Dalya Massachi Edit Name
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Dalya F. Massachi, a writer since learning to hold a pencil, is founder of Writing for Community Success. She inspires and equips social changemakers to use their writing to make a difference in their communities.
Since 1997, Dalya has raised millions of grant dollars for nonprofits of all sizes on a wide range of social and environmental issues. She has also helped several thousand audience members across the U.S. improve their fundraising and outreach work. Her friendly, practical presentations share top techniques and insights drawn from her 20+ years of experience in the field. She speaks on themes related to writing, editing, branding, and publishing. One of her favorite comments from a workshop participant is: “I am no longer clueless. Now I am dangerous!”
That collaborative and supportive style carries over into her online training and coaching work, including her new Grantwriter’s FastTrack Coaching Program and Writing Wednesdays, her free monthly conference call series.
Dalya is the award-winning author of the 2011 book, "Writing to Make a Difference: 25 Powerful Techniques to Boost Your Community Impact." She is also a co-author of the fundraising chapter in "Do Good Well: Your Guide to Leadership, Action, and Social Innovation." A former journalist, Dalya now serves as the project manager, editor, and coach for many other independently published books and e-books.
From 2000-2004, Dalya served as Founding Director of the largest network of international development organizations on the West Coast: BAIDO (Bay Area International Development Organizations). She has worked and studied in Central America, Africa, Israel, the U.K., and several regions of the U.S. In addition, she has extensive experience in the global women’s movement. Dalya holds an M.A. in Communication & International Development and a B.A. in International Studies. Read Dalya’s full resume and speaking list.
Interested in contacting Dalya for workshops, coaching, editorial services, or booking her as a keynote or featured conference speaker? Just check out her website at http://www.WritingToMakeADifference.com
Dalya Massachi commented Mon, Feb 06, 2017 at 06:55PM UTC
If you are involved in grantseeking, you are probably familiar with the Grassroots Fundraising Journal (or should be!). Published by the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training, the journal contains articles to promote the connection between fundraising, social justice, and movement-building.
I have a full-length article in the January-February issue, titled "Time To Reclaim Your Power in Funder Relationships." The piece reminds us that funders rely on nonprofits to fulfill their missions, and offers tips for interrupting the lopsided power dynamics that often plague those relationships. Check it out at: http://www.writingtomakeadifference.com/archives/6649
Dalya Massachi commented Tue, Sep 13, 2016 at 06:08PM UTC
Thought you might be interested in my latest blog post, "Why is it so hard to proofread your own work? Read this." Find it at: http://www.writingtomakeadifference.com/archives/6523
Dalya Massachi commented Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 06:52PM UTC
Hi folks! Don't forget the early-bird pricing ends 9/15 on this fall's Grantwriter's FastTrack Essentials course. I'm offering a special session for 4Good members. The link is at: https://4good.org/dalya-massachi/grantwriter-s-fasttrack-essentials
There you will also find my popular FREE intro webinar and a brief intro video of me. Take a look!
Dalya Massachi commented Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 05:23PM UTC
Hi everyone! You can now download the video and related documents that go with my popular, "Getting All Your Ducks in a Row: How to Plan for Grant Proposal Success". Just go HERE!
Dalya Massachi commented Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 05:42PM UTC (edited Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 05:42PM UTC)
Wondering what to read that will help you become a better writer in the social sector?
I’ve compiled a list of more than 100 books and websites, each categorized and briefly annotated, that help you with your Writing to Make a Difference. I’ve also included books written by many of our Special Guests on Writing Wednesdays.
Just a few of the topics:
Branding Engaging your specific readers Spotlighting your mission Storytelling Writing with reader diversity in mind Writer’s block Clarity Conciseness And of course, the picky grammatical details!
Check it out now at: (http://www.writingtomakeadifference.com/recommended-reading)
Dalya Massachi commented Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 05:19PM UTC
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)
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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)
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)
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)
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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)
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)
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MENTION 4GOOD FOR $50 OFF!
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 range of topics concerning the strategy and craft of grantwriting to foundations, corporations,... (continued)
Does your nonprofit seek grants? If so, you’re like the vast majority of organizations in our sector. But how do you measure return on investment for grantwriting?
