We've paired up a master grant writer, Goodwin Deacon, with a veteran funder, Ken Ristine, to ask them to help us get into the minds of funders and how to carefully craft grant applications that get funded. This is a rare opportunity to learn the inside scoop of what funders really
think and what it takes to get them to "yes."
Goodwin provides grantwriting and prospect research services through her firm, Deacon Consulting. In 1990, she founded the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association, a networking and training organization that helps grantwriters improve their skills, meet funders, and form a community with each other. She has also taught grantwriting at Discover U., the University of Washington Fundraising Management Program, and Antioch University Seattle.
Ken is Senior Program Officer of a private family foundation. Throughout his long career in our sector, he’s consulted with dozens of nonprofits on program design and implementation, fundraising, proposal development, nonprofit tax issues, and organizational development. Ken is a frequent speaker at conferences and classes on nonprofit work.
Goodwin and Ken are coauthors of Grantsmanship for the GENIUS, published by For the GENIUS Press (an imprint of CharityChannel).