Writing a compelling statement of need can be tricky. The key is to grab the reviewer’s attention early on and keep them engaged. There is nothing more boring to a reviewer than to read the same information they’ve read a thousand times before. You want to avoid that by building some character into your statement of need, presenting information in an interesting and engaging way, and using both quantitative and qualitative data to engage the reader and encourage them to read on. This training covers the basic ingredients you need to build a strong needs statement, as well as how to spice it up a bit to make for interesting reading.
Cynthia M. Adams has spent the past 40 years helping nonprofit organizations raise the money needed to do their good work. Many of her early efforts centered on raising funds to set aside wilderness areas in Alaska. In 1990 she started her first company, the Alaska Funding Exchange. This endeavor served as the testing ground for a national company, GrantStation, which opened its Internet doors in the fall of 2001. Cindy built this business because she believes that grantseeking requires a thorough understanding of the variety and scope of grantmakers and sound knowledge of the philanthropic playing field. Her life's work has been to level that playing field, creating an opportunity for all nonprofit organizations to access the wealth of grant opportunities across the U.S. and throughout the world.