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News Release: Successful Grant Writing

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October 05, 2018
“Successful Grant Writing”, November 1, 2018
 Key Components of an Effective Grant
Benton Harbor, Mich. — Understanding the key components of writing an effective grant will be the focus of an upcoming workshop organized by SCORE of Southwest Michigan.  The workshop will be held at The Box Factory located at  1101 Broad St, St Joseph, MI  49085 on Thursday, November 1 from 5:30 to 8:30PM.

Deciding on whom to ask for funding is an important decision every nonprofit organization must repeatedly make over the course of its lifespan. More importantly, understanding the do's & don'ts of grant writing often determines whether the organization will be successful when they make the financial request for support.  This is an excellent workshop for those who are new to grant writing or those who want to refresh their skills. 

The session will be led by Lisa Cripps-Downey, President, and Susan Matheny, Program Manager of the Berrien Community Foundation where they will be sharing important tips on:
  • Developing and communicating to your funders a Case for Giving
  • Becoming Grant Ready; and,
  • Understanding the RFP Process from the funders perspective, including the evaluation process, the proposal letter, and donor recognition.
Those interested in attending this workshop may register at  .  The fee for this workshop, which includes all workshop materials, is $25 per registrant. Credit card payment is accepted on-line only; cash or check payment at the door.
Lisa Cripps-Downey, President, leads a team of professional staff members who carry out activities on behalf of our communities to achieve the Foundation's mission to enhance the quality of life and build a spirit of community in Berrien County. She brings 20+ years of experience in various positions at non-profit and for-profit organizations.  Lisa holds a BA in Communication and Political Science, with a minor in Spanish, from the University of Michigan. She is active as a volunteer with the Twin City Players, Girls on the Run, St. Joseph Public Schools, and a soccer, softball, theater, robotics and band mom for her two active kids. Lisa focuses on fund development, donor services, community leadership, finance/investments, and media relations. She is also responsible for overall operations and supervises the grant/scholarship/T.E.A.M. areas.
Susan Matheny brings a successful career in fundraising and grant-writing for several non-profits, including United Way of Southwest Michigan before joining the Berrien Community Foundation as the Program Manager.  She holds a B.S. from Sienna Heights University. Many people also know Susan from her work directing local youth and adult theater and directing for the Lake Michigan College Theater Department. Susan's many responsibilities at the Foundation include the administration of Grants and Scholarships, and acting as the T.E.A.M. Director.

SCORE offers free business counseling and advice to any business in any stage of development from startup to mature.  For membership or local mentoring services, contact the local SCORE offices at