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"Angel Mail" Update - April 12th, 2010

Help Wanted:  Volunteer Grant Writer(s)

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us;  what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." - Albert Pike

 The Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc. is seeking one or two volunteer grant writers to work with the numerous grant funding opportunities available both at the Foundation level as well as at the local Masonic Angel Fund chapter level.

 The Foundation subscribes to several sources of grant maker information.  The Grant Writer will utilize these resources and extract data on grant makers whose priorities fit with the MAF mission.  Once opportunities are identified, the Grant Writer will contact the grant maker through its web site or via mail/email to access application documents. 

 On grant-by-grant basis, the Grant Writers will prepare the grant application, assemble the necessary supporting documents and present them via email to the Foundation Executive Committee for sign-off and submission.

 With grant opportunities that are more appropriate for a local Masonic Angel Fund chapter, the grant writer will share the information with the local MAF trustees and will assist them in preparing their application as appropriate.

 The person or persons we seek are very familiar with the overall mission of the Masonic Angel Fund program as well as the various special projects of the Foundation such as the Boston First Fund, Laptops for KidZ project, after school programs…etc. 

 All Foundation documents are prepared in Microsoft Office or Open Office, so the grant writer should be proficient in one or both of those office suites.  As with all Foundation business, most communication between grant writers and Foundation management will be conducted via email.  Familiarity with Adobe Acrobat Professional is helpful. 

 Most importantly grant writers must be proficient with the written word and articulate with the spoken word.  Fluency in the MAF program is an absolute requirement.  The ideal candidate has experience as an active Masonic Angel Fund chapter trustee.  Familiarity with Internet database search tools will prove helpful.  Once the grant writer is past the initial learning phase, he/she must be able to work with minimal supervision.

 While this is a volunteer position, it is one that requires a significant time commitment.  A few days ago we did a very narrow search in one of our grant maker databases and came up with 117 matches.  Perhaps 30 of these were emailed to various Masonic Angel Fund chapters and 40 were retained for action at the Foundation level.  While many grant makers require near-identical information, the grant writers will write narratives targeted at a particular grant maker’s priorities.  The preparation of ten full grant applications requires a lot of work.

 Caveats:  Grant writing is a “high rejection” pursuit, so a positive, enthusiastic personality will keep the grant writer off the ledge.  Within the Foundation’s core working group, we set the bar very high amongst ourselves and are not particularly gentle with each other.  If your feelings bruise easily Foundation-side volunteerism is not a good choice for you.

 The next level of MAF’s advancement will include a significant emphasis on grant writing to fund new programs and to grow existing ones.  Those involved in the grant writing effort will have a tremendous opportunity to make a positive difference in thousands of children’s lives.

 Those interested in being considered for this volunteer position may email info@masonicangelfund.org

 Regards to all,

Robert W. Fellows

Co-Founder/Board President

Masonic Angel Foundation, Inc.