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Storytelling for Grantseekers: A Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising

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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. 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 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who works in the nonprofit sector.
Recommended to Amber by: Course requirement
Shelves: read-in-2012
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.
Michele Beacham
Good resource for proposal writing, if you find yourself in need of such a thing.
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.
Very clear, readable, and useful. Would recommend to everyone involved in nonprofit and/or activist work.
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Cheryl A. Clarke is a fundraising consultant with more than ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She is an affiliate consultant and trainer with CompassPoint Nonprofit Services in San Francisco. A member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a former practicing attorney, she has served in senior development positions at the University of San Francisco and University of Ca ...more
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