3-Hour Workshop for fourteen non-profit professionals and educators representing:

• Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

• UCLA Education Leadership Program Participants

• Glendale Community College

• Fullerton College

• Los Angeles Unified School District

• CHEER, (Culture, Health, Education, and Environmental Resources for Viet Nam)

 

No Response Poor Fair Good Excellent
How would you rate your instructor’s knowledge of grantwriting? 5 22% 78%
How would you rate your instructor’s presentation? 5
33%
87%
How would you rate the instructor’s attention to your specific needs? 5 11% 33% 56%
How would you rate the overall seminar experience? 5 33% 67%
How would you rate the seminar manual? 7 29% 71%

Participants Evaluated Their Grantwriting Knowledge Before AND After the Seminar (1 lowest, 10 highest)

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How would you rate your knowledge of grantwriting before the workshop? 12% 22% 22% 11% 22% 11%
How would you rate your knowledge of grantwriting after the workshop ? 11% 56% 11% 22%

Students Advance Their Grantwriting Skills

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What Our Students Said About This Workshop!

    • “The most valuable information for me, a pure novice in the realm of grantwriting, was that it could be done! The second most important insight is that if I don’t have the guts to pick up the phone, I won’t generate funding. I liked the idea that if I did one thing a day towards grant application, that I could build up momentum and increase the chance that I might eventually gain funding. I also like the very straightforward organizational steps: the two binders and the tracking forms. Now, I need to start reading about funding sources and what kinds of project they’re interested in; at the same time, I have to being to write my Rolls Royce application.”
    • “This was a very helpful workshop. I had some knowledge about grantwriting and was able to learn a lot more in a simple and systematic way. I enjoyed the level of energy Linda brought into the room and appreciated the confidence the presenter exuded throughout the workshop. I also liked how the presented continuously asked participants if there were any questions throughout the workshop and the diligence used in answering participants’ questions. I gained a lot from attending this workshop and all of the resources can be easily used right away. THANK YOU!”
    • “I appreciate the detailed handbook and the clear instructions. Further, for those with specific projects, Lind was very detailed and offered personalized feedback. Although I am not at the stage yet, I appreciate Linda’s ability and willingness to reach out and engage the audience with relevant and individualized feedback. I learned valuable information both through the formal presentation and through observing the audience interaction. Well done.”
    • “I felt encouraged by the presenter that even I could write a grant proposal. I enjoyed seeing step-by-step how to write a proposal. I appreciated learning (via the A to Z Grantwriting Newsletter) some sources of support for my proposal (in this case school counseling and tutoring/mentoring by older students). I understood that I could take a course at a very reasonable rate to expand my understanding. I knew that if I actually starting writing (now in process) I could get help from the presented whether or not I joined her class.”
    • “The detailed inputs and expectations for length and different types of requests were clearly explained. The funder Research Information Sheet (RIS) is something practical that I will use. Taking the time to explain the details of a proposal packet was crucial to expectation management. I would have liked a practical example of how to research in the workshop, even coming up with an example topic, defining areas and companies of interest, researching details of the company/or, and developing tentative plans to make the call/submit the initial contact.”
    • “Linda Vallejo is a very credible presenter. I was very clear from the presentation that she knows her “stuff.” I especially liked that Linda asked the participants about our own projects so she could tailor her presentation to our needs. While Linda did make it seem that grantwriting is not ‘rocket science’ she was also very honest about the amount of work it takes. Linda has a dry sense of humor that made the time fly. Thank you for a great presentation.”
    • “Thank you for a very useful workshop! I want to clarify the rating. I rarely give ‘excellent’ ratings. Your ‘good’ should read ‘very good.’ I enjoyed your presentation. You were able to demystify the grantwriting process. You make the grantwriting process easy and do-able. The steps were clear and easy to follow. The time management was logical. I particularly liked how your organized the binder into two sections, the Alpha and Due Date Books.”
    • “Ms. Vallejo is an extremely professional and delightful presenter. I’ve always wanted to go to her workshops. Now I feel I can get a good start for my ideas that I come up with in the future. I’m at an impasse in my career. I’m unemployed; therefore, I don’t know what grants to look for.”
    • “I felt the workshop was helpful for people with no grantwriting experience. Since I have experience, I had hoped this would focus more on education funding, such as how to get resource to complete dissertation research or how to fund education projects. This is not a negative regarding the workshop; this was simple a misalignment with what I hoped and what was offered. Had there been more advance information on what the workshop would cover, I would have better know that it might not meet my particular needs. It might have been helpful to discuss individual funding opportunities since not all attendees work for non-profit organizations or plan to start a non-profit. For example, in the arts there are organizations that fund individual artist, even though they are few and far between. I don’t know if there are such opportunities in education funding and would have liked to learn more about that. By the same token, it might have been helpful to discuss how people working within large organizations, like colleges or school districts, work tithing those systems to fund their own projects. “