Download e-book for kindle: The Individual’s Guide to Grants by Judith B. Margolin (auth.)

By Judith B. Margolin (auth.)

This publication is a piece of judgment of right and wrong. it's the manufactured from a long-standing feeling of legal responsibility on my half to write down anything necessary for a unique staff of individuals to that you most likely belong-individuals who search provides. In my years as Director of the recent York library of the root heart, * every day I encountered numbers of people glance­ ing for furnish funds. even if i attempted to be as supportive as attainable, within the face of the actual difficulties shared through this staff of library clients, my very own response was once one in all relative helplessness. easily acknowledged, many of the fund-raising courses, revealed directories, and machine records purport­ edly created to serve the fund-raising public are of very little use to people who search investment on their lonesome. those assets are directed *The starting place middle is the self sustaining, nonprofit association tested by means of foun­ dations to supply details for the grant-seeking public. vii viii I PREFACE towards the nonprofit, tax-exempt organisation, that's the most typical recipient of origin, company, and executive largess. they aren't designed to reply to the unique standards of the person provide seeker. within the applicant eligibility index, the Catalog of Federal family guidance defines members as "homeowners, scholars, farmers, artists, scientists, shoppers, small-business people, minors, refugees, extraterrestrial beings, veterans, senior voters, low-income individuals, health and wellbeing and academic pros, developers, contractors, builders, handicapped folks, the bodily afflicted." in brief, virtually every body qualifies.

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Trust them to thrust themselves into the limelight sooner or later. Your role is to serve as a kind of midwife at the birth of a full-blown grant project from a vaguely formulated idea. Above all, try not to be discouraged. " Remember that there may be a natural antithesis between the kind of person who has new ideas and the kind of person who makes decisions whether or not to fund them. Suggestions for presenting yourself in a more favorable light to such decision makers are provided in later chapters.

Consider at the outset: How will you and the funder know if you've succeeded? Have you chosen the best possible solution? Get in the habit of being your own devil's advocate. Acting as your own worst critic, you may well prevent rejection by potential funders. Furthermore, by questioning your own ideas, methods, and solutions in advance, you may end up improving upon them. " The word individual is important here. Organizations and institutions cannot have ideas. Having an idea is a highly personal act that an individual does on his own.

Obviously, not all ideas lend themselves to the establishment of nonprofit organizations. For those that do, nonetheless, this is another possibility for the grant seeker. It serves as an alternative to seeking institutional affiliation and sponsorship. The concept of forming an organization is one of establishing a coalition to create funding opportunities where none may have previously existed. You become, in effect, your own sponsor. Stated simply, if funders require institutional affiliation, you'll give them an affiliation, in the form of your own nonprofit tax-exempt institution.

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