I’ve developed this curated list hoping you’ll find some of the resources helpful. Send me suggestions of other powerful resources that may assist your grant professional colleagues.

Resources for Planning Programs

How to Design a New Program. 2014, Piroska Bisits Bullen, Tim Brack.

This interesting and easily accessible program planning guide also provides links to related resources you’ll find helpful.

Design as Strategy? 2018, Sam Rye.

This article distills some of Sam Rye’s learning and thinking about designing services (and products and most anything else) to create social change. Rye’s deep and broad thinking about design offers important insights that are applicable to the type of problem/needs assessments and program planning that are a constant for nonprofits. The article also contains links to important resources in this field.

What is a Theory of Change? 2020, Center for Theory of Change.

A theory of change is not the same thing as a logic model. The two tools have a lot in common, but a theory of change (TOC) focuses on what is called “the missing middle.” It identifies long-term goals and then works backward to identify all outcomes that must be achieved for the goals to be achieved. This site provides TOC examples.

Theory of Change: A Practical Tool for Action, Results and Learning. 2004, Organizational Research Services. The Annie E. Casey Foundation and USAID.

This downloadable PDF publication is a deep dive into how to use a TOC and provides especially helpful examples of “so that” chains of logic.

How to Develop a Logic Model. The Compass, USAID.

This clear step-by-step guide links to a number of useful resources related to logic models. 

Logic Model Development Guide. 2004, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Although this guide was written many years ago, it has staying power and is still a standard in the field. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Resources

DCFPI Style Guide for Inclusive Language. Fiscal Policy Institute, December 2017.

Excellent guide for ensuring your grant proposals use inclusive, empowering language.

Our Shared Language: Social Justice Glossary. YWCA of Boston.

This excellent document defines and explains terminology we all need to understand.

Language Justice Toolkit. Communities Creating Healthy Environments.

This document defines language justice as “building and sustaining multilingual spaces in our organizations and social movements so that everyone’s voice can be heard both as an individual and as part of a diversity of communities and cultures.”

YW Boston Blog.

This blog addresses a range of topics that can help nonprofits find their place within the DEI movement.

Sum of Us: A Progressive’s Style Guide. SumOfUs, 2015. file:///C:/Users/Barbara/Downloads/SUMOFUS_PROGRESSIVE-STYLEGUIDE.pdf

This detailed and helpful document is aimed at “harnessing language in support of intersectionality and cross-sector power building.”

How to (and why we should) Adopt an Asset-based Framework in Grantmaking and Grantwriting. Blog post. GrantAdvisor.

Great examples of distinguishing between “problems (which tend to blame the communities) and issues (which take a broader view to consider the historical and systematic forces that have led to centuries of wealth inequities and oppression.)”

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Toolkit for Consultants to Grantmakers. National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, 2019.

Wow! What an incredible resource this is! While it’s focused on those who advise grantmakers, that advice is readily transferable to nonprofit organizations. It can help nonprofits do better in DEI, and can also help nonprofits understand how grantmakers are working in this area.

Resources for Grant Proposal Development

Grantsmanship: Program Planning & Proposal WritingNorton Kiritz and Barbara Floersch; Cathleen Kiritz editor. Los Angeles, Ca., The Grantsmanship Center, 2015.

This textbook is the updated, expanded edition of Norton Kiritz’s seminal work in the field. It can be purchased at The Grantsmanship Center’s website,

Outcome Indicators Project (A joint project of the Urban Institute and The Center for What Works)

For each of 14 program areas, this resource provides a sample mission statement, an outcome sequence chart, a table of candidate program-specific outcomes, and data collection strategies with suggested data sources for each outcome indicator. 

Grantsmanship Center Training Programs. Los Angeles, Ca., The Grantsmanship Center.

The Grantsmanship Center offers several online training programs that I believe are the best in the field. An 8-year evaluation by an independent consultant found that the Center’s training delivers strong, positive results.

Resources for Sustaining Impact

Planning for Sustainability. 2020, Community Toolbox, Center for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas.

A free online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. The toolbox is developed and managed by the University of Kansas Center for Community Health and Development as a public service. It provides clear, actionable information on sustaining impact.

Building Sustainable Programs: The Resource Guide. Washington, DC, US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health. March 2014.

This step-by-step guide provides lots of details and explanations as well as useful forms and links to other resources.

Program Sustainability. Washington, DC, US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

This thoughtful document provides important insights on sustaining the impact of grant-funded programs after the grant funding ends. It also provides case examples for strategies discussed.

Resources for Program Evaluation

The Step-By-Step Guide to Evaluation: How to Become Savvy Evaluation Consumers. 2017, W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

This extensive guide is easy to read and well organized. In addition to explaining how to construct evaluation plans, it explains best-practice principles, reviews common evaluation approaches, and provides checklists to help you stay on track.

Considering Evaluation: Thoughts for Social Change and Movement-Building Groups. 2011, Catherine Borgman-Arboleda and Helene Clark

Although this booklet was written in 2011 it provides insightful guidance and information that is still relevant today.

The 2010 User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation. 2010, Joy Frechtling Westat. Melvin M. Mark, Debra J. Rog, Veronica Thomas, Henry Frierson, Stafford Hood, Gerunda Hughes, Elmima Johnson, National Science Foundation, Division of Research and Learning in Formal and Informal Settings.

This is a more academic take on the topic, but it is indeed user friendly and provides detailed information in a straight-forward way.

Resources on Writing Clearly

Writing to Learn: How to Write and Think Clearly About Any Subject at All. 1993, William Zinsser, HarperCollins.

On Writing Well. 2016, William Zinsser, HarperCollins.

The Elements of Style. 1999, William Strunk and E.B. White, Pearson Education. 

Interviews with Barbara

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