Grant Writing Simplified

By Teresa Huff

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The world needs you to step forward as a grant writer and lead with confidence. I’ll teach you how. Welcome to the Grant Writing Simplified podcast where you’ll learn how to scale your income AND impact through grant writing and nonprofit consulting. I’m Teresa Huff, former special ed teacher turned grant writer and nonprofit strategist. I’m here to mentor freelancers and nonprofit leaders like you who are ready for a fulfilling, flexible career while leveraging your skills, growing your earning potential, AND making a big impact on the world around you. I’ll teach you the strategies I’ve used to help nonprofits triple their funding. Let’s work together to change your world!

Episode Date
105: Creating Clarity Around How to Obtain Major Gifts for Your Nonprofit - Interview with Kevin Fitzpatrick, One Visit Away Podcast
01:00:05

Meet me in...Delaware! Grab your tickets for my TEDx Talk on October 13, 2022!


Do Major Gifts Seem Initimidating?

A lot of people are super intimidated by fundraising, yet it’s a big part of nonprofit work. You’ve heard me talk a lot about needing multiple sources of funding for your nonprofit. Grants alone won’t do the trick. That’s why I’ve brought in another expert for you.

In this episode I’m talking with Kevin Fitzpatrick from the One Visit Away Podcast about Major Gifts. 

What action is going to help you learn that donor's major gift potential? Having one on one in-person conversations with them! 

Kevin explains to us why the key to obtaining major gifts is to set times to meet in person with your donors.


Challenge Question:

Which donor of yours can you reach out to this week to set up a time to meet up with personally? 

I'd love to hear how it goes! Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message. And if you need more support, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer already and let's get you moving!

If you enjoyed this episode, you can book a 1:1 strategy session with me at teresahuff.com/mentor. The world needs you out there making a difference!


Meet Kevin Fitzpatrick

Kevin is the founder of One Visit Away where he teaches others how to use interpersonal relationships to obtain larger monetary donations for nonprofits. He is also the host of the One Visit Away podcast which is the #1 rated Major Gift Podcast on Apple Podcasts.

Connect with Kevin:


Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.

Resources Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Oct 04, 2022
104: Make Your Startup Nonprofit Lean, Impactful, and Financially Stable - Interview with Katherine Kreuchauf, On Point Philanthropy
01:00:42

Meet me in...Delaware! Grab your tickets for my TEDx Talk in October!


Remember Your Mission and Put In the Work

In this episode we talk with Katherine Kreuchauf about Lean Nonprofit Startups. What does that mean exactly? We learn that a successful nonprofit requires not only a heart for a cause, but thoughtful action, quick adjustments, and valuable investments. Katherine shares so many wonderful pieces of advice for how to focus on your mission and be successful in making a lasting impact. We cover:

  • Should you start a nonprofit?
  • The value of pivoting
  • What it looks like to be a lean nonprofit
  • Picking the right board members
  • 5 skills a nonprofit needs

Challenge Question:

What’s one tip from Kathy that you can begin implementing in your nonprofit this week? I'd love to hear it! Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message. And if you need more support, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer already and let's get you moving!

If you enjoyed this episode, you can book a 1:1 strategy session with me at teresahuff.com/mentor. The world needs you out there making a difference!

Meet Katherine Kreuchauf

An award winning professional in philanthropy, Katherine Kreuchauf focuses on supporting nonprofit and foundation leaders and continues her commitment to strengthening nonprofit boards, fundraising, and effective programming. Before forming OnPoint Philanthropic Consulting, she led The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation for 12 years. Prior to that she headed a local United Way for 11 years as well as a health-related nonprofit organization.

Connect with Katherine:

www.onpointphilanthropy.com - Check out the webinar on her Resources page

Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.
 

Resources Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Sep 27, 2022
103: How Multiple Types of Fundraising Will Help Your Nonprofit
09:14

Big Announcement for Q4!

In the last episode, I hinted that I’ve got some awesome things coming up this fall in Q4. 2022 is far from over, and I’m committing to some big steps this year! 

I’m heading to Wilmington, Delaware, to give a TEDx talk in October! AND you’re invited to join me live! Grab your tickets here and send me a message that you’re coming. I’d love to have some friends in the seats.

How a Nonprofit Can Become Grant Ready

I often talk about the importance of grant readiness and how nonprofits need to have specific things in place before they apply for grants. You can learn more about this way back in Episode 6 where I walk you through some foundational pieces. This is so important that I created a free Grant Readiness Audit for you at teresahuff.com/grantready.

One of the big pieces of becoming grant ready is making sure you have several sources of funding in place. You can’t live from grant to grant - that’s not a sustainable funding strategy.

In Episode 34 I talked through a TON of different fundraising ideas - over 60! - to help trigger some creative thinking. Now this list is not intended to overwhelm you and your team! The last thing you want to do is go out and try to tackle all of them at once! Pick one, master it, reevaluate, and go from there.

Advice from the Experts

Because grants can’t be the only answer to nonprofit funding, I’ve rounded up some experts to help you. 

You’ll want to bring your pen and notebook over the next few episodes!

I wanted to pop in today to give you a heads up about what’s coming up the next few weeks. This would be a great time to go back and listen to the other episodes I mentioned, Episode 6 and 34, so you can come into the next couple of conversations with a bit of background. It’s also a great time to be thinking through your upcoming fundraising strategy as we head into Q4 and start planning for next year.

Challenge Question:

What big steps are you commiting to so you can end 2022 strong? 

If you need help, book a 1:1 strategy session with me at teresahuff.com/mentor. The world needs you out there making a difference!

Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message. And if you need more support, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer already and let's get you moving!

Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.
 

Resources Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Sep 22, 2022
102: On-Air Strategy Call: How Your Skillset Can Transfer to Grant Writing
42:26

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Recognize How To Use Your Skillset To Start A Grant Writing Business

This week is an on-air strategy call, one of my favorite ways to coach grant writers! I'm chatting with Lori Smith, a former special education teacher like me. We have a lot in common and I understand the types of work she's been doing already.

In this episode we're talking about how Lori's skillset as a special ed teacher can transfer to grant writing. I encourage her to think about:

  • What skills do you currently have that transfer to grant writing?
  • Recognize the constraints in grant writing and nonprofit organizations
  • Constraints are a good challenge to allow you to think more creatively and to help contain and define the work in grant writing
  • How to maximize your impact as a grant writer
  • Strengths beneficial in grant writing and nonprofits: writing, problem-solving, scheduling, flexibility and adaptability, positivity, compassion, patience
  • Generate ideas easily and brainstorm

How Can You Get Started as a Grant Writer?

Lori and I cover several proactive steps she can do to make the transition into grant writing, such as:

  1. Recognize what you already know and what resources are available to you.
  2. Consider your network, both online and offline.
  3. Leverage your connections in your community.
  4. The best source of clients is word of mouth.
  5. Your experience will draw clients in.
 Listen in to hear more about Lori's story and see how you can apply the strategies to your grant writing career!
 

Challenge Question:

What skillset do you have that would be helpful in grant writing or in a nonprofit?  Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message. And if you need more support, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer already and let's get you moving!

If you enjoyed this episode, you can book a 1:1 strategy session with me at teresahuff.com/mentor. The world needs you out there making a difference!


Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.

Resources Mentioned:

  • NIO Summit: www.niosummit.com - Use the code ICTH22 to get $400 off your 2022 ticket!
  • Episodes 43-36: FAST Focus Power Series
  • Wondering how to find grants and keep up with all the applications? Check out Instrumentl! It's a robust grant search, tracking, and project management tool. Go to teresahuff.com/instrumentl and use the code GWSPOD for a free two-week trial AND $50 off your first month

Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Aug 30, 2022
101: How to Build a Winning Grant Writing Business: Interview with Holly Rustick, Grant Writing and Funding Podcast
53:09

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Two Grant Writing Pros Talk Shop

Today I'm excited to host my podcasting friend and grant writing coach Holly Rustick. Holly brings a wealth of experience from her longtime career in grant writing and consulting.

Holly and I talk about common mistakes we've seen over the years, struggles we've experienced, and several ways nonprofits can position themselves more competitively for grant funding. 

Tips for Building Your Successful Grant Writing Business

In addition, we both understand the challenge of pricing your services and setting up your consulting business. We talk about:

  • How to think through pricing your services as a grant writing consultant
  • Factoring in expenses and profit margin
  • Taking your experience into account
  • Building confidence in your pricing
  • Setting boundaries, saying yes, and saying no

Holly also has some great encouragement for new grant writers who are wondering if there's room at the table for you. Short answer: YES! Yes, there is plenty of room. She urges collaboration with others while finding your own unique approach. 

Challenge Question:

What surprised you about this conversation? How will you incorporate our tips into your grant writing? I'd love to hear it! Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message. And if you need more support, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer already and let's get you moving!

If you enjoyed this episode, you can book a 1:1 strategy session with me at teresahuff.com/mentor. The world needs you out there making a difference!


Meet Holly Rustick

World-renowned grant writing expert and Amazon bestselling author Holly Rustick loves to coach others to enhance their grant writing and business skills. She coaches thousands of people every week through her top-ranking podcast, Grant Writing & Funding, books on grant writing, and via the Hub Haven on how to take actionable bite-sized steps in grant writing and entrepreneurship.

While teaching in Kuwait and then earning a Master’s Degree in International Political Economy in Belgium, Holly saw the light of setting up a virtual-based business in grant writing back in the mid-2000s. Having secured millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations around the world throughout the past 16+ years, Holly has a mission to train other grant writers to create a multiplier effect in raising an exponential amount of money for nonprofits all over the world.

As an unapologetic feminist, Holly believes her work - whether it is securing funding to advance the mission of nonprofits, coaching a female entrepreneur to understand value-based pricing, or writing a rom-com novel that stars the heroine as a renegade – inspires women to radiate in their full potential. 

To amplify this work, she is past-president of the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce and currently sits on the Guam Business Advisory Task Force as an advisor to the first female governor of Guam. Holly lives on the island of Guam with her beautiful daughter, Isabella. 

If you are interested in advancing your grant writing skills or transitioning into freelance grant writing, be sure to check out Holly’s articles, books, and podcasts at www.grantwritingandfunding.com.


Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.

Resources Mentioned:

  • Wondering how to find grants and keep up with all the applications? Check out Instrumentl! It's a robust grant search, tracking, and project management tool. Go to teresahuff.com/instrumentl and use the code GWSPOD for a free two-week trial AND $50 off your first month

Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Aug 23, 2022
100: Top 10 Questions About My Grant Writing Career: Celebrating Episode 100 with Teresa Huff
16:08

Celebrate 100 Episodes with Me!

Today I'm thrilled to hit a big podcasting milestone - 100 episodes! Will you help me celebrate by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts? Together we can help others find the resources they need to change the world!


Want to Meet Up in Kansas City?

Join me at the NIO Summit on September 20-23, 2022, and use the code ICTH22 to get a whopping $400 off your ticket!! Sign up here and I'll see you there!


Top 10 Random Questions About My Grant Writing Career

A few weeks ago, I sat down and brainstormed a list of 10 random questions I thought you might enjoy hearing about. Then I promptly forgot about the list, so this episode gives you my off-the-cuff, unrehearsed answers!

I'll share things like:

  1. Weirdest grant application I've written
  2. Strangest client situation
  3. Most random grant request
  4. Biggest grant loss
  5. The office supply I can't live without
  6. What I like most about grant writing
  7. The biggest plot twist in my grant writing journey
  8. My favorite ways to unwind on an average day
  9. A couple of things I despise most
  10. Biggest lesson I've learned along the way

Challenge Question:

What's been the most valuable lesson so far in your career? I'd love to hear it! Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message. And if you need more support, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer and let's get you moving!

If you enjoyed this episode, you can book a 1:1 strategy session with me at teresahuff.com/mentor. The world needs you out there making a difference!

Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.
 

Resources Mentioned:

  • Wondering how to find grants and keep up with all the applications? Check out Instrumentl! It's a robust grant search, tracking, and project management tool. Go to teresahuff.com/instrumentl and use the code GWSPOD for a free two-week trial AND $50 off your first month

Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Aug 23, 2022
99: Ask the Obvious: 5 Questions for Better Grant Writing
13:08

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How Can You Improve Your Grant Writing?

Sometimes the best answer to that question is to ask the obvious.

Oftentimes we think we're perfectly clear, but are we really?

The past few episodes we've been talking about the importance of clarity - in our work, our messaging, our communications, and especially our grant writing. That then becomes the catalyst for becoming more effective.

With a grant application, for example, ask yourself, "Is this clear enough that my mom could understand it?" If not, you might need to revisit how you're presenting the information.

Be Brave Enough to Ask Better Questions

If we ask ourselves better questions, we get better answers. Today I want to challenge you with 5 questions to dig down and help uncover important insights:

  1. What are we doing well?
  2. What’s clear?
  3. What’s unclear?
  4. What can be improved?
  5. What are we afraid to ask/afraid to find out?

Then give yourself space to listen and look for connections. 

Challenge Question:

What obvious questions do you need to ask? 

If you need help asking the questions, book a 1:1 strategy session with me at teresahuff.com/mentor. The world needs you out there making a difference!


Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message. And if you need more support, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer already and let's get you moving!

Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.

Resources Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Jun 28, 2022
98: How Introverts Can Succeed in Work and Life: Interview with David Hall, The Quiet and Strong Podcast
51:33

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Uncover Your Secret Strengths

With at least half of the population being introverts, either you are an introvert, or you’ll interact with someone who is. No matter what, others won’t be quite like us in how we think, feel, or communicate. And that’s a good thing! 

This topic has been a game changer for me in leaning into my grant writing career. That’s why I’m excited to finally have the chance to talk about it with today’s guest. The better we understand ourselves and how we work, relate, and rest effectively, the more we can build much more impactful and influential relationships with those around us.

Great strengths come from both introverts and extroverts. To maximize those, it’s helpful to understand the unique needs. Each style is most effective when we can draw out those special attributes. 

Since we don’t always recognize when an ability is considered a gift, these conversations are important. That’s why I invited David Hall on the show! He’s full of insights and practical advice for leaning into our strengths.

David Hall, host of the podcast The Quiet and the Strong, Especially for Introverts, explores the world through the eyes of a fellow introvert. He discusses his journey to figuring out that he is an introvert and understanding introversion. By embracing these gifts and understanding them, we can learn to be good in our own skin. 

 

Challenge Question:

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? How can you better lean into your natural strengths?


If you enjoyed this episode, you can book a 1:1 strategy session with me at teresahuff.com/mentor. The world needs you out there making a difference!

Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message. And if you need more support, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer already and let's get you moving!


Meet David Hall

David Hall, M.Ed., is the creator of QuietandStrong.com. He is an author, blogger, podcaster and speaker on a mission to help introverts discover their strengths and honor their needs. 

David has also spent 20+ years working in higher education, and has given many workshops, trainings, and presentations on personality, strengths, and introversion/extroversion. His book, Minding Your Time: Time Management, Productivity, and Success, Especially for Introverts, helps readers understand themselves and their introversion to be more successful in managing their time and productivity.

Listen to the full episode for a fascinating conversation about the needs, strengths, and thoughts of introverts. “We do come with natural gifts and abilities, and sometimes it’s so natural…we don’t recognize what a gift it is.” 

Connect with David:

  • www.quietandstrong.com

  • Instagram: @quiet_and_strong

  • www.twitter.com/quietandstrong


Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.

Resources Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Jun 22, 2022
97: Master of One: The Role of Excellence in Our Work - Interview with Jordan Raynor, Author & Entrepreneur
42:46

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Clarity Is the Key to Unlock Mastery

The last couple of weeks we've been talking about the importance of clarity. Before we can be effective in our work, we must a) be clear ourselves, and then b) be able to clearly convey that to others.

Today's guest is on a journey to gain clarity so he can serve with excellence. You’ve heard me mention him several times on the show and I’ve often recommended his book Master of One. I’m honored to talk with Jordan Raynor, author, entrepreneur, and podcaster. He is passionate about the idea that our work matters for eternity, and he’s on a journey to help others discover how they can best serve with purpose.

Jordan shares so much wisdom for doing our work with excellence, setting clear goals, and growing a team. He shares a wealth of experiences in the interview.

You’ll find this interview inspiring and challenging to keep pursuing your path to mastery. 

Pursuing Excellence

Jordan shares some incredible nuggets. We cover:
  • Mastering one thing well instead of spreading too thin across many things
  • The importance of clarity
  • When to pivot vs. when to persevere
  • Setting goals and collecting data to help make decisions
  • OKR = Objectives and Key Results goal-setting framework
  • Challenges of growing a team
  • Getting the right people in the right seats and the importance of having A+ talent on your team
  • Advice for those looking for clarity and purpose in their work
I appreciate Jordan’s encouragement and down to earth advice for finding clarity and focusing in on the right things. 
 

Challenge Question:

Jordan and I talked about several key areas in order to master our one thing well. Which one do you need to focus on the most right now?

If you enjoyed this episode, you can book a 1:1 strategy session with me at teresahuff.com/mentor. The world needs you out there making a difference!

Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message. And if you need more support, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer already and let's get you moving!


Meet Jordan Raynor

Jordan Raynor helps Christians respond to the radical, biblical truth that their work matters for eternity. He does this through his bestselling books (The Creator in YouRedeeming Your TimeMaster of One, and Called to Create), podcast (Mere Christians), and weekly devotional (The Word Before Work)—content that has served millions of Christ-followers in every country on earth.

In addition to his writing, Jordan serves as the Executive Chairman of Threshold 360, a venture-backed tech startup which Jordan previously ran as CEO following a string of successful ventures of his own. Jordan has twice been selected as a Google Fellow and served in The White House under President George W. Bush.

A sixth-generation Floridian, Jordan lives in Tampa with his wife and their three young daughters. The Raynors are proud members of The Church at Odessa.

Connect with Jordan:


Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.

Resources Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Jun 14, 2022
96: Nonprofit Strategy Call: Gaining Clarity for a Nonprofit's Next Steps
40:51

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Importance of Clarity

People won’t support what they don’t understand. We must have clarity in order to make an impact. 

In this week's on-air nonprofit coaching call, I'm working with the lovely Dooshima David-Jang, a nonprofit leader from Nigeria. Inspired by her father’s legacy, she started a nonprofit when she saw a disconnect in her community.

First we had to dig into what that really meant. Then we could design a short-term action plan so she can gather more information from the community while serving them at the same time.

Finally, she asks if I have any insights about why her grant for a much-needed idea wasn’t funded.

For all three points, it all boils down to clarity and impact.

Let’s dive in!

Clarity Is the Key to Making an Impact

I hope you're starting to see the power of clarity and strategic thinking. In Dooshima’s case:
  • She first needed to get clear on the impact she wants to make with her nonprofit.
  • Then she needed an action plan to find the shortest distance from Point A to Point B. That way she can build momentum, develop community partnerships, and iterate her programs.
  • That will give her more powerful leverage in the future when she’s ready to start applying for grant funding.

Challenge Question:

Is there an area you’re holding back because of a lack of clarity? If so, we need to dig in and polish it up! 

If you enjoyed this episode, you can book your own 1:1 strategy session with me at teresahuff.com/mentor. The world needs you out there making a difference!


Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message. And if you need more support, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer already and let's get you moving!


Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.

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Jun 07, 2022
95: 5 Tips to Improve Your Grant Writing Clarity
10:04

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How Clear Is Your Writing?

Last week we talked about the importance of using positive action words in your writing. Words that inspire. Words that cast a vision.

This week we're talking about another important element: clarity.

Implement More Clarity in Your Grant Writing

Gaining clarity is at the core of what we do because everything else hinges on it. We need clarity ourselves before we can expect to clearly convey our work to others.
 
Whether you’re offering services, applying for grants, explaining your nonprofit’s mission, outlining a program, you must have clarity. 
 
People won’t support what they don’t understand. If it’s unclear, they can’t understand it and they sure won't support it. Help them make an informed decision by clearly conveying the work you're doing.
 

5 Tips to Convey Your Nonprofit Message with Clarity:

  1. Decide what’s your #1 goal for this piece of writing?
  2. Outline the key points in a logical framework.
  3. Fill in the important details. 
  4. Cut out the fluff! Don't argue. There’s always fluff.
  5. Take imperfect action.
 Listen to the full episode for a deeper dive.
 

Challenge Question:

Where do you need to refine your work or writing for more clarity? How will you take action on it this week? Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message and I'll brainstorm with you. And if you need more support, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer already and let's get you moving!


Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.

Other Episodes Mentioned:


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May 31, 2022
94: Pro Tip to Improve Your Grant Writing Immediately
11:41

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What Kind of Message Are You Sending in Your Grant Writing?

If you step back and look at your grant writing objectively, you might be surprised at what you find. 

And it might not be quite as pretty as you thought.

Before you give up in despair, though, I've got you covered. Today's grant writing pro tip will help you improve overnight once you crack the code.

Does Your Grant Writing Sound Like This?

