I helped write my very first grant in 2010. As if it wasn’t daunting enough, this was a public grant (County funding) meaning there was a lot of narrative required, a slew of forms and budget information, and very specific requirement surrounding, font, font size, margins, etc. Since then, I have seen it all. 10+ years into my nonprofit grant writing experience and I continue to feel disheartened that some funders are continuing, time and time again, to miss the mark with their application process.
An online presence is required in today’s day and age; if your organization does not have a website you are one step behind in the race. Having a good website provides a huge increase in the credibility your organization portrays. Studies have shown that consumers often question the legitimacy of a business if it lacks a website. An organization’s website will provide a strong impression, showcase expertise and display the successes of the solutions the organization offers. A website can answer questions and be an advocate for your mission all day, every day – a website does not take a day off.
Being new to the world of nonprofits, I have learned so much in the short amount of time working for RevComm Consulting. One of my main focuses, when supporting the team, is grant research. I find leads in all kinds of different ways, whether it is from Grantstation, Guidestar, by referral, and even when I am out around town. I make sure the grantor has a funding area in which our clients provide programs. Next, I make sure the grantor aligns with our client’s mission and funding focus. Finally, I make sure the amount of funding will work for our client.
Since the beginning of our relationship, Crystal and I have always enjoyed participating in runs for causes, toy drives, point in time counts and other type of fundraising and awareness events. Crystal had the firsthand knowledge of working in the nonprofit sector and expressed the importance of donors, volunteers, and participants at charity/fundraising events. In 2016, the idea of consulting had crossed our mind. We knew that our donations, volunteering, and fundraising was only a small portion of the support we could provide our community. We assessed the fact that we each had a skillset that would be helpful to nonprofit organizations and by providing this assistance to organizations services a variety of needs we could make a greater impact to our community.
Hi there! My name is Crista and I am the newest addition to the RevComm Consulting team. I am so excited to be a part of the team. The most exciting part of this journey is knowing that I am a part of something that is greater than myself. I love researching for grants because it reminds me of all the good that is in the world and how so many companies are trying to do their part by making the world a better place – whether that be by helping critically-ill children, youth programs, educational scholarships, domestic violence prevention, and veterans.
Crystal here! When I first started my nonprofit career in 2010, this was almost always the first question my family and friends would ask me. Looking back on things now, I don’t have ANY family members who do similar work, so I understand their confusion.
How many times have you been asked this simple question? How many times might have YOU asked this question? Crystal here, Founder of RevComm Consulting – I know I am guilty of having asked this multiple times over the years, especially early on in my career. It’s a great conversation starter, and if you’re serious about learning from an individual with a background or skill that you’re interested in, you can definitely benefit from a little picking of someone’s brain. But when is it not appropriate?