What’s Your Favorite Line?

Got a favorite line the book? Share it here, along with why it struck a chord with you.

4 thoughts on “What’s Your Favorite Line?

  1. Of course, it’s difficult to pick just one snippet of information that stands out when there’s so many wonderful pieces of advice provided in the book. However, two things struck me while reading Grant Writing Revealed.

    The first, which I have printed and posted on the bulletin board in my office, was the “10 Questions to ask a Program Officer” provided by Caitlin Stanton. It’s true that grant writers can get sucked into thinking about me, me, ME! The advice offered by Jana, and several of the professionals she interviewed, is clear: always think of the funder and the funder’s priorities. Excellent advice.

    The second bit of advice that struck me was offered by Frank Mandley, who explained how to help leaders in your organization understand when to apply for a grant and when to walk away.

    Aside from these helpful tidbits, the author herself does a beautiful job of integrating quotes, examples, and stories to illustrate her points. Rather than just providing a list of quotes from her interviewees, Jana explains the reasoning behind the suggestions offered by grant experts.

    Moreover, instead of making you feel bad if you fall short, she offers suggestions to help you overcome deficiencies or resources that will lead you down the right path.

    In other words, this book doesn’t assume that every grant writer will be perfect – it’s clear that more goes into proposals than writing, and the process often involves more than one individual.

    I’ve read several grant writing books, and this one is my absolute favorite.

    If you haven’t requested your gift copy of Grant Writing Revealed, you are truly missing out!

  2. This book was so easy to read – Jane uses a very friendly, conversational style – and an excellent refresher on many of the important elements of relationship
    building and respect. It’s not just about being a swell writer. I don’t really have a favorite quote or part – there were many – but overall I’m struck with how common-sense much of the advice is, and the encouraging tone of it. The questions at the end of each chapter provide a way to focus on the areas I feel I need to strengthen most in my own professional development. I loved it.

  3. “Grant Writing Revealed” restored my faith in books about grant writing. More often than not I have been disappointed by the books I buy. They just don’t seem to have anything new. This book is a great read for anyone who wants to learn about the art of proposals. It is expertly written and offers a rare glimpse into what really matters. Thank you to Jana for making it available to everyone!

  4. Such a great book! I wrote a blog post about my favorite lines (http://estherjames.com/7-top-tips-from-grantwriting-revealed/)!
    They include:

    On helping nonprofits be strategic about what they are asking foundations to support:

    1) Proposals are not letters to Santa, [and] our job is to lead the conversation away from “What stuff shall we buy?” to “What can we achieve? What’s the best way of accomplishing that?” (p. 81)

    2) The principle of capital campaigns applies to foundation grant seeking. You would never do a capital campaign without procuring the largest gifts first because you have to have real working capital and you have to have a leader so that others can follow. (p. 144)

    On writing grant proposals:

    3) What I have found works best is if I set up a template of the proposal. I type the question and I leave a half page blank, so [nonprofit program staff] can see there is information that has to go in that spot and they can see the question we have to respond to. (p. 97)

    On working with funders’ program officers:

    4) Top grant developers never lose grasp of the fact that program officers and trustees are people first and donors second. (p. 68)

    5) Program officers are like talent scouts for major league teams. Top grant developers know that the program officer’s primary job is to find good projects to fund. (p. 37)

    6) Program officers rely on grantees to be sources of information for them…. Most nonprofits underestimate how their funding partners often crave learning more about what is happening in the field so that they can make smarter, more responsible decisions. (p. 59)

    7) If you can get to an institution and actually get in the door and talk to somebody, you are three quarters of the way there. It makes all the difference in the world when they have a chance to see the face of the person who is representing the organization and get a sense that you are not just words on a piece of paper. (p. 43)

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