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The world needs you to step forward as a grant writer and lead with confidence. I’ll teach you how. Welcome to the Grant Writing Simplified podcast where you’ll learn how to scale your income AND impact through grant writing and nonprofit consulting.

I’m Teresa Huff, former special ed teacher turned grant writer and nonprofit strategist. I’m here to mentor freelancers and nonprofit leaders like you who are ready for a fulfilling, flexible career while leveraging your skills, growing your earning potential, AND making a big impact on the world around you. I’ll teach you the strategies I’ve used to help nonprofits triple their funding. Let’s work together to change your world!

Grant Writing Simplified Teresa Huff

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The world needs you to step forward as a grant writer and lead with confidence. I’ll teach you how. Welcome to the Grant Writing Simplified podcast where you’ll learn how to scale your income AND impact through grant writing and nonprofit consulting.

I’m Teresa Huff, former special ed teacher turned grant writer and nonprofit strategist. I’m here to mentor freelancers and nonprofit leaders like you who are ready for a fulfilling, flexible career while leveraging your skills, growing your earning potential, AND making a big impact on the world around you. I’ll teach you the strategies I’ve used to help nonprofits triple their funding. Let’s work together to change your world!

    From Dropout to Doctorate: 6 Keys to Successful Nonprofit Leadership - Interview with Dr. Johnathan Kraus, Love Never Fails International [Best of Grant Writing Simplified Archives]

    From Dropout to Doctorate: 6 Keys to Successful Nonprofit Leadership - Interview with Dr. Johnathan Kraus, Love Never Fails International [Best of Grant Writing Simplified Archives]

    I have been busy lately adding some exciting new features to the Fast Track to Grant Writer VIP Program! If you’re wanting to get into grant writing, this is the perfect time to jump in. I’ll share more details in the coming weeks. 
    You can join us right now and start learning grant writing with me in this 90-day interactive mentoring program. Sign up at www.teresahuff.com/vip.
    Successful Nonprofit Leadership Isn't a Straight Path I’ve been hearing from several of you lately who are either needing clarity or encouragement around your nonprofit work, and today’s interview has just that. I’m pulling this episode out of the show archives because it’s just that good. I think you’ll find his story inspiring.
    Meet Dr. Johnathan Kraus Dr. Johnathan Kraus is no stranger to challenges. He began using drugs as a teenager which led him to drop out of school at 14, in jail at 15, and shot at 3 times by 16. At age 19, though, God radically saved him and by age 20 he was involved in children's ministry at his Church. Fast forward a few years; Dr. Kraus is a Rutgers University grad who then went on to earn a Master of Divinity degree, a Doctor of Ministry, and a Ph.D in Counseling.
    After a career as a grade school teacher and college professor, Dr. Kraus left the comforts of his life in the US and took a leap of faith to start a nonprofit, Love Never Fails International. Today the organization serves children from coast to coast in India to help them overcome poverty by meeting their needs physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
    He shares all kinds of wisdom in this interview. Learn more about his work: 
    Website: www.loveneverfailsindia.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/loveneverfailsindia  Instagram: @loveneverfailsinternational Challenge Question: What is your next step to develop your own successful nonprofit leadership journey? Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message and I'll brainstorm with you.
    Listen to the episode for inspiration and practical advice.



    Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit? Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

    Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:
    If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.
    If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.


    Other Resources Mentioned: Wondering how to find grants and keep up with all the applications? Check out Instrumentl! It's a robust grant search, tracking, and project management tool. Go to teresahuff.com/instrumentl and use the code GWSPOD for a free two-week trial AND $50 off your first month. Connect with Teresa Huff:
    Website: www.teresahuff.com
    Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?
    Social:
    LinkedIn Community LinkedIn Instagram Pinterest Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 
    www.teresahuff.com/vip

    • 40 min
    7 Things Grants and Gardening Have in Common

    7 Things Grants and Gardening Have in Common

    Join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: www.teresahuff.com/vip What Do Grants and Gardening Have in Common? As it turns out, quite a lot.
    I've been helping my husband plant the garden this spring. He has quite the green thumb of the family. Sadly, I do not.
    However, it's given me the chance to reflect on how much grant writing and gardening have in common.
    7 Ways Grants Are Like Gardening: Both take time, hard work, and patience to tend. We can’t control the outcome, so we need to be prepared and follow through consistently.  Artificial opportunities may look good at first, but they won’t produce the results we need.  Grants and gardens take nurturing and tending to build relationships and reputation.  We must learn to understand the needs and provide for those.  Plant before you need it so you can build your pipeline of harvest for the future. Prepare for the seasonality.  Listen to the full episode for a deeper dive into each.
     



