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Grants and Social Media… Just Another Day on the Job

My work can be broken down into two categories: paid and unpaid. On a good day, I am researching, brainstorming, writing, and editing for a paid project (usually blogs, grants, copyediting, or copywriting). On a slow day, I’m usually researching, brainstorming, writing, and editing about my business aka marketing and learning. Although this aspect of my business doesn’t “pay,” the goal is to land new clients and improve my skills; both of which are essential to a successful business and ultimately need to financial rewards.

Today was one of those “non-paying” days. I took a break from my “paying” projects to hone my skills and improve my marketing. I spent the afternoon attending a webinar titled Winning Grants by CharityHowTo. Every month, I research, write, and submit grants for Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide, and I recently researched grants for Lights Camera Learn. Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to write and submit grants for Lights Camera Learn as well as other nonprofit organizations.

Since I work with grants on a regular basis, I thought it would be beneficial to participate in this webinar. I did pick up a few helpful strategies, but overall, I was disappointed in the service. After spending $80 on the webinar, I had a poor audio connection and left the webinar after 30 minutes. (It was supposed to be an hour and a half.) I’m not sure if it was my computer or the webinar itself. I would love to hear from others who attended the webinar. Did you have audio trouble? Were you pleased with the content?

Also, if anyone can recommend any useful resources for grant writers (books, websites, courses), I am always looking to improve my skills.

The rest of the day I spent reading The Zen of Social Media Marketing: An Easier Way to Build Credibility, Generate Buzz, and Increase Revenue by Shama Hyder Kabani. I frequently use social media to market my personal business as well as my client’s businesses. I recently started a new project updating Mita Production’s Facebook, so I wanted to learn more about social media marketing. So far, I really enjoy social media marketing, and I would love to find more clients who need help in this area. If you or anyone you know could use this service, please let me know. I am always looking for referrals.

As always, here is my most recently published posts. More coming soon. Cheers!

Why the “From” Line is Important to Email Marketers

How to Decorate Your Wedding Cake with Fresh Flowers

Seven Ideas to Steal from Twilight Inspired Movies… Even If You Aren’t a Twihard

The Importance of Illustrations

Color Printing Vs. Black and White Printing

WriteOnCon

This week I am participating in WriteOnCon, a free online writing conference for children’s writers. The event features advice and feedback from experienced agents and authors. I am very excited to learn more about the industry and to have my queries critiqued. To check out the event, click here.

I also have some other fun projects I am working. As always, I am working on several grants for Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide and blog posts for Mita Productions and Music by Design. I  have a few posts for A Garden Party that will be posted shortly, after the new website is up and running. Be sure to check back for those. I also have a post for Hamptons Chef Society (an interview with the organization’s graphic designer) that will be posted once Peter’s hectic schedule calms down.

Here are my recently published blog posts:

5 Items Every Bride Needs

A Garden Party Interview: Running Deer

I will have links to my posts for Mita Productions soon.

I am also excited to begin working on a few new projects this week. I will be blogging for Outskirts Press, a self-publishing company. I am also teaming up with a nonprofit that offers workshops in acting, digital filmmaking, producing, screenwriting, photography, and editing. The goal of the program is to empower underprivileged communities by strengthening their creative minds. As a writer, I strongly support creative outlets, and I love working with organizations that are making a positive impact on the world.

 

 

Grant Writing 101

Since last month, I have been writing grants for Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide and Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity. During this time, I have learnt a lot about grant writing.

Here is the top 5 things I have learnt about grant writing.

1) Researching is the most important step, and the most time consuming.

2) Organization is crucial.

3) Know what type of funding you need.

4) Make sure you clearly understand the organization’s goals and programs.

5) When in doubt, ask for help.

For more advice on grant writing, check out my article Grant Writing 101.

Nonprofits Can Make You Happier

Over the past month, I have had the opportunity to work with Cystic Fibrosis Worldwide (CFW) and Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity.

I am currently working on several grant projects with both organizations. Grants are a major source  of funding for most nonprofit organizations. Without the support of foundations, governments, and corporations, nonprofits are unable to fulfill their missions, which usually benefit society as a whole regardless of target populations.

Although grants are a major source of funding , individuals can also help support nonprofits through donations and volunteerism. Research shows that charity work has a variety of personal benefits. According to Gretchen Rice, author of The Happiness Project, “Those who work to further causes they value tend to be happier and healthier, experience fewer aches and pains, and even live longer.”

After a month of working with two nonprofits, I agree with Rice. Not only am doing work I love (aka writing), but I am helping society at the same time. It is difficult to have a bad day at work when I know that  my services are going to help build a home for a struggling family or provide medical support to a sick patient. At the end of the day, I am proud of the work I’ve done.

Even if you don’t work for a nonprofit, everyone can feel this same sense of pride by volunteering or donating. I would love to hear what organizations you support and why. Do you think working with, donating to, or volunteering for nonprofits makes you happier?

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