Monday, October 29, 2007

More New Books for the Grants Information Collection

Here's the latest round of new books to hit the shelves of the Grants Information Collection at Memorial Library. If any of you out there have any comments on these - or any of our other new books - please feel free to post your response below.

Grants for Libraries by Stephanie K. Gerding and Pamela H. MacKellar

Models of Proposal Planning & Writing by Jeremy T. Miner and Lynn E. Miner.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grant Writing, 2nd ed.: An Essential Resource for Securing the Funds You Need by Waddy Thompson

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Grant of the Week: AAUW Engineering Dissertation Fellowships

The American Association of University Women is currently accepting applications for their Engineering Dissertation Awards program for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women's participation traditionally has been low - in this case, Engineering. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Applications are due Dec. 15, 2007. Award amount: $20,000.

For more information, visit:

Detailed application information can be found at:

FC Proposal Writing Seminar in Milwaukee

FYI: An excellent for fee seminar on proposal writing is coming to Milwaukee on Nov. 13:

Course date: November 13 in Milwaukee

For every grantseeker who wants to learn how to write proposals geared to foundations, and for experienced proposal writers who are initiating a foundation fundraising campaign.
More than 35,000 grantseekers have strengthened their skills with this popular seminar, now in its 15th year. Our expert instructors will teach you to craft a comprehensive, compelling proposal package—step by step. You'll hear what funders themselves have to say about proposals, and gain valuable insight into the review process.

“To hear what grantmakers have actually said about proposals made this course even more instructive. I'd recommend it to any serious fundraiser.”
– Fundraising Consultant, Philadelphia

Gain the competitive edge with a well-crafted proposal package
Learn the best way to present your information
Humanize your story to present a compelling picture
Convince funders to become part of your success and stay committed

Cover letter, executive summary; your message to the grantmaker
Statement of need; choosing data to support your case
Comprehensive project descriptions; your proof of project planning
Organizational overview, conclusion, appendices
Grantmaker contacts; cultivating your best advocates
Researching the funder to position your proposal
The grantmaker’s proposal review process

Free copy of The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing, new 5th Edition ($34.95 value)
Workbook outlining all major course topics

INSTRUCTOR JANE GEEVERFounder of J.C. Geever, Inc., the first woman-led fundraising company admitted into membership in the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Jane is the author of The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, now in its 5th edition. She lectures nationwide on subjects related to grantsmanship, volunteerism, and philanthropy.

Registration fee: $195

Motivate and empowereveryone on your team.

SAVE $25 for each additional personSAVE $25 for each additional course
Please note: additional registrations must be made at the same time.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

More new books!

Here are some of the newest arrivals at the Grants Information Collection:

Storytelling for Grantseekers: The Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising by Cheryl A. Clarke

Level Best: How Small and Grassroots Nonprofits Can Tackle Evaluation and Talk Results by Marcia Festen and Marianne Philbin

The Ask: How to Ask Anyone for Any Amount of Money for Any Purpose by Laura Fredricks

Fundraising for Social Change, 5th ed. by Kim Klein

Monday, October 22, 2007

New Book: Charitable Giving Law Made Easy

Thanks to the grant we received earlier this year from the Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Library, the new books are pouring in!

I, for one, am particularly pleased to find Charitable Giving Law Made Easy included amongst these new acquisitions.

According to Reference & Research Book News, "this text provides an accessible overview of the law as it relates to charitable giving." Indeed, Hopkins uses "plain language" to "addresses such topics as contributions of money and property; timing of charitable deductions; estate and gift tax considerations; special property rules; and planned giving" (February 1, 2007).

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Grant of the Week: Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships

Applications are now being accepted for the 2008 Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship program.

These fellowships, "seek to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students."

The Fellowship makes the following annual awards:
Approximately 60 Predoctoral Awards at $20,000 per year for up to three years.
Approximately 35 Dissertation Awards at $21,000 for one year
Approximately 20 Postdoctoral Awards at $40,000 for one year

For more information on these programs, as well as the online application form, visit

Friday, October 12, 2007

First Book Purchased by Friends Grant Arrives

Back in May, GIC news announced that the Grants Information Collection had just, "received a $600 grant from the Friends of the UW-Madison Library to be used for purchase of print materials."

Well, things can sometimes move slowly in Library Land, but the good news is that we have just received our first purchase from the Friends Grant Funds! Yeah!

And the winner is: Grant Seeker's Budget Toolkit, published by Wiley, 2001. Here you'll find "step-by-step guidance, insider tips, and all the tools you need to create budget s and financial plans..." It also includes a CD Rom with forms, spreadsheets and checklists, which visitors may use on-site in the Grants Information Collection room, 262 D/E of Memorial Library.

Please feel free to stop by and try it out!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Grant of the Week: Petsmart Charities

Attention Animal Welfare Agencies!

Petsmart Charities, whose mission "is to improve the quality of life for all companion animals through programs that save the lives of homeless pets and promote healthy relationships between people and pets" is now accepting grant applications.

Deadline for application is "determined by the state in which the service is provided". For a list of due dates, visit: (Wisconsin, your deadline is May 31, 2008!)

The grants program helps to fund "best practices and innovative programs, with measurable results, that help accomplish [their] mission" with grants "typically" going to "programs that reduce the homeless population of animals through methods other than euthanasia."

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

New Book: The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, 5th ed.

This just in: The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, 5th Edition has just arrived at Memorial Library's Grants Information Collection.

Older editions will be moving shortly into the "Regular-Size Shelving" -- meaning they will be available for check out. Please see MadCat Library Catalog for call number and exact location within Memorial Library.

So, come on in and see what the fuss is about!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Grant of the Week: Target Field Trip Grants

Now through November 1st, Target Corporation is accepting applications for its More Adventure Field Trip Grants Program. The program will be awarding up to 1,600 grants across the U.S. to K-12 schools for field trips occurring in the Spring of 2008.

"Education professionals, 18 years or older, who are employed by an accredited K-12 public, private or charter school in the United States that maintain a 501(c)(3) or a 509(a)(1) tax exempt status are eligible to apply."

Funded field trips "may involve museum, environmental or science projects, artistic and cultural experiences and civics or community service projects." Award amounts vary, and may be "up to $1,000".

For more information or to apply online, visit