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Grant Strategy for CEOs, Directors, and Board Members: What You Need to Know to Succeed

Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

Most nonprofits need to attract grants to help pursue their missions or carry out specific programs. But perhaps -- like many other nonprofit executives -- you have been less than thrilled with the results of your organization’s grantseeking efforts. How can you boost your team’s... (continued)

Taggedgrant strategyfundraisingmanagementnonprofit managementnonprofit leadershipgrantseeking

10/20-21: Nonprofit Awareness Expo in Las Vegas Area

Started 2016-10-20T19:00:00ZThursday, October 20, 2016 at 07:00PM UTC, lasted for 1 day

I am excited to speak, exhibit, and coach at the upcoming Nonprofit Awareness Expo in the Las Vegas area on October 20 and 21. The Philantrepreneur Foundation is presenting the event with the help of many community partners, including the Alliance for Nevada Nonprofits, United Way, and SCORE.

At the Nonprofit... (continued)

Taggedfundraisingmarketingnonprofit managementleadership

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

Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

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... (continued)

Taggedgrant writinggrant writing traininggrant writing & seekinggrantwritinggrant writing & proposal developmentgrant proposalgrantsfundraising planninggrant proposal planning

Grantwriter's FastTrack Essentials

Facilitated by veteran grantwriter Dalya Massachi, Grantwriter’s FastTrack Essentials is a unique, hands-on opportunity to develop or refresh your grantwriting skills. We’ll cover a wide range of topics concerning the strategy and craft of grantwriting to foundations, corporations, and other grantors.

Grantwriter’s FastTrack... (continued)


Taggedgrant writing course

Free Webinar: Copywriting for the Web: Today’s Best Practices (includes a live review!)

Started 2015-05-07T18:00:00ZThursday, May 07, 2015 at 06:00PM UTC, lasted for about 2 hours

Join us for a free webinar with TechSoup.org!

Of course, your organization absolutely must have a nice-looking website. But it also must contain content that your users really want to engage with AND can easily find!

Your website is a key part of your organization’s... (continued)

Taggedwebsite tipsimprove websitecopywritingmarketingcontent marketingfree webinar

Inspirational Writing Quotes of the Month

Looking for inspirational quotes to keep you writing? Check out my archive of them at this link.

For example, the February Quote of the Month is:

"If my doctor told me I had only six months to live I wouldn’t brood. I’d type a little faster."
... (continued)

Taggedwritingquote of the month

Nonprofit Webinar: Engage Investors with Powerful, Passionate Copywriting!

Wed, Feb 04, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

Do you want to position your social enterprise work as cutting-edge and worthy of new investment? Do you want to become a respected thought leader in your field? In the marketplace of ideas, those who write well are seen as the “experts” at much more than putting words on a page. (The words... (continued)


Taggedsocial enterprisesocial entrepreneurwritingcopywritingbrand

Just in time: free podcast on Thank You Letters that Donors Love

A thank you letter can be either an administrative exercise or a powerful way to connect with your donors. If it is done right, it will increase the likelihood that donors will continue to give, and say yes when you invite them to get more involved.

On this month's Writing Wednesdays podcast we... (continued)

Taggeddonorfundraisingthank you lettersgiftsmajor gift

New Writing Wednesdays recording: Top 12 Traits of a Good Grantwriter

It's back! After a few months off, Writing Wednesdays has rebooted and transformed into a sleeker, more accessible nugget.

The monthly podcasts are now released one Wednesday each month. And at only 10-20 minutes long, they easily fit into a lunch break or commute.

Writing Wednesdays are... (continued)

TaggedWriting Wednesdayswriting traininggrantwritinggrantsfundraisinggrant writing

Grantwriter's FastTrack Coaching Program (online!)

Grantwriter's FastTrack Coaching Program - February 2 - March 12, 2015


Join me this fall for the Grantwriter's FastTrack Coaching Program, a unique opportunity to develop or refresh your grantwriting skills. We'll cover a wide... (continued)

Taggedgrantgrantwritinggrant proposalsfundraisingfoundations

Post-Mother’s Day: The Original Meaning

I hope you celebrated your mother, were pampered as a mother, and/or appreciated yourself or Mother Earth for incredible creative powers.

This Day-after-Mother’s Day, I want to share something I just learned! The idea for Mother’s Day was originally conceived a few years after the Civil War, as mothers who had lost their... (continued)

TaggedMother's Day

Grantwriter as Strategic Leader: Your Crucial Role

Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

As a grant professional, you are perfectly positioned to help your organization plan strategically for its grantseeking future. You are the knowledgeable guide who can lead executive and program staff to design work that is attractive to grantmakers. In this webinar, we will discuss ways to “rally the troops”... (continued)


Taggedfundraisinggrantsgrantwritinggrant proposalsstrategywebinarNonprofit Webinars

4/2: (FREE) Writing Wednesdays: From Snippets to Stories (with a Special Guest)

Started 2014-04-02T19:00:00ZWednesday, April 02, 2014 at 07:00PM UTC, lasted for about 1 hour

“From Snippets to Stories” shows writers how to take the germs of ideas and incidents and fashion them into stories–whether for books, articles, presentations and even coaching and sales situations. It covers where snippets come from, how best to collect and catalog them, develop and shape... (continued)

TaggedWriting WednesdayssnippetsstoriesCraig Harrison

(FREE) Giftworks Webinar: Web Writing that Gets Noticed

Started 2014-03-25T19:00:00ZTuesday, March 25, 2014 at 07:00PM UTC, lasted for about 1 hour

