"Courage is being scared to death, and saddling up anyway." John Wayne (1907-1979) American Actor.
March 2008 is marching on and we made our way to Albuquerque, New Mexico to attend a training where Sherry Watson, a leading grant expert would show us how grants work and who would benefit.
We noticed New Mexico has much nicer March weather then Nebraska.
As soon as we arrived, Sherry started educating us:
Did you know this?
- There are $350 Billion or more available in Grants?
- 95% of Grant Money is distributed through 501 (c) (3) Corporations ?
- Grant Money is probably far easier to get than you might think?
- Grant Money never has to be paid back?
Those facts are just a small portion of what we learned during the 4-day training. We also learn how to write grants. We learned the process to understand where to look for grants.
The Power of Grant Money is building their business so they will have many areas covered to help people receive grants and have an organization up and running.
- They have grant writers
- A real estate company to help with knowing how to accept real estate donations for your 501 (c)3 organization.
- They have coaches as I have been talking about, who help to educate grant seekers to meet your needs, giving you amazing ideas and direction.
- They provide the "heavy lifting" of getting all the paper work done, helping with the budget, IRS filing, State documents, etc.
- They have trainings every 3 - 4 months for you to attend.
Sherry Watson is considered the The Leading Grant Expert , because she has been on both sides of the grants. She has been a recipient as well as the person deciding where the grant money should go.
She worked in Washington D.C. for 15+ years. "Sherry has designed and launched 6 successful business...and has generated over $20 million in grant money."
Sherry had a severe accident that moved her into the realm of grants and through that she was elected to go to Washington D.C. to speak for the disability community. She was one of visionaries that brought about the handicap facilities that we have today. She laid down on the street in front of buses to help make a statement that the bus lines needed to improve their buses to make them more handicap accessible.
Here is what Sherry told me she said to Retired Senator Chambers of Nebraska, who happens to be a black man: "Even though you once had to sit at the back of the bus, you could at least get onto the bus, but we disabled people can't even board the bus." That woke him up and he started helping the disabled community.
She has had Jim Brady, who was shot while protecting President Reagan, help to educate her in the workings of Washington D.C. She has worked with Bill and Melinda Gates and knows what you need to do to talk to these people to get them on board with your projects. She is one person you want in your corner if you are going to have a successful organization to implement grants and fundraising.
"Although I had a tragic accident, I found my purpose in life. I learned how to design programs using Grant Money that changed people's lives in a powerful way. The success stories and testimonials can not be measured in dollars alone. I will teach you how to get Grant Money so that you can experience this same success, whether it's financially, or finding your purpose in life and turning your dream into a reality."
Did I mention that Sherry is a remarkable woman? She is remarkable not for what she has been through but for what she has done in spite of her disabilities. It makes me feel ashamed to think, "I could never do this."
Sherry Watson has been a real inspiration for me.
Thank you Sherry, from the bottom of my heart!
I am not finished recounting this remarkable weekend, folks, so I'm inviting you to come back tomorrow to hear more about the training with Sherry Watson.