    Challenge Question: How can you shift your approach to cultivate a healthier grant garden? Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message and I'll brainstorm with you.
    Listen to the episode for inspiration and practical advice.


     
    Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit? Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

    Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:
    If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.
    If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.
     

    Other Episodes Mentioned: Episode 68: How You Can Prepare for the Seasonality of Grants Episode 80: 7 Things Grants Are NOT: What You Need to Know About Grant Funding Wondering how to find grants and keep up with all the applications? Check out Instrumentl! It's a robust grant search, tracking, and project management tool. Go to teresahuff.com/instrumentl and use the code GWSPOD for a free two-week trial AND $50 off your first month. Connect with Teresa Huff:
    Website: www.teresahuff.com
    Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?
    Social:
    LinkedIn Community LinkedIn Instagram Pinterest Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 
    www.teresahuff.com/vip

    • 14 min
    The Go-Giver Marriage: Continuing the Nonprofit Ripple Effect - Interview with John David Mann and Ana Gabriel Mann, Bestselling Authors

    The Go-Giver Marriage: Continuing the Nonprofit Ripple Effect - Interview with John David Mann and Ana Gabriel Mann, Bestselling Authors

    Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: www.teresahuff.com/vip The Nonprofit Go-Giver Ripple Effect Lately we’ve been talking about being a go-giver and how this mindset shift can change not only your own life, but also those around you.
    Today we're taking that a step further. I'm talking with the loveliest couple, John David Mann and Ana Gabriel Mann, about their new book The Go-Giver Marriage.
    Our personal and professional lives are so intertwined; we need to take care of both. Whether you're married or not, this episode is full of golden tips for strengthening relationships both personally and within a nonprofit. 
    John and Ana share:
    How creativity affects our work The importance of using music, arts, and other skills throughout our lives How learning structure informs everything we do Interesting comparison of grant writing and book publishing Both grant funders and book publishers: “They’d rather say no than yes because no is a lot safer.” - John David Mann “Own your own material. Then there’s room for everybody to grow, and there’s room for compassion.” - Ana Gabriel Mann Don't be afraid to get feedback, whether to refine our grant writing or our marriage  This is full of encouragement and practical wisdom!

    Meet John David Mann & Ana Gabriel Mann John David Mann is coauthor of more than thirty books, including four New York Times bestsellers and five national bestsellers, including The Go-Giver (coauthored with Bob Burg), which has sold over 1 million copies and won the 2017 Living Now Book Awards Evergreen Medal for its “contributions to positive global change.” He is married to Ana Gabriel Mann and considers himself the luckiest mann in the world. 
     
    Ana Gabriel Mann, MA, holds a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and dance-movement therapy from Antioch New England, where she specialized in working with adults and family therapy. In addition to her work in family therapy and 5 Secrets marriage coaching, she has been clinical director for a program for people with Alzheimer’s disease, co-founded New England’s first college of Chinese medicine, and worked as a corporate consultant, speaker, trainer, and coach. 
     
    John and Ana have been dreaming about writing The Go-Giver Marriage together for nearly two decades. The book was released in March 2022.
    Connect with John & Ana:
     
    John
    www.johndavidmann.com instagram.com/johndavidmann facebook.com/johndavidmann twitter.com/johndavidmann linkedin.com/in/johndavidmann Ana
    www.gogivermarriage.com instagram.com/anagabrielmann facebook.com/anagabrielmann twitter.com/anagabrielmann1




    Challenge Question: What patterns do you need to shift? What small action steps will you commit to take? Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message and I'll brainstorm with you.
    Listen to the episode for inspiration and practical advice.



    Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit? Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

    Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:
    If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.
    If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.
     

    Other Resources Mentioned: The Go Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann Episode 89: How to Create a Ripple Effect by Becoming a Go-Giver: Bob Burg Wondering how to find grants and keep up with all the applications? Check out Instrumentl! It's a robust grant search, tracking, and project management tool. Go to teresahuff.com/instrume

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    Do You Know Where You're Going? Check Your Premise

    Do You Know Where You're Going? Check Your Premise

    Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: www.teresahuff.com/vip What Is Your Premise? I often tell you that action brings clarity, and that’s so true.
     
    Every now and then, though, we need to take a step back and check our premise. 
     
    A premise is what forms the basis of a theory or plan. For example, when writing a book, you need to have a clear premise so you know what the book is about.
     
