“But, I only want you to write…”
“But, I only want you to write the proposals!”
“But, I only want you to write the fundraising letters!”
“But, I only need you to create the brochures!”
The money you want is a piece of cake. And it takes more than merely writing to make that cake a great one.
That piece of cake is the result you’re looking for, whether it’s a grant-funded program, or reaching a monetary / subscribers goal from your fundraising campaign.
Administrative duties are the ingredients. A designated point person gathers together everything. Each file requested; each piece of former grants written or campaigns launched; current bios and proof of status, and all the myriad pieces that make up your NPO, are the ingredients. Each piece is completely necessary to put together the batter for the cake.
Writing is putting the ingredients together, mixing the batter in the right order to get the best result. It’s the least time-consuming part of the thing. Without all the ingredients from administration gathered together, there is nothing to write.
The finished proposal sent to the correct foundation is the request for the use of the oven to bake the cake. The fundraising campaign, sent to interested donors, is the same kind of request, just in different form.
To reiterate: The money you want is a piece of cake. As with any organization, non-profit organizations cannot run without the ingredients: administrators and administrative duties. For mixing the batter of well-written grant proposals, fundraising campaigns, and brochure creations, it’s imperative that assistance and collaboration, and a designated point person, be available from your administration. And, as with any organization, administrative duties will take the most amount of time to accomplish. Writing it all is the easiest part of the endeavor.
So, what do you think is the most important part of writing a grant proposal or fundraising campaign? Let me know!
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