Everyone seems to remember exactly where they were on September 11, 2001. I remember being where I wasn’t supposed to be, which was school. I was seven years old, on the verge of turning eight, and, for some reason, I didn’t want to go to school that day, which meant my father, who happened to work in Manhattan in a building next door to the towers, didn’t go to work. I don’t remember everything about that day, but I do remember watching the towers fall on television.
I remember not knowing what it meant. As a child, it’s hard to understand what a terrorist attack is—hard to understand a day that I would, many years later, realize changed the United States forever. When I was in college, over a decade later, we watched a film depicting the response to the attack, the panic to evacuate and the ever-day Americans that rushed to save lives.
Looking back on that day, I can’t even imagine the devastation felt by the families of those lost in that horrendous terrorist attack. I cannot imagine the smoke inhaled by those on Manhattan island or the bravery of the first responders, who jumped on their boats and helped evacuate the island. The eleventh of September is a day of great tragedy, but also of great bravery, as well as true American strength. As we remember the horror that took down the twin towers and terrorists who sought only death and destruction, we must also remember those who rushed to preserve life, the victims and survivors of the attacks and the later rebuilding that took place.
About the Author: Lianne Hikind is a staff writer for GrantNews.press.
Do you want your story to reach an extended audience of grantors, foundations, executives and industry leaders? GrantNews.press encourages you, a nonprofit or small-business leader, to write the story that illustrates how your replicable program came to life (funding and all) and serves the greater good.
Once your article is published on GrantNews.press, you can cite the publication in your grant applications to demonstrate that your organization and/or project has been recognized by a newspaper.
2. Share your successful, replicable idea with other organizations.
Support your fellow nonprofits and/or small businesses by allowing them to replicate your model program that attracts donations and contributors. “Charities and non-profits can extract important information from these findings that will help them serve their communities,” Dr. Cornwell says (Project Researcher, Artist).
3. Share the successes and efforts of your organization to retain current donors and attract potential donors.
Thank your funding source and individual contributors in a way that will encourage repetitive contributions and encourage new ones. Include quotes from your donors to communicate to others how their funding was the key to accomplishing your goals.
4. Use videos and photographs to inspire contributions.
The use of short videos or images may also inspire additional contributions and the replication of your program model. Visuals show current donors the power of their contributions, giving them the confidence and pride to continue their support, and inspire potential donors with the impact they could have.
5. Show off the face of your nonprofit to build a stronger bond with your community and raise more funds.
Personal impact has more influence on donating than ever before. Include yourself and the organization’s leader in your article and visuals. Contributors, volunteers, readers, supporters and potential future members of your nonprofit want to connect a face to your organization.
“Consumers are more likely to favor brands that incorporate faces into their visuals,” according to a recent study led by researchers from the University of Oregon and published online in the European Journal of Social Psychology.
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It’s finally September! And with September comes that famous, three-day weekend cherished by US workers across the nation: Labor Day Weekend.
While you’re lighting your grills, pitching your tents, enjoying your day off and ringing in the unofficial end of summer, GrantWatch doesn’t want you to forget what you’re celebrating.
This federal holiday is dedicated to US workers’ achievements and contributions to our great nation. You have contributed to society more than you think! Enjoy your holiday; you earned it. Spend your Monday off – relaxing and counting your blessings of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Just in case you can’t quite figure out where to spend your holiday, Libby decided to give us her short wish list for Sunday and Monday. "Since I am not really in the mood for travel, I plan to relax and enjoy as best I can with my heart aching for Texas (and the surrounding areas)."
Sharing news articles is an excellent method for gaining publicity for your small business, nonprofit, crowdfunding campaign or upcoming event. Publishing your article in a local newspaper is always ideal, as you want to promote your organization/project towards its surrounding community.
In addition to local publicity, you can gain national publicity by publishing your article in GrantNews.press, the premier newspaper for nonprofit and business leaders. We publish articles that provide ideas and inspiration for other organizations and communities. If your article promotes a replicable business method, crafty solution to a common problem, invoking notion, etc., send it our way!
We have given you information regarding how to write an article for GrantNews, but we haven’t given you any information on how to write an article in general. Where do you start and how should you end? If you find yourself stumbling over your first few sentences or struggling with the final paragraph, we have created this list of steps just for you:
1. Select Your Topic.
The first and easiest step of writing your news article is picking the topic of discussion. Considering you decided to write an article in the first place, it is safe to assume you already have an idea in mind.
