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Review for Rural Development Initiatives (RDI), Coburg, OR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Our board has been partially paralyzed with the idea that we didn't know how to write a grant. In fact, most of the board felt we needed to find a "professional" grant writer. However, a couple of us took the Learn by doing grant writing workshop this last Fall and decided that since we didn't have a "professional", we were going to jump in and do the best we could. The results have been spectacular! In late November we received our first grant which was quickly followed by a large check for our organization as the result of an organization profile we had filled out. Since December we have written for a couple additional grants and while we were informed on one that they were only responding to "basic human needs", we know that we have gained confidence and organization simply by going through the process. At this point, our entire board is taking advantage of every listening or outreach opportunity. We're in a learning mode and are doing a much better job of communicating opportunities for grants with each other. It's sort of like that saying "If you think you can or think you can't, you're right!".

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