Are Organizational Charts Necessary?

Organizational charts (name)


Let’s face it.

Organizational charts take up a lot of space in a grant proposal.  There’s some debate whether they’re truly necessary.  I have a couple of “rules of thumb” here.

1.  If the RFP says to include one, then there is no question.  It is necessary.

2. If the RFP says DO NOT include one, then there is also no question.  Do not include one.

3.  If the RFP is silent on the issue then I would include one, simply because an organizational chart is an important way to show that you understand the need for oversight of program staff and resources.  This is usually part of the need to demonstrate organizational capacity.  Any organization that doesn’t have an updated organizational chart should make one.  If you’re “just the grantwriter” then do your best to impress upon the organization the need for this document.  You need it for the grant proposal, whether they need it for other purposes.  That should be enough of a reason to have one that is up-to-date.

That’s all for this time.

Thanks for all you do, working for excellence in your nonprofit.


What’s the Grantwriter’s Job–Really?

Your job is to tell a story


I’ve been thinking recently about the “real” job of a grantwriter.

This helps me remember the big picture, particuularly when the little picture (printer out of ink, people won’t return phone calls, the internet is down, and so on)  seems out of focus or downright frustrating.

Most people have read the story or heard the tale about the travelor asking three workers what they were doing as they were on a construction site but let me add my own twist here.

The first worker said “I’m welding, can’t you see?”

The second said “I’m busting my tail off to feed my family!”

The third said “I’m helpinig build a fantastic building that will thrill onlookers for generations!”

What kind of grantwriter (or any  other type of job worker) are you?

Are you a grantwriter who is “putting one word after the next on paper”?

Are you a grantwriter who is “raising money to keep staff and the agency going financially”?

Are you a grantwriter who is “helping save the world, one client or one program at a time”?

Maybe on some days, you’re the third, but on others, you’re the first.    Which do you prefer and how can you be “that one” more often than you are now?

What’s YOUR reason for being a grantwriter?  Share y0ur thoughts and pass on the question to others.

I’d love to hear your ideas!