Polish Your Proposal with Editorr.com

After you finish writing an important document like a grant application, it’s always a good idea to have it edited.

In this post, we'll start by looking at three options for copyediting assistance. After the overview, we’ll segue into a review of Editorr.com, an online service that connects editing jobs to real (human) editors. 

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New Release: Proposal Development Templates for Use in Evernote!

If you've been searching for an easy way to develop and manage your grant proposals, you might benefit from our new Evernote-based proposal development templates.

We've created 19 templates to help you gather information, manage teams, run meetings, track tasks, and develop the proposal's content. The templates are comprehensive, scalable, and fully customizable.

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Could Your Nonprofit's Communication Strategy Benefit from a Social Media Scheduling Tool?

If you want your organization to look “legit,” then it’s necessary to have a presence online. It could be through a website, social media, or a combination of the two. If your organization struggles to maintain its presence on social media, a social media scheduling tool may be the solution to help you post more regularly and with less effort.

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How to Use Trello for Grant Research & Writing

If you're serious about finding grant funding, you'll need a system to track which funders you've researched.  Without a method to track the funding resources you've evaluated, you may miss out on funding opportunities. You may also find yourself researching the same funder multiple times because you've forgotten the details of your initial review. One tool that offers the flexibility to manage all parts of the funding process is Trello.

 
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If Your Nonprofit Organization Urgently Needs Funding, Explore Crowdfunding

If you are trying to secure grant funding to help launch or sustain an organization or project, you may need bridge funding to cover your expenses while you search for grant opportunities. If you are in this situation, a crowdfunding campaign may be worth exploring

 
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Track the Latest News Related to Nonprofits & Grant Writing without Cluttering Your Inbox

There is abundant information online about every conceivable topic, grant writing and philanthropy included.  One way to stay abreast of nonprofit-related news without overwhelming your inbox is to use a content aggregator that collects relevant articles and blog posts from around the Web. Some of the services will email you a consolidated list of relevant articles weekly, or sometimes daily, while others provide tailored content through an account you setup on their website.

 
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14 Resources for Sample Grant Proposals

If you've never written a proposal before or even if you have, it can be valuable to look at sample proposals, particularly examples of funded proposals. The resource list below consists primarily of links to proposals funded by U.S. government agencies. There are a few foundation sources, including a book released by the Foundation Center that includes more than 30 sample proposals (all successfully funded). Listed below you'll also find links to proposal outlines and grant writing guidance.

 
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7 Productivity Tools to Stay on Top of Proposal Management Tasks

Even for a relatively simple proposal, proposal work requires the work of many hands. This means that before you start working on a proposal you'll want to have systems in place to track the status of tasks, delegate work assignments, and communicate with team members. The list below is a collection of tools to manage tasks, email, notes, and workflow.  All of the products on the list offer a free trial period so you can test them out to see if they work for you. Several also offer free versions.

 
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Researching Potential Funders: Tools for Prospect Research

When you start to research funding opportunities, ideally you'll have a budget to pay for a subscription to a foundation database to help you with your search. There are free options, however, paid tools are the way to go if you want to have access to the most comprehensive listings.Below are profiles of six databases for foundation research and one government-sponsored database for U.S. government grants.

 
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How to Create & Use a Style Sheet for Grant Writing

A style sheet is a useful tool to capture your (or your organization’s) preferences for how to handle basic style questions. The style sheet is not exhaustive—it won’t replace a style guide such as The Chicago Manual of Style—but it should cover many of the common style questions that affect how a document looks. Your employer may already have developed a style sheet to ensure uniformity across the various types of publications it produces. If your employer does not have a style sheet, it is worth taking time early in the proposal process to create one that incorporates not only basic style elements but also the specific requirements for the grant application you're working on.

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3 Steps to Going Paperless

Over the last few years, it has become commonplace to see people attending meetings without paper notebooks in hand, relying instead on their iPads and smartphones to take notes and read documents. In an increasingly digital world, keeping paper copies of documents no longer feels necessary, and while it may not be possible to become completely paperless, it is possible to get very close with the right tools.The benefits of going paperless include the ability to:

 
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