Updated: Jul 20, 2022
When considering engaging with a grant management company, particularly Just Write Grants and our unique approach, your Board of Directors will have some questions. Rightfully so. Their purpose is to ensure that the nonprofit is being managed effectively and funds are being spent wisely. Grant management is a big decision, but one that can change your organization's financial future and significantly impact your clients' lives.
Below are some of the most common questions we’ve received from clients’ board members:
1. Why can’t we manage grants ourselves in-house? There are typically three reasons nonprofit organizations cannot manage grants in-house: time, resources, and expertise. Let’s start with resources. Most nonprofits that are building programs and beginning to serve clients don’t have the funds available to pay a full-time grant writer (read more about how much it costs to hire a grant writer) or a consultant. They are devoting all of their funds to operational costs and programming. Often, nonprofits in this stage are being run by Executive Directors who got involved in meeting a need in their community with little to no experience in fundraising. If they have the expertise themselves, they typically don’t have the time to spend 8-10 hours on a grant proposal (or hundreds for a federal grant request), countless hours researching opportunities, following up, organizing requests, etc.
2. Assuming we are successful in month 6 of 12, then what? Do we still have to pay monthly for the rest of the year? Do we start a new ‘year’? With a TurnKey subscription, we base the number of grant proposals submitted on your behalf (which varies with each subscription level) on a 12-month calendar from the date on which you subscribe. So, for example, if all of your grant proposals were submitted by month 6, your subscription and monthly fee would continue for the remaining six months.
There are two significant reasons for that. First, we've built the cost of drafting your grant narrative into the subscription and spread it out over the 12-month subscription (instead of what most grant writers and consultants charge $1,000+ for before any research and on top of grant management fees). Secondly, the grant research continues on your behalf for the remaining six months, and you will continue to receive monthly reports of the grantmaking organizations that are a good fit for your project. Since we've provided you with an editable copy of your grant proposal, cover letter, and letter of inquiry at the beginning of your subscription, you could apply for those opportunities on your own, or we could add that to your fee that month. Then, with each new starting 12 months, we could review your proposal and shift your funding priority or continue to move forward seeking funds for the same need.
3. What is Just Write Grants' experience in grant writing? With decades in nonprofit fundraising and multiple millions of dollars in grant awards secured, you can be confident that your nonprofit is partnering with experienced and successful professionals who are experts in their field and understand the nuances of grant seeking.
4. How would our nonprofit stack up against Just Write Grants' other prospective clients? Can we reasonably assume that Just Write Grants works with other nonprofits like ours? Would we be in competition? Just Write Grants seeks to partner with clients across the country that do not have the time, resources, or expertise to manage grants within their own staff successfully. We understand that we will have nonprofit clients meeting the same needs within various communities. However, our process is set up to identify each client’s specific and unique funding priority. With this approach, we are typically casting a smaller net than we would be if we were simply researching general operating expenses, for example. We would be finding grantmakers based on the specifics of your need, not simply your type of organization.
And, with a limited amount of grant submissions per year, we aren't peppering the landscape with your proposal. We've researched and qualified every match based on online data, through 990s, and through contact with the grantmaker asking questions to validate the match. We ensure that any submission we make on your behalf has a high likelihood of success because, at the end of the day, we want you to be successful in your grant efforts, so you continue to work with us. So, we'd never just submit something to put a check in the box.
In the rare case that two of our clients are a strong match for the same opportunity, you can be confident that you have a strongly written grant proposal and that, in our expert opinion, you have a very good chance of success with a submission. And the same would be true for any other client. In the case where two organizations are both qualified for the same opportunity, it would be up to the grantmaker to determine the proposal that best aligns with their funding priorities and the amount they have to distribute that year. And who knows, both may be awarded!
Need a professional grant writer to help your nonprofit take its fundraising strategy to the next level? Just Write Grants can be your nonprofit's virtual grant writer, providing high-quality proposals, research, and submissions based on more than a decade of experience and multiple millions of dollars of grant funds secured.
To learn more about Just Write Grants and our affordable grant writing subscriptions and get 30 minutes of free custom grant research, click here or call 1-866-7GRANTS to speak to a grant expert today.