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We're on the home stretch now. You've learned the writing requirements, which are a bit different than other types of writing. (Are you still doing those practice exercises?) You've learned about mission statements that may have given you a new way of looking at organizations. Did it? When you hear about an organization, do you now ask yourself what its mission is? When you hear about a project that an organization has undertaken, do you ever stop to ponder how that project fits into its mission? You do? Great! You will find that this will help you as you continue to write project grants. We've talked a lot about prospect research. I hope you really took the time to dig around the Foundation Center Web site. It's rich enough with a variety of materials that you can keep going back to it. Try, for instance, their section on FAQs. That could keep you going for days, and incidentally turn up some interesting information for you. This course simply isn't long enough to turn over to you all the materials that could be interesting or pertinent for you in your grant writing endeavors. You simply have to keep digging and exploring on your own. Some of us have been doing this for many, many years. When I started preparing for this course, I learned things I didn't know, or had frankly forgotten. So keep at it. I guarantee it will pay off in time. There's a lot more we could have said about corporate research, too. When you see a corporate sponsorship of either an organization or a particular program, what wheels start turning in your mind? I hope you ask yourself why the corporation might have chosen that particular sponsorship. Remember, just being nice isn't the major reason for any donation. What about a TV program? Who sponsored what you were watching last night? Do you ever watch public TV or listen to public radio? What about their "credits"? These essentially represent sponsorship. Why do you think they selected the particular program you are watching or listening to? Plus, we've taken a quick tour of responding to RFPs from government grant funders. While there's a lot more we could say about these funders, that's really a topic for a whole other course. But I'm confident that you'll soon have the skills to approach government funders with ease and poise. And in our last lesson, I hope to have convinced you to look at numbers in a different way. Try not to tune the matter out. The next time you see a budget, try to play a game with yourself. What does that budget tell you about the organization? Does each line suggest some information to you? Then ask yourself about the relationship between various line items. Do they provide further information? If you were a grants officer, how would you look at these line items and what conclusions would you draw? These are some of the things I hope you will keep thinking about. The lessons should not be over
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This note was uploaded on 08/29/2011 for the course PUBLIC ADM EDA 6930 taught by Professor Morris during the Spring '09 term at UNF.

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