A message from Deborah Montgomery, the CEO of Resource Associates, about scams and consumer fraud
My name is Deborah Montgomery and I founded Resource Associates 20 years ago. I have worked as a professional grant writer my entire career and have very easily surpassed having written and been awarded over $60 million for my customers. I know what grants are out there and I know how to get them. This makes it very easy for me to identify grant scams and marketing fraud. I often ask my staff:
“How can the public believe all the garbage they see on TV or in their email inbox promising grants and free money?”
Having written grants for thousands of nonprofit and governmental agencies, Resource Associates intimately understands how the concept of grant management can invoke a number of thoughts and emotions among both novice and experienced grant funded organizations. These may include…
The Scaredy Cat
“I really don’t understand what funders require for records and reporting so it is just best that I don’t pursue grants, especially government grants;” or
The Resource Drainer Crusader
“Grant management takes too much of my staff’s time;” or Continue Reading
A small (very small!) portion of the commercial advertising you see about grants on TV and the internet is true. There are billions of dollars available in the form of grants for all different types of organizations and entities. Unfortunately, when it comes to most companies trying to sell grant services, this is where the truth ends.
Coming from a professional grant writing company that has been in business for over 15 years and that was one of the first of such companies in the United States, here is the real truth: Despite the fact that grant money does exist, the truth is that it is very difficult to get for small businesses and individuals.
Grant funding mostly comes from the federal government, from state and local governments, and from corporate and private funders (including foundations). If you were to add all of this potential funding together into one lump sum, it would definitely fall into the billions of dollars range. But here is the problem. Continue Reading
Good Grant Managers provide professional, high quality services that go beyond what a typical Program Director, Bookkeeper, or Grant Writer may offer. A professional Grant Manager will…
#1. Keep your organization out of trouble with the IRS and its funders.
This is very important if your organization will be seeking future grant dollars – especially if you are working with or pursuing federal grant money. There are numerous nonprofits that haven’t followed the OMB and spending guidelines of their funders who have ended up on “debarment” or “excluded parties” list. This means that they will never be allowed to accept or apply for grant funding again.
A good Grant Manager is going to analyze your financial systems and make improvements (if needed) to such systems. A good Grant Manager will ensure that your grant money is being spent only on allowable items (this applies to both in-kind and direct grant expenditures) and is being documented properly (i.e., with receipts, contracts, etc.). A good Grant Manager is going to make sure that everyone working on a grant is documenting his/her time and effort for the work performed. These are just a few functions of a qualified Grant Manager.
#2. Make you audit ready.
Resource Associates is committed to preventing and reporting consumer fraud. The grants industry is infiltrated with “scammers” who make promises of millions of dollars in grant awards, but never deliver on their fictional guarantees. As one of the very first grant writing organizations to operate in the United States, Resource Associates was around long before these scam firms existed. These types of fraudulent organizations hurt our industry and cause the public to question the validity of grants in general.
If you believe you have been a victim of consumer fraud by a grant scam, it is important to know for sure before you take action. Here are some signs and indicators that you have been defrauded: Continue Reading
On April 8, 2014, the US Department of Education awarded 67 Carol M. White Physical Education Grants totaling more than $33 million to school districts and community-based organizations that plan to implement comprehensive, integrated physical activity and nutrition programs for young people. Ten of the funded organizations, worked with Resource Associates to write and submit their grant proposals. These organizations were awarded $4.8 million to increase youth involvement in physical fitness activities.
Learn more about our grant writing services and how Resource Associates can help your organization achieve your funding goals.
Resource Associates’ grant writers secured $3.4 million for Colorado City Independent School District (TX) and $2.4 million for Putnam County Board of Education (GA). Only 24 Youth CareerConnect grants were awarded and Resource Associates wrote the applications for these two winning recipients.
The Youth CareerConnect grant program is designed to encourage America’s school districts, institutions of higher education, the workforce investment system, and their partners to scale up evidence-based high school models that will transform the high school experience for America’s youth. Youth CareerConnect schools will strengthen America’s talent pipeline.