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Choosing your words and your pictures
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Join us for a Chamber Chat with Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce to learn how to examine the words and pictures you are using for your business or organization. What are you really saying? And how can you say what you want more clearly? We’ll talk about one of our favorite topics—Word Clouds!—and critique pictures businesses are using. We’ll also think about audience, and making sure you have materials easily at hand for your different target audiences.

Thursday, July 18, 2019
9-10am

Rooms A & B (second floor)
John Bryan Center
100 Dayton St
Yellow Springs, OH

How do you tackle grant writing?

Storybook Foundry held a roundtable discussion of grant writing a few weeks ago. As those of us who write and manage grants know, there's a lot to it. As those of us who want to start writing grants know, there's a lot to it. And you hear a lot of advice. But the most fun and informative discussion was the one about how the participants all tackle the actual writing of the grant. Here's some of their answers:

  • I always answer the easy questions first. That way I feel like I've accomplished something and it motivates me.

  • I have to wait until we get close to the deadline. It's always done a few days in advance, but I can't start weeks in advance.

  • I always go through a jot down a few words or ideas I know I want to include in each answer. Then I go back and flesh out that outline. I have to get my head around the whole before I can worry about the individual parts.

  • I always start with the pieces that I need someone else to provide data for or take care of. You can't always be sure people will get back to you quickly, so I like to make sure they have plenty of time.

  • I often answer the data questions first--number of clients served, or population break down--the information I can just copy and paste.

  • I like to write where there is some activity--in my office which is by the main door of our center.

  • But I also sometimes need to go someplace else and have quiet.

  • I keep a notebook by my bed. I often get ideas about how I want to answer a question as I'm falling asleep and if I can write it down, then I can actually GET to sleep. And I don't forget.

These are just some of the things people mentioned. What about you? Do you have a favorite pen you use? Or do you have to have your browser windows open the same way every time? Maybe you need a certain cup of tea or music?

What works for you?

Participant announcement

GRANT WRITING ROUNDTABLE PARTICIPANTS-YELLOW SPRINGS, OHIO.

Join three local nonprofits as they share how they approach grant writing. Each participant will talk briefly about their grant writing. After that introduction, Ara Beal will moderate a discussion between the participants. The morning will end with an open Q&A.

Participating organizations
Tecumseh Land Trust
Yellow Springs Senior Center
Home, Inc.

Tue, June 4, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Yellow Springs Senior Citizens
227 Xenia Avenue
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Reserve your spot on Eventbrite now.

RSVP on Facebook.

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Grant Writing Roundtable Announced--Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Save the Date!

Join three local nonprofits as they share how they approach grant writing. Each participant will talk briefly about their grant writing. After that introduction, Ara Beal will moderate a discussion between the participants. The morning will end with an open Q&A.

We’ll announce participating organizations in the next few weeks.

Tue, June 4, 2019
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Yellow Springs Senior Citizens
227 Xenia Avenue
Yellow Springs, OH 45387

Reserve your spot on Eventbrite now.

RSVP on Facebook.

New Online Workshop Announced!

Join other nonprofit and small business professionals for a six week online workshop to create your organization’s Storybook! We’ll work to support each other through the process.

Starts March 15, 2019 with new content released each Friday, and last pieces released on April 19th.

However, you’ll have access to the material FOREVER, so if something comes up during the six weeks, no biggie! You can catch up later.

For one payment of $225 or two payments of $120, you’ll get:

1 Storybook full template valued at $107.97
10 templates in individual format valued at $199.70
Two hours of one on one consultation valued at $150

PLUS

moderation of the workshop in real time by a member of our staff
and access to our users Facebook group to further build your community and network

That’s more than $457.67 worth of tools and services for only $225!

Click here to sign up!

Click here to sign up!