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: Coffee, tea and a light snack will be provided.
Travel: Driving directions and transit options are available on MCN's website.
About the Presenter
Jo Seton is a freelance grant writer, writer, editor (you name it!), and an independent contractor with Access Philanthropy, based in Minneapolis. She’s also the coordinator of the Goodhue County Family Services Collaborative. After successful careers as a librarian, arts administrator, ESL teacher, and college professor, Jo threw herself headlong into the world of nonprofits several years ago and loves its multiple challenges! From Australia (via several other countries in which she’s lived and worked), Jo holds TESOL and library diplomas; a B.A. in English/film from Victoria University; an M.A. in American studies from Exeter University; and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.