    However, sometimes our premise fades or gets lost in the shuffle. This can happen due to:
    Overwhelm - which clouds our decisions Blind spots - which skew our decisions Last week we talked about having a go-giver mindset. That way of thinking will challenge you to shift your premise in a good way!
    Check Your Premise  This week I want to challenge you to make sure you're crystal clear on your premise from multiple angles:
    Personally - before you get into nonprofit work or grant writing, or as you keep moving forward as a grant writer Nonprofits - as an organization, get clear on your premise before you keep working in so many directions (or get off track) Grant writers - before you write the grant, ask yourself: Does this align with your nonprofit mission and the funder’s mission?



    Challenge Question: What’s your premise, both personally and as a nonprofit? Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message and I'll brainstorm with you.
    Listen to the episode for inspiration and practical advice on how to check your premise.



    Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit? Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

    Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:
    If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.
    If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.


    Other Resources Mentioned: The Go Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann Episode 88: Are Your Nonprofit Blind Spots Getting the Best of You? Interview with Likky Lavji, Blind Spot Navigator Episode 89: How to Create a Ripple Effect by Becoming a Go-Giver: Bob Burg Episode 86: A Step by Step Exercise to Address Overwhelm at Work Episode 6: Grant Readiness: How to Build the Foundation for Successful Grant Writing Episode 66: Why "Just Get Grants" Syndrome Doesn't Work - and a Better Alternative Episode 80: 7 Things Grants Are NOT: What You Need to Know About Grant Funding Wondering how to find grants and keep up with all the applications? Check out Instrumentl! It's a robust grant search, tracking, and project management tool. Go to teresahuff.com/instrumentl and use the code GWSPOD for a free two-week trial AND $50 off your first month. Connect with Teresa Huff:
    Website: www.teresahuff.com
    Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?
    Social:
    LinkedIn Community LinkedIn Instagram Pinterest Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 
    www.teresahuff.com/vip

    • 8 min
    How to Create a Ripple Effect by Becoming a Go-Giver: Interview with Bob Burg, The Go-Giver Bestselling Co-Author & Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker

    How to Create a Ripple Effect by Becoming a Go-Giver: Interview with Bob Burg, The Go-Giver Bestselling Co-Author & Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker

    Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: www.teresahuff.com/vip
    How Do You Create a Ripple Effect? A lot of things are outside our control, especially in business and nonprofit work. 
     
    Instead of lamenting those obstacles, let's take a look at what we CAN control - such as our attitudes, reactions, mindset toward challenges, and how we treat others.
     
    If it's true that we become like the 5 people we're around the most, I have a few questions for you to ponder:
    Who are you hanging around? Who is hanging around you? Are you someone others want to become like? You can influence change in your circles, and today we're going to discuss how.


     
    Becoming a Nonprofit Go-Giver
     
    In this episode I'm talking with bestselling author and speaker Bob Burg about what it means to become a go-giver, especially in the context of nonprofit work. 
     
    Bob is every bit as genuine and kind in person as he sounds in the interview. He shares tremendous wisdom and encouragement for nonprofit leaders. Bob understands that nonprofit work can feel like an uphill journey sometimes, which is why he shared,“Things that get built big typically don’t happen fast. They happen with consistent, persistent work.”
     
    Bob also compares nonprofit fundraising to the sales process. However, he breaks it down into a non-intimidating way of building relationships. He urges us to care about the other person and take a genuine interest in their lives, saying “The person who is the donor isn’t doing it because you need the donations to keep your doors open. They’re doing it because they have their own unique reason for donating.”
     
    We need to dig deep and get to know the person for who they are, not what they might give.  
     
    This episode is full of go-giving gold, so I strongly recommend you give it a listen!
     


    Challenge Question: How can you reframe your thinking to become a go-giver who gives value and inspires others? Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message and I'll brainstorm with you.
    Meet Bob Burg, Author and Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker For over 30 years Bob Burg has been successfully showing entrepreneurs, leaders, and sales professionals how to communicate their value and accelerate their referral business.
     
    Although for years he was best known for his sales classic Endless Referrals, it’s his business parable, The Go-Giver, coauthored with John David Mann, that has created a worldwide movement.
     
    While part of a four-book series, The Go-Giver itself has sold more than one million copies and been translated into 30 languages. It was rated #10 on Inc. Magazine’s list of The Most Motivational Books Ever Written, and was on HubSpot’s 20 Most Highly Rated Sales Books of All Time.
     
    Bob is an advocate, supporter and defender of the Free Enterprise system, believing that the amount of money one makes is directly proportional to how many people they serve.
     
