Experience Matters – Seek Smartly, Choose Wisely

Getting a grant can be hard work. So can giving one.

Whether you are grant seeker hoping to fund a great project, or a grant funder who wants to have a meaningful impact, find a good guide. Let me put my many years of experience to work for you.

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How to Get a Grant

Grant Guru can save time and stress by matching you with the right funder, whether it be a large federal grant, small family foundation gift or individual donation. But that is not the first step.

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Grant funding expands your ability to do more, serve more.

Having a partner on the journey to funding can make the job enlightening and easy. Find out how you can add a “virtual team member” to all aspects of grant preparation and management.

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How do you decide on grants that are worthy?

How do you fund enduring investments that can leverage other funding and unlock a larger “goodness dividend”? What metrics really matter in the decision process? Perhaps a thoughtful question will reveal an illuminating answer. Whether you have a standard application or seek a more tailored invitation to submit, let’s explore how your grant selection process can yield ideal funding matches in both results and relationships.


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How to Give a Grant

The stacks of requests are deep, the purpose may be pure, but the odds are small that funding will stretch to cover the many appeals that land on your desk.
How to choose?

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Other Services

As a versatile consultant, Grant Guru can help with a wide variety of other services including:
- Family Philanthropy Consultation
- Communication and PR Campaigns
- Evaluation and Data Use
- Grant “How To” Workshops

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Expand your team, not your payroll.

Beyond grantmaking and grant writing, Grant Guru can help with myriad services that provide extra “head and hands” as needed. Seasoned expertise can round out staffing support in ways that can be both easy and economical.  Or, add communications skills and strategies for family giving conversations, positive public relations, webinars and workshops and more.

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Request a one-hour review of your organization and its grant readiness, potential match for grant funding and types of opportunities that meet your needs.

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Thought Leader Idea Box

Tips that can expand our minds with color, contrasts, and creativity.

From Leap Ambassadors Community, a group of more than 160 leading nonprofit and philanthropic executives, this great quote: “Effective foundations help grantees strengthen their organizations, not just programs.”   Read the Five Habits of Effective Funders

GrantAdvisor's stated goal is to help grantseekers get the information they need to be successful and increase public awareness of their role in the nonprofit sector. Like Yelp for funders, this site can help understand often unspoken perspectives from both sides of “give” and “get”.

Humor in nonprofits? Vu Le brings his off-color but on-topic observations of the social sector. Here is a sample: 21 Irritating Jargon Phrases, and New Clichés You Should Replace Them With



    Good or bad, I will share what I know is the truth.


    To treat all parties with regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others.


    To be accountable for all work and honor time and work expectations.


    True understanding comes from deep listening, absorbing research and sharing progress.

"The VA Connecticut Research and Education Foundation began working with Grant Guru in January of 2019 to provide timely and accurate information for our federal grant submission process.  Grant Guru has been the perfect solution for VACREF due to it’s intermittent need for expertise in this area. Working behind the scenes Maggie takes a hands-on approach dealing directly with both our investigators, subaward staff  and the sponsoring organizations. Her communication style is superb, and all requirements for a smooth and timely submission have always been met. We look forward to working with Grant Guru in the coming years and enthusiastically endorse this service."

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