|Musings from Susan
“Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.” — Sam Ewing
Coming to grips with the realities of today’s economy has been difficult here at Palmetto Grants. I would be remiss if I did not tell you that times have been tough and the well has been rather dry when it comes to grant funding. We are not in the business of reinventing the wheel but rather, talking with folks on how best to pitch the story to the best funder who understands how our clients are making a difference. We understand that establishing a solid base of foundation support for your organization takes time. Part of those efforts includes saying thank you - not just when you win but when you receive a denial as well. I know that may sound crazy but one should show appreciation for the review process, even when you didn’t get the grant. It is crucial for a non-profit to take the time to thank a foundation for their review when a proposal is declined. This is all part of establishing relationships that do come into play along with having strong programs, results and transparency.
A few tips that we all should remember during these tough times:
As the saying goes, “This too shall pass.” We know the silver lining is soon coming to the dark clouds of the current economic crisis. Just hang in there with us. We do appreciate all the folks who are part of Palmetto Grants.
Focus on grant makers that have the same mission as you. Are you truly spending enough time researching appropriate potential grant funders or just using a shot gun approach and firing out applications whether or not you qualify?
Ask them why you weren’t funded. You might be surprised at what you’ll find out.
Use concrete evidence to convince funders that your need is a true community problem. We know you are passionate about your mission. Back it up with data that validates your purpose.
Now for some exciting news! I am pleased to announce that I have been selected to the 2013 Class of Leadership Gwinnett. A program of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Gwinnett is a nine month program dedicated to educating, equiping, and engaging Gwinnett’s leaders to serve and strengthen Gwinnett County. Visit the Leadership Gwinnett website to find out more.
Public Education Network
Public Education Network (PEN) is a national association of local education funds (LEFs) and individuals working to advance public school reform in low-income communities across our country. PEN believes an active, vocal constituency is the key to ensuring that every child, in every community, benefits from a quality public education.
PEN and its members are building public demand and mobilizing resources for quality public education on behalf of 12 million children in 32 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. PEN has expanded its work internationally to include members in Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa and Tanzania.
PEN also offers the PEN Weekly NewsBlast - a great newsletter capturing the latest hot topics for public education. And, it is a free subscription!
Gwinnett Ballet Theatre
Gwinnett Ballet Theatre is one of the finest pre-professional companies and non-profit dance schools in the region, sending an impressive number of young artists to professional companies and dance careers around the world. Located in the Atlanta Metro Area's northeast suburb of Snellville, Georgia, GBT has been offering the highest quality dance instruction and performances for thirty years.
The Board of Directors of Gwinnett Ballet Theatre recently announced that the non-profit arts organization will move its facilities from Snellville, GA to Lawrenceville, GA by the fall of 2012.
A new state-of-the-art facility will fill a 19,000+ square foot space at 1800 MacLeod Avenue, on Sugarloaf Parkway directly across from Gwinnett Technical College. The facility will give GBT more room than ever in which to expand its current programming. This will include additional classes, a conservatory program, and educational events. The school also plans to expand outreach to the community through classes and opportunities for underserved groups of students and adults.
Palmetto Grants is proud to have worked with Gwinnett Ballet Theatre in its recent grant awards from Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, R. Howard Dobbs Foundation and the Lois and Lucy Lampkin Foundation.
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