You may be tempted to think that it’s simply the amount of money you immediately bring in minus the time and money you spent to procure... (continued)
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I am honored to be part of The Fundraising Summit, a free online event between January 5 and 9, 2015!
Join me and an expected audience of 80,000 from around the world for 5 days of insight, instruction, and inspiration from over 40 of the world’s best speakers. Learn new ways to tackle your most pressing problems. Learn best practices... (continued)
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)
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Looking for a new way to attract and engage prospective donors and supporters? Today’s audiences bypass much of the hype of traditional advertising. Instead, they want relevant and useful content that they can act on right away. Are you offering them that?
Content-rich e-books can showcase your expertise... (continued)
Webinar: Writing with Passion and Power: An Essential Nonprofit Leadership Skill (RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE)
Started 2014-10-30T21:00:00ZThursday, October 30, 2014 at 09:00PM UTC, lasted for about 2 hours
Join me and Opportunity Knocks for this practical, interactive webinar: Writing with Passion and Power: An Essential Nonprofit Leadership Skill
GET THE RECORDING AT: http://www.opportunityknocks.org/jobseeker-products
Do you want to position your work as cutting-edge... (continued)
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)
A few months ago, the Grant Professionals Association’s Heart of America chapter invited me to be the plenary speaker at their regional conference in Kansas City, MO. I was honored and pleased to present to such a respected group!
I spoke about the Top 6 Ways Grantwriters Are Strategic Leaders (whether... (continued)
Do you want, or need, to up your game as a grantwriter? Maybe you’re thinking about entering the field? If you have strong writing skills (even if you were not an English major), ask yourself if you have the other characteristics it takes to shine!
- Content knowledge as a specialist or generalist in your field: Of course,... (continued)
FYI: These recordings are available on 4Good, and YOU get $50 off registration for the Grantwriter's FastTrack Coaching Program just for being a 4Good community member!
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
Could you use some targeted feedback on your Letter of Intent or brief grant proposal? Have you participated in trainings but find you need some individual feedback to fine-tune your draft (one you’re currently working on or one you recently submitted)?
While your colleagues may be helpful (or maybe just too busy), an outside... (continued)
Not long ago, I partnered with GiftWorks to present a free webinar entitled “Web Writing that Gets Noticed.” In it, we covered:
3 Keys to maximize your website content Today’s web users: what we know Best practices: usability & accessibility
Participants asked a lot of great questions. Check out the answers below!
Time. Everyone wants more of it, but it seems to slip away faster every year.
In your socially responsible organizations, time is the one commodity that may be even scarcer than money. And even if you are rolling in dough, I am sure you want to be as efficient as you can be.
Writing is a craft like... (continued)
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)
After all, it really is true. In writing, as in life, you only have a few seconds to make a powerful first impression.
You can kiss your readers goodbye if you do not instantly grab their attention and set the tone for what is to come. You will not get a second chance.
In your headline and opening paragraphs, you... (continued)
In this ever-popular session, we convened to offer feedback mini-sessions on Letters of Inquiry to foundations (pre-proposals of 1-3 pages).
While your colleagues may be helpful (or maybe just too busy), an outside perspective is often exactly what you need to view your work as a... (continued)
Thinking about your grantwriting plan for 2014? Great idea! You will need to plot your research and cultivation efforts and do some strategic proposal planning. You’ll also need to have all your ducks in a row in preparation for funders’ questions and the documents they will request. Are you ready?
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The Heart of America GPA Chapter is pleased to announce the Heart of America GPA Regional Conference!
Dalya Massachi will be the Keynote Speaker (7:30-8:30am): "Grant Writers as Strategists."
Don't miss this opportunity to connect with your colleagues in the grant writing profession, while obtaining valuable... (continued)
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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)
Q: I like the acronym you teach for planning a grant proposal’s priority information: FIRST (Facts & Figures, Importance, Results, Solution, and Track Record). I often get confused between the “results” of my work and the “solution” I’m advocating. Can you clarify?
A: Yes, “solutions” lead directly to “results.”
“Results” are... (continued)