Because my post yesterday was prompted by a July news article about a grant writer being investigated for fraud. I decided to see whether I could find an update. What I found was quite amazing.
Jean Cross was to collect a fee of $5.175M for writing that grant application!
Now, I like money as much as the next guy, and I certainly believe that my services are worth more than I can charge my non-profit clients. Cross' contract entitled her to 15% of the grant.
But, this is public money, earmarked for after school youth development programs.
Percentage payments from public monies has long been considered unethical. Fifteen percent to the grant writer? Come on!
Lawyer: 'No criminal activity' | MyDesert.com | The Desert Sun: "Writer to get 15 percentSo, my additional questions are:
According to a Feb. 27, 2007, contract between Cross Resources and the task force, Cross would receive 15 percent of the grant - $5.175 million over five years - in return for her services in preparing the application and implementing the programs.
The driving force behind returning the grant, Reiss said, was concern over Cross' compensation. When Wilson and Davis became aware of Cross' 15 percent fee, the Desert Sands officials 'bullied' the task force into returning the grant with the intention of reapplying to the state without Cross' services, Reiss said."
- What public or non-profit official authorized a contract with a grantwriter that included a fee of 15%?
- What funding agency approved a grant application that included a budget item paying a grant writer 15% for writing the application? Or was that money included in the budget with some other (? fraudulent) description?
Whenever I can, I charge my clients a flat fee. When the amount of work is unclear or open-ended, I charge an hourly rate. If you work free-lance, how do you determine your fees?
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