When we're writing, we often tend to be polite and soften the blow:
  • "Would you be able to help me on Saturday?" 
  • "If you had a minute, I'd love it if you could help with this."
That's sweet and nice when we're asking a friend for a favor. 
Not so in grant writing.
It makes us sound unsure and wishy washy:
  • "If we had these funds, we could help so many kids."
  • "If we were to get this grant, we would be able to build a playground."
Ick.
Now let's be clear - I'm not knocking the mission at all. 
But sadly, the mission is getting lost in the ambiguity.
 
Let's try that again with a positive approach:
  • "With these funds, we will impact over 100 students."
  • "We will use these funds to build a playground."
Boom.
See the difference? It's immediately a different impact.
 

Grant Writing Words to Avoid

When you're writing a grant, watch out for past tense words that are talking about things in the future - "If we had these funds, we could..."
Also avoid passive words and phrases like these:
  • Would
  • Could
  • If we were
  • Might be able to
Instead, aim for positive, confident phrasing. Cast the vision for the funder.
Your writing will transform.
 Listen to the full episode for a deeper dive.
 

Challenge Question:

Find a paragraph or two you've written recently. Look it over - do you use positive action words? How can you rewrite it to be more inspiring? Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message and I'll brainstorm with you. And if you need more support, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer already and let's get you moving!


Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.

Other Episodes Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

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May 26, 2022
93: From Dropout to Doctorate: 6 Keys to Successful Nonprofit Leadership - Interview with Dr. Johnathan Kraus, Love Never Fails International [Best of Grant Writing Simplified Archives]
40:42

I have been busy lately adding some exciting new features to the Fast Track to Grant Writer VIP Program! If you’re wanting to get into grant writing, this is the perfect time to jump in. I’ll share more details in the coming weeks. 

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Successful Nonprofit Leadership Isn't a Straight Path

I’ve been hearing from several of you lately who are either needing clarity or encouragement around your nonprofit work, and today’s interview has just that. I’m pulling this episode out of the show archives because it’s just that good. I think you’ll find his story inspiring.

Meet Dr. Johnathan Kraus

Dr. Johnathan Kraus is no stranger to challenges. He began using drugs as a teenager which led him to drop out of school at 14, in jail at 15, and shot at 3 times by 16. At age 19, though, God radically saved him and by age 20 he was involved in children's ministry at his Church. Fast forward a few years; Dr. Kraus is a Rutgers University grad who then went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree, a Doctor of Ministry, and a Ph.D in Counseling.

After a career as a grade school teacher and college professor, Dr. Kraus left the comforts of his life in the US and took a leap of faith to start a nonprofit, Love Never Fails International. Today the organization serves children from coast to coast in India to help them overcome poverty by meeting their needs physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

He shares all kinds of wisdom in this interview. Learn more about his work: 

  • Website: www.loveneverfailsindia.com
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/loveneverfailsindia 
  • Instagram: @loveneverfailsinternational

Challenge Question:

What is your next step to develop your own successful nonprofit leadership journey? Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message and I'll brainstorm with you.

Listen to the episode for inspiration and practical advice.

Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.

Other Resources Mentioned:

  • Wondering how to find grants and keep up with all the applications? Check out Instrumentl! It's a robust grant search, tracking, and project management tool. Go to teresahuff.com/instrumentl and use the code GWSPOD for a free two-week trial AND $50 off your first month.

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May 20, 2022
92: 7 Things Grants and Gardening Have in Common
14:21

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What Do Grants and Gardening Have in Common?

As it turns out, quite a lot.

I've been helping my husband plant the garden this spring. He has quite the green thumb of the family. Sadly, I do not.

However, it's given me the chance to reflect on how much grant writing and gardening have in common.

7 Ways Grants Are Like Gardening:

  1. Both take time, hard work, and patience to tend.
  2. We can’t control the outcome, so we need to be prepared and follow through consistently. 
  3. Artificial opportunities may look good at first, but they won’t produce the results we need. 
  4. Grants and gardens take nurturing and tending to build relationships and reputation. 
  5. We must learn to understand the needs and provide for those. 
  6. Plant before you need it so you can build your pipeline of harvest for the future.
  7. Prepare for the seasonality.
 Listen to the full episode for a deeper dive into each.
 

Challenge Question:

How can you shift your approach to cultivate a healthier grant garden? Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message and I'll brainstorm with you.

Listen to the episode for inspiration and practical advice.
 

Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.
 

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May 11, 2022
91: The Go-Giver Marriage: Continuing the Nonprofit Ripple Effect - Interview with John David Mann and Ana Gabriel Mann, Bestselling Authors
01:17:26

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The Nonprofit Go-Giver Ripple Effect

Lately we’ve been talking about being a go-giver and how this mindset shift can change not only your own life, but also those around you.

Today we're taking that a step further. I'm talking with the loveliest couple, John David Mann and Ana Gabriel Mann, about their new book The Go-Giver Marriage.

Our personal and professional lives are so intertwined; we need to take care of both. Whether you're married or not, this episode is full of golden tips for strengthening relationships both personally and within a nonprofit. 

John and Ana share:

  • How creativity affects our work
  • The importance of using music, arts, and other skills throughout our lives
  • How learning structure informs everything we do
  • Interesting comparison of grant writing and book publishing
  • Both grant funders and book publishers: “They’d rather say no than yes because no is a lot safer.” - John David Mann
  • “Own your own material. Then there’s room for everybody to grow, and there’s room for compassion.” - Ana Gabriel Mann
  • Don't be afraid to get feedback, whether to refine our grant writing or our marriage
 This is full of encouragement and practical wisdom!

Meet John David Mann & Ana Gabriel Mann

John David Mann is coauthor of more than thirty books, including four New York Times bestsellers and five national bestsellers, including The Go-Giver (coauthored with Bob Burg), which has sold over 1 million copies and won the 2017 Living Now Book Awards Evergreen Medal for its “contributions to positive global change.” He is married to Ana Gabriel Mann and considers himself the luckiest mann in the world. 

 

Ana Gabriel Mann, MA, holds a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and dance-movement therapy from Antioch New England, where she specialized in working with adults and family therapy. In addition to her work in family therapy and 5 Secrets marriage coaching, she has been clinical director for a program for people with Alzheimer’s disease, co-founded New England’s first college of Chinese medicine, and worked as a corporate consultant, speaker, trainer, and coach. 

 

John and Ana have been dreaming about writing The Go-Giver Marriage together for nearly two decades. The book was released in March 2022.

Connect with John & Ana:
 
John
  • www.johndavidmann.com
  • instagram.com/johndavidmann
  • facebook.com/johndavidmann
  • twitter.com/johndavidmann
  • linkedin.com/in/johndavidmann
Ana
  • www.gogivermarriage.com
  • instagram.com/anagabrielmann
  • facebook.com/anagabrielmann
  • twitter.com/anagabrielmann1

Challenge Question:

What patterns do you need to shift? What small action steps will you commit to take? Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message and I'll brainstorm with you.

Listen to the episode for inspiration and practical advice.

Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.
 

Other Resources Mentioned:


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May 03, 2022
90: Do You Know Where You're Going? Check Your Premise
08:32

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What Is Your Premise?

I often tell you that action brings clarity, and that’s so true.
 
Every now and then, though, we need to take a step back and check our premise
 
A premise is what forms the basis of a theory or plan. For example, when writing a book, you need to have a clear premise so you know what the book is about.
 
However, sometimes our premise fades or gets lost in the shuffle. This can happen due to:
  • Overwhelm - which clouds our decisions
  • Blind spots - which skew our decisions
Last week we talked about having a go-giver mindset. That way of thinking will challenge you to shift your premise in a good way!

Check Your Premise 

This week I want to challenge you to make sure you're crystal clear on your premise from multiple angles:
  • Personally - before you get into nonprofit work or grant writing, or as you keep moving forward as a grant writer
  • Nonprofits - as an organization, get clear on your premise before you keep working in so many directions (or get off track)
  • Grant writers - before you write the grant, ask yourself: Does this align with your nonprofit mission and the funder’s mission?

Challenge Question:

What’s your premise, both personally and as a nonprofit? Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message and I'll brainstorm with you.

Listen to the episode for inspiration and practical advice on how to check your premise.

Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.

Other Resources Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

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Apr 26, 2022
89: How to Create a Ripple Effect by Becoming a Go-Giver: Interview with Bob Burg, The Go-Giver Bestselling Co-Author & Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker
36:17

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How Do You Create a Ripple Effect?

A lot of things are outside our control, especially in business and nonprofit work. 
 
Instead of lamenting those obstacles, let's take a look at what we CAN control - such as our attitudes, reactions, mindset toward challenges, and how we treat others.
 
If it's true that we become like the 5 people we're around the most, I have a few questions for you to ponder:
  • Who are you hanging around?
  • Who is hanging around you?
  • Are you someone others want to become like?
You can influence change in your circles, and today we're going to discuss how.
 
Becoming a Nonprofit Go-Giver
 
In this episode I'm talking with bestselling author and speaker Bob Burg about what it means to become a go-giver, especially in the context of nonprofit work. 
 
Bob is every bit as genuine and kind in person as he sounds in the interview. He shares tremendous wisdom and encouragement for nonprofit leaders. Bob understands that nonprofit work can feel like an uphill journey sometimes, which is why he shared,“Things that get built big typically don’t happen fast. They happen with consistent, persistent work.”
 
Bob also compares nonprofit fundraising to the sales process. However, he breaks it down into a non-intimidating way of building relationships. He urges us to care about the other person and take a genuine interest in their lives, saying “The person who is the donor isn’t doing it because you need the donations to keep your doors open. They’re doing it because they have their own unique reason for donating.”
 
We need to dig deep and get to know the person for who they are, not what they might give.  
 
This episode is full of go-giving gold, so I strongly recommend you give it a listen!
 

Challenge Question:

How can you reframe your thinking to become a go-giver who gives value and inspires others? Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message and I'll brainstorm with you.


Meet Bob Burg, Author and Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker

For over 30 years Bob Burg has been successfully showing entrepreneurs, leaders, and sales professionals how to communicate their value and accelerate their referral business.
 
Although for years he was best known for his sales classic Endless Referrals, it’s his business parable, The Go-Giver, coauthored with John David Mann, that has created a worldwide movement.
 
While part of a four-book series, The Go-Giver itself has sold more than one million copies and been translated into 30 languages. It was rated #10 on Inc. Magazine’s list of The Most Motivational Books Ever Written, and was on HubSpot’s 20 Most Highly Rated Sales Books of All Time.
 
Bob is an advocate, supporter and defender of the Free Enterprise system, believing that the amount of money one makes is directly proportional to how many people they serve.
 
He is also an unapologetic animal fanatic and served on the Board of Directors of Furry Friends Adoption & Clinic in his town of Jupiter, Florida.
 
Listen to the episode for inspiration and practical advice on how you, too, can become a go-giver.

Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.

Other Resources Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

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Apr 19, 2022
88: Are Your Nonprofit Blind Spots Getting the Best of You? Interview with Likky Lavji, Blind Spot Navigator
42:59

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How Do You Spot Your Blind Spots?

Blind spots...this is something I’ve been pondering for quite some time:
  • How can we find them?
  • And how can we work on them when we don't know what they are in the first place?
Blind spots are elusive. First, because we don’t know what we don’t know. Secondly, with a lot of grant writers I coach, they also don’t know what they DO know.
 
We can ask others about our own blind spots, and that might reveal a few clues. But not always.
 
Blind spots are tricky because they can change in different seasons and as we grow. 
 
That’s a part of the process. Rather than being afraid of what we’ll find, we need to lean into the process and have a willingness to uncover them. If we’re open to growth, this is a healthy step.
 
Navigating Blind Spots
 
As I've dug into this idea more, I uncovered an incredibly useful resource to pinpoint our blind spots. In this episode I'm talking with Likky Lavji, known as the "Blind Spot Navigator." 
 
When I first heard Likky interviewed on Bob Burg's podcast, I had to reach out and learn more.
 
Likky shares that 95% of people think we’re self-aware, but in reality, only 15% of us are self-aware. 
 
“Whatever your style is, if you all understand what those are, then you can communicate by meeting in between, in the middle, and then getting an incredible board happening, an incredible organization occurring.” -Likky Lavji
 

Listen to the full episode for a fascinating, encouraging conversation. As Likky says, “Don’t be scared of committing to the process. It’s an incredible journey.”

Challenge Question:

What next step will you take to uncover your blind spots, both personally and as an organization? Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message and I'll brainstorm with you.

Meet Likky Lavji, Blind Spot Navigator

A sought-after keynote speaker and author of Amazon’s #1 Bestseller List, Death by BS, Likky teaches audiences on how to break barriers to unleash human potential.
 
With over 25 years as a CEO of a top IT company, Likky’s extensive experience in executive leadership has given him a unique perspective that remains unchartered by leaders and organizations in understanding the layers beneath human behavior and how it impacts growth and productivity.
 
He has been acknowledged by prominent organizations, including Telus Corporation, Lenovo Canada, and Royal Bank of Canada for his ability to create a mindset shift when it comes to commitment and powerful performance to achieve results.
 
Bob Burg, National Bestselling Author of The Go Giver, refers to Likky as a transformational keynote speaker, “teaching audiences a fresh new perspective on how to create your brand, customer loyalty and profitable business.”
 
Get ready to be moved and inspired with insights on how to achieve greater outcomes by navigating through your blind spots.

Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz.

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.

Other Resources Mentioned:


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Apr 12, 2022
87: Pro Grant Writing Tip: Show Your Red Flags to the Door
13:53

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Address the Grant Writing Red Flags

Part of my role as I work with grant writers and nonprofits is to play devil's advocate. The key is that they know I'm on their side. I might be asking tough questions or bringing up some difficult issues, yet it's much better to hear it from me so we can talk it through and brainstorm good solutions. Otherwise, if you try to hide the red flags under the rug, a grant funder will sniff them out a mile away and drop your application like a hot potato.
 
When we address potential red flags up front, we'll see much better long term results and sustainability.
 

Listen to the full episode for examples and deeper discussion.

 

Challenge Question:

What is a red flag in your organization or grant writing work? How can you map out a plan to address it? Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message and I'll brainstorm with you.


Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.

Other Resources Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

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Apr 05, 2022
86: A Step by Step Exercise to Address Overwhelm at Work
14:25

How Do You Address Overwhelm at Work?

I talk to so many nonprofit leaders who are overwhelmed and feel like they’re wearing ALL The hats. 
 
I also talk to grant writers who are overwhelmed because they’re juggling so many plates with all the different projects going on.
 
The question that relates to both is: How do you move forward? We need to start by identifying and addressing the overwhelm.
 
Last week we talked about naming the thing - the decision, the project, the reason, the problem. Then you know what you’re working with.
 
Now we need to clarify your priorities. Today we’re going to walk through a practical exercise to help you with this.
 
A Step by Step Exercise to Reduce Overwhelm
  1. Start with big paper, pen, and highlighters or markers. Find a distraction-free space  where you can be alone and spread out.
  2.  Brain dump ALL your work responsibilities on the paper. Seriously, everything you can think of. 
  3. Now step back and answer this question: If you only had two hours a day to work, what would you focus on?
  4. Highlight or circle the items you identified in Step 3.
  5. Which things came to the top? Look for patterns or surprises.
Here’s the thing. We have to account for the mental weight we carry about our work, even when we’re not working. How can you shed some of that weight?
 
In other words, what can you:
  1. Eliminate
  2. Simplify
  3. Postpone
  4. Delegate
The goal is to make the most impact on your mission - without burning out your people. To do that, you need to be intentional. This is part of what I work with grant writers and nonprofits on, helping them gain clarity, prioritize, and focus.

Listen to the full episode for examples and deeper discussion of each.


Challenge Question:

If you only had 2 hours a day to work, what would you focus on? Give it some thought, and then use what you find to go change your world! Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message and I'll share more resources with you.

Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.

Other Resources Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

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Mar 29, 2022
85: How to Start As a Grant Writer When You’re Overwhelmed
15:15

What Questions Do You Have About Grant Writing?

Lately we've been going back to the basics of grant writing! I'm answering some of the most common questions I hear about grants.

We learn how to level up your skills in the Fast Track to Grant Writer so you can approach your grant writing career with a more successful strategy. The end goal is to help you increase your income and your impact through grant writing.


How Do I Start as a Grant Writer?

That's the most common question I hear...“Where do I start as a grant writer?
 
Here's the thing. We tend to build things up in our heads and make them way harder than they need to be.
 
The problem is, when there are a lot of unknowns, that also spills over into our decisionmaking and clouds our judgment. Emily P. Freeman says in her book, “Without a name, we can’t be specific…There is power in naming the unnamed things.
 
If you’re dealing with a general feeling of overwhelm and can’t seem to move forward with making decisions, start with naming. Then you know what you have to work with. 
 
That can go a long way in helping you determine your next right step.
 
Finding a Balance with Long-Term Perspective

We need to find a balance between addressing the immediate, urgent demands while keeping a long-term, visionary perspective in sight. This starts with a few simple steps:

Keep things running, but think in the context of a visionary perspective

  1. Dig into the overwhelming thing and name it.
  2. Find your core clarity:
    • Personal why
    • Vision, mission, and core values

Those become a filter for decisionmaking. We've named and defined what we have to work with, so then it's not an ambiguous, overwhelming problem. We have a core framework for moving forward.

Listen to the full episode for examples and deeper discussion of each.

 

Challenge Question:

What is one area that has you feeling stumped right now, and how can you name it to help you move forward? Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message and I'll share more resources with you.

 

Keep at it, my friend! Have a great week, and keep changing your world!


Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.

Other Resources Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

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Mar 22, 2022
84: Encouragement for the Overwhelmed Nonprofit Leader: 9 Ways to Recharge
14:04

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When You're Wearing All The Nonprofit Hats

Already in the first quarter of 2022 I’ve had the privilege of attending several conferences and workshops, both in-person and virtual. I’ve met some incredible people who are working hard on the front lines to carry out their missions. 
 
Because of that, I’ve been able to keep an ear to the ground about what’s going on in the space. People are so passionate about their mission and you can tell they care deeply about the cause they’re working for. It’s inspiring hanging around these types of leaders.
 
However, there’s also a clear, common theme among these executive directors and other leaders: they’re overwhelmed and worn out. They feel like they’re wearing all the hats. I don’t say that to be discouraging, but to let you know that you are not alone!
 
Yet the mission is so important and the work has to get done. They keep going back day after day because these are caring, compassionate people. What’s an overwhelmed nonprofit leader to do? We’re caring by nature, but running around trying to wear all the hats can wear us out if we’re not careful.
 

9 Ways Overwhelmed Nonprofit Leaders Can Recharge:

  1. Take care of you.
  2. Recognize what things YOU need to recharge.
  3. Minimize distractions.
  4. Measure backwards.
  5. Aim forward.
  6. Step away for creative think time.
  7. Reach out for support.
  8. Keep learning, exploring, and experimenting.
  9. Start rethinking your obstacles as creative challenges.

Listen to the full episode for examples and deeper discussion of each.


Challenge Questions:

On a scale of 1-10, how overwhelmed are you feeling right now? Which of these 9 tips are you going to implement first? Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message and I'll share more resources with you.

Keep at it, my friend! The world needs you - but since you’re here right now, I think you already know that. Have a great week, and keep changing your world!

Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit?

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.

Other Resources Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Mar 15, 2022
83: Breaking Free from the Nonprofit Comparison Trap: More Than a Numbers Game
10:53

What Questions Do You Have About Grant Writing?

Lately we've been going back to the basics of grant writing! I'm answering some of the most common questions I hear about grants.

We learn how to level up your skills in the Fast Track to Grant Writer so you can approach your grant writing career with a more successful strategy. The end goal is to help you increase your income and your impact through grant writing.

Are You Stuck in the Numbers Game?

 

Numbers can be intimidating, especially if it seems like our work doesn't measure up to others around us. However, numbers aren't everything. We need to also take the quality and impact into account.

Listen to the full episode for encouragement and challenge questions to think through with your team. 

Challenge:

How can your nonprofit look at your numbers differently? Connect with me over on LinkedIn and let’s continue the conversation.

 

Keep up the good work, my friends! You’re making a bigger difference than you’ll ever know.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore this further, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.
 

Other Episodes Mentioned:


Wondering how to find grants and keep up with all the applications? Check out Instrumentl! It's a robust grant search, tracking, and project management tool. 

Go to teresahuff.com/instrumentl and use the code GWSPOD for a free two-week trial AND $50 off your first month.


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

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Mar 08, 2022
82: Are You Getting More Rejections Than Wins? How to Improve Your Grant Proposals
11:59

learn how to level up your skills in the Fast Track to Grant Writer so you can approach your grant writing career with a more successful strategy. The end goal is to help you increase your income and your impact through grant writing.

Are You Struggling to Win Grants?

Grants are a long game, and they're not easy money. If you've been struggling with grant proposal rejections, today I want to offer you encouragement. You're not alone, it's normal, and you can improve!

