Thursday, July 30, 2015

Get a Storyteller to Write Grants

Ron is a great public speaker.

If you want good, get somebody else. If you AWESOME, get Ron!

You want a storyteller to write grants for your organization. Most grant writers hate writing grants.

Not Ron.

He loves writing grants because it allows him to figure out the best way to tell a complicated story. And, he loves telling a story.

Look to the left under A Writer; you'll see the book he wrote for young adults entitled, Charter School General.  It's a wonderful story about charter school children who save the Liberty Bell. He is currently writing a novel based on facts entitled, Christóbal Colón: Three ships and the Wind. It's about a stowaway on the Santa Maria. Only the stowaway is not your average stowaway; he's Pedro, who becomes Columbus's cabin boy. Upon arrival, he falls in love with a Taino princess on a Caribbean island. There's always romanticism in Ron's stories. And you will see it in the grants he writes, too.

Don't think it's possible to put it into a grant? You haven't read any of Ron's grants!

You’ll also see Philly Sports over there. His way of telling stories about the Phillies, Eagles, and Sixers. He doesn't get to do it much, with the other stories he's telling, but once in a while he gets an idea and pounds one out.

Ron is retired from Drexel University and divides his day into halves; half writing the Columbus story and half writing grants. Sometimes on the weekend, he writes the blog. In between he and his wife Denise drink red wine and Guinness. He's selective about which grants he accepts because "retired" allows him selectively.

He doesn't do it for the money, but he's not going to do it free, either.

Ron is a driven writer — once he gets excited about a story, book, blog, or grant — he goes crazy. Trust me, if he's writing a grant for your organization, you'll want him to go crazy.

You want him to be driven.

He's also a driven researcher. He spent six months researching the Columbus' voyages before he started writing. He knows how to research, key also in grant writing.

You should know too that he doesn't write grants and “send them in.”  No. That’s the worst thing you can do — and exactly what a lot of grant writers do.

Besides the five years Ron was a high school teacher out of college, the rest of his career was in major gift fundraising. He helped people decide to give a major gifts of $25,000 and higher. Mostly higher — to Mansfield, Penn State, Temple, Drexel.

Let me ask you: Do you think he just mailed them a letter asking for $50,000? Of course not, it doesn't work that way. And it doesn't work that way in grant writing, either.

If he writes a grant for you, he will get it into the right hands.