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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.

Upcoming Training Workshops …

Posted on December 14th, 2018 under What I'm Up To.

My next NUTS & BOLTS workshop is part of the two-day Grants Boot Camp series; it’ll be scheduled in March 2019 (date to be announced) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Impact Foundry, 2031 K Street, Sacramento California. You can call them at 916-569-8557 or go to to register.

LOOK FOR INFORMATION COMING SOON … I’ll also be presenting an exciting new MASTER GRANT SERIES TRAINING with my wonderful colleague, Suzanne Linebarger, which will be scheduled very soon. This Series is in four sessions and provides an opportunity for participants to create a full grant proposal, which one of us will review with each attendee in a one-on-one session. If you’re ready for some advanced training, or think you’d like to move into the field of consulting, this is an excellent series for you to attend.

I presented a two-hour workshop for the California Police Activities League (CAL PAL) Statewide Conference recently, entitled “Take the Fear and Pain out of Grant Writing.” This elective workshop was attended by almost half of the conference participants. The CAL PAL police officers run wonderful and very successful after- school programs for at-risk students under 18. They have to write grant proposals as part of their work, but most of them haven’t received any training for this (and mostly don’t love it)! I got great feedback from those who were there.

It continues to be a privilege and a pleasure to work with such great agencies

Posted on June 25th, 2015 under What I'm Up To.

The California Asian Chamber of Commerce hired me to present four four-hour workshops between May and July, two in Stockton and two in Fresno. Attendees included representatives from both community-based organizations and small businesses throughout the Central Valley. This is a great opportunity for attendees to explore new partnership opportunities while learning how to make grant proposal preparation easier. Funding was provided by Wells Fargo Bank and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

I’ve now presented at the second GRANTS BOOT CAMP sponsored by the Nonprofit Resource Center. This successful Boot Camp will be presented again on November 18th and 19th, 2015 in Sacramento. Go to for details. Even more exciting is the new GRANTS MASTER SERIES that I’ll be presenting with my excellent colleague, Suzanne Linebarger, in late summer. Look for details at the Nonprofit Resource Center website.

It’s my great privilege and pleasure to have been chosen as the Outstanding Fundraising Professional by California’s Capital Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The award was presented at a special ceremony on December 17, 2014.

This Fall, I presented at the first GRANTS BOOT CAMP sponsored by the Nonprofit Resource Center here in the Sacramento region, with my experienced and excellent colleague Suzanne Linebarger. My NUTS & BOLTS WORKSHOP was part of this well-received, intensive two-day training.

Look for information in 2015 about the new GRANTS MASTER CLASS I’ll also be presenting with Suzanne. This exciting and high impact series is described at – check it out and sign up as soon as it’s announced. It’ll be worth it!

In May, 2014 I went over the $100 million mark … over the past 29 years, I’ve helped clients and employers raise $102,775 million. It’s such a pleasure to work with people who do wonderful things and to know how they help our communities.

Exciting news … Look for information on a series of workshops I’ll be presenting this Fall through the Nonprofit Resource Center with a great colleague, Suzanne Linebarger. We’ve been developing this for a while, and hope to see you there!

It pleases me to know that the training sessions I present really help people and agencies. It really CAN be easier and less stressful!

Linda Bak, Development Manager at RedRover attended my December 5th, 2011 “Nuts and Bolts” workshop and said, “That was a great workshop. Thanks so much.”

One of my repeat clients, Relationships Skills Center (formerly Sacramento Healthy Marriage Project), once again received a large award from a Federal agency – the Administration for Children and Families – of $798,500. Executive Director Carolyn Rich Curtis and I worked together for an intense two weeks preparing the proposal that resulted in this award, which carries with it an opportunity for two additional years of funding, for a total of $2.4 million.

In August 2011, I was nominated for the Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award presented each year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. It was a highlight in my year to be recognized by those peers nominating me. Here’s just one of the nice things they said about me: “A good consultant blends in with the organization, becoming a virtual extension of the organization’s existing staff. Miriam is particularly adept at this … she becomes fluent in the “language” of that client so that the proposal truly reflects the organization’s voice and vision and articulates its passion.”

The agencies I work with are wonderful … their services change people’s lives, and it’s a privilege to be able to be part of each team.

Elaine Whitefeather, Domestic Violence Intervention Center (DVIC), Citrus Heights, California called to tell me the proposal I wrote for them was funded for $227,906. In addition to the critical funding for their agency, this approval certified DVIC to provide services and makes them more competitive for future funding. Only four awards were made in California, and it’s very rare to fund a second agency in one county to provide similar services in close proximity. The Project Narrative received a perfect score.

I’ve just finished updating and expanding “Master Proposals” for all of the programs at The Salvation Army, Lodi Corps – I created the original boilerplate for them four years ago. This will give them an enhanced ability to quickly adapt their funding argument for a wide variety of funders, so they can submit more grant requests easily.

I wrote two grant proposals for The Lodi Corps of The Salvation Army in February and March, both of which were funded. Kaiser Permanente funded $50,000 for healthcare services for homeless clients in the Lodi Shelter and The City of Lodi funded $40,000 for a wheelchair ramp at the Shelter.

I’ll be presenting 4 statewide Webinars

Posted on October 1st, 2010 under What I'm Up To.

I’ve just been hired by the California Primary Care Association to present four Webinars for their statewide health clinic members.

I’m currently providing Technical Assistance for 11 grantees who’ve been selected by Citibank, Las Vegas to receive extra help– paid for by that Citibank. I’m working with these grantees to review past proposals, to help them refine their funding arguments in proposals to be submitted in April and May, and to help them think through the budget preparation process to be sure all costs are included and allocated appropriately.

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