Ways to Improve Your Grant Proposals

If you aren’t winning very many grants, know that:

  • You’re not the only one! 
  • What external factors are coming into play?
  • Look at your writing, or better yet, have someone else look at it. 
  • Are you clearly conveying the need, the project, and how you’ll measure the impact? 
  • Gauge the level of risk you’re taking with each application. Look at the different elements so you can make an educated, calculated decision instead of blind risk.
  • Make sure you’re ready for grants first. Play the long game and do the hard work of preparing. If you’re a nonprofit, check out my free nonprofit audit.
  • Build a relationship with the grantmaker. Ask for their input and feedback. 

Challenge:

How can your nonprofit improve your grant proposals? Connect with me over on LinkedIn and let’s continue the conversation.

Keep up the good work, my friends! You’re making a bigger difference than you’ll ever know.


How grant-ready is your nonprofit? Take the free audit: teresahuff.com/grantready


Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore this further, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.

Other Episodes Mentioned:


Join Me in the Free Webinar: 

Go from Rejected to Accepted - 9 Reasons Grants Get Rejected (and How to Fix Them)

Wondering how to find grants and keep up with all the applications? Check out Instrumentl! It's a robust grant search, tracking, and project management tool. 

Go to teresahuff.com/instrumentl and use the code GWSPOD for a free two-week trial AND $50 off your first month.


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

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Mar 02, 2022
81: Should You Hire a Professional Grant Writer or Do It Yourself? Questions to Ask Before You Decide
15:11

Take the Nonprofit Grant-Ready Audit: www.teresahuff.com/grantready

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What Questions Do You Have About Grant Writing?

This month we're going back to the basics of grant writing! I'm answering some of the most common questions I hear about grants.

We learn how to level up your skills in the Fast Track to Grant Writer so you can approach your grant writing career with a more successful strategy. The end goal is to help you increase your income and your impact through grant writing.

To Hire a Professional or DIY?

 

When you’re considering a home improvement project, sometimes you can handle it yourself just fine. Other times, though, you’re better off bringing in an expert. The decision depends on several factors - for starters, your level of skill, budget, scope of the project. 

Grant writing is the same way. While there’s no standard right or wrong answer, you need to consider a few aspects of the situation before making your decision. Today I’ll walk you through 5 areas to think through with your team before making the call. We’ll also look at a hybrid alternative that might work well for some of your projects.

 

Challenge:

What’s the status of your nonprofit with regards to hiring a grant writer? Go through the audit, and then connect with me over on LinkedIn and let’s continue the conversation.

 

Keep up the good work, my friends! You’re making a bigger difference than you’ll ever know.

 Connect with me over on LinkedIn and let’s continue the conversation.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore this further, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.
 

Other Episodes Mentioned:

Try Out Instrumentl Grant Search Software 

Wondering how to find grants and keep up with all the applications? Check out Instrumentl! It's a robust grant search, tracking, and project management tool. 

Go to teresahuff.com/instrumentl and use the code GWSPOD for a free two-week trial AND $50 off your first month


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

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Feb 23, 2022
80: 7 Things Grants Are NOT: What You Need to Know About Grant Funding [Grant Writing Basics Series]
12:37

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What Questions Do You Have About Grant Writing?

This month we're going back to the basics of grant writing! I'm answering some of the most common questions I hear about grants.

 

Lose the Misconceptions

So many misconceptions are floating around about grants and how they work. Today we're going to address what grants are NOT so you can focus your efforts on what they ARE. This will help you be more successful in the long run!

We learn how to avoid these in the Fast Track to Grant Writer so you can approach your grant writing career with a more successful strategy. The end goal is to help you increase your income and your impact through grant writing, but we have to dispel some of these common misconceptions first.

Even if you as the grant writer know these points, you may have a board member now and then who might not understand. This will give them an outside perspective to help educate them.

7 Things Grants Are NOT

Let's be sure we're on the same page before you start applying for grant funding. Grants are NOT:

  1. Quick fix
  2. Easy money
  3. Bailout
  4. Starter plan
  5. Solo funding plan
  6. Free for all
  7. Magic cure
Listen to the episode for an explanation of each, and what you can do instead.

 

Challenge:

Today we’ve talked about 7 things grants are NOT. Did any of these surprise you? Connect with me over on LinkedIn and let’s continue the conversation.

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore this further, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.
 

Other Episodes Mentioned:

Try Out Instrumentl Grant Search Software 

Wondering how to find grants and keep up with all the applications? Check out Instrumentl! It's a robust grant search, tracking, and project management tool. 

Go to teresahuff.com/instrumentl and use the code GWSPOD for a free two-week trial AND $50 off your first month.


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Feb 15, 2022
79: Grant Writing Basics: Where Do You Find Grants?
13:23

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What Questions Do You Have About Grant Writing?

This month we're going back to the basics of grant writing! I'm answering some of the most common questions I hear about grants.

 

Where Do I Find Grants?

Just like anything in life, you can always do a Google search. However, that might send you down a never-ending rabbit trail with nothing to show for it!

Several grant search tools are available for nonprofits, such as:

  • Instrumentl
  • Grant Station
  • GrantScape
  • Foundation Directory Online
  • Grant Forward
  • Grant Select
  • Grant Watch
  • Grant Gopher

In addition, I recommend starting local. See what's in your own community and build relationships with those foundations. Check with your local library, the Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses.

6 Tips Before You Start Your Grant Search:

  1. Be sure your nonprofit is ready for grants!
  2. Be sure your mission and priorities are clear and externally focused
  3. Know your program priorities so you can find a good match with grant funders
  4. Weed out quickly. Look for geographical and program fit first.
  5. Start local, especially if you're newer to grants
  6. Organize your search

Challenge:

Listen in today as we go back to the basics of grant writing. If you have a similar question, send me a message. Chances are others are wondering too! Maybe I'll even answer it on a future podcast episode!

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore this further, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.
 

Other Episodes Mentioned:

Try Out Instrumentl Grant Search Software 

Wondering how to find grants and keep up with all the applications? Check out Instrumentl! It's a robust grant search, tracking, and project management tool. 

Go to teresahuff.com/instrumentl and use the code GWSPOD for a free two-week trial AND $50 off your first month!


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

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Feb 08, 2022
78: Grant Writing Basics: What Does a Grant Look Like?
16:46

What Questions Do You Have About Grant Writing?

When I first started grant writing and working with my mentor, I asked a lot of questions. 

Let me rephrase that.

I asked a BOATLOAD of questions.

I bombarded her with so many queries that I apologized for the onslaught. I'll never forget her gracious response, "I'd rather you ask than wonder." 

Now that I'm mentoring grant writers myself, I feel the same way. No question is too big or too small!

 

What Does a Grant Even Look Like?

I was recently a guest presenter about grant readiness in a college class. After the class, a student came up to me and said, "I feel silly asking this, but...what does a grant look like? I've tried googling it, but the answers are so confusing!"

I am SO glad she asked!

Funny thing is, I wondered the EXACT same thing before I met my mentor and started grant writing. Except...Google wasn't a thing yet, so I didn't have anyone to ask!

Today I'm going to explain what a grant application might look like depending on the type of grant you're writing, what things are usually included in a grant proposal, and the different ways of submitting a grant. And, most importantly, I explain how you can know exactly how to fill out a grant application!

Challenge:

Listen in today as we go back to the basics of grant writing. If you have a similar question, send me a message. Chances are others are wondering too! Maybe I'll even answer it on a future podcast episode!

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore this further, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.
 

Other Episodes Mentioned:

Try Out Instrumentl Grant Search Software 

Wondering how to find grants and keep up with all the applications? Check out Instrumentl! It's a robust grant search, tracking, and project management tool. 

Go to teresahuff.com/instrumentl and use the code GWSPOD for a free two-week trial AND $50 off your first month!


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

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Feb 04, 2022
77: Conquer the Blank Screen of Death: How to Start Writing a Grant
09:04

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How Do You Start Writing a Grant?

You’ve found a grant that sounds like a great match. You’ve collected the ideas and are ready to begin. You open up a fresh Word document and sit down to write.

You stare at the page and your mind feels equally blank. Shudder.

Now what?

I've got good news for you: I never start writing a grant with a blank page, and you don’t have to either.

Getting Past the Blank Screen to Start Writing a Grant

Ever feel like you just hit a brick wall? Starting with a blank page when you know you must wax poetic for 50 more pages can be pretty intimidating. Especially when funding rides on it.

Writing a grant doesn’t have to be the equivalent of mountain climbing, though. These tricks help me get past the blank page hurdle.

Episode 77 Recap - Starting a Grant Application Step by Step:

  1. First, I look at the elements required in the RFP (Request for Proposal).
  2. Next I put them into a Word or Google document, numbered, along with the point value of each section.
  3. Then I read through each question and type quick notes of things I want to remember to add later – important research points, a good quote from a client, a website link I want to use as a reference.
  4. Now I have a framework instead of a blank page. I can go through and plug in project information from my notes with the client. Goals and objectives take shape. I can make a list of items I need to ask the client.

I am no longer wrestling with a blank page. See how easy that was?

 

Challenge Question:

What's the hardest part for you about getting started with grant writing? Send me a message and let's chat!

If you’re ready to explore this further, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s help you figure out how you can use your constraints to your advantage so you can help change your world.

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.
 

Related Episodes:

Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

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Jan 26, 2022
76: Using Constraints as Containers for Creative Progress Instead of Roadblocks
10:55

Are You Ready for the FAST Track?

Are you ready to unleash your skills to make a massive impact? Let's get you on the FAST Track. Let’s Fast Track your income and your impact in 2022. You can start learning today at teresahuff.com/vip.


The Challenges of Growth

The last couple of weeks we’ve been talking about challenge questions to ask yourself and also some things to consider before you set any goals. 

A recent Fast Company article by Simone Ahuja got me to thinking about these challenges. The article is called, “Rethinking constraints as a catalyst for innovation: Constraints force us to get crystal clear about the problem we’re solving.

Making Creative Progress Instead of Roadblocks

Constraints can be frustrating, especially in the nonprofit world. They're all around us; we're often short on time, money, staff, and other resources. Grant writers run into a lack of information, communication barriers, and word limits galore!

However, constraints require us to adapt more quickly when we have to, as the last couple of years have shown us. Those confines force us to look for creative solutions.

Constraints bring us to a crossroads, a sort of crisis of decision. We can give up and walk away, give in to the status quo, or step up imperfectly and find a creative way to a better solution.

Listen in as I share 3 tips to reframe your constraints.


f you’re ready to explore this further, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s help you figure out how you can use your constraints to your advantage so you can help change your world.

Jan 21, 2022
75: What Drives Nonprofit Giving? Insider Tips to Optimize Your Fundraising - Interview with Tim Kachuriak, NextAfter
36:54

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How Can You Optimize Your Fundraising?

What drives people to give? And what stops people from giving?

That's what Tim Kachuriak and his team at NextAfter have made their mission to discover. 

They've put a nonprofit spin on behavioral science by turning the nonprofit donation landscape into their research lab, and it's fascinating.

Since fundraising is one of the biggest efforts in nonprofit work, I sat down with Tim to find out his top tips to help you optimize your fundraising.

Key Takeaways:

  • How Tim learned to leverage his network and get comfortable talking to people
  • Invite people to be a part of the cause
  • How they run experiments, conduct mystery donor studies, and map the journey from the donor's perspective
  • What motivates people to give
  • Tactical and strategic tips for emails and creating your unique value proposition
  • 4-part framework: Appeal, Exclusivity, Credibility, Clarity
  • Speak the donor's language, not your organization-speak

Two Types of Research:

  1. Forensic research - The team collects large amounts of data to look for patterns
  2. Applied research - The live samples are treated as a lab to figure out what works

Related Resources:

Meet Tim Kachuriak:

Tim Kachuriak is the founder and Chief Innovation and Optimization Officer for NextAfter, a fundraising research lab and consulting firm that works with businesses, nonprofits, and NGOs to help them grow their resource capacity.
 
A nonprofit thought leader, Kachuriak is the author of the book Optimize Your Fundraising, lead researcher and co-author of the Online Fundraising Scorecard, Why Should I Give to You? (The Nonprofit Value Proposition Index Study), and The Midlevel Donor Crisis
 
Kachuriak has trained organizations in fundraising optimization around the world and is a frequent speaker at international nonprofit conferences. Connect with Tim:
  • Website: NextAfter
  • Twitter: twitter.com/NextAfter

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.

Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

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Nonprofits, Gear Up For Grants with this free audio workshop:

www.teresahuff.com/gearup

Jan 11, 2022
74: 3 Things You Must Ask Before You Set Another Goal
14:21

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3 Things You Must Consider Before You Set a Goal

Happy New Year! This is the time of year when everyone is pushing for new goals, resolutions, a word of the year, or whatever version is your cup of tea.

I'm calling timeout.

Before you set another goal, you must step back and consider these three areas first. Lean into this part of the process; your goals (and your progress) will be much better for it!

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

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Nonprofits, Gear Up For Grants with this free audio workshop:

www.teresahuff.com/gearup

Jan 07, 2022
73: 6 Challenge Questions to Help Plan Your Next Steps + Free Worksheet
08:19

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We Need Learning AND Action

The last couple of weeks we’ve been talking about the importance of both learning AND action. They really go hand in hand. I challenged you to do this in Episode 71, and last week in Episode 72 Courtney Vrablik of The Store was a great example of this.

At the end of the year I like to take some time to reflect and plan, although with people around the house, for me  it often spills over into January. In Episode 18 I gave you 6 questions to help you reflect on your year and look at your priorities for the new year. You can also download that worksheet in my Freebie Vault at teresahuff.com/free.

6 Questions to Reflect & Plan

Go back and listen to Episode 18 after you’re done here, but to quickly recap, those 6 questions were:

  1. What went well this year?
  2. What didn’t go so well?
  3. What was draining?
  4. What was energizing?
  5. What do I want to do (or be) less of?
  6. What do I want to do (or be) more of?

6 Challenge Questions to Get You Thinking

Today, in addition to those 6 questions, I want to issue some challenge questions. These will give you some food for thought as you consider your next steps.

  1. Was this a failure, or is it an opportunity to redirect my attention?
  2. What’s not being said? In other words, where do I need to step back and read between the lines?
  3. What am I ignoring or overlooking? 
  4. Am I overthinking in proportion to the importance of this situation? 
  5. Is it time to learn, take action, or both?
  6. Where do I need to challenge myself? 

Take some time to sit with these and reflect. Maybe even journal some notes and ideas as you think through the questions. Your year will be better for it!

Grab the free worksheet: teresahuff.com/free


If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.


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Dec 28, 2021
72: How The Store Is Changing the World with Love at the Core: Interview with Courtney Vrablik, Executive Director of The Store - Nashville
01:03:51

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Nonprofit Spotlight: The Store, Nashville, TN

It’s been a while since we had a nonprofit spotlight on the show, so I’ve been saving this interview up for you to air during the holidays. And let me tell you, there is GOLD in here today, friends. Pure gold.

I first mentioned The Store back in Episode 51 when we talked about ways to build meaningful relationships in the community. The Store's social media presence is a great example of showering appreciation on supporters and partners.

Last week in Episode 71 we talked about how it's important to always be learning, but also taking ACTION.

Today’s guest is a perfect example of that combination.

Courtney Vrablik is the Executive Director of The Store in Nashville, TN. A few years ago, Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley (yes, that’s the country singer and the actress) volunteered with their kids at Unity Shoppe in Santa Barbara, California. That sparked their dream to address food insecurity in their own hometown of Nashville.

Courtney became the Executive Director just before the pandemic of 2020 hit, and what a time to step into a new role! She's such an incredible combination of tenacity, confidence, and humility.

Key Takeaways

This conversation is full of so many inspiring insights. Courtney shares about:
  • Staying on top of her game and the ability to make decisions quickly
  • Relying on her supportive board to advise and guide
  • Importance of having a community of peers to build each other up, share resources, learn from each other’s strengths
  • Pooling resources with other organizations in the community
  • Nashville’s unique culture that contributes to the generosity
  • Being open to areas where we need to grow, and also learning to trust our gut
  • Courtney gets raw and real about her personal journey and how it’s helped her better serve the community now
  • The importance of going back to your mission when making decisions and determining your services
  • Creative ways to share your nonprofit’s story while maintaining dignity and privacy for clients
  • Finding fun ways to lift the heaviness and still talk about the needs
  • Being good stewards and building trust with donors
  • Determining what success looks like for each client
There are so many moving parts to our work that my go-to should never be to put the burden of proof and the burden of why we exist on the customer who’s experiencing the greatest amount of need.”
 
 This is one inspirational interview you won't want to miss!

Meet Courtney Vrablik:

Courtney Vrablik is the Executive Director of The Store in Nashville, TN. 
 
The Store is the result of a dream Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley had to address food insecurity in their hometown after their experiences volunteering at Unity Shoppe in Santa Barbara. With a mission that focuses on dignity, The Store provides free groceries to qualifying families and individuals who are seeking self-sufficiency and opportunities to break cycles of poverty. 
 
As a single mother who has navigated SNAP and WIC programs in the past, Courtney has a deep desire to assist others through such difficult times in a way that makes them feel seen and respected. 
 
Connect with Courtney and The Store:

Other Episodes Mentioned:

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.


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Dec 21, 2021
71: Success Leaves Clues: 2021 Nonprofit Book Roundup
11:55

Always Be Learning

“Success leaves clues.” The first time I heard that statement was from Dr. Johnathan Kraus in Episode 27.
 
 
I thought I'd better sit up and pay attention.
 

Learning Is Vital, But We Can't Stay There

We can’t get stuck in learning mode alone. We also need to take ACTION. This is a big part of the Fast Track to Grant Writer VIP Program. Sure, we have plenty of supportive community and accountability, but the lessons are strategically designed for those who are ready to take serious action.
 
After going through the first few modules, the Fast Track to Grant Writer students are taking action - having conversations with prospective clients, setting up meetings, and figuring out their services. They already have a solid understanding of what types of services they can offer nonprofits - plus a group to support them and share ideas.
 
They've learned the importance of both learning AND action.

2021 Nonprofit Book Roundup 

I enjoy learning from others too; that's why I always ask my guests to share a resource that's been especially helpful to them.  
 
Here we go - the latest book roundup for 2021:
 
  1. Asking: A 59-Minute Guide to Everything Board Members, Volunteers, and Staff Must Know to Secure the Gift - Jerold Panas  Dr. Jonathan Kraus (Ep 27)
  2. When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself - Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert  Rodney Olsen (Ep 48)
  3. The Ambassador’s Journey: A Parable about Nonprofit Board Leadership - by Brian Brandt and Ashley Kutach  Brian Brandt (Ep 57)
  4. The Go-Giver - by John David Mann & Bob Burg  Alesha Mathis (Ep 67)
  5. I HAVE MY 501(C)3! NOW WHAT?!?: Your Blueprint to Starting Your Nonprofit Without Being the Sole Funder by Alesha Mathis  
  6. The Givers - by David Callahan  Shannon McCracken (Ep 70)
  7. Willpower Doesn’t Work - by Benjamin Hardy
  8. Master of One: Find and Focus on the Work You Were Created to Do - by Jordan Raynor
  9. A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live - by Emily P. Freeman

If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.


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Dec 15, 2021
70: Nonprofit Giving Trends From the Last Two Years and 2022 Forecasting: Interview with Shannon McCracken, The Nonprofit Alliance
45:52

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What's Happening in Nonprofit Giving Trends?

The last couple of years have been full of unexpected circumstances. Are you wondering what's going to happen with fundraising as we wrap up 2021?
 
That's what we're discussing today, along with some challenge questions to consider as we head into 2022.
 

Why the Conversation Is Important

I invited Shannon McCracken, CEO and Founder of The Nonprofit Alliance, to join me in this episode. Shannon has a good pulse on the latest trends, fundraising best practices, and key elements of nonprofit work that we can't ignore.  
 
If you're involved with nonprofit fundraising in any capacity, you need to listen in as we discuss:
 
  • Giving trends over the past 2 years (2020-2021)
  • What that means going into 2022
  • Acknowledging the importance of mental health and reducing the stress on development team members
  • How teams can collaborate to support each other during hectic seasons of unknowns
  • Paying attention to donor FAQs and noticing where you can set up better systems
  • Staying connected and feeding off of each other’s energy
  • The impact of fiscal year vs. calendar year
  • Making diversity conversations a normal part of decisionmaking
  • Challenge questions to consider
I invite you to listen as Shannon and I analyze the state of nonprofit trends and how that will inform decisionmaking moving forward.

Meet Shannon McCracken

Shannon McCracken is CEO of The Nonprofit Alliance (TNPA), a membership association that launched in 2018 with unprecedented support and momentum to promote, protect, and strengthen the nonprofit sector.  
 
