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Michelle French – “What the Heck is Grant Writing??

Michelle French – “What the Heck is Grant Writing??
 
The Secretary had to leave early – so the synopsis is provided by Michelle:
 
 “What the Heck Is Grant Writing” provided an overview of philanthropy and the breakdown of the $390 billion dollars that were raised in 2016 (by individuals, private foundations, bequests and corporations).  The majority of funds went to religion, followed by education and various health and human services.  She talked briefly about the grant process (researching funders, writing proposals) and the special challenges that nonprofits in the Inland Empire face.  The per capita giving from private foundations is $3 as compared to  $3,113 in Los Angeles County. There are only 103 private foundations in the IE, as opposed to 1,752 in Los Angeles County.  Yet, the area has some of the highest needs in terms of poverty and lack of social services with numerous d under-resourced nonprofits (67% have revenues under $25,000).  It makes it especially challenging in an already highly competitive arena. 
 
Michelle has operated a private grant consulting business (FUNDamental Concepts) for 25 years, and has another 15 years in non-profit management.  She is one of 22 Grant Professionals Certified in CA by the Grants Professional Association and has represented a wide variety of nonprofits and public agencies, raising over $330 million on behalf of clients. 
 
Thanks Michelle!