Measuring Productivity

We often get asked about our “grant success rate,” which is a hard question to answer. A recent article in a fundraising publication explained some of the reasons:

While many nonprofits are interested in past grant writer success rates as a measure of potential future performance, this metric provides little in the way of proof of a grant writer’s work product, skill as a grant writer, or likelihood of writing successful grant proposals. Grant writer success rates depend on a myriad of other factors, including organizational grant readiness, quality and timeliness of the documents requested by the grant writer, and a host of other factors, some of which have little to do with the grant writer’s skill.

One statistic that Hertlein Grant Writing does have available is the productivity of our work for our clients. We currently measure two data points:

Productivity: On average, for every one hour spent it grant writing, our clients receive $2,246 in grant funds.

Return on Investment: For every $1.00 clients spend with Hertlein Grant Writing, they receive on average $34.42 back in revenue.

2021 Annual Report

Last year, Hertlein Grant Writing raised close to $3.5 million for 43 agencies.  We brought in a few more grants than the year before, and have exceeded $3 million per year for 7 years in a row now.  We haven’t finished analyzing 2021 financials, but in 2020 we found that for every hour billed, our clients received $1,676; the 5-year average was even higher, at $2,569.

New clients that joined us this year include:

  • Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America (Honolulu, HI)
  • Colorado Christian University (Lakewood, CO)
  • Empower Next Generations (Bellingham)
  • Helping Hands Project Organization (Everett)
  • Marysville Food Bank (Marysville)
  • Millennia Ministries (Everett)
  • North Snohomish County Outreach (Arlington)
  • Special Olympics Washington (Seattle)
  • State University of New York: SUNY Oswego (Oswego, NY)
  • Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Vine Maple Place (Maple Valley)
  • Washington CASA Association (Sammamish)

In 2021, 43 agencies won awards; through 240 successful grants; for a total of $3,467,609.

International Grant Conference Comes to Seattle

Hertlein Grant Writing has been a member of the international Grant Professionals Association since 2007, and all staff have attended their annual conferences. Robin attended in Portland, OR; Long Beach, CA; and Washington DC.  Josh attended in San Diego, CA and Portland, OR.  Amanda attended in Washington DC.  Michael even traveled from his home base in Turkey to attend in Washington DC.

In 2021, the GPA Conference is coming to Seattle. In this age of virtual meetings more than 1,000 grant professionals will be attending either in person or virtually.  80 workshops and sessions will be presented over the 4-day conference.  Robin and Josh will both be taking advantage of the ability to attend this prestigious conference in our local community.

Federal Grant Experience

Prospective clients will often ask if we have experience with federal grants.  Although 80 – 90% of our work is done with private foundations, Hertlein Grant Writing does have experience with grants from every level of government – city, county, state, and federal.  Some of the successful federal grants we have worked on:

  • Health Resources and Services (HRSA): Health Center Networks
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services: Library Leadership
  • National Endowment for the Arts: Challenge America
  • National Park Service: Tribal Historic Prevention
  • National Science Foundation: Scholarships in STEM
  • US Dept. of Agriculture: Telemedicine
  • US Dept. of Education: Indian Education
  • US Dept. of Health & Human Services: Head Start
  • US Dept. of Health & Human Services: Native American Social & Economic Development
  • US Dept. of Health & Human Services: Substance Abuse & Mental Health (SAMHSA)
  • US Dept. of Health & Human Services: Tribal Home Visiting
  • US Dept. of Justice: Campus Safety
  • US Dept. of Justice: Office of Violence Against Women

Happy International Grant Professionals Day!

International Grant Professionals Day (#IGPD) is the annual celebration to recognize and show appreciation to all grant professionals.  This year IGPD is March 12, 2021.

Did you know that while Hertlein Grant Writing focuses on Washington State, we occasionally reach across borders and write for clients in other states, and even other countries? Some of the countries of clients we’ve written for include:

  • Uganda
  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Syria

We’ve also employed an international staff for the last three years. Michael Hertlein holds both American and Dutch nationalities. Michael started working for Hertlein Grant Writing while living in the Netherlands. He has since relocated to Turkey, but continues to write for Hertlein Grant Writing.

Michael’s international experience has given him key insights into issues such as immigration and how immigrants are treated in different countries. Michael uses what he learns to improve his grant writing, and hopes to one day soon be able to give back in a meaningful way to the non-profit sector in Turkey.