The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need: Top Grant Writers and Grant Givers Share Their Secrets!

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The competition for government and foundation grants is steeper than ever in this post-9/11 environment of urgent monetary need. For everyone who has to raise money through grants, for every type of organization and government agency, comes a book that details winning strategies for developing grant proposals, from authors who know where the money is and know how to get it. The authors frame writing the grant proposal as the final, not-too-difficult step in a comprehensive and methodical process. From the first step of determining what kinds of funding are most appropriate, they show readers how to identify a compelling need, analyze the effectiveness of existing programs to address that issue, and develop one or more of these existing programs or create an innovative one that will indeed have an impact. Along the way, they explain how to build a coalition when it is needed to implement the program efficiently. The grant application becomes a showcase for readers' organization, well-designed programs, and dedicated partners.

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ELLEN KARSH, currently a lecturer and author, was director of the New York City Mayor's Office of Grants Administration for nearly eight years, working for Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg, prior to which she developed grants for the New York City Board of Education. She has won tens of millions of dollars by writing proposals to government agencies and private foundations.

ARLEN SUE FOX spent ten years as the director of research, planning, and evaluation for the New York City Human Rights Commission and twelve years as a consultant in research, evaluation, and proposal writing for nonprofit organizations, from grassroots groups to national organizations. She currently manages the development department at Sunnyside Community Services in New York City.

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Veteran grant writers Karsh and Fox not only rely on years of experience but also on interviews with dozens of foundations, associations, and government organizations to provide readers the best current thinking around a very tedious subject. What's more, the book's organization is attractive; 16 lessons, each prefaced with a truth-is-stranger anecdote and then expanded via a series of questions and answers and discussion and tested with pop quizzes, from fill in the blanks to independent study. The quotes from funders alone are worth the price of admission: "Less than 10 percent of proposals fit our guidelines." "I hate it when budgets make no sense." "Make it easier to use, with headings, bullets . . ." Yet, hands down, the appendixes win: 50 tips to improve your chances to win a grant and a proposal checklist, glossary, sample grant forms, representative list of community foundations, Web sites, regional associations of grant makers, and answers to pop quizzes. A must-have money reference. Barbara Jacobs
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