Muscle and Money for Your Nonprofit - A Builder's Toolkit


Built for these challenging times Muscle and Money For Your Nonprofit is the concise and potent 24 page companion to my book, Functional and Funded, Securing Your Nonprofits Assets From The Inside Out.

FREE digital or hard copy with book purchase.

Muscle and Money forYour Nonprofit - A Builder's Toolkit

within this toolkit
you will find



Missing connection in nonprofit funding proposal development that should never be missing!



Categories and 14 elements of a financially solid nonprofit.



Critical elements in Project Planning that lead up to building persuasive proposals.



Keys to building a powerful funding proposal.

Harvey B. Chess
Author Harvey B. Chess


Harvey B. Chess here, and I pulled this page together for anyone looking for ways to develop resources for a nonprofit organization of their choice. This, after many years in and around nonprofits myself - whether as a Foundation Program Officer evaluating funding proposals, a staff member writing proposals to send to such organizations, or a consultant conducting highly regarded workshops on proposal development and grant seeking.

Now that you're here, I am certain you're dealing with the personal impact of COVID-19 along with the challenges this poses for your nonprofit. More power to you for hanging in there during these difficult times!

As for nonprofits in such tough times, I'm convinced that their work improving the quality of the lives of people is every bit as important as ever. Maybe even more so...

This inevitably brings us to the persistent business of pursuing resources to keep such nonprofits going. And to the proposals needed to secure those resources. Tough times or not, you and yours will need to keep funding proposals front & center.

When it comes to such proposals, my longstanding experience suggests that:

 •  Few of them consistently succeed bringing in needed funds
 •  They almost never represent a compelling story to be used repeatedly across funding streams
 •  Rarely do they lead to internal organizational strengthening along with an excellent product once developed

Missed opportunities, that’s what these amount to. They can and should be changed for the better!


As one former workshop participant and successful fundraiser put it, "by flipping typical proposal development on its head while throwing in a healthy dose of common sense when it's time to reach out for funding," and "replacing the customary passion for what we do in nonprofits with why we do it."

So, I boiled down text and images from my book into a 24-page concise and potent toolkit. Think of it as an abbreviated but no less important version of my commitment to help you upgrade your skills and fill in those missing opportunities.

Go to my website,, where you get the option of purchasing the toolkit in hard copy or pdf. Or best of all, it's yours at no additional cost when you purchase my book. Any questions? Email me at


What readers say

“Skillfully written and highly needed, I suspect this book will have dog-eared pages because of the amount of time you’ll read the information while putting it to great use.”

Amy Lignor -

“This is a great resource. I'm currently using it as a training guide with my Strategy and Development team and we are working through it over the next 7 weeks. Thank you for writing it!”

Jennifer Ellis - Chief Strategy Officer, La Familia Counseling Service

“The sound advice in this book is offered with candor and humor and challenges grantseekers to understand what they are trying to accomplish and why it’s important before dashing off in a chase of funding for program activities.”

Barbara Floersch - Author, Second Edition, Program Planning and Proposal Writing, The Grantsmanship Center

“…what you get here is invaluable practical advice distilled from a distinguished career as a fundraiser, grant maker and trusted advisor to nonprofits of all types and sizes,” along with “… delights in challenging conventional wisdom…”

Tom David - Consultant in the craft of grantmaking, philanthropic strategy, evaluation, and organizational learning

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