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Adopt a major grants mindset

Tonya applied to the same large foundation prospect every year. She called the grantmaker annually in the lead-up to her proposal submission, always with the same result: No one returned her calls. Each year, she’d move onto the written application,…

By Susan Schaefer (she/her)

January 11, 2022

6 tips for approaching grant deadlines with grace

If you have led even one major foundation solicitation, you know that a quality submission requires cooperation among your colleagues. And if you’re like most who have steered this complex internal process, you’ve encountered some resistance. Your coworkers, whether experts…

By Susan Schaefer (she/her)

February 25, 2021

What it takes to secure a major private grant

For those of us who work with private foundations, grant writer has become a bit of a misnomer. Outside of some select circumstances, robust proposals can be rarities. Your initial introduction to funders is likely to take the form of…

By Susan Schaefer (she/her)

February 6, 2020