Arizona’s March Madness

And no, I’m not talking about college basketball. I’m referring to the incredible opportunities that present themselves throughout our state’s Sonoran Desert communities during the glorious month of March. With clear skies and an average high temperature of 76 degrees, March is one of the busiest months for outdoor events and activities. And there are … Read More

Community Involvement for Small Businesses

Getting involved in the community where you work has multiple benefits, whether you’re a non-profit, for-profit, private or public business, and it’s is easier than you think! The simple act of getting involved often fosters new relationships, which can directly lead to new business and shine a positive light on your company. Giving back to … Read More

The One Thing That Matters

The One Thing That Matters is IMPACT…Join Us for C.H.I.P.S. Principle® Conference, March 7th and 8th, 2019. https://ldrpros.com/register for details.

Grants and the Government Shutdown

Curious about how the shutdown is affecting grants?  Unfortunately, the shutdown is affecting a variety of people and services, from federal employees to the rest of us.  Let’s take a look at the funding world. Federal Grants: I can only speak from my experiences.  I write and manage several federal grants for Fire Districts in … Read More

New Year, New Outlook

Happy New Year, Friends! This isn’t about resolutions, promises to self or any other “commitment” to improve.  It’s about creating impact!  In 2019, I want to make a tangible difference – one that’s completely measurable, impactful and meets sustainable outcomes.  My goal is to incorporate the C.H.I.P.S. Principle in many aspects of my life.  It’s … Read More

The Cookie Monster

Then, like a ravenous bear awakening from hibernation, it emerges – that irresistible urge to scoff down a million sweet treats at Christmas.

There’s No One Like a Volunteer

“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.”                  – Sherry Anderson I have always admired a genuine heart, a comforting smile and one who gives with no pretense.  A volunteer is the embodiment of giving without expecting something in return.  In 2016, a nonprofit poll estimated that 25% of Americans engaged … Read More

Federal Grants: How to Decipher the Codes

If your organization receives federal grant funds, make sure you are familiar with the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) Title 2.  You could literally write volumes of encyclopedias with the information contained in the C.F.R. So it’s imperative that you develop a working knowledge of them, how to find the codes that pertain to your … Read More

How to Avoid Supplanting in the World Of Grants

  What is supplanting, anyway? Supplanting is the use of Federal Funds to replace already designated funds. Technically, supplanting applies to State and Local Government units who receive Federal funding. However,  you shouldn’t engage in supplanting no matter what.  Supplanting defeats the purpose of grant awards. Let’s suppose your existing organizational budget includes the salary … Read More

Model Creek School

Hi, everyone! I wanted to share this photo from November 7th, 2018. The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors presented me, the Grant Writer (left check holder) and Lori Bomar, Head Teacher and Administrator (center) with a $35,000 Big Check from the Gila River Indian Community Grant. This grant is to pay for a Behavioral Interventionist … Read More