Shaking the Money Tree: The Art of Getting Grants and Donations for Film and Video / Edition 3

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Completely demystifies the art of fundraising for independent film and video projects for students, emerging, and seasoned media makers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932907667
  • Publisher: Wiese, Michael Productions
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 975,358
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Morrie Warshawski is a consultant, facilitator, and writer who specializes in helping nonprofit organizations on issues of strategic planning.

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Table of Contents

Foreword x

Introduction xii

Chapter 1 Laying the Foundation: Your Career 1

First Steps 2

Next Steps 4

Last Steps 5

Chapter 2 Where's the Money? 9

Individuals 10

Government 13

Private Foundations 14

Corporations 16

Small Businesses 18

Other Nonprofits 19

Mixing It Up 20

For-Profit 21

Chapter 3 Patchwork Quilt-Putting Your Project Together 24

The Story That Had to Be Told 24

Audience/Community 26

Distribution 29

Good Company 33

Good Timing 36

Money Matters 39

Nonprofit-a Definition 39

Your Umbrella-The Fiscal Sponsor 40

Chapter 4 Getting Personal-Individual Donors 43

The Pitch 44

Qualify the Donor 48

One-on-One 51

Fundraising Houseparties 53

Letters 56

The World Wide Web and Its Tentacles 57

Chapter 5 The Paper Trail-Foundations And Government Agencies 64

Research 65

Your Approach: It's Personal 67

Writing the Proposal 74

Elements of a Full Grant Proposal 74

Last Calls 92

Chapter 6 All the Rest 97

Alternative Strategies 97

Students 103

Going Corporate 106

The Corner Store 109

Good Housekeeping 113

Morrie's Maxims 113

Appendix 115

Sample Grant #1-ITVS 115

Sample Grant #2-Behind the Velvet Curtain 128

Select Bibliography-Publications and Helpful Web Sites 168

About the Author 171

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

    A Must-Have Title for DIY Filmmakers

    Just as the downsizing at traditional publishing houses has fostered a proliferation of ebook, small press, and print-on-demand entities, the film industry is witnessing a dramatic increase in do-it-yourself entrepreneurs with a strong enough vision to raise the capital, borrow the equipment, and recruit their family and friends as actors and crew to bring their movie projects to life. Despite what we've all heard from childhood that "money doesn't grow on trees", author and fundraising expert Morrie Warshawski contends the opposite - that you just have to know which ones to shake vigorously and persistently enough for a positive result. In his latest book, Warshawski cuts to the chase of what it takes to position yourself for grants, dazzle prospective donors and packaging your project proposal in a way that will open the minds, hearts and wallets of anyone who reads it. It was an easy choice to put "Shaking the Money Tree" on the list of recommended reading for my screenwriting students and clients.

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