    He is also an unapologetic animal fanatic and served on the Board of Directors of Furry Friends Adoption & Clinic in his town of Jupiter, Florida.
     
    Listen to the episode for inspiration and practical advice on how you, too, can become a go-giver.



    Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit? Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

    Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:
    If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.
    If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.


    Other Resources Mentione

    • 36 min
    Are Your Nonprofit Blind Spots Getting the Best of You? Interview with Likky Lavji, Blind Spot Navigator

    Are Your Nonprofit Blind Spots Getting the Best of You? Interview with Likky Lavji, Blind Spot Navigator

    Join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: www.teresahuff.com/vip
    How Do You Spot Your Blind Spots? Blind spots...this is something I’ve been pondering for quite some time:
    How can we find them? And how can we work on them when we don't know what they are in the first place? Blind spots are elusive. First, because we don’t know what we don’t know. Secondly, with a lot of grant writers I coach, they also don’t know what they DO know.
     
    We can ask others about our own blind spots, and that might reveal a few clues. But not always.
     
    Blind spots are tricky because they can change in different seasons and as we grow. 
     
    That’s a part of the process. Rather than being afraid of what we’ll find, we need to lean into the process and have a willingness to uncover them. If we’re open to growth, this is a healthy step.

     
    Navigating Blind Spots
     
    As I've dug into this idea more, I uncovered an incredibly useful resource to pinpoint our blind spots. In this episode I'm talking with Likky Lavji, known as the "Blind Spot Navigator." 
     
    When I first heard Likky interviewed on Bob Burg's podcast, I had to reach out and learn more.
     
    Likky shares that 95% of people think we’re self-aware, but in reality, only 15% of us are self-aware. 
     
    “Whatever your style is, if you all understand what those are, then you can communicate by meeting in between, in the middle, and then getting an incredible board happening, an incredible organization occurring.” -Likky Lavji
     



    Listen to the full episode for a fascinating, encouraging conversation. As Likky says, “Don’t be scared of committing to the process. It’s an incredible journey.”
    Challenge Question: What next step will you take to uncover your blind spots, both personally and as an organization? Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message and I'll brainstorm with you.
    Meet Likky Lavji, Blind Spot Navigator A sought-after keynote speaker and author of Amazon’s #1 Bestseller List, Death by BS, Likky teaches audiences on how to break barriers to unleash human potential.
     
    With over 25 years as a CEO of a top IT company, Likky’s extensive experience in executive leadership has given him a unique perspective that remains unchartered by leaders and organizations in understanding the layers beneath human behavior and how it impacts growth and productivity.
     
    He has been acknowledged by prominent organizations, including Telus Corporation, Lenovo Canada, and Royal Bank of Canada for his ability to create a mindset shift when it comes to commitment and powerful performance to achieve results.
     
    Bob Burg, National Bestselling Author of The Go Giver, refers to Likky as a transformational keynote speaker, “teaching audiences a fresh new perspective on how to create your brand, customer loyalty and profitable business.”
     
    Get ready to be moved and inspired with insights on how to achieve greater outcomes by navigating through your blind spots.


    Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit? Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

    Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz.
    If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.
    If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.


    Other Resources Mentioned: The Go Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann Death by BS by Likky Lavji Take the Blind Spot Assessment Blind Spots Global Wondering how to find grants and keep up with all the applications? Check ou

    • 42 min

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Ashley McMichael-Founder of Innovative Academy

I had the privilege of working with Teresa on a very large project and it was the most pleasant paid service I’ve had since I have been business. She’s an amazing at helping you think think through your solution or project. She also pushes and believes in her clients. As usual the strategy session for the podcast was amazing and thought provoking. When I leave, I have to hurry and write things down because she always cultivates my creativeness. In all, I will be working with Teresa for the long haul. She’s definitely a keeper.

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Fantastic Resource

Teresa does an excelet job explaining grant writiing, non-profits, freelance work, mentoring, and more. I love how she breaks down the material into manageable and actionable steps that you can use in your business. I highly recommend this podcast!

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Invaluable Resource for Grant Writers

I’m a newbie grant writer and I have found Teresa’s podcast helpful as I start my journey in this complicated field. From strategies calls to interviews with leaders in the nonprofit sector, I’ve been able to increase my knowledge through these episodes in order to help advance my own grant writing skills. I would highly recommend other newbie grant writers, experienced grant writers, and even others in the nonprofit space to tune in to Teresa’s podcast to hear valuable information to help enhance their own learning.

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