another person’s point of view. If you have ever acted in a play, done character imitations for your friends, or read lines of dialogue to a child from a storybook, you have some experience pretending to be someone else.

Follow these three steps to get your inner editor going: Continue reading

How to Write a Book that Influences Social Change

communityI was pleased to contribute to the Author Learning Center, an online learning community for book authors.

Check out the 4 video interviews and 1 webinar!

In the first interview, I discuss the three secrets of authors who use their books to influence social change. You can see this 2 1/2-minute video for free here:

The other 3 brief videos cover:

1) Making YouTube Work for You

2) Independent Publishing for Nonprofits