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Aww, bummer! They have announced the recipients of the funds from the foundation to whom you applied and your organization didn’t make the cut. It’s a disappointing scenario that I’ve been part of many times.

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Hooray! You got the grant. Let’s do a happy dance and throw those dollar bills up in the air!

Now here are a few things you need to know before you start spending.

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Today’s article is part of our series on grant writing, one area in which Tiny Frog Strategies works with organizations to get from where they are to where they want to be.

When people find out that one of the things I do is grant writing, their face lights up and they grin broadly – and I know exactly what they are thinking and that I am going to disappoint them right away.

There seems to be this widespread belief that grant writing is like withdrawing money at an ATM, and that the grant writer knows the PIN. If I just answer a few questions and punch in the correct password, wads of cash will be theirs for the taking.

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It’s hard to tell how your earliest jobs will fit themselves into your overall working life. I had some of the usual teenage jobs, such as babysitting and a paper route. But one job, the one I could do in my bathrobe, led me down a path that still influences my work today.

And it’s all my father’s fault. (Or something like that.)

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Today’s article is part of our series on grant writing, one area in which Tiny Frog Strategies works with organizations to get from where they are to where they want to be.

Just last week I had a past client call me out of the blue.

“Julia,” she said, “We need your help – I found this great grant, we’re a really good fit for what they want to fund, and we have a relationship with the funder – they already know about us and the work we do. The only problem is that it’s due in a week.”

“That’s tight,” I said, “But great, we’ve worked together before, so I know we can make it work.”

I spent some time gathering up the details of the application and assessing what they would need for a successful application. As I worked, I got more and more worried. There was a lot to be done, but they could still make it work. It did seem like a great opportunity, but…

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Today’s article is part of our series on grant writing, one area in which Tiny Frog Strategies works with organizations to get from where they are to where they want to be.

So here’s the problem: you need money for the ongoing core activities of your organization, things like paying staff, paying rent and buying toilet paper. Grant funders want to give money to activities that connect directly with your beneficiaries, like an innovative meal program or a new initiative with a local artist. You aren’t opposed to being innovative, but first you need to make sure there is toilet paper in the washroom.

Welcome to the ultimate catch 22 of being a nonprofit. The bad news is that this tension has been around for a while and is probably not going to be fixed any time soon. The good news is that your organization isn’t the only one who feels frustrated and others have managed to buy toilet paper AND try out new ways of doing things.

So let’s talk about how to deal with this problem.
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Today’s article is part of our series on grant writing, one area in which Tiny Frog Strategies works with organizations to get from where they are to where they want to be.

Where do I find grant opportunities for my organization?

Let’s talk about where to look for grant opportunities. (If you need a refresher on what grant funding is all about, click here.) To know where to look, you need to know where you are coming from. So today we’re going to use my favourite imaginary charity, Save the Pond, located in a quiet corner of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Freida Frog, the Executive Director of Save the Pond, was sitting in her office watching raindrops hit the pond. She was thinking about the upcoming activities at Save the Pond and wondering how she would make sure there was enough to pay for it all. Read more

This article is the first of a series written on grant writing, one of the many areas in which Tiny Frog Strategies works with organizations to get from where they are to where they want to be. Upcoming posts will be linked as they are released in the newsletter.


Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? When we talk about grants, what are we talking about? Read more

So you get it. You always knew it mattered, but now your boss or your board finally recognize that this legacy giving thing is an opportunity and you need to take action. But when? Read more

Are you ready? How can you tell if your organization ready for a proactive legacy giving program?

Today’s quiz will focus on what you need to be ready for legacy giving at your organization. In case you are unsure about what I’m referring to, legacy giving, (also known as planned giving,) is a particular kind of fundraising: inviting your existing donors to consider leaving a gift to your organization in their will or estate plans. This kind of giving is a way for a donor to take what is important to them now and extend that far into the future, leaving a legacy that matters. Read more