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Storytelling for Grantseekers: A Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising
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. Gran ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published January 12th 2009 by Jossey-Bass
(first published November 15th 2001)
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I finished this book quickly, if only because I had decided by the first chapter that I should purchase it to have for reference. I write grant proposals as a volunteer open space advocate, and it was heartening to see what I've picked up over time laid out and expanded upon in easy to understand segments. Matching the funder's programs, making a compelling statement for the 'hero' you are writing for- down to good suggestions for budget sections and effective cover letters and program summaries ...more
Apr 02, 2012 Amber rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who works in the nonprofit sector.
Recommended to Amber by: Course requirement
A fantastic resource and introduction to grant proposal writing that makes it less daunting and more familiar, filled with examples. My one criticism is that said examples do not come from a varied enough collection of nonprofits. Most of the programs involve education, recreation, seniors and the environment. There is nothing here for those working in mental health/trauma/addictions. Perhaps this could be improved in the next edition? Such proposals require a different sort of finesse.
Very informative and presented in an easy-to-read format. This is a must-read for novice grant writers. The author clearly explains the vital parts to include in the grant proposal as well as most other accompanying documents, using familiar writing methods and examples from popular works (Harry Potter, anyone?) to help cement the ideas. Throughout are real-world examples illustrating her points from a variety of grant seeking organizations.
For an introductory level, this book worked well to assist me in writing a grant proposal. You still need extra resources for editing. There are no gritty details about tone and word choice. If this is your first exposure, or if grantwriting is something you find difficult to wrap your head around, then this could help give you some mental structure for how to plan out the flow of your documents. The story format is a bit cheesy but it does help. Don't forget the hourglass method of writing.
Though assigned to read this book in a week, it was a quick and straightforward read. Several of Ms. Clarke's ideas piggy-backed well with an SAA Grant Writing Seminar I took in October. I also found the suggestions as to how to think about the grant writing process very beneficial. I think this book addresses the grant application from an outcomes based approach, which helps the grant writer think about the grant reviewer throughout the entire application process.