Many people who work in nonprofits find themselves in the position of “accidental grantwriter” and do not feel fully equipped for the challenge. This session will provide a balance of tools, skills and significant writing opportunities to deepen participants’ knowledge of and skills in grantwriting.
This intermediate level training session offers a hands-on writing workshop, in which participants will review actual grant proposals and develop some usable grant content for their organizations, using sections of the Minnesota Common Grant application as a template.
- Develop usable grant content for your organization.
- Analyze actual grant applications, and recognize successful and unsuccessful strategies.
- Receive peer feedback on submitted grant applications and on the content written in the workshop.
Bringing a laptop to work on is highly recommended. If available, please also bring one hard copy of a couple of submitted grant applications.
Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence
This event will address the following best practices:
- FINANCE 16: Nonprofit organizations should secure appropriate levels of funding to carry out their missions and activities and, when possible, diversify their revenue sources to avoid being dependent on a single funding type.
- FINANCE 18: Nonprofits must spend funds in compliance with conditions attached to their funding. Organizations should develop a system to ensure that donor funding restrictions are maintained.
- FUND 8: Nonprofits must use funds consistent with donor intent and comply with specific conditions placed upon donations.
- FUND 15: A nonprofit should plan its communications to tell the story of the organization and maintain consistent, mission-focused and timely communication with donors.
Refreshments: Light refreshments will be provided.
About the Presenter
Joe Pederson is the regional coordinator for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ West Central Minnesota Chapter. Previously, Joe was the executive director for Lakes and Prairies Community Action Partnership from 2000 through 2015. Through this work, Joe managed an $8 million budget, oversaw a wide range of programs with a particular focus on those with low-income and from diverse backgrounds. He was deeply engaged in public policy, community relations, fundraising, and managing relationships with partners. In addition to his work at Lakes and Prairies, Joe was an elected official in Hawley; he worked for a number of years for Clay County Social Services and he has worked with various MCN member organizations and partners. Joe holds a bachelor of arts in history and political science from Concordia College in Moorhead.