Why does this topic keep coming up in the world of grant consulting?
Many non-profit organizations and individuals are either new or naïve when it comes to grants. Grant readiness is one of those topics that can’t be discussed enough. It doesn’t matter how many times it is discussed or the many ways it is presented. So, here’s yet another version of what makes a non-profit grant ready in the hope that one more person or organization will get it.
Take This Self-Quiz:
1. Does your non-profit organization have 501(c)3 status?
2. Does your organization have an annual budget?
3. Has your organization done a budget analysis that goes back 3 years?
4. Does your organization maintain biographical information on primary staff members?
5. Does your organization have audited financials or an independent CPA’s review of the finances?
6. Does your non-profit organization maintain contact, biographical, and giving records of its board members?
7. Are the mission statement and organizational history in written form?
This is just a basic list, but if you answered no or maybe to any of these 7 questions, then your organization is not grant ready. Answering no or maybe doesn’t mean that a grant consultant won’t work for your organization. Rather, it just might mean that your non-profit needs some outside help to get you to grant readiness. There are two important things to remember when your organization is ready to hire a grant consultant:
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