Prior to her role with TNPA, Shannon spent two years as Charity Navigator’s Chief Development Officer, facilitating communication with nonprofit organizations and dramatically increasing resources to ensure successful implementation of a new strategic plan. She now serves on Charity Navigator’s board of directors.  
 
Previously Shannon spent 17 years with Special Olympics International, most recently as Vice President of Donor Development, building and managing a collaborative individual fundraising program on behalf of the global HQ and North American chapters. Shannon served as the DMA Nonprofit Federation Advisory Council Chair and Chair of the Ethics Committee. 
 
Shannon is a Certified Association Executive and holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit and Association Management.

Connect with Shannon McCracken and The Nonprofit Alliance:


Related Resources:

And a quick shoutout to our friends at Instrumentl for sponsoring today’s show. Remember, if you need a hand with your grant searches and ongoing tracking, go check out Instrumentl’s free trial at teresahuff.com/Instrumentl and get $50 off your first month with the code GWSPOD


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Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

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Nonprofits, Gear Up For Grants with this free audio workshop:

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Dec 07, 2021
69: Grant Writer Strategy Call: How to Become a Grant Writing Consultant and Build Client Referrals
45:56

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Back by Popular Demand: Grant Writer Strategy Call

Today's episode is another grant writer strategy call. This one is unique because I'm chatting with Diego Reeb, one of the VIP Fast Track to Grant Writer Alumni! 
 
We first met Diego back in Episode 30 when he was finishing up the program. He completed the Fast Track to Grant Writer in early 2021. At the time, he was working part time for a nonprofit and needed support with taking his grant writing skills to the next level.
 
Now as he's nearing the end of his Master's program and looking at graduation in 2022, he's ready to start mapping out a plan for how to be a grant writing consultant. That's what our conversation today is focused on.
 

Discussion on How to Be a Grant Writing Consultant:

  • How to position yourself to convey your value and experience
  • Getting specific about the type of clients you want to work with
  • How to frame your services and requests for better word of mouth referrals
  • Ways to showcase your expertise when you’re good at writing - even without a website
  • Where to focus your efforts when there’s so much you COULD be doing 

Meet Diego Reeb

Diego Reeb is a Social Impact Consultant for Future Focus Global and a Grant Manager for Community Access Naperville. He collaborates with clients to create the transformation they want to manifest in the world. He helps with grant research, proposal drafting, strategic planning, process and workflow analysis, and program development. 
 
Diego will complete his Master's Degree in Social Work in the spring of 2022.

How Do We Start?

As you can hear from working with Diego, this is exactly what I help my clients with every day. I want you to be a good steward of your money, and I want to help you create a solid future to carry out your nonprofit vision. Let’s develop a smart, strategic approach to your nonprofit or freelance grant writing.

If you know you’re ready to take your nonprofit or grant writing career to the next level in a way that helps you carry out your mission without burning out, I want to invite you to work with me. Nonprofits can go to teresahuff.com/apply where you can fill out my application form and see if we’re a good fit to work together. Grant writers can sign up at teresahuff.com/vip and start on the Fast Track to Grant Writer right away.

Let me know - what challenges do you have with sorting out your next steps? What takeaways did you find in this episode? Connect with me over in the Grant Writing Simplified Linkedin community and let’s continue the conversation.


Other Episodes Mentioned:

And a quick shoutout to our friends at Instrumentl for sponsoring today’s show. Remember, if you need a hand with your grant searches and ongoing tracking, go check out Instrumentl’s free trial at teresahuff.com/Instrumentl and get $50 off your first month with the code GWSPOD.


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

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Nonprofits, Gear Up For Grants with this free audio workshop:

www.teresahuff.com/gearup

Nov 30, 2021
68: How You Can Prepare for the Seasonality of Grants
12:37

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Special Holiday Note: Support a Ministry-Based Business AND a Nonprofit

Back in Episode 41, I introduced you to the talented Kari Bartkus of Love Does That. She shared her thought process behind starting a ministry-based business instead of a nonprofit. 
 
This Thanksgiving, instead of running a Black Friday sale, Kari is hosting more of a Black Friday giveback. She's donating a portion of all November sales to a local nonprofit in her community. Check out her beautiful encouraging resources at lovedoesthat.org.

What Is the Seasonality of Grants?

Most new grant writers and nonprofits don't realize that grants are typically seasonal. I sure didn't know that until I got into it! Fortunately my mentor explained this to me early on.

Grant application deadlines tend to be especially busy early in the year throughout the spring season. This is particularly true for federal grants, although foundations can be the same way.  

Because of that, "grant season" (as it's known in professional circles) can get pretty hectic. If you aren't prepared and learn to pace yourself, you can end up exhausted and burned out. 

How Do I Prepare for Grant Season?

The fall and winter seasons are the perfect time of year to be learning, planning, and offering other types of services to bring in a consistent income. As you're thinking through your ideal situation, consider:

  1. What is your ideal workload?
  2. What can you be learning and planning this time of year? (HINT: It's a perfect time to learn grant writing and map out your plan for next year!)
  3. How can you work ahead and prepare for grant season?

How Do We Start?

This is exactly what I help my clients with every day. I want you to be a good steward of your money, and I want to help you create a solid future to carry out your nonprofit vision. Let’s develop a smart, strategic approach to your nonprofit or freelance grant writing.

If you know you’re ready to take your nonprofit or grant writing career to the next level in a way that helps you carry out your mission without burning out, I want to invite you to work with me. Nonprofits can go to teresahuff.com/apply where you can fill out my application form and see if we’re a good fit to work together. Grant writers can sign up at teresahuff.com/vip and start on the Fast Track to Grant Writer right away.

Let me know - have you faced the challenges of getting a new nonprofit (or your new grant writing business) off the ground? Connect with me over in the Grant Writing Simplified Linkedin community and let’s continue the conversation.


Other Resources Mentioned:

And a quick shoutout to our friends at Instrumentl for sponsoring today’s show. Remember, if you need a hand with your grant searches and ongoing tracking, go check out Instrumentl’s free trial at teresahuff.com/Instrumentl and get $50 off your first month with the code GWSPOD


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

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Nonprofits, Gear Up For Grants with this free audio workshop:

www.teresahuff.com/gearup

Nov 23, 2021
67: 9 Steps for Getting a New Nonprofit off the Ground: Interview with Alesha Mathis, Nonprofit Founder's Club
46:24

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What's a New Nonprofit to Do?

A couple of weeks ago we talked about the 3 things you must have in order to get started as a freelance grant writer. Today we're going to look at the other side of the equation - how to get started as a new nonprofit.
 

9 Steps to Starting a New Nonprofit

Fundraising expert Alesha Mathis and I sat down to dive deep into the steps a new nonprofit needs to take in order to build a solid, lasting framework. We discuss great tips for:
  • Mapping out your overall plan,
  • Growing your board,
  • Developing a budget,
  • Getting your internal framework in order, and
  • Fundraising step by step.

Whether you’re a new nonprofit or a grant writer, you’ll want to take notes because these key steps will help you understand the core foundations of building a sustainable nonprofit.

Meet Alesha Mathis

Alesha helps passionate Founders build a nonprofit where they aren't the sole funder through her Build a Nonprofit Framework.

She also teaches people who want to learn fundraising how to professionally and ethically raise millions through her Fundraising Framework.

Alesha has been in nonprofit work as an employee, contractor, teacher, and mentor for almost 15 years. She fell in love with fundraising working for a larger nonprofit several years ago.

Alesha believes people passionate about nonprofit work feel a calling to their work and cause. She is no different. Nonprofit work connects us and gives us a deep purpose in ways that no other work can.

Connect with Alesha:

How Do We Start?

If this is resonating with you, this is exactly what I help my clients with every day. I want you to be a good steward of your money, and I want to help you create a solid future to carry out your nonprofit vision. Let’s move beyond "Just Get Grants" Syndrome and help you have a smart, strategic approach to your nonprofit or freelance grant writing.

If you know you’re ready to take your nonprofit or grant writing career to the next level in a way that helps you carry out your mission without burning out, I want to invite you to work with me. Nonprofits can go to teresahuff.com/apply where you can fill out my application form and see if we’re a good fit to work together. Grant writers can sign up at teresahuff.com/vip and start on the Fast Track to Grant Writer right away.

Let me know - have you faced the challenges of getting a new nonprofit (or your new grant writing business) off the ground? Connect with me over in the Grant Writing Simplified Linkedin community and let’s continue the conversation.

Other Helpful Resources

And a quick shoutout to our friends at Instrumentl for sponsoring today’s show. Remember, if you need a hand with your grant searches and ongoing tracking, go check out Instrumentl’s free trial at teresahuff.com/Instrumentl and get $50 off your first month with the code GWSPOD


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

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Nonprofits, Gear Up For Grants with this free audio workshop:

www.teresahuff.com/gearup

Nov 16, 2021
66: Why "Just Get Grants" Syndrome Doesn't Work - and a Better Alternative Instead
13:55

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The "Just Get Grants" Syndrome

Today we’re going to talk about a common phenomenon I like to call “Just Get Grants” Syndrome. It’s this common idea that we can “just get grants” to fix ___ (fill in the blank with whatever struggle, money woes, or new venture you’re considering).
 
I’m here to give you some tough love today and tell you that "Just Get Grants" Syndrome doesn’t work. But I’m not going to leave you hanging on my soapbox. We’re going to discuss a much better approach
 

You Don't Know What You Don't Know (and That's Okay)

If you’re hanging out here with me today, it’s probably because you’ve reached a point in your nonprofit or your freelance grant writing career where you don’t know what you don’t know. You probably feel this pressure to get grant funding, and the FOMO (fear of missing out) is kicking in hard. We’re going to talk through those unspoken expectations so that you can shake off that feeling of never quite doing enough, and instead we can focus on the actions you CAN take to move your nonprofit forward.

After nearly 20 years of writing grants and winning several million dollars in funding for schools and nonprofits, I realized grant writing is so much more effective when you take the time to step back and build out your bigger picture strategy first.

Listen to the full episode for stories of the impact this has made on my clients. And here’s the thing - after it was all said and done, they realized it wasn’t a risk at all. It was a game-changer.

How Do We Start?

If this is resonating with you, this is exactly what I help my clients with every day. I want you to be a good steward of your money, and I want to help you create a solid future to carry out your nonprofit vision. Let’s move beyond "Just Get Grants" Syndrome and help you have a smart, strategic approach to your nonprofit or freelance grant writing.

If you know you’re ready to take your nonprofit or grant writing career to the next level in a way that helps you carry out your mission without burning out, I want to invite you to work with me. Nonprofits can go to teresahuff.com/apply where you can fill out my application form and see if we’re a good fit to work together. Grant writers can sign up at teresahuff.com/vip and start on the Fast Track to Grant Writer right away.

Let me know - have you ever faced “Just Get Grants” Syndrome, and how do you handle it? Connect with me over in the Grant Writing Simplified Linkedin community and let’s continue the conversation.


And a quick shoutout to our friends at Instrumentl for sponsoring today’s show. Remember, if you need a hand with your grant searches and ongoing tracking, go check out Instrumentl’s free trial at teresahuff.com/Instrumentl and get $50 off your first month with the code GWSPOD


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Nonprofits, Gear Up For Grants with this free audio workshop:

www.teresahuff.com/gearup

Nov 09, 2021
65: 3 Must-Haves to Succeed in Freelance Grant Writing
14:20

The Future of Freelance Grant Writing

Is there room for more freelance grant writers in this strange, unpredictable economy? 
 
I humbly submit to you today that yes, yes there most certainly is, and there’s never been a better time for it. 
 
But freelance grant writing will only work if you’re smart about it and position yourself as a strategic resource. The ones who are able to make it work long-term will be those who are committed, clear, and consistent.
Buckle up because we’re going deep today, my friends!

Should you be an employee or a freelancer? 

We discuss this in depth in the Fast Track to Grant Writer VIP Program. There’s no perfect solution - the short answer is it depends on your situation and goals. But today I want to specifically hash out the latest and greatest in the world of freelancing and how it relates to grant writing.

I’d love to hear from you. Come find me in the Grant Writing Simplified Linkedin community and let’s continue the conversation over there.


And a quick shoutout to our friends at Instrumentl for sponsoring today’s show. Remember, if you need a hand with your grant searches and ongoing tracking, go check out Instrumentl’s free trial at teresahuff.com/Instrumentl and get $50 off your first month with the code GWSPOD


Other Resources Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Nonprofits, Gear Up For Grants with this free audio workshop:

www.teresahuff.com/gearup

Nov 02, 2021
64: Using Data to Tell Nonprofit Stories: 6 Tips to Flex Your Grant Writing Muscles
12:43

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How Is Your Grant Writing Data Game?

This month we've been talking about grant writing systems, and last month we talked about telling stories in your grant writing.
 
Today we're combining the two and talking about how to tell better stories using data in grant writing. 
 

How to Use Data In Grant Writing to Tell Stories

Data can be one of those tricky areas in grant writing, because grant applications request the data, but they don't always tell you what data. How's a grant writer supposed to know?

Today I'm sharing 6 tips for better data-driven storytelling in your grant writing.


Do You Struggle with Using Data in Grant Writing?

This is exactly how I help nonprofits. We work on helping you build a solid, adaptable framework for your grant applications. You’ve got to have a good foundation if you want to build long-term, sustainable funding.

We also go through specific examples of this in the Fast Track to Grant Writer VIP Program. I show you different ways to use the data to make the most impact, and then we have homework exercises to practice doing that with different types of data.

I’d love to support you so you can scale your nonprofit or grant writing career much faster. Let’s create a ripple effect!


And a quick shoutout to our friends at Instrumentl for sponsoring today’s show. Remember, if you need a hand with your grant searches and ongoing tracking, go check out Instrumentl’s free trial at teresahuff.com/Instrumentl and get $50 off your first month with the code GWSPOD

Other Resources Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Nonprofits, Gear Up For Grants with this free audio workshop:

www.teresahuff.com/gearup

Oct 25, 2021
63: Systems for Hire: Ways to Help Your Nonprofit Thrive
18:00

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Are Your Systems Working for You, Against You, or Not at All?

Back in Episode 52, I shared some of my favorite tech tools I use nearly every day. Then last week we talked about the importance of systems when it comes to your grant strategy and how much that can impact your success.
 
Today I want to share some other systems you need to consider.
And not to worry if you don’t have these yet! 
 
If you’re a nonprofit, set up an advisory session and we can help you shore up some of these areas so you can end the year strong and kick off 2022 with your house in order. In the Fast Track to Grant Writer, we get into a LOT of this and I set you up with my templates and tracking. 

Can you offload some of your work to a system?

If you find yourself:

  • dropping the ball a lot, 
  • doing a lot of repetitive tasks, 
  • having to explain things over and over to different people on your team, 
  • or you’re not collecting the kind of data you need for your grant applications, 

...then that's a good sign it’s time to take a look at your systems. You'll be glad you did!


Ready to Gear Up For Grants? Private Nonprofit Workshop

I've been cooking up some resources just for you nonprofits out there! 

A powerful, focused strategy map is the key to helping you gain traction and make a bigger impact in your nonprofit. This FREE 4-part audio workshop and workbook will help you start to lay the foundation for future grant success in your nonprofit. You'll learn to leverage your nonprofit’s resources more strategically so you can make a bigger impact. 

Get the details and Gear Up For Grants here!

Want to Be a Grant Writer? Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer

If you’re wanting to become a grant writer to help nonprofits tell their story to make a bigger impact, then get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer today at teresahuff.com/vip.

And a quick shoutout to our friends at Instrumentl for sponsoring today’s show. Remember, if you need a hand with your grant searches and ongoing tracking, go check out Instrumentl’s free trial at teresahuff.com/Instrumentl and get $50 off your first month with the code GWSPOD


Other Resources Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Nonprofits, Gear Up For Grants with this free audio workshop:

www.teresahuff.com/gearup

Oct 19, 2021
62: Pro Tips to Step Up Your Nonprofit Grant Strategy with Systems - Interview with Gauri Manglik, Instrumentl CEO & Co-Founder
34:49

Grant writers, get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer.

Nonprofits, it's time to Gear Up For Grants.


Do You Have a Grant Search and Tracking System in Place?

Have you ever gone down the rabbit hole of grant funding and felt overwhelmed by all the potential options out there? Yet somehow you're still struggling to track all the different opportunities, deadlines, and requirements. A spreadsheet just doesn't cut it anymore.
 

How to Step up Your Nonprofit Grant Strategy with Systems

Systems are a big deal if you're ever going to scale your organization. However, we don't want to create complex systems just for the sake of having a system. They need to work for us to make our lives easier and help us delegate the work among our team.
 
That's why I've invited Gauri Manglik, CEO of Instrumentl, on the show today. She's truly a systems expert. Gauri and her team made it their mission to study the way both nonprofits and grant funders operate, and she's a wealth of knowledge on streamlining systems.
 
We talk about all kinds of strategy tips that nonprofits should pay attention to. 
 
Listen as Gauri and I discuss the different aspects to consider as you're growing your nonprofit grant strategy with systems. 
 
Then let me know - what were your biggest takeaways and how can I support you? Come join us in the Grant Writing Simplified LinkedIn Group and let’s continue the conversation! 
 
I highly recommend you give Instrumentl a test drive! Head over to teresahuff.com/Instrumentl for 2 weeks free, and then grab $50 off your first month with the code GWSPOD

Meet Gauri Manglik, Instrumentl CEO & Co-Founder
 
Gauri Manglik is the CEO and co-founder of Instrumentl, the institutional fundraising platform. Under her leadership, Instrumentl has grown to serve over 1,400 nonprofits, quickly becoming a favorite tool among grant seekers for bringing grant prospecting, tracking, and management to one place.
 
Gauri has dedicated her career to building intuitive and delightful user experiences. Seeing the opportunity to force multiply the nonprofit sector’s ability to create impact through software led her to her work at Instrumentl.
 
Before Instrumentl, Gauri was CEO and co-founder of Fondu, an online community for sharing bite-sized restaurant reviews. After Fondu was acquired by Airbnb, Gauri led their mobile and special projects teams. Gauri holds a BA in Computer Science from NYU.
 

Ready to Gear Up For Grants? Private Nonprofit Workshop

I've been cooking up some resources just for you nonprofits out there! 

A powerful, focused strategy map is the key to helping you gain traction and make a bigger impact in your nonprofit. This FREE 4-part audio workshop and workbook will help you start to lay the foundation for future grant success in your nonprofit. You'll learn to leverage your nonprofit’s resources more strategically so you can make a bigger impact. 

Get the details and Gear Up For Grants here!

Want to Be a Grant Writer? Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer

If you’re wanting to become a grant writer to help nonprofits tell their story to make a bigger impact, then get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer today at teresahuff.com/vip.

And a quick shoutout to our friends at Instrumentl for sponsoring today’s show. Remember, if you need a hand with your grant searches and ongoing tracking, go check out Instrumentl’s free trial at teresahuff.com/Instrumentl and get $50 off your first month with the code GWSPOD

What's YOUR why? Send me a message - I'd love to hear it! 


Other Resources Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Nonprofits, Gear Up For Grants with this free audio workshop:

www.teresahuff.com/gearup

Oct 12, 2021
61: Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Grant Writing + Celebrating 1 Year of the Grant Writing Simplified Podcast!
19:29

Gear Up For Grants at teresahuff.com/gearup.


Happy Birthday to the Grant Writing Simplified Podcast!

When I started the podcast one year ago, I never dreamed it would be downloaded in 72 countries across 6 continents! Today I want to thank YOU, my amazing listeners, for all your encouragement and support through this journey over the past year!
 
Last Friday I had the honor of presenting a grant writing session at the Drury University Nonprofit Leadership Annual Conference. The irony was that it had been exactly one year since the official podcast start date. It was amazing being back in person again and meeting some incredible humans doing amazing work in the nonprofit world. What a way to celebrate!! 
 

Top 10 Things I Want You to Know About Grant Writing

To celebrate the 1 year birthday, I thought a good ol' Top 10 list would be fun! You've heard me say some of these in multiple episodes, and that's because these are important!

Ready to Gear Up For Grants? New Private Nonprofit Workshop

I've been cooking up some resources just for you nonprofits out there! 

A powerful, focused strategy map is the key to helping you gain traction and make a bigger impact in your nonprofit. This FREE 4-part audio workshop and workbook will help you start to lay the foundation for future grant success in your nonprofit. You'll learn to leverage your nonprofit’s resources more strategically so you can make a bigger impact. 

Get the details and Gear Up For Grants here!

Want to Be a Grant Writer? Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer

If you’re wanting to become a grant writer to help nonprofits tell their story to make a bigger impact, then get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer today at teresahuff.com/vip.


And a shoutout to our friends at Instrumentl for sponsoring today’s show. Remember, if you need a hand with your grant searches and ongoing tracking, go check out Instrumentl’s free trial at teresahuff.com/Instrumentl and get $50 off your first month with the code GWSPOD


What's YOUR why? Send me a message - I'd love to hear it! 

