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Additional Resources

You may also want to consult these titles in the Block Business and Career Center at the Kansas City Public Library:

The Foundation Center's Guide to Winning Proposals by Sarah Collins (2008)
Collins assembles actual grant proposals that have garnered actual money for nonprofit organizations, as a guide for newcomers to grant writing. She presents them in sections on special single-year and multi-year projects, endowment, building or renovation, general and operating support, seed money, and planning grant. She also provides examples of letters of inquiry, cover letters, and budgets. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

How Foundations Work: What Grantseekers Need to Know About the Many Faces of Foundations by Dennis P. McIlnay (1998)
In this groundbreaking book, Dennis McIlnay offers a unique and remarkable look inside foundations, exploring the complex workings of the mysterious and often misunderstood organizations that so often determine the success or failure of a nonprofit's fund raising ventures. Drawing on his extensive research and on insights from foundations, McIlnay gives the grantseeker an edge in the highly competitive world of foundation grants by both debunking many of the myths and misconceptions surrounding foundations and including more productive strategies for dealing with them. Structured around six perceptions of foundations—judges, editors, citizens, activists, entrepreneurs, and partners—this book provides a thorough understanding of what makes foundations tick and how this affects their interactions with nonprofits. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

Getting Grants: The Complete Manual of Proposal Development and Administration by Alexis Carter-Black (2006)
Getting Grants deals with every step of the process: how and where to find sources of funding the pre-proposal planning and development stage the components of a grant proposalthe role of the grant writer and/or grants office in an organization the role of the project director in the grants process proposal writing (with tips gleaned from a decade of experience), and moreThe primary markets for the book will be non-profit organizations, public and private K-12 schools, public and private universities and colleges.The book includes a CD-ROM with forms, job descriptions, rules for a grants office, and useful excerpts from successfully funded proposals.

Grant Writing Made Simple: 87 Tips for Great Grants by Sally Stanton (2009)
With an approach based on common-sense principles, the book offers plenty of advice from foundation grant reviewers, writing instructors, grant-writing students, and others -- a compendium of the best and most useful tips and techniques. These little nuggets of wisdom are small enough to fit in your already-crammed-full-of-facts brain, but big enough to help you out when you get stuck just before that important grant deadline.

Demystifying Grant Seeking: What you Really Need to do to Get Grants by Larissa Golden Brown
Written for nonprofit professionals and fundraisers of varying levels of expertise, this guide provides crystal clear, practical guidelines for writing grants, based on a five-step program and a definition of the principles that underpin a successful grant-seeking process.

For additional assistance and information, contact an H&R Block Business & Career Center expert by phone, 816.701.3717, or by e-mail,

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