Post # 1
So . . . . I got fired last week and I am doing some soul searching and I am thinking about taking a class or two. I find myself gravitating towards non-profit companies and have been even thinking about grant writing.
Our community college offers classes for jobs in social work, so I’m wondering if that’s a good place to start?
I also stumbled upon AGWA.us, (American Grant Writers Association) and they offer online courses. Has anyone heard of them or had any experience doing something like this?
I do want to help people and I’ve always been interested in writing, although I thought I’d end up doing something with creative writing . . .
I saw something on AGWA.us about needing strong math/finance skills for the budgeting part of the course, which put a damper on my excitement because I LOATHE numbers and am absolutely terrible with math. I mean, embarassingly terrible.
I’m kinda lost and unsure so if someone could help point me in the right direction, that’d be awesome!
Post # 3
Well I can’t really offer you much advice, just popping in as someone job-searching in the non-profit work. I’ve applied for a few grant writer positions since I have pretty strong writing skills and have written a few small-scale proposals in the past. However, it seems like a lot of grant writer positions want someone who 1)has at least a few years experience in a job where grant-writing was one of their crucial tasks, and 2)has written larger scale propsals before. So I don’t know specifically how you can break into grant writing.
However, on the general non-profit theme, idealist.com is probably the best online listing of non-profit jobs. Monster, craigslist, etc also have non-profit categories, but if you see a listing, actually look for it on the organization website so you’re not wrasting your time if they are just reposting old ads. In non-profit work, volunteer experience is golden. Since most organizations are pretty short-staffed, you can work on some pretty resume-enhancing projects on a volunteer basis (of course the flip side of that is that many of these organizations have less incentive to create or even keep paid positions since so many of their needs are filled by volunteers). But when a position does open up, volunteers often have first dibs.
Hope this helps!
Post # 4
Not sure if this helps, but my Future Mother-In-Law has been writing grants for non-profits for decades. She only has a BA in English (no additional training-just experience) and she’s been out of work for awhile. Even when she did have a job, she never made very much either. Needless to say, she doesn’t recommend the field to anyone.
Post # 5
Right out of college, I took a job at an awesome anti-poverty nonprofit in Boston as a Development Assistant. It was stressful, tedius work but I learned SO much. After only a year, I was promoted to Grant Writer and I love it. I would say that I make a very decent salary given my young age and little experience. Grant writing isn’t the easiest to get into because, as others said, you generally need some experience to get a job doing it in the first place. My suggestion would be to find an entry level job in fundraising/development/institutional advancement and work your way up to the Grant Writer level which isn’t generally considered entry level. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me!