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A Taboo Subject in Fundraising and Grant Seeking


Today's Blue Advocado (a terrific nonprofit newsletter) shares horror stories "True Stories of Grant Seeking" about arrogant foundation giving officers.

It's a must read- especially for beginning fundraisers who need to understand the rules of the game. Unfortunately, many program officers of foundations act like it's their money to give away and can be awfully high-handed to grant seekers.

The article shares story after story of inappropriate behavior by the grant officers. The most blatant is the corporate giving officer who called to tell the fundraiser that their proposal had been received and was under review. This person then proceeded to ASK the fundraiser for a $250 contribution to a cause she personally supported. As we say in the south, "Lord have mercy!"