Cheryl A. Clarke is a fundraising consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.
She works with a wide range of nonprofit agencies to improve their fundraising capacity. Clarke is also a much-in-demand trainer and speaker and has presented at several international conferences of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Her website is www.cherylaclarke.com.
Does the grant proposal process make you cringe?
You fall into the doldrums and the funders fall asleep? Here's a way to infuse excitement into your writing: Tell your story!
Treat your grant proposal as if it is a narrative. Create hooks to grab your readers' attention, introduce the hero (you) and the antagonist (your problem), build conflict to a climax and provide a hopeful resolution.
Use these techniques throughout the grant seeking process, including during preparation, site visits, funder relations and other communications. Funders want to hear your story in a compelling way.
Join CausePlanet founder and publisher Denise McMahan for this essential conversation with author Cheryl Clarke, whose combined experience as a grant writer and published fiction author provides the perfect mix.
Clarke will give you practical, accessible tips to electrify your proposals through storytelling. In this author interview, we'll touch on the highlights from Clarke's book, Storytelling for Grantseekers: A Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising. During this interview you will:
- Discover how the storytelling approach applies to grants and other fundraising communications such as appeal letters and case statements.
- Uncover suggestions for planning and hosting site visits. Learn why crafting a persuasive summary, packaging a compelling narrative story, and using a short story approach with letters of inquiry are the keys to securing your grant.
- Apply techniques to prepare for grantseeking, engage the entire development staff and board, and maintain positive relations with funders.
This live author interview is brought to the LANO membership through a generous grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation