Grant Writing: A Deep Dive

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Dr. Angela R. Logan, faculty of the Grantmaking School at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy of Grand Valley State University will share critical tips, tools, and resources for effective grant writing.

Developing effective grant writing skills are essential to acquire competitive funding from government agencies and private foundations. Writing a successful grant proposal is a blend of art and science. It requires basic know-how, content knowledge, writing proficiency, strong research skills, creativity, organizational ability, and patience.  Persuasive writing and compelling storytelling, at the intersection of understanding mission, vision, and values, are essential.

This course will provide participants with the background necessary to develop a competitive funding proposal.

Course participants will build on course instruction with interactive exercises, grant writing tools and in-class opportunities to develop meaningful content. Dr. Logan brings career insights from the lens of a grant maker, and the lens of a grant writer.

Enroll to explore:

  • Strategies to write grants effectively for increasing chances of success
  • Organizational and grant readiness systems
  • The role of grants as part of a comprehensive fundraising and budget strategies 
  • Designing a competitive logic model for programs
  • Developing a persuasive narrative 
  • Management for sustainability  
  • Building brand awareness and community support

You will engage hands on with practical exercises throughout the training while networking with other nonprofit professionals and experts from the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

Register today! Price: $285 Discounted price for graduates of The Center’s certificate programs or two or more from the same organization: $250

Instructor Bio:

Dr. Angela R. Logan, a faculty instructor of the Grantmaking School at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, teaches Risk Management, Persuasive Writing and Grant Writing.  She also serves as an Associate Teaching Professor and the St. Andre Bessette Academic Director of the Master of Nonprofit Administration at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

In her role as Academic Director, she provides leadership to the team that oversees both formats of the Master of Nonprofit Administration degree.

Prior to joining the College in 2013, Dr. Logan had over 25 years of experience in higher education and philanthropy, with a particular focus in the areas of education and diversity. Her research focuses on the intersection of gender, race, and nonprofit and philanthropic leadership.

A trained facilitator of Anti-Racism Study Circles, she also provides training on leadership, conflict resolution, stress and time management, and cultural sensitivity, both nationally and internationally.

She currently serves as President-elect for the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership.

Her honors and distinctions include the inaugural Notre Dame Faculty Black Excellence Award and the Master of Nonprofit Administration Residential Program Outstanding Professor Award.

In her civic life, Dr. Logan serves as Chair of the Alumni Board of The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. 

She is an active member of South Bend City Church, serving as the Senior Advisor to the Lead and Executive Pastors, and as Communion Coordinator.

Dr. Logan earned a BA in Communication from the University of Toledo, a Master of Business and Organizational Leadership from Defiance College and is the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.