Author Archives: Dalya Massachi

9/17: FREE webinar: Grant Proposal Feedback Clinic

feedbackCould you use some targeted feedback on your Letter of Intent or brief grant proposal? Have you participated in trainings but find you need some individual feedback to fine-tune your draft (one you’re currently working on or one you recently submitted)?

While your colleagues may be helpful (or maybe just too busy), an outside perspective is often exactly what you need to view your work as a funder might.

That’s the idea behind the Feedback Clinic, a safe online space where you will share drafts with your peers and the instructor (a seasoned grant writer with more than 15 years of experience). You will receive individual feedback from multiple people in a short time. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to hear from outside reviewers from the comfort of your own office!

OR…Don’t have a proposal to submit or not comfortable submitting right now? Join us to learn from the one-on-one, detailed feedback on the 2 submitted proposals and share YOUR feedback and suggestions. Learn from others’ successes and challenges (“case studies”), and practice providing analytical feedback. Your insights will add value to the group discussion and hearing others’ different perspectives will add to your own learning process.

At the End of the Clinic:

  • If your draft is reviewed, you will walk away with several concrete ideas for how to immediately improve your draft (and edit future ones)
  • If you joined us for the Listen/Watch/Comment Only session, you will leave with numerous ideas and insights for your own proposals. Plus you will have practiced supporting your peers in the process.

Here’s what previous attendees had to say about the feedback clinic:

“This was really helpful. I really liked that we got to see what other people had written. It’s helpful to get to read and give feedback on others’ writing – and Dalya’s feedback was wonderful.”

“I thought this was incredibly helpful. This format of seeing other people’s grants in areas that were different from my own and seeing the feedback was just absolutely tremendous.”

“Often, I find myself wanting to dig my eyeballs out with a grapefruit spoon with webinars. This one, however, held my attention throughout and flew by.”

Who Should Attend: This webinar is geared toward anyone with grant writing responsibilities at a nonprofit organization.

Submission & Peer Review “Seats”: Limited to 2 organizations!

Listen/Watch/Comment Only “Seats”: Unlimited

Deadline for submitting a brief proposal/Letter of Inquiry draft of 3-5 pages for possible review: 9/11/14 . Email it to:

(Please note: If you’d rather not publicly identify your organization in the proposal, please substitute an assumed name. The selected proposals will be available for all webinar participants to read.)

To register for the webinar go to:



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.

Want to watch a quick video about it?

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

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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.

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