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The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need: Top Grant Writers and Grant Givers Share Their Secrets Paperback – August 25, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0465018697 ISBN-10: 0465018696 Edition: Third Edition, Third Edition

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About the Author

Ellen Karsh was director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Grants Administration, working for Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg. She has also developed grants for the NYC Board of Education.

Arlen Sue Fox has been director of research, planning, and evaluation for the New York City Human Rights Commission. She currently manages the development department at Sunnyside Community Services.

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Product Details

  • Series: Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need: Top Grant Writers &
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Third Edition, Third Edition edition (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465018696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465018697
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

It's written well and very user friendly.
Leslie C. Wadler
This is a fantastic book on how to write grants.
Margaret Elmendorf
I highly recommend this book over the others.
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137 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Ericka Menchen Trevino on January 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book the week before I started my first grant writing job and boy was I glad! I knew the organization relatively well, and combined with the insights this book gave me I was able to be successful, winning one major and several minor grants for the organization within my first four months. This book is perfect for grant writers, but there is certainly the bigger picture of fundraising that you ought to be aware of, especially if you are in a small organization. The book's title seemed a bit grandiose to me, but it lived up to its name.
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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Aaron B. West on June 9, 2004
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Purchased this book with a few others to get started on grant writing for a non-profit. Read the book front to back in less than a week because I enjoyed it so much. I found myself coming into my office each morning and checking out new websites from the book to help me. After reading the book, I truly understand what grantmakers are looking for in a proposal. Thank you so much!
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111 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Charles L. DeFanti Jr. on July 30, 2003
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Having pursued many grants over the years, I anguish at the number of hours I could have saved with only a bit of the wisdom offered in Karsh and Fox's book. Herein we learn not only canny methodology, but correct protocols and language to keep our proposals off the junk heap.
Most remarkably, the material is presented in a jaunty style which belies the notion that grant-writing (or -reading) has to be an onerous or dryasdust task. "Realty checks" may spare you the agony of wondering whether your proposal dropped into a black hole. You can't write a successful grant proposal without inhabiting the mind of a grantmaker, and even failed proposals can fuel you for the next, successful foray.
I wouldn't dream of attempting another grant without this book at my side. Buy it!
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 2003
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This really IS the only grant- writing book you'll ever need. It's an extremely helpful book that is both readable as well as comprehensive. The websites are exhaustive, the appendix material useful, the glossary of terms highly technical and inclusive, and the interviews with funders are unique. All in all - a gem.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 2003
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These two professional grantseekers provide a very helpful perspective for both newcomers to the grants world and those with experience. The grantmakers interviews are particularly helpful, and the honest and unpretentious style of the book make it an enjoyable read.

I sought the book out as a guide for some volunteer grantwriting I was doing. It was the only guide I used, and it helped me win a $50,000 grant!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Alberigi McKenzie VINE VOICE on November 17, 2007
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I'm studying grant writing and have been picking up all these grant writing books. By far, this was the easiest for me to delve into. I thought that odd as I expected the Idiot's and Dummy's guides to be easier and quicker, but the narrative in this book is a pleasant read and the grant writing process just makes so much sense the way the authors present the information. Good job!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 2003
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I found this book especially reader-friendly in spite of the complexities of the grants process. The glossary of terms and the interviews with people who give grants offered valuable insight into the world of grants.
I especially appreciated the emphasis on the need for collaboration. This was presented in a convincing manner!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By kcd on July 25, 2003
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This is priceless - being a first time grant writer, it is the best resource I have read to help me through the process. Thank you, Ellen and Arlen!
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