However, the subject of the article should be newsworthy. That is, the article shouldn’t simply be about your company. You want your article to function as a type of announcement, such as for upcoming events, new management or interesting employees, campaign launches, etc.
2. Conduct Your Research.
Now that you have your topic, you can begin your research. Depending on the article’s subject, you want to seek out answers to six main questions: when, where, why and how is what is happening and who is making it happen?
Feel free to be messy with your research, gathering as much information as possible. Conduct interviews with associated individuals, as direct quotations add credibility to news texts, and/or read published materials for relative information. While you may not use all the information, the extensive research will help you pick suitable details to create a well-rounded, knowledgeable article.
3. Organize Your Details.
Create an outline to organize all your research into a coherent, easy-to-understand news piece. Start by picking out the most important details from your research—information that must be used in the article. Organize your details into at least three separate sections (introduction, body and conclusion). Group the details that pertain to the same general subtopic in one section.
Note that the most important information (when, where, why, what, who and how) should be used in the first paragraph following your leading sentence. The miscellaneous and/or supporting details and interview quotations will fill out the body paragraphs and the details regarding the audience should be saved for the conclusion.
4. Establish Your Writer Persona.
Before you begin writing, consider your ideal audience. Who will read your news piece? You want to write in a tone of voice that interests that specific market. In addition to crafting your tone of voice, consider the appropriate terminology. For example, you would not use business jargon in an article announcing new playground equipment at a local park.
5. Write a Compelling Sentence.
The first sentence is the most important part of your article. It must grab the audience by the gut—make them want to continue reading. When creating an interesting leading sentence, consider simply saying it aloud to someone unrelated to the article. Does he/she want to hear more?
6. Fluff Out Your Outline.
If you have an effective outline, the article will practically write itself. With your established tone of voice, simply write each section of your article using your chosen details and smooth transitions. Read it aloud and ask yourself (or a friend) if anything sounds out of place.
7. Write a Conclusion.
As mentioned before, your conclusion contains information specifically for your audience. You want to end the article by giving the audience something to take away. What have they learned? Should they make reservations for an upcoming event? Should they donate to your new crowdfunding campaign? If so, why? Your conclusion is the key to generating good publicity; tell your audience why this information should matter to them. Then, tell them what they should do with this information.
Now that you know how to write an article, start publicizing your business or nonprofit with a news piece on GrantNews.press. Click here for more information on publishing your article. We look forward to reading your work!
About the Author: Kayli Tomasheski is a Copy Editor for GrantNews.press.
In the coming months, summer will come to an end and fall will begin. This means two things: the temperature is dropping and the leaves are changing, making it the perfect time for camping! GrantWatch Founder and CEO Libby Hikind is celebrating autumn’s approach by buying her brother a lifetime senior pass from the National Park Service. If you are 62+ years old, you can purchase a lifetime pass for only $10. But you better move fast, as that generous price will jump to $80 on August 28th.
Visit “national park sites protecting our country’s cultural, historical and environmental heritage in every U.S. state as well as the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands” (mnn.com). Purchase your pass at a federal recreation area/site near you. For a list of participating offices in each state, click here.
If you haven’t reached that glorious age of seniority to be eligible for the lifetime park pass, don’t let a few years stop you from experiencing the natural wonders of the United States. The world of travel and tourism is flourishing and growing, and GrantWatch is committed to cultivating that progress.
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to help cover the costs of international travel to Central, East, and Southeast Europe, the Baltic states, Central Asia, Mongolia, and/or Russia for exchanges in the arts and/or the environmental sciences.
Grants of up to $10,000 to La Grange, Texas nonprofits, government agencies, and community-based organizations for projects that promote local tourism. Projects may be related to arts, culture, sports, and historic preservation.
A few days ago, our Founder and CEO Libby Hikind parked her car in the Best Buy parking lot. Across the lot, sitting on the curb under a tree, were two men. One appeared to be homeless. He was eating dinner while the other, who seemed to be an outreach worker or minister, listened and offered counsel.
