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Beacon Fund Raising

Learn, discuss and share the latest from Grantmakers-in-the-Arts and other affinity foundation and private funding groups from preservation to social justice issues.

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Worth checking out for anyone interested in grant writing

Started by barbara capalbo Apr 7, 2010.

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Started by Nicole Ganas. Last reply by Nicole Ganas Mar 29, 2010.

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Comment by kathy martin on August 22, 2014 at 12:33pm


Hi I am Kathy Martin. I am on the Board of Directors for the Stony Kill Foundation. I am planning a live art auction to support the Stony Kill Farm on Oct 26 at the Howland Cultural Center on Oct 26,2014. Any or ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for creating this group !

Comment by barbara capalbo on April 7, 2010 at 3:26pm

grant writing and other opportunities
Comment by barbara capalbo on December 24, 2009 at 1:34am
Grant-Writing Workshop December, Yorktown TOO LATE BUT>>>
Grant Writing for All, designed to give an overview of the grant-writing process, is being offered by the Hudson River Teacher Center at Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Yorktown campus. In-service workshop participants will develop the skills to create a successful grant proposal. Topics include larger grants, completing grant applications and resources for finding grants and writing grant proposals. Jim Desimone, technology director at Blythedale, will be the presenter. Offered on Dec. 3 from 4-8 p.m. in the projects conference room of P/NW BOCES Projects Building. The Dec. 3 training will be held in the north conference room of the School Services Building. The cost for HRTC-member district participants is $10 per session or $50 per nonmember, district participants. Registration deadline is Oct. 22. Info: To register online, go to My Learning Plan at or for more information, call Joan Passaretti at (914) 248-2345 or e-mail

Perhaps this will be offered again soon?! Sorry I only found this tonight. I am posting this so anyone interested could call Ms. Passaretti to let her know you'd want to register for any upcoming Workshop On Grant Writing.
Comment by barbara capalbo on December 3, 2009 at 3:45pm
The Sunshine Lady Foundation, a private family foundation launched by Doris Buffett, sister of investor Warren Buffett, provides grants dedicated to breaking cycles of poverty, abuse and economic dependence through investment in education. FYI to anyone who'd be interested in applying for this for the appropriate not for profits in Beacon
Comment by barbara capalbo on December 2, 2009 at 2:41pm
Guide to Getting Arts Grants by Ellen Liberatori. New York: Allworth Press, 2006.

Written by an insider who has been on both the grant-making and the grant-writing side of the arts. Shows readers how to assess their personal strengths and set goals to pursue their dreams. Provides hands-on examples and how-to exercises for every situation: from creating artists’ statements, to writing letters, fellowship applications, and arts-organization applications. Includes online resources, tips on portfolio and personal prep, and information about the inner workings of boards and how to handle the "yes," and "no."

Might be useful to read.
Comment by barbara capalbo on December 2, 2009 at 2:33pm
ARTISTS HELP NETWORK list of grants & funding
Comment by barbara capalbo on November 29, 2009 at 12:11pm
My sister in law works for a not for profit in the Berkshires. Last year I learned about grant writing for the first time. I recall she told me that the key to obtaining funding is to partner with other organizations in the community. Given that grants are gifts of money that never have to be paid back then might the foundations or corporations or local, state or federal sources that award grant money be more likely to do this to organizations with proven track records? Yes and no. Grants are only given to fulfill a specific purpose. The recipient (recipients) must demonstrate they can fulfill this purpose in order to get the grant through a grant proposal. My sister in law told me most grant proposals are formulaic and lengthy, however, it's important to come up with new ideas and to be creative. Creativity can help one win a grant. Also, conducting grant searches to identify funding sources is important. Then becoming familiar with how they pick and choose grant awardees is helpful. Would it be possible to start a Beacon Fund Raising group that meets once or twice a month? Perhaps those who've had success already obtaining grants could be persuaded to offer advice or to come together to brainstorm? Offer tips. Share info? Excellent group topic, by the way.

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