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Do You Know How to Write A Grant Proposal Clearly? (Part 2)

Grant writing is an acquired skill, and writing clearly is a critical component of a grant writer’s skill set. To become a good grant writer it’s absolutely necessary to embrace the importance of presenting a project in clear language that’s easy to read and understand. In last week’s blog, we discussed five of 10 basic […]

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Do You Know How to Write A Grant Proposal Clearly? (Part 1)

Unless he can hire someone to put it together, my husband almost totally refuses to order anything where the directions include the phrase, “some assembly required.” He simply doesn’t enjoy putting things together anymore. It may be because many times the directions consist of poorly produced pictures and unclear written instructions, like “Put Piece C […]

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10 Surprising Things About Motherhood

It’s been said time and time again, but I’ll add my voice to the mix: motherhood is just something you cannot, in any way, adequately prepare for until it happens to you. You can read all the books and articles, ask for advice, and buy all the “right” things, but there is just so much […]

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Summer Outdoor Checklist

Summer is upon us! To keep our kids from going stir crazy (and just plain driving me crazy), my husband and I considered enrolling them in a number of structured programs like camps, clinics, and parks. But that can quickly become expensive. Even fun trips throughout the summer to the zoo, water park, or the […]

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12 Common Reasons Grants Don’t Get Funded

Just about everyone is familiar with the phrase, “Experience is the best teacher.” I don’t know about you, but I tend to agree with Oscar Wilde who provided a different perspective – “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” And I could even go one step further and tell you the definition my […]

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Partnerships Can Help You Get Your Proposal Funded

From a funder’s perspective, partnerships are particularly important these days. Why? Because partnerships can often mean stronger proposals, better utilization of resources, and less duplication of services. Some funders even mandate that partnerships exist before they will even consider funding a proposal. In reality, most organizations collaborate with other groups. So forming partnerships is often […]

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Modern Moms Need to Chill Out

I think it’s pretty safe to say that being a mom has never been an easy job. And while most modern moms no longer have to forage for food and protect their children from wild animals, modern parenting isn’t without its challenges. Our kids are consuming media and using technology at a rate that we […]

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10 Quick and Easy Tips to Writing an Engaging and Understandable Grant Proposal

You want to give yourself any leg up you can when it comes to getting your project funded.  One of the best ways to do that is to ensure that the persons reading and scoring your proposal stay engaged and interested.  Here’s a list of 10 quick and easy tips to help you create a […]

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What I Would Go Back and Tell My New Mom Self

When my first child was a baby, I obsessed over every noise, every feeding, every little thing. I worried that my son was too hot or too cold, and if he was sleeping enough or too much. I wrote everything down, spent entirely too much time on the Internet, and probably drove my husband, my […]

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Habit #5: Attend to Critical Details

On days when I’m especially frustrated with the minutia of life, I can hear my mother saying, “The Devil’s in the details!” Even though I heard her say it a lot as I was growing up, I never really knew what it meant, except that I thought it was her way of telling me I […]

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