Following that event, our CEO coincidently clicked a video on her Facebook feed that she later shared with her staff. Libby wanted to see if we had the same pre-conceived assumptions and if we would be surprised by the content.
After speaking with my CEO and watching the video, I wanted to write this article.
Let me run you through a brief situation. You just left Walmart, the trunk of your car is bogged down with groceries, and you reach the stoplight just outside the parking lot. The light flashes to yellow as the car ahead of you zooms through the intersection. You make a safe stop as the light turns red.
As you take in your surroundings, considering what you’ll eat for dinner, you catch a glimpse of a man with a sign standing on the sidewalk. He is wearing tattered clothing and his sign reads “Hungry and Homeless. Anything Helps.” He makes his way to the driver’s side of your car. You might give him the spare change in your cup holder or an apple from the bag of produce sitting in your passenger seat, but are you thinking:
What bad decisions did he make to put himself in this situation?
Why doesn’t he get a job? (He looks able bodied.)
Is he mentally ill—should I not have rolled down my window?
Will he spend my hard-earned money on drugs or alcohol?
Does he have more money than me—is this all an act?
In a heart-to-heart discussion with her staff, Libby Hikind shared the following:
“We have all seen the nightly news video of a homeless woman, who received countless donations from generous people, take off her wig and dirty clothing in her BMW and drive to the mall to shop-till-she-drops. We’ve seen homeless people walk into the liquor store to buy a pint with the few dollars they were given. But should we really consider all homeless persons to be fakers, drunks and cheats?
When I saw this video, I said to myself ‘Here goes. Finally, the stereotype cracked wide open!!!’”
Be careful with assumptions and generalizations. They are fraught with false pretenses, misjudgment and horrible stereotypes. This video puts some of those negative feelings at arm’s length and suggests a new, generous mindset that we need to create programs for these uprooted men and women.
Is it not better to give just in case someone really is hungry, destitute and/or homeless? Doesn’t the Almighty credit us for our good intentions and positive thoughts? (Libby Hikind, Founder and CEO of GrantWatch)
Don’t let negative stereotypes of homeless individuals stop you from helping those who desperately require your assistance. GrantWatch strives to help people in need and provides a multitude of grants to help you spread necessary support as well.
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies in multiple states to improve or create existing housing projects for low-income families from all populations, including new immigrants, mentally or physically disabled individuals, emancipated youth, families headed by a single individual (may be a parent; grandparent; guardian), or veterans.
Grants of up to $3,000 per quarter to Texas organizations and agencies, and grants of up to $500 per year to Texas individuals and families in Ellis, Navarro, Freestone, Hill, and Limestone Counties. Funding will be provided to individuals and organizations for food, shelter, clothing, health needs, education, and public safety.
Grants starting at $10,000 to USA nonprofits in multiple States for programs and projects that focus on affordable housing, financial education, and/or economic development and neighborhood revitalization.
Grants ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 to Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine nonprofit organizations to benefit communities where the funding source has a business presence, with an emphasis on low-income areas.
Grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 to nonprofits in Arizona, California, Idaho, Utah, and Washington in communities served by the funding source for programs that support the needs of vulnerable children and families, and provide basic needs like food, housing, healthcare, safety, and education.
Deadline: Ongoing – Grant requests will be reviewed quarterly.
About the Author: Kayli Tomasheski is a Copy Editor for GrantNews. Libby Hikind is the Founder and CEO of GrantWatch and its various divisions.
Aren’t we all a little concerned about the extreme political climates, ongoing economic turmoil and unprecedented social issues? Modern-day youth believe the world is in disrepair. Their worries are valid, considering our youth will inherit the consequences of today’s turmoil.
According to a study by VeryWell.com, the most common struggles for today’s youth are depression, bullying, peer pressure, drug and alcohol abuse, social media, on-screen violence and obesity—too many obstacles, if you ask me.
GrantWatch is determined to help children and teens overcome these conflicts by researching, listing and publicizing the grants available to nonprofits and small businesses for youth programs.
How do we fix the world? Start by improving the quality of life for today's youth. We have a social responsibility to provide children, pre-teens and teenagers with the tools to thrive in school, at home and at work. GrantWatch listings provide modern-day youths with opportunities to thrive during these turbulent and challenging times, so we’re doing are part. Start doing yours!
