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The Visionary Nonprofit Part 3: Writing Winning Grants: Position To Win/Avoid The Hidden Pitfalls (Self-Study)
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Grants are no guarantee of funding or good funding. Many nonprofits get trapped by grants that are too restrictive or with reporting requirements that tax the capacity of the organization. Still, grants are a critical component of nonprofit funding and there are important indicators of an effective grant: organizational history, metrics and data, timelines, budgets, artifacts, letters of support, logic models and much more. Is your organization poised for successful grant submission? Learn out the hard truths and the exciting possibilities of grant writing using actual examples and guidance from organizations and foundations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the essential elements of a well-written grant using examples.
  • Discuss the pitfalls and common mistakes in grant writing and how to avoid them.
  • Categorize a nonprofit organization’s portfolio of grants and funders in order to choose the best areas of focus for funding.
  • Describe and illustrate the relationship between data and story and how to maximize both on grants.

Research:

  • The Standards for Excellence®, Maryland Nonprofits
  • Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, Heather McLeod Grant and Leslie R. Crutchfield.
  • Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good, Ann Mei Chang. 
  • Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector, Kim Starkey Jonker and William F. Meehan III.
  • The High-Velocity Edge: How Market Leaders Leverage Operational Excellence to Beat the Competition, Steven J. Spear.

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Rob Levit, MA

Rob Levit, MA, has over twenty years’ of experience as a well-known educator in Maryland low-income schools. He focuses on designing multi-sensory programs for youth that positively address the impact of poverty on brain development. Currently, he is the executive director of Creating Communities, a nonprofit organization in Maryland that focuses on mediating the effects of poverty on the brains of children and youth in low-income schools and public housing projects using art-based activities. In addition, Rob is a dynamic trainer, facilitator, and consultant who has worked extensively with educational, corporate, and nonprofit clients on strategic planning, team development, and leadership skills. He has received strong testimonials for his work from universities, public schools, and medical centers, and has been recognized with numerous awards. Rob is a Licensed Consultant from Maryland Nonprofits’ Standards for Excellence Institute®, a Certified Trainer in Workplace Conflict Resolution from the Mediation Institute at Eckerd College, and holds an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University.


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