HOW TO GET GRANTS AND GIFTS
FOR THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
At your fingertips - ideas for raising major
dollars for the schools!
By Stanley Levenson, Fundraising Consultant, San Diego, CA
Here are easy to follow tips, ideas and instructions
for securing grants and gifts for your public school. Packed with worthwhile
suggestions and techniques that will make you more competitive in your
search for corporate, foundation and government grants -and in
your pursuit of gifts from individual members of your community
-this hands-on guide shows you:
what types of government grants are available
the names and web site addresses of major government funding agencies
how to do prospect research using the world wide web and 28 corporate
and foundation givers
what techniques to use to solicit successfully from individuals
how to set up a Local Education Foundation
the ins and outs of planned giving
the differences between writing a government grant application
and a corporate and foundation grant application
how to improve your chances of getting funded
and much, much more.
How you can tap into the vast array of funding sources that are out
there for the asking!
Covers such critical topics as:
for government grants
for corporate and foundation grants
a grant application
of successful grant applications
application for U.S. Department of Education grants
for using a fundraising consultant
a fundraising plan using consultants or full time staff member(s)
to Get Grants and Gifts for the Public Schools, March 13, 2003
Reviewer: G. Cameron from San Diego, CA
In an era of diminishing resources, Stanley Levenson's book is an invaluable
tool for schools and districts alike. His easy to follow recipe for
writing winning grants gives school personnel the confidence to write
their own proposals without the need of contracting an outside consultant.
His book includes examples of successful proposals which he also uses
to familiarize the reader of effective writing styles. What I also found
tremendously helpful were his fresh and creative approaches to fundraising
which many schools and school districts tend to overlook. For a very
small but wise investment, our schools have profited from Dr. Levenson's
insight. I'm sure many others would, too.
to Get Grants and Gifts for the Public Schools, March 15, 2003
Reviewer: David Strom from San Diego, CA
Dr.Stanley Levenson has written a much needed book for public educators.
Today, in a time of monetary crisis for many school districts in the
nation, any book that can shed light on where to get money for innovative
and creative programing is welcome. Dr. Levenson's does that and more.
Classroom teachers can use his work as a guide to understanding what
it takes to write a grant proposal. Nowhere in a teacher's college education
is anything like this taught, or for that matter, mentioned. Yet, teachers
are constantly trying to be innovative and creative in their teaching.
Sometimes, without funds it is hard to try the new and "impractical"
in the classroom. With the guidance of Dr. Levenson's book, teachers
are walked through the grant writing proposal step by step. But the
book does not stop there!
He lists places where money can be found. The federal, state and local
government all have some money earmarked for educational innovation.
He lists them. Private funds and foundations, an area where money for
the public school systems is growing rapidly, are listed and studied.
Levenson tells what types of grants each foundation likes to fund (an
extremely important idea).
As someone who has written and won school grants, I would have appreciated
this book when I was a public school teacher. I think all school districts
should have at least one copy of this book in each of their schools.
It will encourage teachers to do what they can do best-teach, think,
and write grants creatively.
to Get Grants and Gifts for the Public Schools, March 27, 2003
Reviewer: Howie Schaffer from Washington, DC
Fundraising for America's schools has gone way beyond the bake sale.
You cannot bake enough cookies to give America's chools the money they
need. However, you can buy this book and learn from legendary fundraising
guru, Stanley Levenson, beneficial strategies, techniques, tools, and
templates for creating an A+ school fundraising program. Levenson is
rare among fundraising strategists because he focuses as much on "friendraising"
as "fundraising." This book helps everyone, from beginners
to expert grantwriters, to cultivate the skills, relationships, and
savvy it takes to be successful in the competitive arena of public school
fundraising. Stan Levenson also understands the central role of public
education in a democratic society and how to use fundraising as a means
of increasing public responsibility for quality education at a time
when public school budgets are being slashed across the nation.
"This book would be a perfect handout in a grant writing workshop.
If I were teaching a course on the subject, it would be a must."
-Samir A. Haddad, Farmington Public Schools, Illinois.
"The information given is relevant,
accurate, and extensive. After reading the book and completing the excercises,
students will have a thorough understanding of grant seeking and fundraising
in K-12 schools."
-Jodi Witte, South Washington County Schools, Minnesota.