By Judith B. Margolin (auth.)

This booklet is a piece of judgment of right and wrong. it's the made from a long-standing feeling of legal responsibility on my half to jot down anything helpful for a unique staff of individuals to that you most likely belong-individuals who search offers. In my years as Director of the recent York library of the basis heart, * each day I encountered numbers of people glance­ ing for furnish cash. even though i attempted to be as supportive as attainable, within the face of the actual difficulties shared by way of this team of library clients, my very own response was once one in every of relative helplessness. easily acknowledged, lots of the fund-raising courses, published directories, and computing device records purport­ edly created to serve the fund-raising public are of very little use to people who search investment all alone. those assets are directed *The origin heart is the self sustaining, nonprofit association verified by means of foun­ dations to supply info for the grant-seeking public. vii viii I PREFACE towards the nonprofit, tax-exempt organisation, that's the most typical recipient of origin, company, and executive largess. they don't seem to be designed to answer the distinctive necessities of the person supply seeker. within the applicant eligibility index, the Catalog of Federal household counsel defines members as "homeowners, scholars, farmers, artists, scientists, shoppers, small-business individuals, minors, refugees, extraterrestrial beings, veterans, senior voters, low-income folks, future health and academic pros, developers, contractors, builders, handicapped people, the bodily afflicted." briefly, essentially every body qualifies.

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Sometimes a certain "mental playing around,,7 or permitting your mind to wander and free associate with no commitment to a fixed way IN THE BEGINNING IS AN IDEA I 49 of doing things will lead to an entirely new approach for a problem at hand. It is important that you not follow the path of highest probability. According to Edward de Bono in Lateral Thinking, perversity or deliberately selecting the wrong path, often leads to a better point of view. Young children are familiar with the type of puzzles called mazes.

Still others have been brought to fruition through grant money. Some have been successful. Some have not. It would be helpful if there existed a simple rule of thumb to tell in advance whether your idea would make a good grant project. Unfortunately, no such rule exists, at least to my knowledge. Evaluating ideas is difficult for both you and the grants decision maker. There is nothing scientific about this part of the grantsmanship process. The decision to go ahead and seek funding as well as the decision to fund a given project are truly subjective ones.

You may be surprised to find how cooperative they will be. Ask them how they went about securing funding, what advice they can offer you, and with whom you should speak. Perhaps one of these recipient organizations might even serve as your 30 I CHAPTER 2 sponsor. Since these groups already have positive relationships with funders, their leaders may welcome the opportunity of taking on additional projects for future grants. Next, speak with your colleagues, others in your field, and, especially, with the experts.

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