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Challenges continue for agencies as they create grant proposals

Posted on May 14th, 2019 under General, What I'm Up To.

Competition for grant funding continues to be pretty fierce and funders continue to ask agencies to help themselves be more competitive by:

1. Being SPECIFIC about what you want them to pay for – give them a real feel for the number of people you’ll be helping with their money and how many hours of service will be provided.
2. Detailing OUTCOMES describing how their funding will help change your clients’ lives.
3. Giving them a good argument for WHY you deserve the funding.

What I’m doing in 2018 …

Posted on September 9th, 2016 under General.

Work continues to be exciting and challenging. I’ll be presenting my NUTS & BOLTS training as part of the GRANTS BOOT CAMP again in March 2019 – dates to be announced. This two-day workshop has been extremely popular. You can register through

I’ve presented even more workshops than usual over the past 18 months, including two in Stockton and two in Fresno for the California Asian Chamber of Commerce. Attendees included representatives from community-based organizations and small businesses throughout California’s Central Valley. It’s my pleasure to be able to provide continuing help for existing clients and to assist new clients in meeting their grant writing challenges.

I’m very proud that the Association of Fundraising Professionals chose me as the Outstanding Fundraising Professional for 2014. I received the award from California’s Capital Chapter at a special ceremony on December 17, 2014.

Over the 33 years I’ve been doing this work, I’ve helped clients and employers raise $109,052 million for all the wonderful work they do. It’s exciting and rewarding work, and I’m proud to be part of all my clients’ efforts.

It’s been an especially good two years … One of my clients, Sacramento County Office of Education just received $1.2 million for Arts Training and Programs throughout the County. Another received $1.5 million in funding for job training services. One of my long-term clients, Saint John’s Program for Real Change, was awarded $727,000 for their comprehensive work with homeless women and children, followed by $50,000 from Walmart and the only $10,000 award that Soroptimist International of Greater Sacramento selects each year.

In recent years, the Respite Partnership Collaborative of Sierra Health Foundation awarded a total of $600,000 to SaintJohn’s. Jeff Wilkinson, then Chief Operating Officer, said, “You’re the best grant writer east and west of the Mississippi. A second e-mail on October 18th added, “Your grant work and counsel have truly been invaluable!”

And great past news … the Federal Home Loan Bank awarded $1 million Saint John’s. I wrote this proposal, and it’s very exciting that they have funding for improvements to a new residential facility on Jackson Road. It was a nationwide competition, with only two awards in Sacramento County; the others were in Arizona, Florida, Maine, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington State.

Past training presentations include the first training webinars for the Nonprofit Resource Center (now The Impact Foundry). I’ve also I’ve additional webinars for clients – three for the Alaska Primary Care Association and three for the California Primary Care Association. It’s such a good way to provide training access for those who can’t easily come to Sacramento.

In June, 2013, I presented a three-hour workshop for the Delta Conservancy in the small town of Clarksburg, California. What a pretty area that whole Delta region is. This year, I presented a three-hour workshop “Taking the Pain and Fear out of Grant Writing” for the City of Citrus Heights Community Collaborative. This is the fourth workshop I’ve presented for the City.

Miriam is an exceptional presenter … she has a wonderful style of presentation

Posted on September 6th, 2016 under General.

My next “Nuts and Bolts” workshop is on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. as part of the GRANTS BOOT CAMP. Contact to register or call Mikey Langlois at 916-569-8557.

I’ll also be presenting a new four-session GRANTS MASTER SERIES training with my excellent colleague, Suzanne Linebarger, beginning on Monday, October 10, 2016. Contact to register for this exciting advanced training series.

I continue to receive feedback that tells me my training workshops are well received … “Best grant workshop we have had” … “Please keep this type of training at all future conferences” … “The handout was like a miracle … it will change my life” .. “We have had lots of positive feedback from the staff who attended your workshop. You are a great presenter and your handout will be an especially useful reference tool for us.” Rick Sprague, Regional Vice President, Mercy Housing California, May 19, 2016.

I wrote in 2013 that fundraising continues to present challenges for non-profit organizations and this is still true. It’s even more important than ever to match WHAT it is funders wish to support with what YOU are doing to help your clients. Thorough research as a vital component of a successful grants program. As more and more funders move to online applications, it’s critical to have someone on your team who can condense lots of information into a tight argument in 2,000 words or less (or, even worse, 2,000 characters or less)!