Other Episodes Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Oct 05, 2021
60: 5 Questions for a More Compelling Nonprofit Story [Nonprofit Storytelling Series]
14:48

Join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: www.teresahuff.com/vip


Nonprofit Storytelling Is an Art AND a Science

This month we’ve been talking about nonprofit storytelling and some different ways you can do that. Now we’re going a little deeper into how to craft your nonprofit story, and I’m going to share 5 tips that will help you figure out how to tell your story.
 
Grant writing is both an art and a science...
 
It's a science because you have to understand the process, use the research, and follow the funder guidelines to a T. 
 
It's an art because you need to decide how much to tell, which data and stories to use, and how to present it the most effectively.
 
Listen in as I share 5 Questions to Ask When Crafting Your Nonprofit Story.

Let's Work Together to Tell Your Nonprofit's Story

Sometimes you need help sorting out your nonprofit story and figuring out how to tell it. You know it’s vital, yet it’s hard when you’re in the thick of things and you can’t see the forest for the trees. If that’s you, then send me a message on LinkedIn or reach out on my website contact page and let’s discuss what that could look like for your nonprofit. 

If you’re wanting to become a grant writer to help nonprofits tell their story to make a bigger impact, then get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer today at teresahuff.com/vip.

 

And a quick shoutout to our friends at Instrumentl for sponsoring today’s show. Remember, if you need a hand with your grant searches and ongoing tracking, go check out Instrumentl’s free trial at teresahuff.com/Instrumentl and get $50 off your first month with the code GWSPOD

 

Your story is important, and the way you tell it is important. How will you share your story this week? 

Other Episodes Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Sep 28, 2021
59: How to Tell Your Nonprofit Story Through Video - Interview with David Jasse, DMJ Studios [Nonprofit Storytelling Series]
52:48

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer at teresahuff.com/vip.


The Art of Nonprofit Storytelling

Today’s guest is David Jasse from DMJ Studios. We first connected on LinkedIn. After following him for a while, I could tell that he really gets nonprofits. He knows how to pull out a compelling story and showcase it through video. 
 
David has worked for some big-name TV networks, and since starting his own production company, his nonprofit films have helped raise over $20M for nonprofits.
 
There are so many great takeaways in this episode! If you’re a nonprofit, be ready to take notes on how you can better tell your story. And if you’re a grant writer, this might give you some ideas on how you can better help tell your nonprofit’s story.
 

Telling Nonprofit Stories Through Video

A few of the high points we discuss:
  • The importance of telling your story in a high quality way
  • How limiting beliefs hurt your nonprofit
  • Using video storytelling to raise funding
  • Applying smart business principles to running your nonprofit
  • 80% of communication is nonverbal
  • Asking the right questions to dig deeper
  • Drawing out the emotional side of stories

Meet David Jasse

David M. Jasse opened DMJ Studios in 1992 after garnering network experience at CNN, MTV, CBS & FOX. Among his company’s most recent achievements is editing & designing graphics for Emmy Award winning “Born to Explore with Richard Weise” as seen on ABC. 

Previously, DMJ headed up the editorial team for “Cafe Digital”, 52 half hour shows on The Discovery Channel. David’s specialty is directing video that engages audiences and touches hearts. 

Mr. Jasse’s nonprofit films have helped raise over 20 million dollars. In the last year since the pandemic, DMJ has successfully pivoted to producing virtual events for the nonprofit community.

  • www.dmjstudios.net
  • Connect with David Jasse on LinkedIn
  • David says: Send your email to jasse@dmjstudios.net with "10 reasons" in the subject line and I'll send you my article on "Ten Reasons Why Most Videos Fail."

Are You Telling Your Nonprofit Story?

 If we don’t tell the stories, people won’t know there’s a need. And if they don’t know there’s a need, they can’t help meet that need. So tell your stories.
 
Remember, if you need a hand with your grant searches and ongoing tracking, go check out Instrumentl’s free trial at teresahuff.com/Instrumentl and get $50 off your first month with the code GWSPOD
 
If you’re a nonprofit or a grant writer and you need help figuring out your next right step, I’d love to help you do just that in the Fast Track to Grant Writer program. Seriously, it’s like Miracle Gro for grant writers. You can sign up and start learning today at teresahuff.com/vip.

Resources Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Sep 21, 2021
58: What Coffee Mugs and Grant Writing Have in Common: How Are You Telling Your Nonprofit Story? [Nonprofit Storytelling Series]
10:40

Coffee Mugs, Grant Writing, and Storytelling

What do coffee mugs have to do with grant writing? (Besides drinking lots of coffee to stay awake and finish the grant!)
 
A few days ago I was getting a mug for my early morning coffee, and it got me to thinking that grant writing is a little bit like those coffee mugs. Today I'll explain.
 
Nonprofit Storytelling
 
If you’re a nonprofit and need support telling your story, I invite you to apply to work with me at teresahuff.com/nonprofits. And if you’re a grant writer wanting to help nonprofits tell their story, let’s get you on the Fast Track to Grant Writer today.

 
Grant Search Tool
 
Instrumentl's grant prospecting, tracking, and management system helps grant writers and nonprofits collect the data on auto-pilot so we can focus more on telling our stories. 
 
I highly recommend giving them a try because we have enough on our nonprofit plates already; this is one aspect of our work that they’ve made really easy to offload. Go to www.teresahuff.com/instrumentl and use the discount code GWSPOD to get a two-week trial and then $50 off your first month.
 

Other Episodes Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip


 

Sep 14, 2021
57: From Board Members to Ambassadors: Nurturing Nonprofit Leadership - Interview with Brian Brandt, Core Insights
38:40

Join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: www.teresahuff.com/vip

Developing Nonprofit Board Members

Developing a healthy nonprofit board can be a challenge. Often board members agree to serve without understanding their role or how they can best help the nonprofit. Board training and communication can alleviate some of this dysfunction. Board members can then step into their leadership roles and use their skills more effectively.
 
Brian Brandt, CEO of Core Insights, shares words of wisdom for nonprofit board members. We chat about:
  • The role of nonprofit board members 
  • Where to start when onboarding new members
  • The importance of market research when starting a nonprofit
  • How to encourage board members to get involved
  • Fostering connection and vision among nonprofit boards
  • Better equipping board members to serve
  • Developing ambassadors, not just board members
  • Approaching difficult board conversations with grace
Listen in for some great advice from Brian's years of working with nonprofits.
 

Meet Brian Brandt:

Brian Brandt is the CEO of Core Insights, a Texas-based company providing training and facilitation for nonprofits and businesses. With three decades of leadership experience, he has devoted his life to developing stronger leaders and organizations. His expertise revolves around board training, leadership, and communication. 
 
Brian frequently speaks at conferences on board development and engagement, human resources issues, leadership, change management, and strategic planning. He co-authored The Ambassador’s Journey: A Parable About Nonprofit Board Leadership and Blind Spots: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You. Brian holds a Master’s in Global Leadership and a Bachelor’s in Accounting.
 
 
Nonprofit Work Is a Journey
If you’re a nonprofit and not sure how to move forward with your mission, go to teresahuff.com/nonprofits and let’s chat about the next best steps for you.
 
If you’re a grant writer wanting to make a career out of this, join me in the Fast Track to Grant Writer so we can map out specific action steps for your income. Now is a great time to jump in so you can level up your grant writing career. 
 
What is ONE SMALL thing you’ll do today to make the world around you a better place? Now go do it!

Other Episodes Mentioned:


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Sep 07, 2021
56: Grant Writer Percentage Fees & Pricing: Should You Pay a Grant Writer a Contingency Fee? [Business Building Series]
13:00

Building Your Grant Writing Career

This Grant Writer Business Building Series has been so much fun! We've had some great conversations around building your grant writing career. Today I've got a juicy topic for you!
 
If you’re tired of trying to figure it out on your own and you need support to connect the dots, sign up for the Fast Track to Grant Writer at teresahuff.com/vip. The students in there have a clear plan and even more importantly, they’re taking incredible action! 
 

Questions from Grant Writers and Nonprofits

I hear a lot of questions from both grant writers and nonprofits. Nonprofits are trying to figure out what's a fair way to pay the grant writer, and grant writers are trying to price their services fairly.

Grant writers are asking me:

  • Should I work for free?
  • How much do I charge?

Grant writing requires a highly specialized skill set. Believe it or not, though, you probably have a lot to work with already, even if you’re new to grant writing.

Let’s make that gap as small as possible so you can feel good about what you have to offer. If that’s where you are, then join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer at teresahuff.com/vip.

Nonprofits often ask me:

  • Do you know of any volunteer grant writers?
  • Do you work on commission? Or performance-based grant writing?
  • How much should we expect to pay a grant writer?

If this is where you are in your nonprofit, then fill out the application and we’ll map out a plan for you at teresahuff.com/nonprofits.

Should a Grant Writer Work on Percentage Fees?

Listen in for my recommendations along with questions to consider before determining how much to pay a grant writer.

If you’re a nonprofit and not sure how to move forward with grants, go to teresahuff.com/nonprofits and let’s chat about the next best steps for you.
 
If you’re a grant writer wanting to make a career out of this, join me in the Fast Track to Grant Writer so we can map out specific action steps for your income. Now is a great time to jump in so you can level up your grant writing career. 
 
What is ONE SMALL thing you’ll do today to make the world around you a better place? Now go do it!


Other Episodes Mentioned:

More Grant Writer Strategy Calls:

Click Here to Download the Free Guide for the LinkedIn Checklist

Join me over in the Grant Writing Simplified LinkedIn community. Let’s make LinkedIn the place where the cool kids hang out!


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Aug 31, 2021
55: Grant Writer Strategy Call - How to Start Freelance Grant Writing [Business Building Series]
31:51

Ready to Be a Grant Writer?

This Business Building Series has been so much fun! A lot of you are asking the same questions about becoming a grant writer, so I wanted to address some of those this month.
 
If you’re tired of trying to figure it out on your own and you need support to connect the dots, sign up for the Fast Track to Grant Writer at teresahuff.com/vip. The students in there have a clear plan and even more importantly, they’re taking action! 

How Can I Become a Freelance Grant Writer?

Today I'm talking with Julie Nyhus, a nurse practitioner-turned-grant writer. She's just beginning her grant writing career after 20 years in the nursing field. She’s asking:

  • I’m good at writing, but how do I find clients? 
  • How can I leverage my 20 years of experience as a nurse?
  • Am I supposed to advertise my services?
We Talk About My Tips for Starting a Grant Writing Career:
  • Look for ways to specialize
  • Tap into your network
  • Start with the opportunities around you, and then specialize over time
  • How to research potential nonprofits that you’d like to work with
  • The importance of understanding how nonprofits operate
  • Reaching out to prospective clients to start the conversation

Listen in for a great conversation on how to become a freelance grant writer! We dig deep into this in Fast Track to Grant Writer, the VIP program where we’ll spend 90 days getting your grant writing career up and running. If this is the kind of support you need too, message me and let’s chat about how I can help you. 


Meet Julie Nyhus

Julie Nyhus is a nurse practitioner and freelance health & medical writer. Her first love is writing flash fiction and short stories, but when she’s not crafting words behind the keyboard, she’s busy biking, boxing, knitting, or playing saxophone with the band. 

Julie is a momma to two daughters and bonus-momma to two daughters and one son. She lives in Indiana, a five minute walk from Lake Michigan, with her husband and Bernese Mountain dog.


Other Episodes Mentioned:

More Grant Writer Strategy Calls:

Click Here to Download the Free Guide for the LinkedIn Checklist

Join me over in the Grant Writing Simplified LinkedIn community. Let’s make LinkedIn the place where the cool kids hang out!


Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Aug 24, 2021
54: Jazz Up Your LinkedIn Profile with These Tips for Success [Business Building Series]
13:25

Download the Free Guide: www.teresahuff.com/linkedin

 

Let's Talk LinkedIn

Why am I sharing LinkedIn profile tips today, you ask?

  1. Open up a browser in private mode on your computer. 
  2. Google your name. 
  3. What comes up in the first 3 results? Lemme guess...

Your LinkedIn profile. 

Maybe it was even firstAmiright?

In this series, we're going through tips for building your grant writing career. These episodes give you a sneak peek into the VIP Fast Track to Grant Writer program where, among lots of other game-changing strategies, we go through your LinkedIn profile in detail and you can get feedback from the group. We talk about which strategies are best for your career goals to help you become the go-to grant writer in your community.

What's So Special About a LinkedIn Profile?

I'm going to let you in on one of LinkedIn's best-kept secrets: your LinkedIn profile is not a cut and paste of your resume. This is a space where you can be professional yet show some personality. 

Your LinkedIn profile and activity essentially become a brochure for your business and career, so steward them wisely and you'll soon see momentum.

4 Phases of Polishing Your LinkedIn Profile

I recommend that you start with the basics and build your muscles from there. We'll talk about this in 4 phases:

  1. Phase 1: Polish your Profile
  2. Phase 2: Find and Follow
  3. Phase 3: Comment and Connect
  4. Phase 4: Master your Messaging

Click Here to Download the Free Guide for the Full Checklist

Join me over in the Grant Writing Simplified LinkedIn community. Let’s make LinkedIn the place where the cool kids hang out!

Other Episodes Mentioned:

Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Aug 17, 2021
53: What Should a Grant Writing Consulting Contract Include? Tips from Danielle Liss, Esq. [Business Building Series]
42:38

Protecting Your Grant Writing Consulting Business

Today we're covering an important topic: How do you design a contract for your consulting work? In this series, we're going through tips for building your grant writing career. These episodes give you a sneak peek into the Fast Track to Grant Writer program where I walk you through these in detail. We talk about which strategies are best for your career goals to help you become the go-to grant writer in your community.

As we go through the series this month, I want to answer your questions. What’s your biggest challenge or frustration when it comes to grant writing? Email info@teresahuff.com or message me on LinkedIn


What Should a Grant Writing Consulting Contract Include?

If you decide to be a grant writing consultant or do any type of freelance work, you'll need a good contract. But what should that have? Where do you start with making sure you're protected?

Lawyer and contract expert Danielle Liss, Esq., of Liss Legal and Businessese, shares great tips for designing your grant writing contracts to work for you, not the other way around.


About Danielle Liss, Esq.

Danielle is passionate about simplifying legal for small business owners. She is the owner of Businessese, which offers DIY legal templates. She also has a law firm, LISS Legal, where she focuses her practice on online business owners, bloggers & influencers, and wellness professionals. 

Danielle has previously served as Chief Marketing Officer and General Counsel of an influencer network, as well as general counsel and vice president of affiliate programs for an 8-figure digital health and wellness company. 

Join me in the Grant Writing Simplified community over on LinkedIn and let's keep the conversation going!

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 

www.teresahuff.com/vip

Aug 17, 2021
52: The Tech Tools I Use Most in My Grant Writing Business [Business Building Series]
15:16

Building Your Grant Writing Consulting Business

I'm excited about some great new grant writing resources coming up in August! We'll be going through a series on building your grant writing career. This series is a sneak peek into the Fast Track to Grant Writer program where I walk you through these in detail. We talk about which ones would be best for you based on your situation and budget and then map out a custom plan for you.

What's Your Biggest Grant Writing Challenge?

As we go through the series this month, I want to answer your questions. What’s your biggest challenge or frustration when it comes to grant writing? Email info@teresahuff.com or message me on LinkedIn

Let me know so I can make this series content useful for you!

How Do I Start as a Grant Writer?

One of the questions I hear most is, "Where do I start?" I advise my Fast Track to Grant Writer students to find the shortest distance from Point A to Point B. Take inventory of your skills, start with what you know, and make the gap as small as possible. 

My Favorite Tech Tools in My Grant Writing Business

Today I’m going to share some of my favorite tech tools that I use every single day to run my business. As an added bonus, I have referral links for a few of these so you can get extras like a discount or free trial. It’s a great chance to give these a test drive.

Website

  • Wordpress
  • A2 Hosting - use this link for a great deal on hosting

Storage

  • Google Docs
  • Dropbox

Email:

  • Gmail
  • Boomerang for Gmail

Bookmarks Bar

Payments:

Documents:

  • Microsoft Office - Word, Excel, Publisher
  • Google Suite - Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides

Contracts:

  • HelloSign
  • DocuSign

Passwords:

Grant searches & tracker:

  • Instrumentl - $50 off your first month with my code GWS50 

What's Your Favorite Grant Writing Tool?

Join me in the Grant Writing Simplified community over on LinkedIn and share your favorite grant writing tool with us!


 
Resources Mentioned:

 

Aug 04, 2021
51: 6 Meaningful Ways Your Nonprofit Can Build Relationships with Grant Funders
12:50

We Are More Than Grant Writers

I've had several conversations lately with students in the Fast Track to Grant Writer program and with my nonprofit strategy clients about all the different roles we fill. 

Our job is so much more than just writing grants. Often it’s about building relationships, supporting a nonprofit in other fundraising or development projects, and evaluating programs to provide accurate reports.

Listen to the full podcast episode as I share examples of each area. 

6 Ways to Build Positive Relationships with Donors and Grant Funders:

  1. They are the expert in their grant programs, so be respectful of their feedback. 
  2. Do your homework so you can ask intelligent questions. 
  3. Send them photos and friendly updates to show the impact you’re making. 
  4. Show your appreciation by tagging them on social media and mention them when you’re sharing about your programs. If you want an amazing example, check out thestore.org's social profiles.
  5. Turn in your applications and reports in on time, and proactively communicate any issues along the way. 
  6. Become a good storyteller. Remember the 3 Cs: Clear, Concise, Compelling.
There is a person on the other side of everything you write, so write for that person. 

The same goes for building relationships with grant funders or donors. There is a person on the other side of everything. You’re not talking to a stack of money. Talk to the person.
 
Put in the time and effort to cultivate sincere, meaningful relationships. Remember your bigger mission and let that shine through everything you do. I am here to support you in this, friend!
 
Join me in the Grant Writing Simplified community on LinkedIn for more support. If you are ready to scale your grant writing career, the Fast Track to Grant Writer is open. Sign up at teresahuff.com/vip.

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: www.teresahuff.com/vip

Jul 27, 2021
50: Think Grant Writing Is Boring? Think Again! 10 Ways to Foster Creativity in Grant Writing and Nonprofit Leadership
16:54

Think Grant Writing Is Boring? Think Again!

Grant writing might sound a little dry, and maybe it can be at times, but it can also be quite creative and innovative. There may be days when we feel stuck or can't think through a problem. We've stared at the screen so long, when we close our eyes we still see the screen in front of us.

That's a good sign it's time for a break!

These are a few tips to get you started; listen to Episode 50 for the full explanation of each.

What is ONE thing you’ll do this week to encourage creativity? Who knows, that might just be the catalyst that will change your world.

What are some ways you enjoy being creative? Join me in the Grant Writing Simplified group on LinkedIn and tell us! If you are ready to scale your grant writing career, the Fast Track to Grant Writer is open. Sign up at teresahuff.com/vip.

Other Episodes Mentioned:

Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social:

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: www.teresahuff.com/vip

Jul 20, 2021
49: Grant Writer Strategy Call: Starting a Grant Writing Business from Scratch
30:42

How Do I Start a Grant Writing Business from Scratch?

Have you ever wondered...
  • Where do I start as a grant writer?
  • Do I have the skills to help nonprofits?
  • Where do I find clients?
  • How do I price my services? 

If so, then you're in good company! Over the last few months of podcasting, the grant writer strategy calls have been some of my most popular episodes. That's why it's time for another!

Today I'm talking with Jacqueline White who is ready to step into freelance grant writing. I shared some hints about her story in Episode 44. She has an incredible background that you'll want to hear about.

Grant Writer Strategy Call

We cover all kinds of good grant writing topics like:

  • How Jackie’s background in Olympic training, research, business, and nonprofit work has prepared her for grant writing
  • What I wished I’d known starting out as a new grant writer
  • How to think through pricing her services as a new grant writing consultant 
  • My favorite invoicing software
  • Tips on building recognition for yourself
  • The importance of systems in grant writing
  • My 4 recommended next steps for Jackie so she can position herself for success as a consultant
This will also give you a taste of what we do in the Fast Track to Grant Writer. Some amazing people are in there who are leveling up their nonprofit grant writing careers.

About Jacqueline White:

From athlete to advocate, Jacqueline is a former elite athlete and personal trainer who has taken up the pen to support non-profits on a mission to do good in the world.  Leveraging a diverse business background and years of experience with non-profits, she has set out to help organizations improve their funding, expand their impact and positively influence their communities.  
 
Over the years Jacqueline’s life experience has varied from Olympic caliber athlete training at the Olympic Training Center to content acquisition/COO  for a small publishing company, to zoning and compliance officer for local government to operations manager for a gym franchise. The opportunity to lead fundraising efforts for various non-profits along the way was all preparation to open the door to grant writing.  
 
