How to Get Your Organization Grant-Ready

1. Obtain IRS Approval Before Seeking Grant Funding
2. Demonstrate Success
3. Track Revenues and Expenditures
4. Meet Local, State, and Federal Reporting Requirements
5. Have a Clear Mission Statement


Johnny Manziel In Trouble For Eating Dessert Before Finishing Vegetables


The Casa Of El Hanlo



Johnny Manziel’s heavily scrutinized offseason has taken another controversial turn as the sophomore quarterback was caught eating dessert before finishing his vegetables. A disappointed Kevin Sumlin, head coach of the Texas A&M football team, commented, “I walked into the mess hall and couldn’t believe my eyes. Johnny was sitting there, dixie cup of ice cream in hand when he blatantly still had a few spoonfuls of corn on his tray. What do we need to tell this kid before he finally wakes up?” Eric Hyman, the athletic director of Texas A&M, also expressed his anger at Manziel, saying, “Listen, it would have been one thing if he was eating a dish of fruit for dessert, or even some delicious non fat frozen yogurt. But ice cream before your vegetables are done? Come on, Johnny, you know better than that.” Hyman plans to assist the NCAA in investigating the incident…

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What to do when faced with… “no unsolicited applications”

In the event you locate a potential funder that states it does not accept unsolicited applications, it may not be the final word. First, make sure your organization/project is a good fit with the foundation’s funding interests. If it’s not, don’t apply. You will only be wasting their time and yours. However, if your organization/project appears to be a good fit, it may behoove you to find another approach.

It seems that the majority of grant professionals will say that approaching a funder that publically states, “no unsolicited proposals”, will only hurt your reputation in the giving community. Others say that it’s ok to pursue them for funding, but very carefully. The bottom line is that these funders are still obligated to dispense a portion of their wealth to the community. Often they do not accept unsolicited proposals because they already have specific pre-selected non-profits that they support, year after year; or they do their own pursuing based on their mission or areas of interest.

If you are interested in a foundation that doesn’t accept applications, first do a little research.
 If they have accepted applications in the past but have put giving operations on temporary hold, then you probably will be wasting your time. Keep tabs on the organization, or sign-up for their email news feed so you can apply when giving operations resumes.
 If they have traditionally given to pre-selected groups or made grants via “invitation-only” competitions, you may have a better chance. First, make sure your organization/project is a good fit within the foundation’s funding interests. Secondly, develop a list of the people ‘in charge’ (board members and executives). (Usually this information can be found on their website.) Share this list with members of your organization — board members, staff, and/or major supporters — to see if any of ‘your people’ knows any of ‘their people’. If yes, they may be willing to speak to that person on your organization’s behalf. This is often the most effective way to get on the radar of a foundation that ‘doesn’t accept applications’.

If no contacts pan out, you can always write a letter of introduction that describes your organization’s mission and projects/activities — stressing how you would help them further their own mission. Ask if you can share more information about your organization/project, and how they select grantees. However, do not ask for funding in this initial letter.

It may be that the organizations they have been supporting have gone out of business, or in some cases they are restructuring and looking to expand from their typical areas of funding and may be covertly seeking new ideas. Good luck and keep it classy and professional!  🙂

Why I Won’t Help You “Re-Home” Your Pet


Tails of a Relentless Rescuer

Hi there kind rescue person!

I so need your help to find my awesome doggie a new home. He is great, really. He is 8 years old and a great pal. He is really attached to us so it might be a little difficult for him to adjust in a new home, but I am sure you know what to do. He loves belly rubs and long walks in the park. We are moving out-of-state and simply cannot take him with us. The kids so love him though and want to find him a good home before we leave. Can you help us? Please let us know what all you need from us to make this easy for everyone. Oh, by the way, we leave next week so if you can come get him like now that would be great! Thanks so much!


Carefree Owner

I get some version…

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