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A list of quality writing and research resources we highly recommend.

K&M Enterprises: Research and Fund Development Services – is the team Jon worked with in most of the winning grants mentioned in RIGHT BEFORE YOU WRITE. Owner Kristina Brook has more than 25 years experience in grant writing and research. She founded K&M Enterprises in 1992 as a small grant-writing company serving a handful of dedicated clients. Today, the company is one of the nation’s largest grant writing and research firms. K&M has an unparalleled grant funding success rate of 67%, which is more than double the published industry average of 27%.
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Established in 1956, and today supported by more than 600 foundations, the Foundation Center in New York is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level.

Since 1979, the Center For Nonprofit Management in Los Angeles has fostered healthy neighborhoods and communities by improving the performance of nonprofit organizations addressing critical issues and serving underserved populations.

GENE PERRET is a well-known, three-time Emmy-winning writer. He has written stand-up material for Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, and many others. Gene's also written and produced many top-rated TV variety shows and sitcoms. He's written scores of books on comedy writing, including one considered by many as the "bible" on comedy writing, Comedy Writing Step by Step, which just recently has been updated and reissued as The New Comedy Writing Step by Step (Quill Driver Books, 2007).

With Scheherazade Productions partner Terry Rossio, Ted Elliott has co-authored ALADDIN, THE MASK OF ZORRO, SMALL SOLDIERS, SHREK, the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN trilogy and a number of other projects that may not ever see the light of day. At this website is everything a screenwriter needs; simple, straightforward and insightful.

For the funder's perspective on grants and grant writing, check out The Council on Foundations. This is a Washington, DC, area-based nonprofit membership association of more than 2,100 grantmaking foundations and corporations. The assets of Council members total more than $282 billion. As the voice of philanthropy, the Council works to create an environment in which the movement can grow and thrive, and to provide Council members with the products and services they need to do their best work.

Feed your mind while you help feed others. Give free rice to hungry people by playing a simple word game.

20 years experience in the nonprofit sector, a passion for its mission and no patience with its pretenses and pieties.

Tom and Kate Chappell are the heart and soul of Tom's of Maine. Since 1970, they have dedicated themselves to "creating a company that produces innovative, natural personal care products in a caring and creative work environment." And have they succeeded! Part of their success is due to (and I'm paraphrasing here) Tom' s rediscovery of his values, retrieval of his entrepreneurial self, acquiring a new business vision and tools, and setting out to redirect himself and his company. The result of all his hard work was Tom's first book, THE SOUL OF A BUSINESS: MANAGING FOR PROFIT AND THE COMMON GOOD. It is an incredibly inspiring and highly practical guide that will help anyone with their own business (or who work in a for-profit or non-profit organization, for that matter) to "integrate values, social responsibility, environmental responsibility, and respect for the environment into the leadership of their business, organization, enterprise or project." We had the serendipitous pleasure of reading it this summer and we declare it a "Must Read."


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