I’ve always been amazed of how non-profit organizations anywhere in the world work for their chosen charitable activities. I just can’t believe the big positive impacts they bring to the lives of each of their targeted beneficiaries. Imagine how they touch and influence these lives of the so-called “less fortunate” individuals just for them to enjoy every single day of their existence. It’s really awesome, right?
Then, I was also wondering about their financial resources. I thought the officers of an organization are so rich and that they are very generous in giving. But now I know I was wrong. Now that I have my own experience and knowledge on how a nonprofit organization works, I know how they really do their meaningful undertakings.
Where to begin
When an organized group has already planned and prepared its endeavor, it’s now time to write a proposal requesting for funding assistance. Every nonprofit’s worthwhile program starts with a grant application, especially if the group has no adequate fund to sustain the operation and implementation of the proposed program.
There are a lot of foundations, charitable institutions, and private organizations that provide grants for non-profit. They are willing to lend a hand to assist the underprivileged members of the society. People belonging to this group are:
– Children (students, out-of-school youth, street children, orphans, abandoned kids)
– Women and girls
– People with disabilities or diseases
Due to the fact that these people are believed to be more vulnerable as compared with other people comprising the entire population, many foundations become interested in helping them.
How to convince funding institutions
The submission of document by a non-profit organization is not an assurance that the project will surely get the needed funds. It is wise to know that every proposal undergoes a keen review performed by the board members of the foundation.
Tens and even hundreds of grant applications are coming to each funding agency every time there is an open application. With the stiff competition among nonprofits, it is important that the application document is something that can convince the board members.
What makes it interesting and convincing?
Writing a grant application is far different from other writing styles. Though it is not easy to do, it doesn’t require a genius mind. Anyone can write an effective proposal only if he learns to apply these important tips:
– Cite the purpose of the application. Provide specific details and all of its particulars. What are the existing problems that you will try to solve? How beneficial are these programs?
– Clearly state the main goal. Specify the objectives that you would like to perform to be able to accomplish the set goal.
– Relate some previous studies and research to further strengthen and justify the need for funding. Make use of the most recent data and statistics.
– As much as possible, make the proposal as interesting as a book. Write it as if you’re a professional writer. Tell the whole story. Touch the reader’s heart without making any exaggeration.