I’ll be presenting four Webinars for statewide participants …

Posted on October 1st, 2010 under General.

Over the next couple of months, I’ll be presenting four Webinars for statewide health clinic members of the California Primary Care Association.

Why do we write grant proposals?

Posted on October 1st, 2010 under General.

Just a reminder of why we do all this work that can drive us crazy … it helps us serve those who need our help so desperately. $20 bill

Director of Nonprofit Resource Center says …

Posted on October 1st, 2010 under General.

“You are the consummate professional and I am glad to have the opportunity to work with you.” Ann Lucas, Executive Director, Nonprofit Resource Center, Sacramento, California.

Great training …

Posted on October 1st, 2010 under General.

One of the attendees at my June 2010 training workshop for Catholic Healthcare West and Mercy Foundation said, “GREAT TRAINING – THANKS SO MUCH!”

Well-received training workshops …

Posted on October 1st, 2010 under General.

“This workshop was far above my expectations. Miriam’s energy and knowledge were terrific. I would recommend this workshop to anyone.” Connie Uychulin, Executive Director ‘Boot Camp,’ Stockton, California, June 1, 2010.

“I really enjoyed Miriam’s focus on helping individual organizations iron out their objectives for a grant proposal.” From Executive Director ‘Boot Camp,’ June 1, 2010 in Stockton, California.

“Your October 14th presentation was by far the best I’ve heard – phenomenal, concise, to the point and practical! I’ve already implemented some of your suggestions. I appreciate what you’ve done for me and what you’re doing for everybody else.” Clarmundo Sullivan, Executive Director, Golden Rule HIV/AIDS Services, Sacramento, California, November 2009.

“Your help in working with us for an entire day to edit and refine our Federal proposal made the difference!” Maurine Huang, Chief Executive Officer, Opening Doors, Inc., Sacramento, California, February 2009.

“Wow! This is an absolutely fabulous grant proposal!” Elizabeth Miller, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, University of California, Davis School of Medicine, December 2008.

“You so very simply de-mystified this complicated process.” July 2008.

Feedback from presentations in Portland, Oregon in April 2008:

“One of the best presentations of the conference. Thank you.”
“Great information – very useful and the presenter was great!”
“Excellent session – it was wonderful.”
“Great information; great speaker!”
“Very excellent.”
“Great class – wish it had been longer.”

“Your budgeting workshop was excellent – It opened my eyes to a lot of things that need to happen during the preparation proccess.” Susan Swift, Administrative and Program Coordinator, Sacramento Area Congregations Together, March 26, 2008.

“I have a clear understanding of the task and practical tools to get the job accomplished.” Renee Burkhalter, Rocklin, California, March 27, 2008.

“Thank you for presenting your excellent workshop at the Meet the Funders workshop in Grass Valley, and for sharing your insight and knowledge.” Alison Lehman, Director, Nevada County Department of Social Services, February 19, 2008.

“I do appreciate your graciousness and ability to roll with a different group than we had planned for.” Maurine Huang, Chief Executive Officer, Opening Doors, Inc., November 9, 2007.

Miriam’s handouts are just excellent …

Posted on October 1st, 2010 under General.

“Your handouts are just excellent.” Attendee at day-long training for Catholic Healthcare West and Mercy Foundation, May 26, 2010.

“I heard you speak 10 years ago at an Association of Fundraising Professionals luncheon and it made such an impression on me that I still remember it today … it was the best 90 minutes I ever spent!” Deborah Bell Dancer, Grant Writer, November 2007.

Bank of America awards $200,000 to one of my clients …

Posted on May 21st, 2010 under General.

I wrote a grant proposal this summer to Bank of America for St. John’s Shelter Program for Women and Children. They just heard that they were one of two recipients in this region of the $200,000 Neighborhood Builders Award.

Jane Jensen Saint, Executive Director, wrote on August 7, 2007: “Miriam, wonderful news!! We got full funding from MGM MIRAGE Voice Foundation. Thank you so much for your help and support. Your assistance last spring made the difference between zero dollars and $15,000.” This small non-profit helps children in need to meet their full potential by providing family-like homes and education opportunities.

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