Of course, your organization absolutely must have a nice-looking website. But that site must contain content that your users really want to engage with and can find with ease! Your website is a key part of your organization’s outreach/marketing effort and needs to speak to your readers their way. This webinar... (continued)

Taggedgiftworksweb writingwebinar

Quote of the Month: March 2014

“I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” – Mark Twain

Taggedquote of the monthMark Twain

3/5: (FREE) Writing Wednesdays: Importance of Graphic Design to Complement Your Writing

Started 2014-03-05T20:00:00ZWednesday, March 05, 2014 at 08:00PM UTC, lasted for 40 minutes

As a writer, you probably already know that good graphic design can supersize the impact of your message. On this March 5 Writing Wednesdays conference call, we will speak with seasoned graphic designer from Design Action–Nadia Khastagir. We’ll focus on the print medium and talk... (continued)

TaggedWriting Wednesdayscopygraphic design

Writing Wednesdays: Grantseeking Bundle (4 for $3.49)

What should I know about the grantseeking process? How can I plan a great grant proposal? What are foundation and corporate funders really looking for? How can I find appropriate funders to approach? What about the budget?

These and many other questions regularly cross the minds of grantseekers. Are you one of... (continued)


TaggedWriting Wednesdaysrecordingsgrantseeking

12/4/13: Writing Wednesdays: Writing a Business Plan (with a Special Guest)

Organizations that have developed a business plan are better prepared to take advantage of new opportunities and overcome challenges that develop. Will yours be one of them?

If you joined us on 12/4, you learned the value that business planning will bring to your organization and how to... (continued)


TaggedWriting Wednesdaysrecordingsbusiness plan

9/4/13: Writing Wednesdays: Writing Your Case for the Social Sector (with a Special Guest)

This call was for people who need to raise support for their organization and want to improve their written “case” – certainly a significant and central vehicle in raising support. I presented a simple, practical framework for transforming your written case and gave some tips... (continued)


TaggedWriting Wednesdaysrecordingswritten casesocial sector

This Valentine’s Day, Share Some Words of Love @vday

Ah….Valentine’s Day. The most popular day of the year for expressing love and appreciation. A brief, heartfelt card or note (even an email) can go a long way and really give new meaning to “writing to make a difference” by making someone’s day — today or any day.

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TaggedValentine's DayV-DayBreak the Chain

The Loving Tension between Writers and Designers

How many times has a copywriter bemoaned that designers always say there’s too much text? How many times does the designer want the editor to cut more text?

How can we come to a perfect harmony?

Graphic design should make your text sing. Good design should enhance the text, it is the supporting actor to the... (continued)

Taggedcopy writinggraphic designWriting Wednesdays

6/5/13: Writing Wednesdays: Press Releases (with a Special Guest)

Special Guest John Millen has more than 20 years of experience in media relations and has done hundreds of media interviews with prominent national and local media. Based on his close relationships with journalists, John provided insights into how to write a press release that will intrigue reporters... (continued)


TaggedWriting WednesdaysrecordingsPress Releasesheadlinessubheadings

4/3/13: Writing Wednesdays: Improve Your Collaborative Writing (with a Special Guest)

Do you lack time for inefficiencies or competition and just want strategies for quickly creating an environment for high-level collaboration? Do you want to keep everyone pulling together and creating great results consistently? Don’t leave it to chance. Deborah Pruitt, Ph.D.,... (continued)


TaggedWriting Wednesdayscollaborative writingcommunicationwriting techniques

2/20/13: Writing Wednesdays: Letters of Inquiry to Funders (Part 2)

Does your organization seek grant funding from foundations or corporations? If so, you probably write lots of Letters of Inquiry (mini-proposals of up to 3 pages). Could you use some pointers and constructive feedback to help you improve?

Looking at your piece from the perspective of a third party... (continued)

Taggedrecordingsgrant writingfundersletters of intentLetters of InquiryWriting Wednesdays

Grantwriter's FastTrack Coaching Program (Feb. 11 - Mar. 13)

Started 2014-02-11T08:00:00ZTuesday, February 11, 2014 at 08:00AM UTC, lasted for 30 days

~A customized online learning community to shorten your grantwriting learning curve and help advance your career~

February 11 – March 13, 2014 : Full program limited to only 7 friendly folks


Facilitated by Dalya Massachi, the 5-week intensive Grantwriter’s... (continued)


9/18/13 Writing Wednesdays : Top Tips for Grantseeking (Part 2)

What should I know about the grantseeking process? How can I plan a great grant proposal? What are foundation and corporate funders really looking for? How can I find appropriate funders to approach? What about the budget?

These and many other questions regularly cross the minds of... (continued)

TaggedWriting Wednesdaysgrantsgrantseekingrecordingsfree resourcegrant proposals

3/20/13 Writing Wednesdays Recording: Mission Statements (with a Special Guest)

Could your mission statement describe any of several other organizations that are similar to yours? Do you just haul it out once a year for your annual report and 990? If you’ve been around for many years, you’re clear about your nonprofit’s value to your community, your stakeholders and/or... (continued)

TaggedWriting Wednesdaysmission statementsrecordingsfree resource

“Ask Dalya”: Using Stories in Grant Proposals (Part 2 of 2)

Q: Where in a grant proposal would you include a story?

A: You can improve your proposals by using stories whenever possible. A few good places include:

The problem/opportunity description
Definition of your community of clients
The evaluation section (see my upcoming webinar on this... [(continued)](/dalya-massachi/ask-dalya-using-stories-in-grant-proposals-part-2-of-2)

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