For those of you struggling with writing government grants, the Office of Justice Programs has a tutorial that can make the process easier. You'll find everything you need at their Grants 101 site. Best of all, much of the information is applicable to grantwriting in general, particularly in the proposal writing section. And there's a Toolkit with sample documents and other resources, as well.

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One of the most confounding issues for SANE program managers is funding. Many nurses, particularly, have very little experience writing grants and raising capital, so knowing where to start can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, there's the Foundation Center. Your starting off point for all things money. Because if you don't know how to do it, where to find it, or how to ask for it, the Foundation Center has you covered.

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While in Seattle, I was talking to a colleague about a grant her program had received, and I realized there are a lot of basic questions people have about grants that are rarely discussed. We are quick to talk about how to obtain grants, how to write grant proposals, how to find grants. But that's about it.
 

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I read this blog post over at Huffington Post last week on handling conflict. The post is written within the context of the recent bad behavior at healthcare reform townhalls around the country, but it speaks to the issue generally. I thought the author did a nice job of offering some useful tips and some great real-world examples of strategies people are employing.
 

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Most of you are off today, so no new entry. I'll be back next week with a new Coordinator Q&A and other goodies. Have a safe and enjoyable 4th, everyone!

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One of the things we are big advocates for at the Sustainability project are staff meetings. Regularly scheduled, purposeful staff meetings can be a key way to stay connected to your team. Moreover, they're one of the most effective mechanisms for providing staff updates, conducting peer review and engaging in other activities that keep our programs current and high quality.
 

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy hosted an online discussion yesterday on using Facebook Causes to promote nonprofits. Sadly, I just heard about it this morning, so I couldn't attend. But it's archived on their site and available for viewing (it's transcripts of the session, not video). For those of you toying with this approach to fundraising, it's worth checking out.

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I'd like to give a quick plug for our session at IAFN this year. For those of you attending, we will be doing an all day workshop (PDF) on Saturday, Oct. 24th on program management and leadership development. The workshop will use a mock clinical program case file (given to people in advance) to tackle common issues that develop in the course of running a program.

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I hope everyone is having a happy and peaceful holiday season. In the spirit of the impending new year and the resolutions that go with it, I'd like to turn your attention to a piece I missed earlier this fall. David Brooks, in the NY Times, mentioned this article as one of his favorites of the year: If Air Travel Worked Like Health Care, by Jonathan Rauch (National Journal).

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One of the things I would most like to do with this blog site is highlight some of the innovative ideas people have employed to grow/enhance/maintain their SANE programs. Even programs that don't feel like they are on sure-footing have still implemented some fantatsic solutions to help move them down the path toward sustainability.
 

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