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Vermont author’s groundbreaking grants book supports social change

Rootstock Publishing, a Montpelier-based publisher and imprint of Multicultural Media, Inc., announces the release of “You Have a Hammer: Building Grant Proposals for Social Change,” a “why-to” book for nonprofit and grant professionals by consultant Barbara Floersch of Berlin, Vermont.

Barbara Floersch ( has created grant proposals that have won millions of dollars, and as chief of training and curriculum for the Los Angeles-based Grantsmanship Center, she has shared her skills and insights with thousands of professionals throughout the US and internationally. In her new book, Floersch distills this important work to its essence: how to use grantseeking as a tool for building a better world.

At just 116 pages, “this small primer is not another how-to book about crafting grant proposals,” says Floersch. “It’s a why-to book—why you need to think about the work in a particular way if you want to make a difference”.

Floersch is a passionate advocate of grants as tools for social transformation, and “You Have a Hammer” challenges grantseekers and those who guide nonprofits to embrace the changemaking power of the work. Already, leaders in the field have noticed.

“Raising money for social change is more important than ever … But even the most passionate advocates won’t find the funds needed to drive impact without first understanding grants as tools for pursuit of the common good,” noted David Callahan, founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy and author of “The Givers.” “This book is a great place to start,” he wrote.

A longtime regular contributor to The Nonprofit Times, Floersch is also the author of “Grantsmanship: Program Planning & Proposal Writing,” the updated, expanded version of Norton Kiritz’s seminal guide to this work. About her new book, she says: “I wrote it for those entering the field and for those who don’t yet understand the power of the work. I also wrote it to support, inspire, and give voice to those who are doing the work right.”

“You Have a Hammer: Building Grant Proposals for Social Change” is available locally at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, at, Amazon, and wherever books are sold.


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