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Is Your Organization Grant-Ready? Nine Issues for Emerging Nonprofits

Early on in the evolution of most nonprofits, operating costs exceed available revenue and at that point, most organizations begin looking for grants to sustain their programs and grow their core operating income. Small, emerging nonprofits face a chicken-and-egg problem – without grants they can’t grow, but without growing they can’t compete for grants. So how can leaders determine if their organization is ready to begin intensive grant seeking? First, it’s important to note that here I’m using the term “grant” in distinction to the words “gift” and “donation.” Smaller, younger nonprofits might well be in a position to begin...

About Tony

Tony Phillips founded KPD in 2013 following nearly 20 years of experience in San Diego’s nonprofit industry, holding positions in operations, development and administration. Tony earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in philosophy from California State University Long Beach and worked in academia in a number of teaching and non-teaching roles for several years prior to starting his non-profit career. He has worked as a grant writer and nonprofit executive in San Diego County since 1995 with a year-long hiatus in 2008, during which he spent a semester at China’s Hunan...