It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

Leonardo da Vinci


January 15, 2020

Every day I am approached by nonprofits asking how they can get a grant to fund the great work they’re doing. Some have successful grant-writing records, and others are new to the foundation world. No matter the level of experience, the first thing I tell everyone who asks how to write a successful grant proposal […]

Category: Grant Writing

October 10, 2019

As Yogi Berra said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else.” So what does that have to do with your program? Look at it this way. If you were planning a road trip, what’s the first question you would need to answer? You would need to know where […]

June 10, 2019

Let’s face it. A lot of people are afraid of program evaluation. There are countless explanations we use to rationalize not evaluating our programs. How often have you heard (or said): “I’m not an evaluator.” “Evaluation is expensive. We don’t have those kinds of resources.”  “Participants love the program, so it must be working.”  “Our […]

December 27, 2017

We are just wrapping up evaluation of Safe Humane Chicago’s second round of VALOR (Veterans Advancing the Lives of Rescues). Learn more about the impact this program is having on veterans and shelter dogs.

Category: Grant Writing

November 26, 2017

Guest blogger Elisa Kosarin of Twenty Hats shares her insight on successful strategies for interviewing prospective volunteers. When you interview volunteers, trusting your gut leads to mixed results True or False? Our gut feelings about a volunteer are the best predictor of volunteer success. Since I’m asking the question – and it’s a leading question […]

Category: Education | Training

July 7, 2017

At Making Good Work we recognize that changing the world often doesn’t pay well, at least not financially. That’s why we created Pay It Forward. Every quarter we select an organization for which we provide a service at no cost. So what’s the catch, you ask? All we ask in return is that the organization […]

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