As the daughter of a military officer,  Jacqueline has lived in numerous places and currently resides in the Atlanta area.  While interested in helping as many non-profits as she can, she has a particular interest in non-profit organizations that work with veterans, involve cultural arts and organizations  that are focused on youth and youth sports.

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Jul 13, 2021
48: Riding Coast to Coast for a Cause: Rodney Olsen, Compassion Australia
42:52
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Riding Coast to Coast: Innovative Ideas to Make an Impact

It's time for another nonprofit spotlight, and this is one interesting ride! I'm talking with Rodney Olsen with Compassion Australia.

He's gearing up to lead a huge mission in September 2021 - riding coast to coast across Australia! The team is raising awareness and funding to help children in poverty. 

Listen in as Rodney shares:

  • His story of how he learned about Compassion Australia’s impact.
  • How much the need for help has grown over the years.
  • The ways they’re tapping into volunteers and resources in local communities.
  • Their structure for training and preparing volunteers for the work.
  • The importance of keeping your why top of mind for the whole team.
  • How you can use the things you love to make an impact for good.

About Rodney Olsen:

Rodney Olsen spent much of his working life as a professional communicator working in radio, but these days he is a Relationship Manager with Compassion Australia.

After visiting Haiti and Dominican Republic in 2008, Rodney’s burden to serve those living in extreme poverty began to grow. He began working for Compassion Australia in 2013. He’s passionate about children being released from poverty in Jesus’ name.

He has travelled to a number of nations where Compassion is working and has seen firsthand how children’s lives are being transformed.

Rodney is a keen cyclist who has crossed Australia 6 times by bike as well as cycling in Canada and India. Rodney begins his seventh crossing of Australia in September 2021 as part of Ride for Compassion Coast to Coast.

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Jul 07, 2021
47: Mid-Year Checkup: Our Role as Grant Writers
10:15
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Grant Writer Mid-Year Checkup

It's hard to believe we're halfway through 2021 already! Have you taken time to reflect on your progress and celebrate your wins so far this year?

I'm celebrating 10,000 podcast downloads! Thank you all for your support and encouragement along the way.

Grant Writing Seasons

Grant cycles tend to be seasonal, so I hope you're getting in some down time this summer. If you are, it might just be the perfect time to join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer

Asking the Hard Questions

Sometimes as grant writers, we have to ask the hard questions. We have to dig deeper and play devil's advocate even when it's easier to just go with the flow.

However, that's not good in the long run. We need to be proactive and look for the potential problems so we can address those up front. Listen in as I share several examples of tough questions we may need to ask when preparing a grant project or program design.

Looking Ahead

What's next for you in your grant writing journey? I've got some great episodes coming up on the podcast this summer, so come hang out with me every Tuesday!

In the meantime, go change your world. :)


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Jun 29, 2021
46: Part 4 - Where Do I Start as a Grant Writer? [Grant Writer FAST Focus Power Series]
16:31

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Grant Writer FAST Focus

Welcome back to this special Podcast Power Series, Grant Writer FAST Focus. This week I'm going to help you develop the confidence and clarity you need to start your grant writing career.

So far in this series, we've talked about:

  • Part 1 - Move away from “Do I have what it takes?” and instead ask, “How can I get there?”
  • Part 2 - Take inventory of your skills
  • Part 3 - Learn the F.A.S.T. steps - FOCUS on your goals, ASPIRE to learn, SHAPE your online presence, and TRACK your progress

Now in Part 4 we're going to tie up the loose ends and bring it all together so you can develop a plan for your grant writing career.

How Can I Start as a Grant Writer?

We’ve gone through all those steps, so today we’re going to talk about the #1 question I hear from grant writers. That is, “Where do I start?”

Today I'll share some of the struggles and mistakes I've made along the way, and how I've learned from those. Turns out those valuable lessons are now helping other grant writers in a big way!

You don’t need to be nervous, struggling, or not sure where to start. You most likely have a lot more skills than you realize already, Take that inventory and then figure out the shortest distance from point A to point B to become a grant writer. Make sure you’ve listened to all the episodes in this FAST Focus series and DO the homework. If you still need help, then get on the Fast Track so I can help you dig deep and get really clear on this.

F.A.S.T. Track to Grant Writer:

How do you know if this is for you?
  1. You have a heart to SERVE. You need to be passionate about helping nonprofits.
  2. You love to LEARN. You need to be willing to put in the time to learn in the program. Show up for the group calls and watch the videos.
  3. You’re ready to IMPLEMENT. You need to be committed to doing the work in the program. This isn’t for people who want to consume more content and then send it to the digital graveyard. It’s for go-getters who are ready to take serious action.
  4. You’re ALL IN. You’re ready to take the next steps in your career. You’re not going to hide behind fear or “what ifs” anymore. You’re ready to go all in on this new adventure.

This is the most cost-effective way to work with me. You’re getting high level, intensive advice customized to your situation. 

We work on both the technical grant writing skills and the business/career building.

Start with what you know and go from there. Figure out the shortest distance from Point A to Point B.

But to do that, you need to do 4 things F.A.S.T. (and by the way, these are the 4 phases we cover in Fast Track to Grant Writer):

  • FOCUS: Get clear on your career goals and what is realistic for you in your current season. Develop your career roadmap - either for starting your consulting business or working for a nonprofit as an employee.
  • ASPIRE: Learn pro grant writing strategies. In grant writing, you’re going to need to understand much more about nonprofits than just how to write a grant.
  • SHAPE: Build a professional online presence and LinkedIn profile that reflects your career goals.
  • TRACK: Execute your action plan so you can build your grant writing career around YOUR ideal life with confidence. You need a plan and goals.

Those are the steps most new grant writers miss. And it’s the support I wish I’d had as a new grant writer.

Challenge for Grant Writers

I want to leave you with some important challenge questions today:

  1. What do YOU have that makes you memorable?
  2. What do you have to start with? We all have something, no matter where you are in your journey. I’ve worked with brand new grant writers, experienced grant writers, business owners, retirees, college students, a nurse, a digital marketer, an artist, and so many others. You’re not too old, you’re not too young. Stop making excuses for yourself and let’s explore what’s possible.
  3. What do you need to learn? Do you already know business? Nonprofits? Grant writing? Figure out what you know and where you need to fill in the gaps to learn more.

“Are you going to do the work of hiding or are you willing to show up and do the work of art?” - Emily P. Freeman, A Million Little Ways

Are You Ready to Move F.A.S.T.?

The Fast Track to Grant Writer group program is OPEN! I would be honored to serve you when you're ready to step up your grant writing career.

Listen in to the full episode for today's lesson and homework assignment.

Then download the free workbook at www.teresahuff.com/fastfocus and let's get you moving forward!
 

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Jun 25, 2021
45: Part 3 - How Do I Become a Grant Writer? [Grant Writer FAST Focus Power Series]
13:21

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Can I Really Be a Grant Writer?

Welcome back to this special Podcast Power Series, Grant Writer FAST Focus. This week I'm going to help you develop the confidence and clarity you need to start your grant writing career.

F.A.S.T. Track to Grant Writing:

Start with what you know and go from there. Figure out the shortest distance from Point A to Point B.

Listen in as I give you the F.A.S.T. steps to follow so you can learn how to become a grant writer.

You've got this, my friend!

Are You Ready to Move F.A.S.T.?

The Fast Track to Grant Writer group program is OPEN! I would be honored to serve you over there if you're ready to step up your grant writing career.

Listen in to the full episode for today's lesson and homework assignment.

Then download the free workbook at www.teresahuff.com/fastfocus and let's get you moving forward!


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Jun 24, 2021
44: Part 2 - Who Am I to Be a Grant Writer? [Grant Writer FAST Focus Power Series]
12:11

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Who Am I to Be a Grant Writer? 

Welcome back to this special Podcast Power Series, Grant Writer FAST Focus. This week I'm going to help you develop the confidence and clarity you need to start your grant writing career.

Should You Try Grant Writing?

Many new grant writers are paralyzed by the question, “Where do I start?” Even if they have some nonprofit experience, they still battle imposter syndrome. 

However, I talk to so many talented people with great experience who are passionate about their nonprofit work. /some have even written grants before – and they still don’t think they have what it takes to be a grant writer.

They think, “Who would want to work with me? Should I just work for free to get some experience? What do I have to offer a nonprofit?”

Let's Change the Script

I want to challenge you to shift your mindset around this. 

You probably already have a lot of valuable skills that can really help your community. You have some God-given abilities that make you unique. You need to show up with those. But until you realize that and get out of your own way, you won’t be able to use them effectively. Let’s change that. The world needs you out there making a difference.

The Fast Track to Grant Writer group program and my 1:1 coaching go deep into this, and this is exactly what I help my clients with. I created this free power series for you on the podcast to help you get started and, more than anything, believe that it IS possible for you and to see how you can start to put those pieces together.

Hang with me this week, because over the next 4 days we’re going to talk about the mindset shifts AND practical strategies you need to believe that you can be a good grant writer.

How Is This Different?

Lots of programs tell you how to write a grant.

Lots of programs tell you how to set up a business.

That’s where people get stuck, because most programs don’t teach you how to write the grant AND set up your grant writing career for success. That’s how it’s different when we work together, and that’s exactly what we do inside the Fast Track to Grant Writer.

Fast Track Alum Lisa said, "I appreciate the ways you are showing us we can help non-profits. There are many nuggets we can incorporate into consulting that I hadn't previously considered."

My Challenge to You

If you’re struggling with the question of, "Who am I to be a grant writer?" I want you to flip the script and instead ask, “Who am I NOT to be a grant writer?”

Todd Henry, host of The Accidental Creative Podcast, said, “The key is to push forward, not allow yourself to get stuck, so your body of work reflects your best attributes, not your biggest fears.

Grant Writer Power Series

Be on the lookout this week, because every day for 4 days in a row a new episode in this power series is going to drop. These episodes are short because I don’t want you to get caught up in the weeds of self-doubt. I’m calling it a power series for a reason - instead of overwhelming you with a bunch of information, I want you to focus on one powerful action step each day.

Listen in to the full episode for today's lesson and homework assignment.

Then download the workbook at www.teresahuff.com/fastfocus and let's get you moving forward!


Other Episodes Mentioned:

  • Podcast Power Series: Grant Writer Fast Focus - Episodes 43-46

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Jun 23, 2021
43: Part 1 - Do I Have What It Takes? [Grant Writer FAST Focus Power Series]
10:16

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Could I Be a Grant Writer? 

I’m excited to welcome you to this special Podcast Power Series, Grant Writer FAST Focus. This week I'm going to help you develop the confidence and clarity you need to start your grant writing career.

Why Are We Talking About Grant Writer Mindset?

I see so many people paralyzed by doubt and holding back, when deep down they really want to make a difference in their community. I'm going to talk through some things that I keep hearing over and over from prospective grant writers and from such competent people. 

It's worth taking a minute to stop and talk this through together. 

People are asking me, “Do I even have what it takes? Could I be a grant writer? I don't know if I have the skills that I need.” I'm going to challenge that. And I want you to stop and think.

The Fast Track to Grant Writer group program and my 1:1 coaching go deep into this, and this is exactly what I help my clients with. I created this free power series for you on the podcast to help you get started and, more than anything, believe that it IS possible for you and to see how you can start to put those pieces together.

Hang with me this week, because over the next 4 days we’re going to talk about the mindset shifts AND practical strategies you need to believe that you can be a good grant writer.

Grant Writer Power Series

Be on the lookout this week, because every day for the rest of the week a new episode in this power series is going to drop. These episodes are short because I don’t want you to get caught up in the weeds of self-doubt. I’m calling it a power series for a reason - instead of overwhelming you with a bunch of information, I want you to focus on one powerful action step each day.

Listen in to the full episode for today's lesson and homework assignment.

Then download the workbook and let's get you moving forward!

Other Episodes Mentioned:

  • Podcast Power Series: Grant Writer Fast Focus - Episodes 43-46

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Jun 22, 2021
42: Grant Writing Q&A: How Much Detail Is Enough in a Grant Application?
07:01

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Do I Need a Lot of Detail in a Grant Application? 

Today I want to share a great question I received recently from a new grant writer:

How do you know what is sufficient detail in a grant application? There could always be more to write about your program.

Glad you asked! In this episode I'll talk through three things you need to consider when adding detail to your grant application:

  1. Is there a limit in the application (word count, character count, page limit)? If so, you're forced to write tight!
  2. Focus on the application guidelines and the goal of what you're asking for.
  3. Remember there's a person at the other end of everything you write. Make it clearconcise, and compelling.

What questions do YOU have about grant writing? Send me a message, and maybe I'll answer it in a future episode!

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Jun 16, 2021
41: Serving Others Through a Ministry-Based Business: Interview with Kari Bartkus, Love Does That
27:16

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Starting a Business or a Nonprofit

Today I'm talking with my good friend and fellow entrepreneur Kari Bartkus of Love Does That. She has a unique ministry-based business and such a heart for serving and encouraging others. After weighing the options of whether to start a business or a nonprofit, Kari decided that a ministry-based business was the right path for her.

Kari's Journey to a Ministry-Based Business

Kari and I talk about several aspects of her ministry-based business journey:

  • Deciding whether to start a business or a nonprofit
  • Small steps towards starting her ministry-based business
  • Rediscovering her love for art and incorporating it into her work
  • Using her business to give back to the local community and spotlight urgent needs in the area
  • The reason behind her products and services
  • How she is able to minister to others through the products, workshops, and Bible studies she creates.

Listen and be blessed!

Connect with Kari Bartkus and Love Does That:

Seeing far too many people go through hardship alone, Kari Bartkus became determined to show up and be present when those around her were hurting. Through her work at Love Does That, she equips others to do the same, providing practical tips and prayerfully-made gifts that serve as tangible expressions of care. 

Knowing that encouragement has to come from a place of abiding with Jesus, she also offers creative Bible studies and workshops that invite women to stay close to Him so they can be prepared to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those around them.

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Jun 08, 2021
40: Should You Make the Move to Be a Grant Writing Consultant?
12:43

Should you make the move to be a grant writing consultant?

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Join me today as I talk through seven questions to consider before becoming a grant writing consultant. 

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Jun 01, 2021
39: Running a Business AND a Nonprofit: How a Real Estate Company Is Making an Impact - Interview with Gregg Cohen, JWB Real Estate Capital
37:04
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Making a Difference in Business AND Nonprofit Work

Gregg Cohen, Co-Founder of JWB Real Estate Capital in Jacksonville, FL, shares how his team runs a successful real estate investment business AND an incredible nonprofit.

Since Gregg was a writing client of mine, I've had the privilege of seeing behind the scenes into their JWB Cares nonprofit work. That's why I knew he would be an amazing person to interview for the show. His team's energy for making a difference in their community is contagious. They've done some incredible work in Jacksonville.

The JWB Cares' biggest projects so far include building and giving away three homes to U.S. military veterans! They've joined forces with many other community partners to pull it off. Their own JWB team of 80+ employees also rolled up their sleeves to get their hands dirty - literally - to help with the homes.

Listen in to hear how this team is creating a powerful company culture and making a big impact. You'll walk away with inspiration for your own work.

About Gregg Cohen and JWB Real Estate:

As a founding partner of JWB Real Estate Companies, Gregg Cohen has seen the company grow from humble beginnings to serving over 1,200 clients worldwide with total assets under management of over $450 million.

JWB helps clients diversify out of the stock market by building a fully managed rental property portfolio for the client. Cohen and his team have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, The Jacksonville Business Journal, and The Florida Times-Union.

If you’d like to learn more about JWB’s investment strategy and how to deliver better returns for your rental property portfolio, please visit www.jwbrealestate.com or call their office at (904) 677-6777.

Download the free JWB Passive Income Guide to learn how you can invest in real estate as easily as buying and managing your stock portfolio.

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May 26, 2021
38: Differences Between a Business and Nonprofit
13:40
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In this episode, we're comparing the differences between a business and a nonprofit. There's no perfect answer, but I'll give you some considerations to help you decide which is the best route for your situation. 

I also share a conversation with Jon Saunders, one of my Fast Track to Grant Writer students. We chat about some challenges and differences surrounding both business and nonprofit work. He has experience in both too, so we compare notes on things we've seen. Jon is the founder of Future Focus Global, a social impact organization.

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May 18, 2021
37: How Do We Show Nonprofit Sustainability? On-Air Strategy Call with Ashley McMichael, Innovative Academy of Liberal Arts and Sciences
38:53
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Nonprofit Strategy Call

I'm excited to share this on-air strategy call with you today! I'm working with the talented Ashley McMichael and coaching her through a grant application she's working on for her nonprofit. One of the questions asked about organizational sustainability. We talk through several ways she can demonstrate a solid sustainability plan for her nonprofit.

Ashley also shares why she started a nonprofit, how she relates to clients, and the ways she's stepping up to lead by example. 

About Ashley McMichael:

Ashley McMichael, B.S, M.S, Founder and Executive Director. The Innovative Academy of Liberal Arts & Sciences (IALAS) is a non-profit organization that opens the doors of opportunity for students and families that have been historically neglected. IALAS provides 2-generation STEAM (science, technology, entrepreneurship, arts, and mental health) and economic empowerment education initiative to address the ongoing disparity between Ward 7 and its surrounding wards. Find out more about our organization at www.theialas.org.

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May 11, 2021
36: 10 Steps to Create a Nonprofit Fundraising Plan [Fundraising Series #4]
13:38
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Welcome to Part 4 in our nonprofit fundraising series!

Back in Episode 34, I gave you over 60 fundraising ideas and 9 questions you should be asking. Those were some great ideas. But if it left you scratching your head and wondering, “Where do we start?” then this list will help you take it a few steps further.

You can’t possibly do ALL the fundraisers at once, nor should you try. That’s why it’s so important to first look at the bigger picture and then determine how you should move forward.

Listen in for 10 steps you need to develop to have a stronger nonprofit fundraising plan. This is important knowledge for both nonprofits and aspiring grant writers to have in your toolbelt!

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May 04, 2021
35: How Nonprofits Can Thrive in a Pandemic Economy: Interview with Margit Brazda Poirier, GPC [Fundraising Series #3]
38:28
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Good news: Grant writers and nonprofits CAN thrive in a pandemic economy! In Part 3 of this Nonprofit Fundraising Series, grant expert Margit Brazda Poirier and I chat about:

  • Reflecting on the challenges of 2020,
  • How grant trends have shifted throughout the pandemic,
  • Creative ways nonprofits have adapted, and
  • Best practices for how nonprofits can not only survive, but thrive in the changing economy.

Margit's 3 C’s for Helping Nonprofits Thrive in a Pandemic:

  1. Contact
  2. Consistency
  3. Congruency

Listen in as we share ways you can help nonprofits through the ups and downs of the post-2020 economy. 

In this episode, Margit and I talk about how we became grant writers (and how you can too!), the nonprofit trends we’ve seen since 2020, and several best practices for nonprofits. She has several tips for new grant writers looking to get started.

Connect with Margit Brazda Porier:

Margit Brazda Poirier, GPC, M.S., Owner and Founder of Grants4Good LLC® (grants4good.com), created the company in 2009 to help nonprofit organizations and businesses find and get grant funding. She is one of only 350 nationally-certified Grant Professionals and 1 of only 20 Approved Trainers in the U.S. on this topic.

Margit and her team have written and received millions in grants for nonprofits and businesses – and she has the unique perspective of understanding both grant seeking and grant making, given her experience leading a prominent New York foundation. 

Her passion is being outdoors as much as possible and teaching others to secure grant funding through her online course, allaboutgrantwriting.com. 

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Apr 27, 2021
34: 50 Nonprofit Fundraising Ideas and 9 Questions to Help You Choose [Fundraising Series #2]
26:52
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I hear so many nonprofits, especially new ones, trying to figure out how to raise funds. They think they can get grants, but then realize that won’t work for them until they’re a little more established.

So what's a nonprofit to do? I've got you covered with this list of over 50 fundraising ideas. Hang on a minute though - before you jump in, there are 9 questions to consider first.

Download the full list at www.teresahuff.com/34.

If you aren't sure where to start, or you need help sorting out how to move forward, book a strategy call today at www.teresahuff.com/strategy.

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Apr 21, 2021
33: How to Find First-Time Donors for Your Nonprofit: Interview with Jason Adkins, GPC [Fundraising Series #1]
34:53
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Getting first-time donor support is critical for new and small nonprofits. A lot of fundraising webinars and articles talk about donor retention, but how do you find donors in the first place?

Today Jason Adkins, GPC shares advice on finding first-time donors on a tight budget. We cover some great tips such as:

  • Why you should become a nonprofit mystery shopper

  • How to analyze nonprofit giving and build a prospective donor list

  • Look for donor connections under your nose

  • Use some detective work to find donors

  • Tips for approaching the donors

  • Advice for direct mail campaigns

and much more! You'll want to take notes on all the great tips in this episode.

