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Stan Goldman, PhD

Stan Goldman, PhD, Writing Coach

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Stan Goldman

Stan Goldman is the writing coach and advisor at RespectAbility’s Apprenticeship for Foundations and Nonprofits, a paid internship partially funded by the MacArthur Foundation and the Fox Family Foundation for young people with disabilities who want to work in the nonprofit sector.

His former lives include working as a college English teacher at Purdue University and for many years writing books and articles about Herman Melville and chasing large white objects in his mind. He was the managing editor of Cardiovascular Toxicology, a peer-reviewed science journal. Goldman raised $12 million in 6 years as a grants writer for a network of hospitals in Kentucky, and served 17 years as a program director for health and disabilities at two major foundations, including The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in Owings Mills, Maryland. Goldman earned his PhD in English from Emory University and is a graduate of the National Leadership Consortium at the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies.

Goldman’s childhood dream was to be a lighthouse keeper. Instead, he lives in Durango, Colorado overlooking the Animas River and shares his home with a 100-pound male Akita named Duncan. Goldman collects antique walking canes and carves his own dog-head walking sticks from the beautiful wood grown in SW Colorado. Goldman is happiest when sitting alone in a chair and reading poetry or hiking with Duncan in the San Juan Mountains.

Curriculum for Apprenticeship in Nonprofits and Foundations

Session 1: Introduction: Who am I? My background. Fellows tell me what they want from the coaching sessions.

Session 2: The Pearls and Pitfalls of resumes and bios and writing samples.

Session 3: Bios and editing 10 of them.

Session 4: What is a nonprofit? What is a foundation? Types of foundations. How to do due diligence on a foundation and a nonprofit before accepting a job or contributing money?

Session 5: Case Study–Who is RespectAbility? What do we do? How do we do it? How to judge a nonprofit’s level of commitment to its programs? Efforts versus Results

Session 6: How to evaluate a nonprofit and its programs? What do foundations look for?

Session 7: How to read a 990?

Session 8: How to read an audited financial statement?

Session 9 and 10: How to write an LOI? Goals versus outcomes. Edit 10 LOIs.

Session 11: How to roll out a budget for a project or program? Analysis of an actual budget. Realistic versus aspirational budgets. Can the same program have different budgets to different foundations?

Session 12: How do foundations and philanthropists evaluate a nonprofit’s program budgets?

Session 13: How to do a site visit and what to look for?

Session 14: Types of jobs and positions in a foundation or a nonprofit. What skill sets do you need for such positions? Finance, accounting, program officers, admins, database managers (Gifts, Raiser’s Edge), Board members, human resources, management, fundraising, marketing, social media, volunteers, advocacy, social enterprises, program evaluation.

Session 15: How to interview at a nonprofit or foundation? And how to negotiate your salary if you get an offer?

Session 16 through 18: How to write effective grant proposals? This skill means a guaranteed job offer at any nonprofit.

Session 19: The various cultures at nonprofits: direct services versus advocacy. What is expected from new employees? What are the dangers in working at a foundation: money, power, criminal behavior, and the fatal conceit!

Session 20: The ethics of accepting and giving away money. The do’s and don’ts of fundraising. How to ensure a good reputation or bad reputation in grant seeking and grant making? Misapplied philanthropy: stingy charity versus giving to those who don’t need money. Compliance versus evaluation versus “I just want to be loved.” Spray and pray versus focus.

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Meet the Author

Lauren Appelbaum

Lauren Appelbaum is the Vice President, Communications, of RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities, and managing editor of The RespectAbility Report, a publication at the intersection of disability and politics. Previously she was a digital researcher with the NBC News political unit. As an individual with an acquired invisible disability - Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy - she writes about the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. From entertainment professionals to presidential campaigns, journalists to philanthropists, she conducts trainings on the why and how to be more inclusive and accessible. Behind the scenes in the entertainment industry, Appelbaum engages decision makers and creatives to improve the quality and number of authentic, diverse and inclusive presentations of people with disabilities on TV and film so audiences can see people with disabilities as vital contributors in America and around the world. She and her team have consulted on projects with Amazon, Disney/ABC Television, NBCUniversal, Netflix, and The Walt Disney Studios, among others. Appelbaum also enriches the pool of disabled talent in Hollywood by nurturing and connecting them to those who can assist with their careers, both on the creative and business sides of the industry. She is the author of The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit, which was created to help entertainment professionals to be as inclusive of people with disabilities as possible, and the creator of an innovative Lab Program for entertainment professionals with disabilities working behind the camera. To reach her, email

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