Our grant listings include grants for youth that support their physical and mental health through positive interaction, education and exercise. Browse GrantWatch grant listings to discover funding opportunities to benefit and empower young people.
Our CEO and Founder, Libby Hikind, says, “Let’s hope our kids can return to complaining about an unpurchased souvenir at the end of a family trip and stop worrying with their adult counterparts.”
Grant of up to $10,000 to a Connecticut nonprofit in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville, or Southington to support disengaged youth, primarily ages 16-19, to have a successful high school experience that prepares them for higher education or the workforce.
Grants to Maine and Northern New Hampshire nonprofit organizations to improve the lives of children. Applications are invited for programs that directly improve the well-being and health of children residing within the funding source’s service area. Qualifying grantees are nonprofits that have demonstrated an ability to respond to the needs of children and families.
Grants averaging $40,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and school districts that are involved in youth baseball or softball programs. Funding may be used for facilities or equipment, new programs, expansion of existing programs, and new collaborative efforts.
Have you ever had that feeling that something was missing from your life? Or, do you have a little extra time on your hands each day, and you don’t know what to do with it? Maybe you are like me and think ‘If only my spare room had a purpose.’ If any of these statements ring true for you, then I think you need an exchange student, or two!
I feel like a career host mom who can’t turn away a student in need of a home. I am currently hosting two students, Anri from Japan and Vivian from Germany. They couldn't’t be more different from each other and from my own kids, but we live in perfect harmony. And for that, I am thankful, especially for their parents. Every day I think about calling Anri’s parents to thank them for raising someone so respectful, helpful and happy, but unfortunately, I don’t speak Japanese. Vivian is independent, free, and fun. Her mother has done an excellent job instilling confidence in her and teaching her the importance of building and maintaining good relationships.
However, what I really want to share is this: These students are helping me just as much as I am helping them. I’ve got a car full of kids singing, laughing, sleeping, snap chatting, and speaking with enthusiasm about their day. I’ve got a house full of athletes (which I love) who put in 100% effort at practices and games while managing homework and good grades. My daughter has what she’s always wanted, a sister – make that a sorority! I get to be their forever host mom and hopefully leave them with a positive experience of what it’s like to be a mom in America who has a career, opens her home to others, and has fun.
I have four kids. I spend more on groceries, and I go to a lot of games, but this is us! My husband and my son were reluctant to take in two students. After all, living with four girls can sound a little frightening. As predicted, we are now a happy family of 6. My son always has someone to watch a movie with or play basketball with, and my husband gets to hear all of the crazy teen stories when he picks up the girls from school. I don’t know if it was fate, or if my Local Coordinator is just good at finding me the best students, but it all happened to teach me a lesson about enjoying the little things and enjoying people. I definitely came out the winner. I recommend taking the leap and hosting an exchange student. In return, you may find your peace, love, and joy.
About Education, Travel & Culture:
Education Travel & Culture is a non-profit [501(c)(3)] educational exchange organization. Its purpose is to promote international understanding and goodwill by providing high quality educational and cultural exchange programs in the United States and abroad. ETC provides inbound program opportunities for high school students throughout the world to study in an American high school and live with an American family. The ETC also organizes trips for exchange students to visit such destinations as The Grand Canyon, San Francisco, New York City and Hawaii.
For more information, FAQs or to apply to become a host family visit www.edutrav.org or email Field Director, Brenda Ferland at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Awards to USA PreK-12 public, private and charter schools for creative use of milk and juice cartons to build or improve their school garden. Potential applicants are invited to participate in the Carton 2 Garden webinar on January 11, 2017. Car…GrantWatch ID#: 178027
Contest to win up to $25,000 for USA equine rescues and sanctuaries that hold community events between April 21-26, 2017. A webinar will be held January 31, 2017. The events can be geared toward education, training, or family-friendly fun, and are i…GrantWatch ID#: 177925
Grants to USA and territories agencies and nonprofits to conduct research on public and private-sector policies that affect community health, well-being, and equity. A brief proposal is due March 10, 2017, and an informational webinar will be held o…GrantWatch ID#: 179185
Academic guidance program and a potential college scholarship of up to $40,000 per year to USA and territories high-performing middle school students who demonstrate financial need to achieve their academic potential. An information session is sched…GrantWatch ID#: 180069