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About Jason Adkins, GPC:

Since 2008, Jason Adkins has raised over $120 million in grants and donations. His work has benefited nonprofits in the arts, education, and human services sectors. He earned the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) credential in 2017 and is a frequent trainer of grant writers and fundraisers. Jason created Funding Finders, a website of resources for nonprofit pros on a quest to raise money.

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Apr 13, 2021
32: What It Means to Change the World + Celebrating 6 Months of Podcasting and Book Roundup
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This week I'm celebrating 6 months of podcasting and 6,000 downloads in over 40 countries! Thank you all for your encouragement along this journey. I've met some incredible people from all over the world and I'm so thankful for you!

You often hear me challenge you to change the world, but what does that mean really? Today I'm going through several ways we can change the world - and it starts right where we are.

I'm also doing a 6 month book roundup of books mentioned so far on the show:

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Apr 06, 2021
31: Tips for Stepping Up Your Freelancing Success: Interview with Katherine Bright, Resume Writer and Career Coach [Mentoring Series #6]
41:47
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Learn tips for freelancing success as I interview resume writer and career coach Katherine Bright. We talk about both the professional and personal side of freelancing:

  • Being good stewards of our homes
  • How to stand out on competitive platforms like Upwork
  • Trying different approaches to use our skills in new ways
  • Learning from our mistakes
  • Challenges of a consultant
  • Turning work down for a client's own good
  • The elusive work-life "balance"

This fun episode has all kinds of great tips for building your freelancing career!

If you're ready to step up your grant writing career and fast, then check out Fast Track to Grant Writer.

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About Katherine Bright:

Katherine Bright is a certified resume writer, career coach, and freelance content creator. She helps individuals in their job search through writing effective resumes as well as refining their searching strategy. Katherine also coaches newbie freelancers looking to break into digital self-employment.
 

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Mar 30, 2021
30: Why I Became a Nonprofit Grant Writer: Creating a Ripple Effect [Mentoring Series #5]
25:11
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I’ve had the honor of coaching several amazing nonprofit professionals in the Fast Track to Grant Writer VIP Program. It's been SO much fun helping them:

  • figure out their career goals,
  • realize the skills they’ve got hiding right under their noses,
  • and develop a solid toolbox of grant writing techniques to seriously up their game.

This 8 weeks can change the trajectory of your career. If you want to jump in, the Spring cohort closes THIS WEEK on March 25. Go to teresahuff.com/vip to sign up TODAY. If you’re listening to this after that, you can get on the waitlist for the next round.

In this episode I'm sharing 3 reasons I became a grant writer in the first place:

  1. Practical
  2. Purpose
  3. Personal

Those reasons have evolved and grown over time as I've learned and gained more experience. I'll share more about those and how I've been able to have an amazing career working from home. It suits my personality and has allowed me to be at home with my kids while making an impact for good through nonprofit consulting.

Today I’d also like you to meet another Fast Track to Grant Writer Alumni. Diego was already working part time as a grant writer for a small nonprofit. He’s also a graduate student and has been instrumental in helping his nonprofit set up an internship program. He’s getting some great experience, but he just wasn’t feeling very confident with his grant writing. We worked on that in the Fast Track program and talked about some really cool services he could offer to nonprofits based on his skill set and experience. It’s been so much fun having him in the Fast Track program.

Everyone has brought such a unique perspective to the group, and it’s been great watching them interact and support each other. Listen in as Diego and I chat about how far he’s come over the past few weeks.

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Mar 23, 2021
29: How to Get Started as a Grant Writer: Mindset and Strategy of Nonprofit Grant Writing + Takeaways from Fast Track to Grant Writer Program [Mentoring Series #4]
28:41
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This is the 4th episode in our Grant Writer Mentoring Series. We've shared so many good resources! Today we're talking about:

  • How to get started as a grant writer
  • Mapping out a plan to move your career forward
  • How to get past the mindset of, "What if I don't win the grant?"
  • Interviews with two VIP students and takeaways from their experience in the Fast Track to Grant Writer program.

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Mar 16, 2021
28: 6 Ways to Learn Grant Writing Skills When You’re a Nonprofit Volunteer [Mentoring Series #3]
09:36
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Someone the other day asked how to get started with his grant writing career. He's volunteering at a nonprofit already and wants to step up into paid consulting work.

I share 6 ways he can learn valuable grant writing skills in his nonprofit volunteer role. This topic is a sneak peek into my mentoring program Fast Track to Grant Writer.

We learn plenty of the pro grant writing tips. As one VIP Fast Track student said, "Understanding the writing PRO tips was so good. Grant writing is nuanced and it helps to get some insider tips to help craft our writing.

We also go over exactly how to use those tips. Another Fast Track student said, “I appreciate all the ways you are showing us how we can help non-profits. There are many nuggets we can incorporate into consulting that I hadn't previously considered.

Even if they've read the books and taken the courses, new grant writers STILL ask me questions like:

  • How do I find clients and market myself?
  • How much do I charge? Should I work for free?
  • How do I find a job working for a nonprofit without any experience?

We cover ALL this and so much more in Fast Track to Grant Writer. Here’s the thing, friends - I'm not going to dump a bunch of cookie cutter grant writing lessons on you and say, “Now go write your grant!” Grants aren’t that way, and I don’t believe mentoring should be either.

Sign up for the Fast Track to Grant Writer VIP Program at teresahuff.com/vip. We are having SO much fun! The doors are open until March 25 for the Spring 2021 cohort! Spots are limited though, so the sooner you sign up, the better.

My friend, the world needs you out there making a difference. It’s time to get you on the Fast Track.

Other Episodes Mentioned:

  • Episode 21: Tips for Federal Grant Writing and Project Management - Interview with Brandi VanAntwerp, CoxHealth Foundation
  • Episode 26: The Value of Unexpected Mentors and 5 Ways to Find them
  • Episode 27: Keys to Success as a Nonprofit Leader: Interview with Dr. Johnathan Kraus, Love Never Fails International

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Mar 09, 2021
27: Keys to Success as a Nonprofit Leader: Interview with Dr. Johnathan Kraus, Founder and President of Love Never Fails International [Mentoring Series #2]
41:57
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The next couple of episodes are on the importance of mentoring. I can’t tell you how many emails and messages I get from people wanting to learn grant writing - some who have even read the books and maybe even taken a course or two - and they’re still saying, “But where do I start?” 

I’m really excited to announce that the doors are officially open for the spring cohort of my VIP program, Fast Track to Grant Writer. This teaches you EXACTLY where to start and helps you polish up your online presence so you’re ready to roll. It’s challenging, it’s fast, and it’s fun.

I keep these groups small so you can get lots of feedback from me throughout the program. Snag your spot for the spring cohort at teresahuff.com/vip.

Speaking of mentors, I’ve also had some who helped me along the way of this podcasting journey. To quote one of those, who happens to be longtime pro podcaster Denise Griffitts, she says, “My podcast guests are my mentors.” I’ve found this to be true too, and especially with today’s guest just in our short interview together. 

About Dr. Johnathan Kraus, Love Never Fails International

Johnathan is no stranger to challenges and did not get off to the best start in life. God was preparing him to live and work in the slums of India long before he had a clue. He began using drugs as a teenager which led him to drop out of school at 14, incarcerated at 15, and shot at 3 times by 16. At age 19 God radically saved him and by age 20 he was involved in children's ministry at his Church.

Founder and President Dr. Johnathan Kraus is a Rutgers University graduate. He went on to earn his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry at Trinity Seminary. He also earned his Ph.D in Counseling from Northwestern Seminary.

ANSWERING THE CALL TO INDIA

A former college professor and grade school teacher in the USA, Johnathan left the comfort of his life to answer the call of God in 2010. Through much prayer and wise counsel, God challenged Johnathan to start this organization, Love Never Fails International.

When God called Johnathan to work with the children of the slums and streets of Mumbai, he knew this was God’s purpose in his life. He counted the cost and stepped out in faith not doubting God would provide.

By our founder's little step of obedience trusting in God, LNFI is serving children from coast to coast today in India meeting children's needs physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The vision of this non profit is to empower children in India to overcome poverty.

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Episode 24 - How to Prevent Nonprofit Decision Fatigue

Episode 26 - The Value of Unexpected Mentors 

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Mar 02, 2021
26: The Value of Unexpected Mentors and 5 Ways to Find Them [Mentoring Series #1]
14:32
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Have you ever had a mentor in your life? Someone who has inspired you, and encouraged you, and really given you solid advice for that point in your journey?

I’ve wrestled with this episode a bit because I can’t do it justice to explain how much my mentors have helped me along the way, whether they knew it or not. My hope is that it inspires you to look for wisdom and encouragement in unexpected places.

Mentors & Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

If you’re a grant writer or nonprofit leader needing a mentor, book a mentoring session at teresahuff.com/mentor and let's help you figure out your next right steps. We'll get you moving forward.

If you know a nonprofit leader or a fellow grant writer who could benefit from this podcast, would you please forward it to them? That helps spread the word, and helps more grant writers and nonprofit leaders out there who are looking for guidance. We’re in this together, my friends!

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Feb 23, 2021
25: Nonprofit Donor Relations and Marketing Tips: Interview with Jenni Hargrove, Host of the Nonprofit Jenni Show
49:39
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I’m so excited to share today’s guest with you, friends! I’m introducing you to my new nonprofit friend and fellow podcaster Jenni Hargrove. 

Jenni is a Charitable Marketing Coach and host of the podcast the "Nonprofit Jenni Show." Jenni supports nonprofit leaders looking to define a cohesive Marketing and Development Strategy.

When it comes to nonprofit marketing best practices, she knows her stuff! We get into so many good topics like how to stay in touch with donors when you can’t meet in person, how to make social media less overwhelming, what content should be on your nonprofit website, and so much more. 

Get Jenni's free Social Media Cheat Sheet for Nonprofits at tinyurl.com/nonprofitjenni.

Check out Jenni's podcast at nonprofitjenni.com/podcast or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

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Feb 16, 2021
24: How to Offset Decision Fatigue in Nonprofit Leaders: 5 Ways to Serve Well
12:47
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Did you know that on an average day, we make about 35,000 decisions? That doesn't even account for the big circumstances!

Nonprofit leaders and grant writers wear so many hats on any given day. If we're not careful, this can lead to decision fatigue, exhaustion, and burnout. Today I'm sharing 5 ways to help take care of yourself.

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Feb 09, 2021
23: Nonprofit Spotlight: Changing Lives Through Service Dogs - Interview with Joel & Danea Key, Saber Life Foundation
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One thing I've enjoyed most about podcasting is getting to know more nonprofit leaders. I love seeing the work you’re doing in your communities and how you're making a difference.

Today I’d like to introduce you to a unique nonprofit that is making such a difference in people's lives, and they're on a mission to educate others.

I'm talking wtih Joel and Danea Key of Saber Life Foundation. They connect service dogs and people with disabilities, and they've partnered with a top-notch dog trainer to meet a huge need.

The nonprofit stemmed from a long health journey with their own daughter. Getting her a service dog was the catalyst for starting Saber Life Foundation. Now they’re helping connect families and service dogs through the foundation.

Listen and be blessed by their story! And then head over to www.saberlifefoundation.org and pick up a few dog treats for your furry friends.

About Saber Life Foundation

Saber Life Foundation is helping to provide a “Service Dog” to approved and accepted individuals with the Saber Life Foundation Project. Service Dogs training costs a MINIMUM of $18,500. Saber Life Foundation is helping to provide to all that are accepted into the Saber Life Foundation Project a trained Service Dog for $12,500.00.

With everything we have learned in past and present from our own personal experiences, one fact has become clear above all else — The bond is all that matters. From that bond comes the willingness to work for success (though it feels like play) and the ability to handle any difficulties that might arise.

Our long-term goal at Saber Life Foundation is to be able to not only help those in our home state of Missouri, but to expand our mission and organization nationwide. We aim to keep creating more and more positive life changing stories to share.

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Feb 02, 2021
22: Preparation for Grant Writing: 6 Things Your Nonprofit Should Have on Hand
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The #1 question I’m asked, by grant writers and nonprofits alike, is, “Where do I start?” Grant writing is a big process that takes a while to learn and develop. However, today I’m going to tell you one simple place you can start no matter where you are in the process - even if you’ve never written a grant before. This is true for both nonprofits and grant writers.

Most grants will ask for some of the same basic information - your mission, contact info, maybe even a list of your board members. By compiling all of this into an organized system, you’ll save yourself a lot of time running around collecting it. Your time can then be better spent on the application itself. 

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Jan 26, 2021
21: Tips for Successful Grant Writing & Federal Grant Project Management: Interview with Brandi VanAntwerp, CoxHealth Foundation Grants Administrator
32:18
My friends, today’s episode is jam-packed with all kinds of grant writing goods. I’m chatting with the talented Brandi VanAntwerp, Grant Administrator of CoxHealth Foundation in Springfield, Missouri. Brandi provides grant writing and management for 6 hospitals, 83+ clinics, and Cox College.

We cover all kinds of grant writing advice, including:

  • The value of mentors in growing your grant writing and fundraising skills
  • Brandi applied for jobs she wasn’t fully qualified for, but she went for it anyway
  • Imposter syndrome - it’s a big thing!
  • The importance of addressing issues head on
  • What to do when grant projects don’t go according to plan
  • How she tracks and manages big federal grant projects with many people and lots of moving parts
  • Delegating with grace
  • Proactive approaches to set her team up for success
  • Advice for improving your federal grant writing - you won’t want to miss this one!
  • Onboarding team members to new grant project awards

Even if you’ve been writing grants for a while, there are likely several gems here. And if you’re new to this grant writing world, hop over to www.teresahuff.com/quiz to see if you have what it takes to be a grant writer.

Other Episode mentioned:

Episode 14: Grant Writer Success Rates: Am I a Bad Grant Writer If I Don't Win the Grant?

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Jan 19, 2021
20: How to Increase Your Chances of Winning a Grant
13:53
Welcome to Episode 20!

I talk with a lot of new grant writers and nonprofits that are really nervous about starting out with grants. Even if you’re new, you can do this. We ALL have to start somewhere!

There are so many factors that go into a grant decision. Today I'll talk through those and then share one specific way you can increase your chances of winning the grant.

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Jan 12, 2021
19: Effective Strategies for Virtual Trainings & Meetings: Interview with Heather Burright, Skill Masters Market
31:44
Everything seems to be moving online these days, including nonprofit meetings, training, and events. That's why I've invited Heather Burright of Skill Masters Market on the show. She's an expert on all things training, onboarding, and people strategies - the "fun side of HR," as she calls it.

Listen in for some awesome tips to maximize your virtual training and get the best results for your organization. 

Click to download Heather's list for virtual engagement and reduce the awkward silence in your next meeting. 

About Heather Burright:

Heather Burright, founder and CEO of Skill Masters Market, specializes in creating dynamic, people-centric solutions that drive business goals. Heather believes people excel when they know what is expected of them and they can show up authentically at work.

To achieve this, Heather is dedicated to identifying the core competencies that are needed to see real results and to creating the learning strategies and solutions needed to develop those competencies.

Leveraging 15 years of experience, Heather is a strong collaborator and ideal partner. She puts in the work to identify your needs, facilitates focus groups and/or interviews to understand the audience, and designs effective solutions whether in-person, virtual, or blended.

Most recently, Heather managed a proprietary competency model for a national non-profit. Her role was to keep the model relevant, up-to-date, and easy-to-use, and she spent countless hours educating and influencing HR leaders across the United States so they knew how and why to implement the model throughout their talent life cycle, ultimately seeing a 94% adoption rate. In addition, Heather used the identified competencies to create staff development resources, ranging from assessments to stretch assignments and from coaching to formal training.

Prior to the national non-profit, Heather led the way in innovative training design in industries, such as for-profit higher education and government agencies. Grounded in the belief that people are worthy of investment and that investing in your people makes them feel valued and gives them new skills and a new passion for their work, Heather looks at each project with the hard-won lessons of experience and the fresh eyes of the future.

Heather believes that organizations are better when they empower their people to operate from their strongest capabilities, and she won’t stop until she’s helped people see, feel, and achieve their potential.

Heather brings her expertise in instructional design, change management principles, and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts to each project, ensuring all voices are heard and valued, common language is established, and progress is made and sustained through learning and ongoing support.

In her free time, Heather volunteers on the member development committee of a national sorority and serves as the co-chair of the parent teacher league at her oldest daughter’s school. She resides in Chicago with her husband, two daughters, and beloved dog.

 

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Jan 05, 2021
18: Questions to Reflect & Plan + Free Download; Fast Track to Grant Writer Questions Answered
11:09
Hi friends! As we're nearing the end of 2020, I want to take a few minutes to reflect on the past year and look ahead to next year.

Whether you're a grant writer or a nonprofit leader, it's good to take some time away from technology to think through these. You can print out the quick download in the Freebie Vault at www.teresahuff.com/free

Questions to Reflect and Plan

First, we're talking about six questions to help you think about where you've been and where you want to be:

  1. What went well this year?
  2. What didn't go so well?
  3. What was draining?
  4. What was energizing?
  5. What do I want to do (or be) less of?
  6. What do I want to do (or be) more of?

Second, start tracking your wins. The free download has a grid with 12 boxes. Each month, write down a win. Even if the month was rough, find something to write down. This will help you build your momentum and see your progress.

Fast Track to Grant Writer

Finally, some of you have asked great questions about the Fast Track to Grant Writer VIP Program:

  • What if I want to be a consultant instead of finding a grant writing job?
  • What if I want to find a job at a nonprofit instead of freelancing?

Fast Track to Grant Writer will help you either way. We'll learn strategies and advanced grant writing techniques that will help you in either role. Then in the career-based module, we'll look at your skill set, personality, and goals to help you map out a plan for whichever direction best fits you. Your action steps will be tailored to your situation.

Enrollment for the pilot program closes December 31 at midnight Central time, so grab your spot today. We're going to have a blast. Let's get you on the fast track!

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Dec 29, 2020
17: Building a Legacy in Your Work and Life: Interview with Lindsey Johnson of the Legacy Entrepreneur Podcast
30:30
Hi friends! The last few weeks we’ve talked about a lot of grant writing skills and nonprofit strategies. Today I want to shift gears a little bit and address more of the business and personal side of things.

And, along those lines, If you are ready to invest in your future - and ultimately, leave a legacy for the community around you - then don’t wait to sign up for the pilot program, Fast Track to Grant Writer. We’ll cover in-depth grant writing strategies, work through business building decisions, and you’ll learn how to be the go-to grant writer in your community.

The sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll be on your way to grant writing success. Sign up at teresahuff.com/vip. There are only a few days left - Enrollment closes New Year’s Eve at midnight Central time. Let’s get you on the fast track.

As I’m recording this, we’re in the middle of the 2020 holiday season, and Christmas is right around the corner. That probably looks a little different for some of you this year; I know it does for my family. Even so, there’s so much to be thankful for. 

I’ve met some amazing people this year from all over the world. One of those is Lindsey Johnson, host of the Legacy Entrepreneur podcast. The first time I heard about her podcast, the idea of building a legacy in business really struck a chord with me. Grant writing is a way to make a bigger impact and change our world for the better, so the legacy idea really drives that home. 

At the same time, we’re not just grant writers. We have lives and people outside of our work, and we need to deliberately nurture those too. That’s why I invited Lindsey on the show. Listen in and be encouraged, my friend! You can do this!

About Lindsey Johnson

Lindsey Johnson is a wordsmith, encourager, Lake Superior girl, and wife and momma of 4.

Female business owners hire Lindsey to help them form their foundational marketing messages, amplify their brand voice, and write compelling copy that clearly communicates who they are and who they serve so they can be confident that their messaging will do the legwork of attracting and converting their audience into clients for them. She’s also the host of the Legacy Entrepreneur podcast. 

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Dec 22, 2020
16: Pro Grant Writing Tip: How to Write Tight (with Examples)
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One Practical Step to Improve Your Writing

Hey friends! I’ve heard from a lot of you lately at different stages of your grant writing journey. The one thing I keep hearing over and over is, “Where do I start?” There are lots of places you COULD start, and that’s where we often get paralyzed. 

This podcast is called Grant Writing Simplified for a reason. We're looking at various aspects of grant writing and breaking it down into doable baby steps.

Today I’m going to give you one simple way to improve your writing, whether it’s grant writing, reports, emails, or whatever. We all have to write something in life, so might as well make it as good as possible. This will also give you a taste of what’s in my VIP Program, Fast Track to Grant Writer. If you're ready to move through a lot of baby steps like this one in a short time, then the Fast Track is for you. 

In this super practical episode, the skill I’m talking about today is learning to write tight. 

To read the full examples given in the episode, head to www.teresahuff.com/write-tight.

Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer

If you are ready to invest in your future - and ultimately, in the community around you, then sign up for Fast Track to Grant Writer. The sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll be on your way to grant writing success. This is a pilot program so it’s your ONLY chance to grab it for this price. Sign up at teresahuff.com/vip.

