The Personal in Fund Raising
- Subject: [cg] The Personal in Fund Raising
- From: Adam36055@aol.com
- Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2005 22:49:54 EDT
This was addressed to me, and the first paragraph "don't apply", but the
second paragraph about the personal in fund raising is "gold."
Case in point - Mrs.Vincent (Brooke) Astor who is now 101, is a great dame
who married money and gave away millions, with class and a great deal of
intelligence from the now folded Vincent Astor foundation - The foundation folded
because she gave away all of the foundation's money.
This is one of those true stories that you can't make up. One of the Clinton
Community Garden's members, and former steering committee member, Ms..
Margretta McBean, was part of a James Joyce reading group that plowed through
"Finnegan's Wake," on a yearly basis. Mrs. Astor was part of the reading group.
One afternoon the group came into the garden, which at that time had a
hurricaine fence, and no irrigation system - we would use a long hose from one of the
fire hydrants, which was not quite legal.
To make a long story short, Mrs. Astor liked the place, came back a few
times, and some kinda pushy person familar to some folks on this list asked if the
foundation would consider a grant application from the likes of us gardeners
in Hell's Kitchen. She handed the then garden chair, Mallory Abrahmsen, her
card and said, " send in a request."
After much agonizing, the grant request was sent in, and we ended up with the
front garden fence and piping for water ( NYC Parks has been good enough to
provide us with water.)
Last year, we read that Mrs. Astor was spending her 100th birthday up at
David Rockefeller's place, so we found a socialite type ( a local actor) to
personally carry up some garden honey and flowers on behalf of the garden.
Now, we were certainly not trying to hit Mrs. Astor up, but follow-ups with
old friends is good manners and sometimes gets noticed by others. We write
other grants to other foundations from time to time, and having received one
very substantial grant and used it properly gives other grantors a heightened
After all, foundations are in the business to grant money - no guts, no glory
- why not you? Make a smart ask, do right with the dough, and follow up
forever with donors, let 'em know what you've been up to. It's a combination of
sales, public relations, and good manners.
Clinton Community Garden
> Subj: Re: [cg] Looking for application templates
> Date: 10/9/05 10:19:36 PM Eastern Daylight Time
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> To: Adam36055@aol.com
> Sent from the Internet
> Oh, Adam, you're such a renaissance man! I hadn't
> thought about the Medicis since college!! (What would
> be the modern-day equivalent I wonder?)
> Another little point about grant-writing; as in most
> matters, forming personal relationships and staying in
> touch with one or two people at the giving end is
> always a really good idea. It really is not just 'who
> you know,' but how you treat people. I have had great
> success just being "real" and staying in touch.
> All the best to you lovely folks; you help keep me
> Deborah Hayes
> Hendersonville, NC
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Oh, Adam, you're such a renaissance man! I hadn't
thought about the Medicis since college!! (What would
be the modern-day equivalent I wonder?)
Another little point about grant-writing; as in most
matters, forming personal relationships and staying in
touch with one or two people at the giving end is
always a really good idea. It really is not just 'who
you know,' but how you treat people. I have had great
success just being "real" and staying in touch.
All the best to you lovely folks; you help keep me
--- Adam36055@aol.com wrote:
> Grant writing is an amusing skill - Great examples
> exist in Michaelangelo's
> letters to Pope Julius, A great one in Benvenuto
> Cellini's "Autobiography,"
> and Leonardo's letters to the Medici, King Louis of
> France, etc.
> But more appropos as a quick grantwriting guide,
> deliverable by Fedex from
> The Only Grant Writing Book You'll Ever Need: Top
> Grant Writers and Grant
> Givers Share Their Secrets!
> Ellen Karsh; Paperback; Buy New: $11.20
> Customer Review
> This really IS the only grant- writing book you'll
> ever need. It's an
> extremely helpful book that is both readable as well
> as comprehensive. The websites
> are exhaustive, the appendix material useful, the
> glossary of terms highly
> technical and inclusive, and the interviews with
> funders are unique. All in all -
> a gem.
> On Community Garden grantwriting:
> 1) For starters, go to the American Community
> Gardening Association website -
> there is a wealth of everything community garden
> there, lots of links to
> gardens all over the USA, Canada and abroad -
> 2) Also, it's a great idea to join the ACGA. Gives
> you invitations to the
> national conventions, access to educational
> materials, the drinking of adult
> beverages with convivial company during conventions
> and garden tours - the works.
> 3) From the Clinton Community Garden in NYC; Not
> that they're is the best,
> but they're online & easily cannibalized.
> Please go to http://www.clintoncommunitygarden.org/
> . Garden history,
> governance, layout, mision statement, verbiage,
> annual events - the stuff may not be
> the best ( I drafted alot of the content, alas) but
> if there's anything you
> want to use, take any of our "wheels," customize
> them to your local needs,
> and slap 'em on your wagon.
> To encourage anyone else on the listserv who may be
> starting off, or looking
> for more "recipes", please get back to the list and
> let us know how you've
> Best wishes,
> Adam Honigman
> Clinton Community Garden
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