Category Archives: Social Change

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


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.

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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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


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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Describe Your Unique Role in Collaborative Efforts

fabric threads[Dalya's Note: This is an excerpt from my award-winning book, Writing to Make a Difference: 25 Powerful Techniques to Boost Your Community Impact.]

You may recall my post about the value of collaboration. Today I want to talk about the importance of carving out a unique niche for your organization in those collaborative efforts.

Your work to advance your organization’s unique brand involves illustrating how you contribute essential threads to your community’s interwoven fabric. You serve as a crucial resource and contributor to social and/or environmental responsibility.

Collaboration combines your organization’s power with that of other organizations that share your values, in a strategic effort to benefit a larger number of people than you could alone.

Ask yourself: How does your work fit into the larger picture of your community’s well-being?

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(FREE) Giftworks Webinar on 3/25: Web Writing that Gets Noticed


Thanks for joining me and GiftWorks for a free webinar on Tuesday, March 25. If you weren’t able to attend, you can still access the webinar.

Of course, your organization absolutely must have a nice-looking website. But that site must contain content that your users really want to engage with and can find with ease! Your website is a key part of your organization’s outreach/marketing effort and needs to speak to your readers their way. This workshop offers you plenty of tips and techniques to make sure your content is web reader-friendly, while it stresses your impact. 

The Loving Tension between Writers and Designers

[Dalya's Note: This guest post was written by Nadia Khastagir who will be a Special Guest on the 3/5 Writing Wednesdays call. She is a co-owner/graphic designer at Design Action Collective.]

How many times has a copywriter bemoaned that designers always say there’s too much text? How many times does the designer want the editor to cut more text?

How can we come to a perfect harmony?

Graphic design should make your text sing. Good design should enhance the text, it is the supporting actor to the lead star, making sure that the lead role drives the plot and the story. It is the rhythm section to the leader singer. It is the choir to the diva. At the same time, if the story is dominated by the one star always taking the solo, the audience can lose interest, it starts to feel monotonous. This is why design can enhance the copywriting.

Functional graphic design shouldn’t overwhelm the reader to distraction but encourage the reader to read the this brochure, report, flyer, advertisement. Graphic design should show off the stars of the story.

Graphic design can transform your copy into an eyecatching piece:

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