Storytelling for Grantseekers

A Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising

Author: Cheryl A. Clarke

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470482869

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

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Grantwriters often have little or no training in the practical task of grantseeking. Many feel intimidated by the act of writing, and some don't enjoy writing. In Storytelling for Grantseekers, Second Edition, Cheryl Clarke presents an organic approach to grantseeking, one that views the process through the lens of the pleasures and rewards of crafting a good story. Grantseekers who approach the process as one in which they are connecting with an audience (grantmakers) and writing a narrative (complete with settings, characters, antagonists and resolutions) find greater success with funders. The writing process becomes a rewarding way to tell the organization's tale, rather than a chore, and their passion and creativity lead to winning proposals. This book walks readers through all the main phases of the proposal, highlighting the creative elements that link components to each other and unify the entire proposal. The book contains resources on crafting an effective synopsis, overcoming grantwriter's block, packaging the story, and the best ways to approach the "short stories" (inquiry and cover letters) that support the larger proposal. Clarke also stresses the need to see proposal-writing as part of a larger grantseeking effort, one that emphasizes preparation, working with the entire development staff, and maintaining good relations with funders. In Storytelling for Grantseekers, new and experienced grantseekers alike will discover how to write and support successful proposals with humor and passion. New edition features: Overall updates as well as both refreshed and new examples Workshop exercises for using the storytelling approach New chapters on the application of the storytelling method to other fundraising communications like appeal letters and case statements, as well as the importance of site visits Example of a full narrative proposal
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Storytelling for Grantseekers

The Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising

Author: Cheryl Clarke

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 121

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Often, those who are charged with the task of writing grant proposals have little or no training in the process, and many actually feel intimidated by the act of writing. In Storytelling for Grantseekers, consultant and trainer Cheryl A. Clarke helps fundraisers overcome these hurdles by presenting an organic approach to proposal writing. Grantseekers who have used this unique process discover that telling the organization's story in narrative form (complete with settings, characters, antagonists, and resolutions), can help them connect with grantmakers and ultimately have greater success with funders. Storytelling for Grantseekers contains the resources needed to help craft a persuasive synopsis, package a compelling story, and create a short story approach to the inquiry and cover letters that support the larger proposal. Clarke walks grantseekers through all the phases of developing an effective proposal and highlights the creative elements that link components to each other and unify the entire proposal. Clarke also stresses the need to see proposal writing as part of a larger grantseeking effort, one that emphasizes preparation, working with the entire development staff, and maintaining good relations with funders. Using the suggestions outlined in Storytelling for Grantseekers, new and seasoned grantseekers will discover how to channel their passion and creativity to tell their organization's tale and create winning proposals.
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Give Me the Money and I'll Shoot!

Finance your Factual TV/Film Project

Author: Nicola Lees

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 140815708X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 448

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The must-have guide traditional and emerging TV funding models and the creative new funding methods that are being developed and exploited by social media-savvy documentary filmmakers. Each chapter covers a different form of funding and combines advice from industry insiders - producers, buyers, specialist media agencies and corporate funding bodies - and entertaining case studies that illustrate the benefits and pitfalls of each method. With practical tips, case studies and advice it reveals what grantors, brands and NGOs are looking for in a pitch (they all have different needs and expectations), and the cultural differences that can trip up the unwary producer. Funding examples range from blue-chip TV documentaries, such as Planet Earth, which was co-funded by the BBC, Discovery NHK and CBC to The TV Book Club (More 4), which is funded by Specsavers opticians; from Lemonade Movie, which harnessed the power of Twitter to source free equipment and post-production resources etc. Readers discover: 1. The difference between co-productions, pre-sales and acquisitions; 2. How to develop and pitch advertiser funded programming; 3. The new rules on UK product placement 4. Where to hunt for foundation and grant funding and how to fill in those fiendish application forms; 5. The power of crowd-funding and how to harness the internet to help you fundraise; 6. How to sniff out grants and funds held in non-film focused organisations such as the Wellcome Trust; 7. Why corporations are keen to fund your documentary and how to get them to part with their money without giving up your editorial control;
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Grant Money Through Collaborative Partnerships

Author: Nancy Kalikow Maxwell

Publisher: American Library Association

ISBN: 0838911595

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 86

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"Because libraries are information and research centers, they can support a huge variety of grant funding initiatives outside their own purview. Cultural centers, businesses, and educational institutions are untapped resources for library funds. What's more, many libraries may find that collaborating on a grant application with another organization is preferable to going forward with a time-consuming application on their own. But finding the right collaborative partner and securing a place at its development table can be challenging. Drawing on her extensive experience as a grant developer and library director, Maxwell Presents an overview of grant basics, with extensive lists of both online and print resources Suggests how to frame libraries' research capabilities as benefits to the community at large, transforming these capabilities into a revenue source Explores strategies for locating potential partners, with tips on approaching collaborators and establishing successful relationships Describes what libraries can ask for from the grant developer, making sure to include what they want in the grant proposal"
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Grant Proposal Makeover

Transform Your Request from No to Yes

Author: Cheryl A. Clarke,Susan P. Fox

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780787994198

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 228

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Nine out of ten grant proposals are rejected. Grant Proposal Makeover shows how to transform lackluster proposals into excellent ones–that have the potential to be funded. This book stands out from other traditional grantwriting books because it illustrates common flaws and problems in proposals and shows exactly how to fix them. It also includes helpful tips and quotes from foundation program officers and funding community insiders taken from an international survey of foundation professionals.
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Proposal planning and writing

Author: Jeremy T. Miner,Lynn E. Miner

Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group

ISBN: 9780313356742

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 201

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Gives grantseekers practical advice and numerous examples to assist them in planning and writing proposals, with special attention to the availability of information on the Internet.
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