The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need

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Written by two expert authors who have won millions of dollars in government and foundation grants—and revised to include vital up-to-the minute interviews with grantmakers, policy makers, and nonprofit leaders about seeking grants in today’s economic climate—this new edition of the classic book on grant seeking provides a comprehensive, ...
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Overview


Written by two expert authors who have won millions of dollars in government and foundation grants—and revised to include vital up-to-the minute interviews with grantmakers, policy makers, and nonprofit leaders about seeking grants in today’s economic climate—this new edition of the classic book on grant seeking provides a comprehensive, step-by-step guide for grant writers.

INCLUDING:
•CONCRETE SUGGESTIONS FOR DEVELOPING EACH SECTION OF A PROPOSAL
•HANDS-ON EXERCISES THAT LET YOU PRACTICE WHAT YOU LEARN
•A GLOSSARY OF TERMS
•FUNDERS ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS THAT EXPLAIN WHY THEY AWARD GRANTS…AND WHY THEY DON’T
•ROUNDTABLE ON GRANTSMANSHIP AND THE ECONOMY

The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need demystifies the process and reveals indispensable advice, continuing to be essential reading for grant seekers everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“The best current thinking . . . . The quotes from funders alone are worth the price of admission. . . . Attractive. . . . A must-have money reference.”
Booklist

“The book includes a proposal checklist, a glossary of terms, sample grant forms, and a list of Web sites that provide information on grants offered by foundations, corporations, and the government.”
Chronicle of Philanthropy

“Karsh and Fox provide 18 highly readable lessons in how to write a grant and what to do once you get one … Bottom line: A fine and easy-to-use self-tutorial.”
—David Loertscher, Teacher Librarian Magazine

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465058938
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition, Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 409
  • Sales rank: 158,335
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Karsh was the director of the New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Grants Administration for more than seven years under both Mayor Giuliani and Mayor Bloomberg, and previously developed and wrote grants for the New York City Department of Education for five years. She received her doctorate in special education from Teachers College, Columbia University and has written for Newsweek and the New York Times, among other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Arlen Sue Fox was director of research, planning, and evaluation for the New York City Commission on Human Rights for ten years and consultant to nonprofit organizations, from small grassroots groups to national organizations including AARP, for twelve years. Recently retired from a position as executive director for development at Sunnyside Community Services, she is currently writing and editing. Fox lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. I Prerequisites
Lesson 1 Who Am I? (and What in the World Do I Want to Do?) 3
Lesson 2 Wait a Second - What Is a Grant ... and Where Do I Get One? 11
Lesson 3 Making (Dollars and) Sense of Grant-Application Packages: What Grantmakers Want 36
Lesson 4 Getting Ready to Write A Proposal: If You're a Not-for-Profit Organization...If You're a Government Agency or School District...If You're an Individual Grant Seeker... 55
Funders Roundtable I 75
Pt. II It's Finally Time to Write the Proposal
Lesson 5 Foundations of Proposal Writing 99
Lesson 6 Identifying and Documenting the Need: What Problem Will a Grant Fix? 104
Lesson 7 Goals and Ojectives: What Do You Hope to Achieve If You Get the Money? 127
Lesson 8 Developing and Presenting a Winning Program 137
Lesson 9 Finding Partners and Building Coalitions (The MOUs that Roared) 149
Lesson 10 The Evaluation Plan: How Can You Be Sure If Your Program Worked? 161
Lesson 11 The Budget: How Much Will It Cost...and Is the Cost Reasonable? 172
Lesson 12 Sustainability: How Will You Continue the Program when the Grant Funds Run Out? (and You'd Better Not Say, "I Won't") 185
Lesson 13 Capacity: Proving That You Can Get the Job Done 193
Lesson 14 Front and Back: The Cover Page or Cover Letter, the Abstract, the Table of Contents, and the Appendix 200
Funders Rountable II 214
Pt. III And After the Proposal
Lesson 15 The Site Visit - Playing Host 247
Lesson 16 So Now You Know - What Next? 254
Funders Roundtable III 268
App. 1 50 Tips for Improving Your Chances of Winning a Grant 281
App. 2 Proposal Checklist 286
App. 3: Glossary 287
App. 4 Sample Grant Forms 302
App. 5 Representative List of Community Foundations 311
App. 6: Websites 327
App. 7 Regional Associations of Grantmakers (RAGs) 339
App. 8: Answers to Pop Quizzes 348
Index 358
Acknowledgments 366
About the Authors 367
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  • Posted April 23, 2009

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    Great book for the first time grantwriter.

    This is a great reference book for any grantwriter to have. The book is clear and offers many tips and suggestions for writing a successful grant. It would be a great addition to a nonprofit agency's library for a reference tool, and for anybody wanting to learn about how to write a successful grant.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2003

    The Title says it all!

    Fox and Karsh have compiled all of the necessary tips to grant writing in a fun, easy-to-read work of genius. I can personally account for their brilliance since I just recently received a grant to construct a website for the school system in my town. Their book served as a continuous reference for me as I constructed my grant proposal. It is obvious that these two magnificent writers have a wealth of experience and knowledge that they have graciously decided to impart upon all of us. I am deeply grateful for their advice and will forever speak highly of this extraordinary guide to grant writing. Thank you Fox and Karsh!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2003

    A must-read

    As a first time grant writer, this book was the most concise and helpful that I have purchased so far .... thank you, Ellen and Arlen, for making me confident in this process.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2003

    It's not so overwhelming anymore

    This book gives me the ability to face the grant application process without dread. The authors' experience in the field has made their perspective so valuable and they tell the interesting anecdotes that make the book actually enjoyable to read. I've sent it to my son who's trying to start a nonprofit and to others who are trying to keep struggling organizations afloat.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2014

    Best ever

    Highly organized, timely, up-to-date and easy to understand

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    Veteran grant writers and nonprofit funding development speciali

    Veteran grant writers and nonprofit funding development specialists Ellen Karsh and Arlen Sue Fox again combine their vast experience in this updated third edition of their best-selling handbook for preparing successful grant proposals to foundations and government agencies. Whether you are a veteran grant writer or whether you are new to grantsmanship, you are sure to learn fresh strategies and effective techniques for presenting solid, well-designed proposals. Full of information, explanations, practical advice and examples, the book provides an appendix featuring 50 useful tips, a proposal checklist, a glossary, sample grant forms, a state-by-state directory of community foundations and a list of important websites. The book also presents a revealing “Funders’ Roundtable” of grant makers discussing the effects of the 2008 economic recession. getAbstract recommends that serious grant writers – and those who aspire to be – keep a copy within reach at all times.

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    Posted September 16, 2011

    All good.

    All good.

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