My guest for this episode is Maryn Boess. Over her 35+-year nonprofit career, Maryn has been an on-staff grant writer, a grants trainer, and a grants consultant (winning $42 million for her clients over 10 years). Maryn’s been a grants reviewer, author, speaker, mentor, and coach, and – starting in 2006 – even a grantmaker. This 3-D background brings a unique insider’s perspective to the practical, inspiring training on healthy, successful grantsmanship she shares with thousands of people each year through GrantsMagicU.

A true dual-citizen of the grants world, Maryn may be the only person holding membership in both the Grant Professionals Association (for grantseekers) – and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (for grantmakers). In 2020, Maryn became just the second inductee into the international Grant Professionals Class of Distinguished Fellows.

Maryn moved to the Pacific Northwest 11 years ago after a lifetime in the Arizona desert, and she couldn’t be happier. Trees! Water! Yay! She’s been a fiction writer all her life (grant writing does NOT equal “fiction” – hopefully!) – and is currently seeking publication of a completed fantasy novel and midstream on writing another. Maryn’s a very happy and hands-on grandma who would rather take the kiddos to swimming holes than bake cookies. Though she loves baking cookies, too. She’s happily single and lives with her elderly cat and a rotating family of raccoons who have taken up residence under her back deck.

Here’s what to expect during the episode:

  • How can organizations or individuals prepare themselves to communicate with and appeal to potential grantmakers effectively?
  • What are a board of directors’ primary responsibilities and roles in the grant-making process?
  • How can applicants enhance their ability to create grant proposals that are more effective and impactful?
  •  What strategies can grant seekers employ to identify and establish effective partnerships that amplify their chances of grant success?

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Enroll in Maryn’s FREE super-starter video course, “The Quick-Start Guide to the One-Page Grant Proposal” –

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Mary’s book is available on Amazon or wherever books are sold:  Love Your Board! The Executive Directors’ Guide to Discovering the Sources of Nonprofit Board Troubles and What to Do About Them.

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