“Sharing is Caring,” is a phrase that is often used. However, sharing and caring are very important in the non-profit sector. As a grant writer, I often come across individuals who represent organizations who want grants written.
Of course I am delighted to have the opportunity to write the grant for the organization because this allows me to help my community. But when we look deeper into the requirements of the grant, often the grant requires the organization to share the resources they may receive.
Then the representative will say to me, “I have to SHARE, the budget?”
Why are you a non-profit?
Remember why you chose to become a non-profit in the first place. Hopefully it was to help a community. You see the key word is, HELP. Often providing help requires someone other than your organization providing the services.
Grantors prefer to see your organization working within the community to help the needed cause. This means, they want to see more than you providing the resources. They want to see you working with another organization. It’s almost like a puzzle, they want to see all the pieces working together.
For example, if you have an organization that works with job skills. The grantor would like to see you working with another organization that could bring career coaching skills (proper dress, manners, etc.) to the job skills table.
Working with others helps your organization
Working with other organizations can increase your mission and goals opportunities in helping the community you chose to assist.
Acquiring letters of support and MOUs from partnering organizations will increase your RFP score. Having a high score increases your chances of being funded.
Remember, when you decide you want to request funding for your organization’s program, ask yourself, who can you SHARE with.
GRAB THE DREAM!!!
Dr. Genola Johnson has been a successful grant writer since 2007. She works with Johnson & Associates Consulting Firm. For more information, visit www.jacf.net.