December 15, 2020, is the LAST day to get the bonus 1:1 strategy session. Someone told me just yesterday on a strategy call, “WOW, this was so helpful! I never would’ve even thought of doing that. Now I know exactly where to focus next.”

Enrollment for the pilot program closes December 31, 2020 - that’s New Year’s Eve at midnight central time. And yes, that signup deadline is intentional. Let’s kick 2020 out the door so we can start 2021 on the fast track.

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Dec 15, 2020
15: Grant Writing for International Nonprofits + Building a Case for Support: Interview with Grant Writer Kathy Hoeck, KLH Grant Services
54:57
Today I’m interviewing my friend and fellow grant writer Kathy Hoeck who has written grants for over a decade. I invited Kathy on the show because she works with several international nonprofits, but as you’ll see, we also get into a LOT of great strategy and tips as we talk shop today. Grab a pen and notebook because there are so many good takeaways in today’s episode!

Kathy owns KLH Grant Services and is a consultant with National Christian Foundation Heartland. She works with faith-based nonprofit foundation research and grant writing. You can read her full (and impressive) bio below. As you listen, I think you’ll  appreciate her drive and ambition, as well as her heart to serve communities locally and around the world.

Resources Mentioned:

Book: Seeing Through a Donor's Eyes: How to Make a Persuasive Case for Everything from Your Annual Drive to Your Planned Giving Program to Your Capital Campaign

Book: Operation World

Episode 6: Grant Readiness: How to Build the Foundation for Successful Grant Writing

Episode 9: What a Grant Funder Really Wants

Fast Track to Grant Writer

Hey my friend! Are you ready to learn grant writing, but you have no idea where to start? …and you’re frustrated because you don’t have anyone to ask?

You’re wondering...

  • How do I find clients and how much do I charge? Should I work for free?
  • How do I market myself as a new grant writer?
  • How do I make my grant applications stand out to funders? 

You feel like everyone else just “knows” this stuff, so why can’t you seem to figure it out? 

What if you could start your career as a confident, knowledgeable grant writer? Imagine sounding professional when approaching a client or grant funder. Imagine having a big impact on the world around you.

Fast Track to Grant Writer is an 8-week LIVE small group coaching and mentoring experience. This is everything the books won’t tell you. You’ll get hands-on guidance, feedback, and accountability that will literally fast track your grant writing career.

This program can open doors for you like never before so you can make an impact like you never imagined.

Sign up by December 15th to get a bonus 1:1 strategy session with me. Go to teresahuff.com/vip and enroll. Let’s get your career on the fast track.

About Kathy Hoeck, KLH Grant Services:

Kathy launched KLH Grant Services, LLC in 2015 and serves as a consultant with National Christian Foundation Heartland assisting in areas of faith-based nonprofit foundation research and grant writing.

Kathy’s first experience in grant writing began in 2009 while working with a faith-based health care clinic where her passion for research and writing assisted the clinic in the development of a successful grant-seeking plan. Along with foundation research and proposal writing, Kathy works with clients defining their mission and finalizing their Case Statement leveraging her clients for a successful grants program.

Kathy is the past secretary and a current member of the Southwest Missouri Grant Writers Association and a member of the American Grant Writers Association.

KLH focuses on Christian nonprofit ministries assisting in the development of award-winning proposals that address the educational, medical, spiritual, and financial disparities plaguing local communities and communities around the world.

Kathy is passionate about her family, adoption, bringing hope to the hurting, being outside, and the written word. She and her husband are proud parents of four grown children and grandparents to seven amazing little people.

Connect with Teresa Huff:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Social: LinkedIn

Dec 08, 2020
14: Grant Writer Success Rates: Am I a bad grant writer if I don’t win the grant?
09:13
The #1 question I hear from new grant writers is, “But how do I start?” Funny thing is, they’re still asking this even after they’ve learned some of the basics of grant writing. 

They aren’t sure if they have what it takes. They don’t know how to approach prospective clients. They don’t know what services to offer. 

I’ve even had grant writers say to me, “Nonprofits want a grant writer with experience, but how are you supposed to get experience when you’re new?” It’s kind of a catch-22.

It always comes back down to, “How do I start?”

My friends, I’ve got the answer to that question. It’s called Fast Track to Grant Writer. This is a live small group VIP Program. It starts January 2021 and it’s full of stuff the books won’t tell you. You’ll get all kinds of pro grant writing advice, 1:1 attention, and feedback to be sure you know exactly how to start your grant writing career by the end of the 8 weeks.

We’ll cover the mindset and strategy behind successful grant writing, advanced grant writing skills, and how to set up your consulting business or job search. It’s going to be an intense 8 weeks that will transform your career.

I’m looking for grant writers who are ready to go all in and invest in themselves and their future...those of you who are ready to be a part of a ripple effect to change the world through grant writing.

Spots are limited and this is a rare chance to get hands-on feedback from me. If you enroll by December 15th, you get a bonus 1:1 strategy session with me. Learn more and save your spot today at teresahuff.com/vip.

Other Episode Mentioned:

Episode 6 - Grant Readiness: How to Build the Foundation for Successful Grant Writing

Connect with Teresa:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social: LinkedIn

Dec 01, 2020
13: Nonprofit Spotlight: The Global Orphan Project - On a Mission to Change a Generation [Interview with Trace Thurlby]
44:46
Wow, you guys, today’s episode is a nonprofit spotlight and their work is SO impactful. Not only that, but you’ll hear some innovative ways they’re funding the nonprofit by creating fair trade, living wage jobs.

Trace Thurlby, The Global Orphan Project - Grant Writing Simplified with Teresa Huff

 

Join the VIP Pilot Program: Fast Track to Grant Writer

Before we dive in, I want to let you know about a new opportunity for those of you ready to get serious about your grant writing career in 2021. I’m opening up a limited number of spots for a VIP Program called Fast Track to Grant Writer. This is an 8-week LIVE small group coaching experience where you’ll learn how to be the go-to grant writer in your community. 

Fast Track to Grant Writer VIP Program is full of stuff the books won’t tell you. It’s like Miracle Gro for grant writers. If you’re ready to invest in your future - and your community - then sign up today. Enrollment for this round closes December 31, 2020, and it will not be offered again at this price.  Plus, if you join by December 15th, you get a bonus 1:1 coaching call with me. Get the details and sign up at teresahuff.com/vip.

Nonprofit Spotlight: The Global Orphan Project - Trace Thurlby

Today I’m talking with Trace Thurlby of The Global Orphan Project. I saw an article featuring this nonprofit in the newspaper and knew I had to learn more. Trace is the President of The Global Orphan Project.

For more than 25 years, Trace Thurlby has served in the military, the business world, and in ministry. Despite the different challenges, missions, structures, and stakeholders, Trace’s focus has remained the same – helping organizations and individuals succeed.

He currently serves on the leadership team at The Global Orphan Project, where he has the privilege of living out his passion to serve at-risk children and families. Learn more about God's heart for his children at www.goproject.org. Trace and his bride Kristin have been married 26 years and live in the Kansas City area with their four children.

Be sure to check out the links below to learn how you can be a part of this amazing work. I hope you are as blessed by this interview as I was.

Learn More and Support The Global Orphan Project:

www.goproject.org

www.careportal.org

*Shop at www.goex.org and get 10% off your first order.*

 

Connect with Teresa:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Join the Fast Track to Grant Writer VIP Program: www.teresahuff.com/vip

Social: LinkedIn

Nov 24, 2020
12: Grant Writer Strategy Call: Do I Have What It Takes? How Do I Get Started in Grant Writing?
47:08
I hope you came ready to learn today because we have another grant writer strategy session, and this is packed full of good stuff. If you are thinking about grant writing, or if you are a grant writer and you just don't know how to move forward, this is the episode for you. Pay attention and be ready to take notes because we cover so much in this - everything from imposter syndrome to how to find resources for board members and where to connect with networking groups and other grant writers. 

Resources Mentioned:

About Alexandra Enns:

Alexandra Enns holds a Master of Public Administration degree and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric, Writing and Communications in 2015. She currently works as a Policy Analyst in the Economic Development sector, and is a volunteer grants, policies and procedures officer for an upcoming nonprofit that will provide addictions recovery services. Alexandra finds joy in motivating others to embrace their unique stories, and crafting effective messages to help non-profits achieve their missions. Since 2014, she’s been involved in mental health advocacy, including the creation of mental health promotion campaigns for universities, and facilitating engaging mental health education workshops for hundreds of youth. In her spare time, she loves writing poetry, watching films, taking her dog April for walks,  and tutoring students at Wayfinders, an after-school program for youth.          

Alex provides editing and copywriting services for non-profits and individuals at a sliding scale that works for each person’s income. She is a strong, dynamic writer who has written and edited social media copy,  academic papers, briefing notes, blog posts, book reviews, summaries, speaking notes, operational manuals,  annual reports, communication plans, press releases, correspondence, policy, research and program evaluation papers,  and has developed and facilitated workshop presentations. 

Connect with Alex Enns:

LinkedIn

Instagram: @alexandraloreleii

 

Connect with Teresa:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Grant Writing Courses: www.teresahuff.com/learn

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social: LinkedIn

Nov 17, 2020
11: What Skills Do You Need to Be a Grant Writer?
13:41
People often ask me about grant writing, but they aren't sure if they would be any good at it. You can take the quiz to help you figure out, but today I want to talk through some of the important characteristics that are ideal for a grant writer.

These grant writing skills fall into three main categories:

  1. Hard skills - like research and writing
  2. Interpersonal skills - like communication and playing nice with others
  3. Internal qualities - such as your love for a good cause, being organized, and able to follow complex directions.

Each of those aspects of grant writing can be learned and developed. It takes lots of practice. The sooner you start, the sooner you'll improve!

Resources Mentioned:

Episode 9: What a Grant Funder REALLY Wants: Interview with Mindy Honey, Skaggs Foundation

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Connect with Teresa:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Social: LinkedIn

 

Nov 10, 2020
10: Grant Writing Q&A: How long does it take to get grant funding after the application is submitted?
08:46
Now and then I like to do a quick Q&A episode with questions I often hear about grant writing. Today's question: How long does it take to actually get the grant funding after you submit the application?

The short answer is that it'll probably take much longer than you'd like. Truth: Sometimes waiting is the hardest part!

Listen in as I explain funder timelines, the range of time you can expect, and other aspects you probably hadn't thought of.

Other episodes mentioned:

Episode 3: Grant Writing Q&A - How much time does it take to write a grant?

Episode 9: What a Grant Funder REALLY Wants: Interview with Mindy Honey, Skaggs Foundation

Connect with Teresa:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Email: podcast@teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social: LinkedIn

 

 

Nov 06, 2020
9: What a Grant Funder Really Wants: Interview with a Grant Maker + Checklist Download [Mindy Honey, Skaggs Foundation]
33:35
You know how I’m always throwing out grant writing advice like, “Follow the guidelines!” or “Don’t miss a deadline!” Well, today you don’t just have to take my word for it. I’m interviewing a grant maker so you can hear from someone on the other side of the desk what grant funders really want. 

I’m talking with Mindy Honey from the Skaggs Foundation in Branson, MO. As Director of Community Relations for the Foundation, Mindy's duties include grant administration for Skaggs Legacy Endowment as well as grant writing for Skaggs Foundation. Skaggs Legacy Endowment was established in 2013 and since that time, more than $5.9 million has been awarded to organizations improving health and wellness in Stone and Taney counties in Missouri.

There are lots of great takeaways in this episode! So many, in fact, that I decided to throw them all in a downloadable list that you can grab at www.teresahuff.com/funder.

Listen in to the interview and learn from a grantmaker herself!


Connect with Mindy:

Website: www.skaggsfoundation.org

Facebook: Skaggs Foundation

Email: mindy.honey@skaggs.net 

Connect with Teresa:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Download the list of today's tips: www.teresahuff.com/funder

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social: LinkedIn

Nov 03, 2020
8: Grant Writing Q&A: Why Are Grant Application Guidelines So Different?
06:57
Grant Funder Call Script

Today I’m doing a quick Q&A episode for you on grant application guidelines. Next week’s episode is such a good interview with a grant funder, so be sure to come back for Episode 9 to catch that. In preparation for that episode,  I want to address a question I often hear:

Why do grant funder guidelines vary so much from one foundation to the next?

Short answer: Because it’s their money so they get to make the rules, that’s why.

I preach over and over how important it is to follow the guidelines when you’re applying for a grant. First, what do I mean by that?

Grant guidelines are:

  • The list of application instructions a grantmaker provides
  • Includes things like the deadline, format, how to send it, questions they want you to answer, proposed budget, etc.

Why are they so different?

Each funder’s purpose and platform for offering grant funds is different. Their work in the community and their goals differ from one foundation to the next. They’re looking for an ROI (Return on Investment, or Impact), and what is going to give the greatest return. They develop their grant guidelines accordingly.

Some applications require all kinds of extra documentation - letters of support, signatures, forms, maps, price quotes, etc. Others want heavy research and statistics. Then there’s the whole range from a general request to the most detailed project design, complete with logic models and tables. Once in awhile, you’ll come across one that really doesn’t give you much guidance at all. You’re left shooting in the dark and hoping to hit the mark. That’s where a phone call or email comes in handy when possible. 

Now before you go all deer in the headlights on me at the thought of talking to a grantmaker, I’ve got you covered here. You can grab my Grant Funder Call Script where I map out how to prepare for the call, a step by step script so you’ll know what kinds of questions to ask, and a template that you can customize for each funder. Go to teresahuff.com/script and start calling with confidence.

Our job is to present each individualized request in a way that clearly paints a picture for that funder of your organization’s need. You've got this!

Connect with Teresa:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social: LinkedIn

Oct 30, 2020
7: Google Ad Grant: The Nonprofit World's Best-Kept Secret [Interview with Grant Hensel, CEO of Nonprofit Megaphone and Google Ad Grant Expert]
26:05
If you work in the nonprofit world in any capacity, you need to know about this resource. This could benefit so many nonprofits, but most don’t even know it exists. I’m talking about the Google Ad Grant. This gives registered nonprofits a $10,000/month advertising credit to use for Google ads

I’ve brought in an expert today to share the ins and outs of this resource. Grant Hensel is the CEO of Nonprofit Megaphone, an agency focused 100% on Google Grant Management for nonprofits. Nonprofit Megaphone is honored to manage the Google Grant for 370+ leading nonprofits worldwide and to be an inaugural member of the Google Ad Grant Certified Professionals community. 

Grant explains what the Google Ad Grant is designed for, shares some great tips, and tells us how you can position your nonprofit to make the most out of this free advertising. 

Resources we mention in this episode:

Connect with Grant Hensel, Nonprofit Megaphone:

Website: nonprofitmegaphone.com

Facebook

Connect with Teresa:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Grant Writing Courses: www.teresahuff.com/learn

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social: LinkedIn

Are you a nonprofit or freelance grant writer and need support figuring out your next steps? Book a strategy starter call at www.teresahuff.com/strategy and let’s get you moving forward.

Oct 27, 2020
6: Grant Readiness: Is Your Nonprofit Ready for Grants? How to Build the Foundation for Successful Grant Writing + Bonus Grant Readiness Checkup Infographic
10:35
Today's episode is going to lay the groundwork for preparing a non-profit for grants.

Many people want to jump right into grant writing. They think, "Just send the money ‘cause we need it now!"

Let me challenge you to a different approach.

We’re going to take a few steps back and talk about preparation. Is the nonprofit ready for grants? If not, you won’t get very far and your efforts won’t be nearly as effective.

Let’s talk about how to prepare for grants in the first place so you’ll be ready to actually write the grant and have a better chance of success.

Grab the quick Grant Readiness Checkup at www.teresahuff.com/checkup.

If you are a non-profit or a freelance writer and aren't sure where to start, book a strategy session and let's get things in order. We’ll map it out so you can finish 2020 strong and hit the ground running in 2021.

Connect with Teresa:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Grant Writing Courses: www.teresahuff.com/learn

Book a Strategy Session: www.teresahuff.com/strategy

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social: LinkedIn

Oct 20, 2020
5: Grant Writer Strategy Session: Is Grant Writing My Next Right Step?
28:42
I'm excited to share this grant writing strategy call with Lisa Ortman. Her background is so unique! (Hint: Her undergrad degree is in forestry.)

Lisa reached out to me wondering if grant writing might be her next right step, so we met for a strategy session and worked out an action plan. I think she even surprised herself with how relevant her skills and education are to grant writing!

We discuss several aspects of grant writing strategy on the call:

  • Her background, education, and work experience
  • The opportunities in her community and potential partners
  • The areas of need she's particularly passionate about
  • How her skills so far are good preparation for grant writing
  • Her next steps and a clear plan to move forward

Listen in and see if it sparks some ideas for your next right step. If it does, head to www.teresahuff.com/strategy and book your own session. Let's get you out there and change the world.

In a grant writing strategy call like this, we can map out topics like:

  • How do I get started in grant writing?
  • Where do I find clients?
  • How do I tell people I'm looking for grant writing work?
  • Should I be an independent consultant or look for a grant writing job?

And lots more. Hit me up if grant writing is one of those ideas that keeps pulling on you and I'll help you sort it out. We need you to help make an impact!

About Lisa:

Lisa Ortman is an educational equity advocate, family engagement specialist, and mom to 3 boys. She has a Bachelor's in forestry and a Master's in education. After 10 years in the wine industry, she decided it was time to find work where she can give back to the community. That's when she started working in education and the ESL population.

As someone who actually enjoyed writing her Master's thesis, I can sense a fellow grant writer at heart! Lisa has such a heart for serving in her community. I can't wait to see how she uses her skills to move forward!

Connect with Teresa:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Grant Writing Courses: www.teresahuff.com/learn

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social: LinkedIn

Oct 13, 2020
4: Lessons I Learned from 15 Years of Grant Writing + Bonus Download
10:51
Today I want to share with you some important lessons I've learned over the last 15 years of being a grant writer. The journey hasn’t been linear, but I’ve learned from every step.

I'll talk about four key areas:

  • Skill 
  • Implementation
  • Mindset
  • Success

To download the full PDF guide, go to www.teresahuff.com/lessonslearned.

I can’t write ALL the grants for ALL the great causes out there. Nor would I want to! That’s why I feel strongly about mentoring others. Together we can create a much bigger ripple effect.

Ready for deeper support in building your grant writing business or your nonprofit's plan of action? I'm here to help. Book a session at www.teresahuff.com/strategy.

Let's start this journey and change the world together!

Connect with Teresa:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social: LinkedIn

Oct 06, 2020
3: Grant Writing Q&A: Why is it called grant writing? | Which nonprofit should I help? | Is there room for more grant writers? | How long does it take to write a grant?
10:39
I get all kinds of questions about grant writing, from simple to complex. Today I'm going to discuss a few of the most common questions.

We'll get back to the basics as we talk about:

  • Why is it called grant writing when it should be called filling out a grant application?
  • How do I figure out which organization to get involved with?
  • Is there still opportunity out there for more grant writers?
  • How much time does it take to write a grant?

Join me today as we unpack these questions!

I also want to encourage you to consider how your background can relate to grant writing. If you're considering a career in grant writing, head over and take my free quiz, "Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?" at www.teresahuff.com/quiz.

Ready for deeper support in building your grant writing business or your nonprofit's plan of action? I'm here to help. Book a session at www.teresahuff.com/strategy.

Let's start this journey and change the world together!

Connect with Teresa:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social: LinkedIn

Oct 06, 2020
2: What Is a Grant? (and What It's Not)
06:31
Today I'm going to start with the basics of grant writing so you understand what I’m even referring to in the first place.

Grants are a process of applying for funding to be used for a specific cause. The grants I work with are typically given to 501c3 nonprofits, schools, or government agencies such as a health department or library.

We'll talk about what a grant is NOT and also what a grant IS. Join me on the show!

If you're considering a career in grant writing, head over and take my free quiz, "Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?" at www.teresahuff.com/quiz.

Connect with Teresa:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social: LinkedIn

Oct 02, 2020
1: Introducing the Grant Writing Simplified Podcast: My Journey from Special Ed Teacher to Grant Writer
07:19
Introducing the Grant Writing Simplified Podcast where I'm stepping up to help freelancers and nonprofit leaders maximize their impact and change the world.

Grant writing is one of those “mystery fields” that everyone kind of knows about, but no one seems to really know WHAT it really is other than a way to get money for free. As you can guess, there’s a lot more to it than that. 

I’m here to break it down for you into practical takeaways to help you understand the purpose and strategies behind successful grant writing. 

Today I'll share my grant writing journey with you and explain how I transitioned from special ed teacher into a grant writer and nonprofit consultant.

I also want to encourage you to consider how your background can relate to grant writing. If you're considering a career in grant writing, head over and take my free quiz, "Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?" at www.teresahuff.com/quiz.

Let's start this journey and change the world together!

Connect with Teresa:

Website: www.teresahuff.com

Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?

Social: LinkedIn

 

Oct 02, 2020