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Writing for a Good Cause: The Complete Guide to Crafting Proposals and Other Persuasive Pieces for Nonprofits Paperback – July 19, 2000
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Surprisingly, the advice contained herein -- if made more generic in your mind -- is excellent advice for entire areas of your life. Sounds hokey, true. But honestly, boiled down the advice can be listed as:
1. Identify what the problem is. Do your research until you really understand the causes of the problems and their many effects.
2. Identify how you will know when you have made the problem better. How will you know when the problem has been alleviated? What intermediate steps need to be taken? How will you measure your progress along the way?
3.Identify what tools are available, and which are still needed, to move towards a resolution, or diminution, of the problem. Be specific here. Vague generalities are useless, but the brass tacks of a solution are absolutely priceless. Who has access to these tools? Who can make difficult things easy?
4. If you are asking for someone to help you with this problem, present the whole equation to them in a light that makes the most sense to *them*. This doesn't mean to lie, or exaggerate. It only means to focus your proposal in a way that makes them see it most personally.
5. Proofread what you have written, to be sure it says what you want it to say. Then proofread it again. And again. Get it right, because it is a hard and fast representative of you. This should be true in everything concrete you put out in the world with your name on it.
Now, all of this can be applied to writing a grant proposal. And much of it can be applied to the other things in life.Read more ›
The heart of the book is a clear guide to how to write a great proposal, but other valuable topics are covered, including newsletters, case statements, interviews, and the like.
In one section, the authors mix genuine examples of great fundraising writing with an imaginary proposal to fund the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. They not only convince you to help build the Brooklyn Bridge, you're ready to buy it.
The bridge is not for sale, but this book is. It is well worth its price of two fast food lunches. Buy it, read it, and be happy.
This book was so startlingly useful that I had to buy it. It will likely become your most dog-eared fundraising guide.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book helped me write grant proposals for a nonprofit ballet company. As shown by our successful proposals, this Guide really helped. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Terrence Walsh
I found the book replete with quotes and ism's; though there is helpful information presented and the authors clearly know quite a bit about 501(c) (3)s and the grant process, the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by onetimereviewer
Here is a practical and charming guide to writing solidly effective grants...and any other sort of business proposal. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Marian Deegan
Used this book in a course called Workplace Writing, when we were doing service-learning projects with some local non-profits. Love it.Published 11 months ago by Dr W
Very detailed instructions on grant writing, newsletters, brochures and other tools of the non-profit fundraising trade. Not a new book, but the advice is timeless. Thank you. Read morePublished 11 months ago by jea chapman
Very helpful in everyday correspondence. Easy to read and understand.Published 12 months ago by vonnir