Monday, September 28, 2009

Delusion Free Thinking

Amongst the over 60 articles on my website, there is a one page article that I’ve referred people to repeatedly. It offers seven qualifying criteria to help nonprofit organizations determine if they are ready to seek grant funding (Is Your Organization Ready to Apply For a Grant?)

After a conversation with Laura Mikuska last week, another author on this blog, I’ve added another criterion. During the conversation, Laura made me laugh when she referred to a meeting with a would-be-client, wondering if they were still delusional. Here is the addition:

8. You understand that raising significant amounts of money, even for the best organization in the world, will require significant amounts of effort, time and creativity. That is, you have realistic expectations about the amount, kind and timing of grants and other funding you will initially receive.

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