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Here are my top 12 grant writing tips....

I receive this question so often, I put the answer here. (Last updated 2015)

If you have ever asked the question, "Do  you write grants on commission?" Read this.

Here are a few resources I find valuable. Perhaps you will also.


Because work is not your life

I created a comic strip to poke fun at my profession. 

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The Goddess Wears Katie Brown LA

As a busy professional and world traveler, I love how Katie Brown Los Angeles simplifies my life. Build your own wardrobe of elevated basics.

- Lori J. Bumgardner
AKA Goddess of Grants


SMALL MIRACLES

leading innovative, large-scale citizen involvement projects

 Lori co-coordinated Shaping Eugene’s Future, an 18-month project conducted for the Eugene Planning Commission. In that capacity, she helped develop high-level policy initiatives, requiring innovation and collaboration with the City Council, senior management, and the public to resolve a long-standing community conflict and to set the strategic direction for growth management and urban design. Working collaboratively, she helped frame issues and alternatives for Council, worked on cross-functional teams, and had lead responsibility for designing and implementing the community involvement process, including multiple community surveys and community workshops. The miracle is  that the City Council unanimously voted to accept the citizen recommendations. This effort became a national model of public engagement and was replicated in cities across the US, including  Sacramento, CA,  Fort Collins, CO,  and St. Paul, MN. See "The practice of deliberative democracy: results from four large-scale trials / Edward C. Weeks" in The Age of Direct Citizen Participation by Nancy C Roberts (2008).

Bringing the community spirit to community colleges

In 2004, employed as the  grants  development manager  by Lane Community College, Lori was the first to write and submit a successful proposal on behalf of 14 of the 17 Oregon community colleges and their foundations, resulting in a series of grants totaling $750,000 from the Oregon Community Foundation to provide scholarships to early childhood education students. When asked how this idea occurred to her, Lori responded, “It seemed silly to compete individually for these funds when there was a simple win-win solution. Nevertheless, working out the details was no easy task.”

Before she was the goddess of grants she was the diva of democracy

Lori is very proud of her work as Associate Director of the Deliberative Democracy Project, a research institute hosted by the University of Oregon, from 1993 to 1997. The mission of the Project was to revitalize civic culture, improve the nature of civic discourse, and generate the political will necessary to take effective action on pressing problems.

Tuzla, the third largest city of Bosnia-Herzegovina, is the economic, cultural, educational, health and tourist center of northeast Bosnia. It is an educational center and is home to two universities. During the Bosnian war for independence 1992-95 the town was the only municipality not governed by nationalist authorities. Tuzla is regarded as one of the most multicultural cities in the country and has managed to keep the pluralist character of the city throughout the Bosnian War and after. Refugees in their own city, Serbs and Croats, though biologically related, had been expelled from their homes by force and occupied “tribal enemy” houses. The Mayor of City of Tuzla, Selim Bešlagić, believed that a multiethnic population structure and interethnic trust could be revived, and was eager to restore democratic processes.

In spite of the fact that Serb and Croat families in Tuzla lived in segregated parts of town, their young children attended school together. Soon children having birthdays wanted to invite all of their school mates to their parties. Because it was impossible for all of the children to go to an individual home, celebrations were hosted at the school. The school became a green zone of sorts. While the children enjoyed the festivities, parents who accompanied their young children silently lined the walls.

Partners for Development (PfD) is an American, nonprofit organization working to improve the public health, food security, and economic well-being of underserved, vulnerable communities - often in conflict locations. Shortly after the Dayton Agreement ended the Bosnian War in 1995, PfD began working in Bosnia-Herzegovina to rebuild connections and trust between the government and private sector by advising policy as well as agriculture. Working closely with the Mayor of Tuzla and hundreds of farmers and their families, this story was shared with a PfD employee. As a University of Oregon alumnus, he had an “aha” moment.

Lori worked on refugee resettlement until December 1997. With a recent attack on one of the recognizable white Toyota Land Cruisers carrying humanitarian workers in Bosnia and Albanian ethnic conflict ramping up in Serbia, her contract came to an abrupt end. Soon after guerrilla activities reached significant proportions and elicited brutal Serb countermeasures. In February of 1998, Slobodan Milošević sent troops to crush new ethnic Albanian uprising in Kosovo. As a single mother of a seven and 16-year-old, Lori was happy to be home.

When asked, "Why the Diva of Democracy?" Lori answers, "Ever the fashionista and most often trekking the world in high heels—whether working on growth management in Fort Collins, Colorado or refugee resettlement in Bosnia-Herzegovina— I became lovingly known as the “Diva of Democracy.” When President Slobodan Milosevic heightened ethnic violence and unrest across the border in 1997, I left the UO and joined the staff at Lane. Upon introducing me to the board of education, President Moskus quipped, “Well, she’s been known as the Diva of Democracy, so we’ll have to give her an appropriate title….” The name just stuck. People introduce me as “The Goddess”  more often than they use my real name. After several years, and some notoriety, I finally fully embraced the name for my business."