The Wise Guides to Fundraising
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The Board Coach
Freelance Grant Writing/Consulting
Creating a Budget
Fundraising for the Arts
I provide fundraising consulting services* to nonprofits in the following areas:
Grants from foundations, corporations, and most government agencies. This includes researching prospects and writing the actual grant proposals. Let the guy who wrote the book on grant writing write your next grant!
Annual fund and special appeals, including developing strategies and, when needed, writing appeal letters and text for other materials.
Direct mail acquisitions: strategy, creating materials, consultation on list selection, and working with designers.
Major donors. Note that this encompasses preparing materials and strategizing only. I do not solicit donors on a nonprofit's behalf.
To inquire about my providing fundraising counsel for your organization, email me at waddy [at] grantadviser.com.
*Fundraising consulting services are available only to nonprofits located in the following states: AZ, DE, DC, FL, GA, ID, IA, ME, MO, OR, TX, and WA.
My grant writing workshops can train a number of volunteers (or professionals new to grant writing) quickly and efficiently. Workshops can be structured to fit into larger programs.
Workshops I offer include:
Proposal Writing: Good writing skills are just the beginning. You also need to know what to include in a proposal and what techniques can be used to show your program at its best. (1 to 3 hours)
Budgets: Learn about indirect costs, salary allocations, and how to make the income section as convincing as the expenses. (1 hour) View an online version of this workshop on YouTube.
Grant Writing Overview: Everything you need to know about grant writing in a nutshell. Handouts and examples facilitate independent study post-seminar. (1.5 hours)
You can view one of my workshops here: Grant Writing: Beyond the Basics (video lecture)
I have taught writing for development for the New York University, Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising
To inquire about my conducting a workshop for your organization, email me at waddy [at] grantadviser.com.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Waddy Thompson’s thirty-five-year career in arts administration encompassed work for a wide variety of organizations serving music, dance, theater, literature, and visual arts.
He has held positions at The Whitney Museum of American Art, InterSchool Orchestras of New York, and the Authors Guild Foundation.
His responsibilities at these organizations have included fundraising, managing donor-advised funds, marketing, communications, and various other administrative areas. He has secured donations, grants, and bequests up to $1 million from the full spectrum of funding sources.
He is also the author of The Wise Guide to Winning Grants (Stitch-in-Time Books, 2017), The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Grant Writing (Alpha Books, 2011), and numerous articles in the NonProfit Times and other periodicals.
He has taught grant writing for New York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, and he has been a guest speaker or workshop presenter for several university programs and various arts councils and conferences.
Mr. Thompson is also a composer and you can learn about his works at waddythompsonmusic.com.