Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Outsourcing Grant Writing Can Save Organizations Money

During difficult economic times such as these many Christian ministries, churches, and other nonprofits will cut staff trying to reduce operating costs. Often development, fundraising, and grant writing staff are the first to be laid off during lean times.

In my professional opinion as a nationally recognized consultant, fundraiser, and nonprofit executive it is counterintuitive to layoff funding development staff when you are in need of more funding. It seems to me that this would be a time to further support this function of the organization and offer them new resources to grow the funding development effort.

However, there is a way to BOTH grow and improve your funding development while reducing overhead costs for the organization. Outsourcing grant writing services to an experienced consultant is much less costly than having on staff grant writing and brings more experience, resources, and efficiency to the organizations funding development efforts.

Typically, an organization with one full-time grant writer on staff will expend $50,000-$100,000 in salary, benefits, supplies, and resources. The $50,000 figure is a very low estimate based on hiring an inexperienced grant writer and providing them with few resources to be successful. By comparison, the typical Full Service Grant Writing contract with Here-4-You Christian Grant Consulting is approximately $13,000-$20,000 for the first year and even less in the 2nd and each subsequent year. Additional expenses are capped at $1,000 per year but the average ministry working with Here-4-You Christian Grant Consulting pays less than $300 per year in additional expenses.

Unless an organization has the funding to dedicate to hiring an experienced grant writer and support staff (researchers, editors, etc.) and can furnish this new grant writing office with the tools and resources it needs, the ministry or nonprofit should consider hiring a consultant to get them through the strategic planning and development stages of establishing a grant writing strategy. A three year start-up period with a consultant will place a ministry or nonprofit on a strong foundation for future success.

Source: http://www.christianpost.com/

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