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We love our funders but

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This is our first blog in a new and exciting partnership – a Linky Party – with esteemed grant writers from across the country, including Diane Leonard, Jo Miller, Heather Stombaugh and Mark Whitacre. For our first party, we chose a Valentine’s Day theme…relationships with funders with the title We Love Our Funders But……Click on the links throughout this article to read their fascinating and educational perspectives on this subject. Look for more Linky Party articles in the future!

We all goof up. I’ve been doing it quite a lot recently because I’m shopping for a new car which is new territory for me and so I’m feeling my way through. So I expect to make some mistakes as I figure things out and am being gentle with myself.

But funders don’t cut us that much slack and it can sting.

I once had a government funder refuse to review our application because I had missed one of 16 signatures back in the day when we signed all the forms. I’m sure you’ve had similar experiences. Its utterly gut wrenching to spend weeks or months on a multi-million dollar application and then have it summarily rejected because of a minor technical error. But they make the rules and we get to play the game.

But what about when a funder makes a mistake? Read More→

Photo: Gift of Jack Leishman, Ashland, OR

Dare to love yourself..
As if you were a rainbow..
With gold at both ends.
~ Aberjhani

I learned something new yesterday. At 46, that doesn’t happen every day so I thought I’d share it. Read More→

Photo: Gift of Jack Leishman, OR

The world is holy. We are holy. All life is holy. Daily prayers are delivered on the lips of breaking waves, the whisperings of grasses, the shimmering of leaves.
– Terry Tempest Williams

And on lips when we speak with collaborative partners…..

Most big funders prefer to fund collaborations knowing that often produce better results and give them more bang for their buck.

But building and sustaining collaborations is an art form. I interviewed Dory Rand for my book and she has helped foster many successful coalitions so I asked her about what it takes to do it well. Read More→

Photo: Gift of Jack Leishman

“Go to your fields and your gardens, and you shall learn that it is the pleasure of the bee to gather honey of the flower,

But it is also the pleasure of the flower to yield its honey to the bee.

For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life, And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love,

And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.”

Kahlil Gibran

One of the questions that I asked the top grant writers I interviewed for my book was “Where is the art of grant writing? What makes you masterful?” They gave me a wide array of responses and I’ll share a couple here. Read More→

During the interviews for my book, the top grant experts that I interviewed shared their wisdom about building relationships. Here are three nuggets from their vaults. Read More→