Social Impact & Innovation Conference Wrap-Up (Fall 2017)

[We are continuing our series on the highlights and key takeaways from social impact and innovation conferences around the world. You can view our calendar of upcoming conferences, and let us know of others you’d like to share!]

As we moved into the last few months of the year, innovative thinkers and changemakers from around the world continued to come together to discuss the most pressing issues facing our communities. Storytelling and building effective communication were common themes across these conferences, encouraging us to take what we learned and use it to inspire our coworkers and those with similar dreams.

Chicago was the backdrop for this year’s Grant Professionals Association Annual Conference. Designed for professionals across all levels, workshops guided participants on leaving lasting impressions to win funding, crafting grant proposals and budgets, converting your grant writing experiences into capital to invest in your profession and becoming an effective advocate for your organization.

ComNet17 brought foundation and nonprofit professionals together to inspire each other to use strategic communications to spur positive social change. Breakout sessions discussed how to battle media scrutiny and criticism, how to create memorable, shareable and inspiring stories, and how to communicate with applicants, grantees, and board members in the grantmaking process. Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments, gave an impactful keynote speech on how we can use our voices and speak up for our values at a time when none of us can afford to be silent.

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Featured Service: Website Reviews

I am excited to now offer thorough website content reviews!

If you are planning to update your website, you may benefit from an outsider’s professional review. We’ll spotlight areas of special concern, such as:

  • Do you answer your reader’s top 3 questions? (What are you about? Is this site for me? Why should I care?)
  • Who are the users of the site and how can you best serve them?
  • Does the site focus on the benefits you provide?
  • Are you maximizing your text throughout the site?
  • How are you doing on content placement, categorization, and navigation?
  • Is your graphic design complementing your words?
  • Are you using any Search Engine Optimization techniques?

Get a taste of what website assessment looks like in my October 30 webinar or contact me to learn more.

We’re Hiring for Our Grantseeking Team!





As you may know, Writing to Make a Difference focuses on both grantseeking and content development. Right now, we are looking to add a few excellent sub-contractors to our team to help complete client work on grant proposals or reports on a variety of topics. Might you be the person we are seeking?


  • Expand your client base without having to attract or manage client relationships or engage in business development
  • Opportunity to deepen your knowledge on a variety of (possibly new) topics
  • Opportunity to accept or decline any specific assignment without jeopardizing an entire client relationship
  • Opportunities for professional feedback, dialogue, and collaboration


  • At least 8 years of successful experience writing grant proposals and/or reports for foundations, corporate funders, and/or government agencies (experience as an independent consultant preferred)
  •  Availability 5-15 hours per month for at least 3-6 months, with an interest in potential long-term affiliation
  • Content knowledge in your area/s of expertise and/or resourcefulness to get up to speed quickly
  •  Strong writing, storytelling, editing, proofreading skills
  • Ethics/integrity/reliability (including avoidance of conflicts of interest)
  • Strong listening/interviewing skills
  • Budgeting and/or funder prospect research skills a plus

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