Category Archives: Social Responsibility


Webinar Recording: Getting All Your Ducks in a Row: How to Plan for Grant Proposal Success

Did you miss the webinar on August 26, titled “Getting All Your Ducks in a Row: How to Plan for Grant Proposal Success”?

You’re in luck! The recording is available now for only $9.99.

As a grant professional, you should never have to worry about being unprepared for a grant proposal, grant report, or conversation with a grantmaker. In this webinar we will discuss the planning you’ll need to do to make sure you’re ready to take on the world. This session is designed to give you the tools you need to get started right away, and is ideal for grantwriters and fundraising managers.


– The 5 pieces of information you absolutely need when planning a funding proposal
– How to use those plans to shape a full proposal template
– How you can prepare your proposal to make grant reporting a snap

SPECIAL FEATURE: We engaged in a brief role play between a participant (playing the ‘grantseeker’) and me (playing the ‘grantmaker’). You’ll get to hear the conversation and the debriefing. Continue reading

SPECIAL OFFER: complimentary strategy session to propel your ‘inner writer’

phoneYou may know that I offer interactive training and presentations to groups and conferences (in person and online). You may know that as an editor, I add a professional polish to grant proposals, website content, strategic plans, speeches, and even books and e-books.

But did you know that I am also a writing coach for social sector executives and staff?

You may be frustrated that, despite your best efforts, you’re stuck in old writing habits that hold you back. You may feel like your documents are full of great ideas, but they often get ignored or sidelined. Are those the results you want?

I didn’t think so.

Let’s schedule a complimentary strategy session to discuss where you are now as a writer, and what it would take to get you where you want to go. A little supportive personal attention and expert feedback might be all you need. Of course, our conversations are confidential.

A few recent coaching clients had this to say: Continue reading

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

Eco-Persuasion: A Model for Connecting with Your Audience

green earth[Dalya’s Note: This guest post was written by Patricia Dines. She is a freelance writer who’s been inspiring constructive eco-action for 20+ years and can be found at or]

In my conversations with people about eco-action, one common question they have is how to talk with folks who don’t care about their issue, or worse, respond in non-factual and argumentative ways.

Understandably, most of us want to avoid conflict, keep conversations agreeable, and steer clear of the strident activist tone that turns people away.

However, simply skipping these discussions can leave us feeling unsatisfied, because we know that literally life and death is at stake for so many people, animals, ecosystems, and the planet itself.

So how can we communicate about these issues both pleasantly and effectively, and, through that, help our culture cheerfully shift from eco-destruction to eco-sanity?

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5/7: (FREE) Writing Wednesdays: Growing Community through Blogging (with a Special Guest)

writing_wednesdays_jpeg Special Guest Allison Jones spoke about the launch of Idealist Careers–a blog by that helps jobseekers find, land, and love their social impact careers. Allison reviewed the reasons for the launch, challenges in maintaining the blog, successes for the blog and Idealist, and best practices for organizations interested in blogging for the communities they serve. You can apply these lessons to your own blogging work!

The recording is now available: HERE.

Allison JonesAbout Allison Jones:

Allison is passionate about connecting people to the resources they need to change the world. In her current role as Editor, she engages the Idealist community on social media and manages When not working, she’s blogging about how Millennials can create careers that make a difference at, exploring her New Jersey neighborhood by foot, and making a mess in her kitchen. Drop her an email if you want to chat about careers, the social sector, and social media–allison [at] idealist [dot] org. Continue reading