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Archive December 2018

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How to Approach Setting Your Goals for 2019

I don’t believe that annual goals should be set and then left to grow dusty until the year comes near to close. 

Facts, Facts, Facts!

When proving your point to a prospective funder, you can never go wrong by using at least three well-documented, supportive facts from credible and reliable sources.  Data should ideally be not more than five years old. The trick is to determine what you’re trying to prove or say, and then search for data and statements from credible sources that support it. Though less in federal grant applications, including in your proposal emotion-inducing statements gleaned from this process can be very effective.  Take a look at the examples below to see how statements and arguments are successfully supported with (sometimes sentimental) facts from credible sources.

Maximize Your ROI on Environmental Scanning

The Society for Human Resource Management defines environmental scanning as a systematic process of surveying and interpreting relevant data to identify external opportunities and threats. Effective grant professionals do this every day to stay current on evidence-based strategies, innovations, funding trends, and best practices. I imagine that most of us have a library of regular email newsletters, funding agency alerts, professional publications, and sector-specific news sources that we monitor regularly. We are committing a great deal of time and energy to this task, but are we maximizing its value to our work? What good is all of the information that we are gathering if we cannot recall it, or retrieve it when we need it?

Best Site Visit Ever

Site visits come in all forms—pun intended. Often times they turn up on short notice, sometimes with little direction. They’re important events, ones to showcase your agency’s hard work and grant progress. How to navigate and conduct site visits is a crucial, relational part to becoming a grant professional.