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Our Top 5 Favorite Grant Writing Tools

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Our Top 5 Favorite Grant Writing Tools

With a team full of grants professionals and many years of experience, you could say that grant writing is our thing. Our team works day in and day out to provide nonprofits with the best opportunities to win grants, meaning it is their whole job to ensure proposals are written with appeal and accuracy. To be able to produce high quality and quantity, we’ve learned to work smarter, not harder. 

However, we know that many nonprofits do not have the luxury of a dedicated team producing grant work for them. To give you a peek into how your development department can up its grant game, we asked our team of writers to rank their top 5 favorite grant writing tools. At Write On, we use each of these tools daily and sing their praises often. Without further ado, here are our picks. 

5 – Grammarly

Kicking off the list at #5 is Grammarly, an automated grammar checker. This tool is utilized by many Write On team members on a daily basis as an extension to their web browser. Grammarly catches the errors that you might’ve missed, and it even lets you know when your writing is confusing. 

4 – Google Scholar

Good writing begins with solid research. When asked about his favorite grant writing tools, Communications Specialist, Michael Hershorn, stated that Google Scholar was one of the best tools to use when writing for evidence-based practices, as well as identifying the national and local need for such practices. Google Scholar is a search engine for scholarly articles. Just type in a topic and it spits out links to the relevant research. 

3 – Asana

As an ever-growing team, Asana allows us to clearly track progress on various grants and keep tabs on who should be working on each project. Each writer is notified when one stage of the grant process has been completed, allowing them to quickly start on their own piece of the process. Asana is also quite user friendly, making collaboration across any size team a breeze. 

2 – File Sharing Software

Working as a team on the same documents at the same time is incredibly important at Write On. Software like OneDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive allow us to work collaboratively without the worry of constantly emailing updated files back and forth. These systems provide easy-to-use folders where you can store documents like grant proposals and attachments, while keeping the histories of each of these documents in case of an accidental backspace. 

1 –  Foundation Directory Online

Coming in at #1 is Foundation Directory Online. This extensive database is filled with helpful foundation information ranging from board lists to recently funded nonprofits, favorite causes to support and much more. This tool can be quite pricy, but oftentimes you can find free access at your local library. 

When asked why it was a favorite, grant writer Jennifer Dube said “Relationship building requires intelligence to ask and answer the right questions. Earning funding requires relationship building. FDO allows for grantsmanship – turning foundations into funders. It is worth the investment, a priceless tool.”  

If you write grants, try out a few of these tools. We think they’ll make your life a little easier. Unsure of where to even start with grants? We can help! Contact us today to learn more about our grant writing services OR check out our “Writing Winning Grant Applications” Fundraising Masterclass online today!

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Jonathan Weber-Mendez

Jonathan Weber-Mendez is a nonprofit fundraising professional with a Master’s in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management. Since 2018, Jonathan has served Write On Fundraising in multiple capacities working with both our nonprofit partners and staff to fulfill the company’s mission. As Director of Mission Impact, Jonathan helps equip staff with the education and resources needed to provide equity and compassion to philanthropy.

Prior to joining Write On Fundraising, Jonathan served as a staff grant writer for YWCA Tulsa and then Folds of Honor. Jonathan began his career of service in the United States Army where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom before working in the nonprofit sector.

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Melody Timinsky

Melody is a skilled fundraiser and strategic leader with areas of expertise in social impact, donor development, and grant evaluation and management. Prior to joining Write On Fundraising as Director of Grant Services, Melody worked as a corporate consultant for Tyson, was the Vice President of Community Impact at the United Way of Northwest Arkansas, and served in a variety of leadership roles throughout the community.

Melody has an extensive background in the corporate sector, having strategized and led philanthropic initiatives, managed financial analysis, and bridged the gaps between companies and nonprofit organizations in a variety of ways. Today, Melody leads Write On’s entire grants department, analyzing efficiency, capacity planning, and managing a diverse team of fundraisers.

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Jace Pavlik

Jace Pavlik is an experienced manager with years in leadership, employee relations, and customer service. Jace is currently studying for his master’s in Business at Oklahoma State University. Prior to joining Write On Fundraising, Jace worked as general manager of Topeca Coffee for over four years.

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Laura Orwig

Laura is a communications professional with years of experience in content creation, channel management, and strategy implementation. Laura has her Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. Prior to joining the Write On team, Laura traveled the country in an RV, vlogging her experience and utilizing social media to promote her brand. In addition, Laura worked with several anti-trafficking nonprofits in improving their communications strategy execution. Now, she travels part-time in her self-converted van, rock climbing across the country with her husband and two cats. 

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Lindsay Jordan

Lindsay Jordan is the Founder and CEO of Write On Fundraising, a fundraising firm that exclusively serves nonprofits throughout the country. Lindsay has a Master’s in Nonprofit Management and is a three-time Certified Fund Raising Executive. In addition, in 2020 and 2021, Lindsay was recognized as a Most Admired CEO by The Journal Record and named the “Small Business Person of the Year” by the Tulsa Regional Chamber in 2021.

Prior to founding Write On Fundraising, Lindsay worked in executive fundraising roles for several large nonprofits including the Alzheimer’s Association, YWCA, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. With more than $100 million raised for worthy causes, Lindsay works to build capacity for nonprofits and is deeply committed to developing upstream fundraising methodologies that bring greater equity to philanthropy.

Lindsay lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband, Aaron, and two young children, Oliver and Leo. When she’s not fundraising and speaking, she can usually be found curled up with a good book, hiking with her family, or trying her hand at a new recipe.