Capacity Building Resources

The grant calendar will help individuals take a quick glance at what grant opportunities are coming up in the next couple of weeks/months and throughout the year. By utilizing a grant calendar, this can save time because it can reduce duplication of visiting the funder’s website in a short period of time. Ideally, the grant calendar is separated by month of application due date and rolling opportunities, enabling an individual to “look ahead.”
Often, funders have a wide scope of funding areas and geographical locations, in which they provide grants. Therefore, funders do not always know the severity of a specific problem that an applicant’s organization would address. For this reason, a majority of grant applications have a statement of needs, problem statement, needs assessment, target population, etc. that specifically addresses why the purposed grant program would be beneficial to the community.
Imagine having only a few precious minutes – or even one minute – with a funder you have been trying to meet. How do you make a connection with that funder? What do you say? The ability to deliver a strong elevator pitch can be a gamechanger. It’s an opportunity to share your organization’s story in a compelling way. Share your passion. Write a script. An elevator pitch can be used for so many occasions– a letter of interest to a funder, grant applications, fundraising campaigns, phone calls, meetings, impromptu conversations at events, etc.
A grants submission checklist is a tool that grant writers use to help keep track of all the components of an application that need to be submitted to a funder. The submission checklist also helps bring clarity to the assignment by delegating the work to specific individuals, assuring all components of the application are accounted for by a team member. In short, a checklist can help organize the grant application process.
Building relationships with foundations, when possible, is key to fundraisingsuccess. The initial approach of making a call to someone you haven’t met before (aka “cold calling”) can be intimidating as you want to make a great first impression. To help organizations stay on message during that first call, a sample phone script can be used. Please see below. We recommend role playing and practicing this script with a colleague. The script is a guidepost; adapting to individualized messaging is a necessity.
A list of tried and true methods to help during the proposal writing process.
A letter of interest or inquiry (commonly called an LOI) is designed to give a funder preliminary information about a project/program to determine alignment with the funder’s mission. This can save you (the potential applicant) and the funder time, as funders use this information to gauge if a project/program is a good fit before asking you to submit a lengthy application/proposal. A well-written letter of inquiry can be an important component to securing funding for your project.
A Prospect List is a list of funders and/or funding opportunities, in which an organization is a good fit and eligible to apply. The purpose of a prospect list is to provide an organization with a readymade list of funding opportunities that they could apply for immediately or in the future.
A letter of interest or inquiry (commonly called an LOI) is designed to give a funder preliminary information about a project/program to determine alignment with the funder’s mission. This can save you (the potential applicant) and the funder time, as funders use this information to gauge if a project/program is a good fit before asking you to submit a lengthy application/proposal. A well-written letter of inquiry can be an important component to securing funding for your project.
A list of tried and true methods to help during the proposal writing process.
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Jaime Wesoloski

President & Chief Executive Officer

Jaime Wesolowski is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Methodist Healthcare Ministries. A healthcare executive with three decades of leadership experience, Jaime is responsible for the overall governance and direction of Methodist Healthcare Ministries. Jaime earned his Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Xavier University, and his Bachelor’s of Science from Indiana University in Healthcare Administration. As a cancer survivor, Jaime is a staunch supporter of the American Cancer Society. He serves as Chair of the American Cancer Society’s South Texas Area board of directors and he was appointed as Chair to the recently created South Region Advisory Cabinet, covering eight states from Arizona through Alabama. Jaime believes his personal experience as a cancer survivor has given him more defined insight and compassion to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their families.