The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing / Edition 6

The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing / Edition 6

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The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing / Edition 6

In the sixth edition of our essential Guide, author Jane C. Geever provides detailed instructions on preparing successful grant proposals. Incorporating the results of 40 interviews with grantmakers across the nation, the Guide reveals their priorities in reviewing submissions and provides insight into what makes a winning proposal. The Guide outlines the entire proposal-writing process: Pre-Proposal Planning Tips-This helps you decide when your nonprofit is ready to raise funds and determine how to best define your project. Components of the Proposal-Review actual cover letters, project descriptions, budgets, and examples of important follow-up communications with prospective donors. Guidance from Grantmakers-Interviews highlight new trends in grantmaking: preferred proposal formats, funder cultivation strategies, tips on re-submitting a rejected request, and on how to capture and sustain a grantmaker's interest. To illustrate key points, excerpts from successful grant proposals are inserted throughout the Guide. And a complete model proposal is included in the appendix. An updated bibliography features selected resources on proposal development, including web and print sources. Three new chapters are added to address the impact of online innovations on the grantmaking process, and to provide additional insights and tips on the funders' "due diligence" proposal review process. Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants-a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, educations, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthrophy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center's web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of more than 450 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundation, and educational institution nationwide and around the world. For more information, please visit or call (212) 620-4230.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595424044
Publisher: Foundation Center Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Pages: 259
Sales rank: 116,615
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface v

From the Author ix

Introduction: The Proposal Is Part of a Process xiii

Chapter 1 Getting Started: Establishing a Presence and Setting Funding Priorities 1

Chapter 2 Developing the Proposal: Preparation, Tips on Writing, Overview of Components 7

Chapter 3 Developing the Proposal: The Executive Summary 15

Chapter 4 Developing the Proposal: The Statement of Need 19

Chapter 5 Developing the Proposal: The Project Description 27

Chapter 6 Developing the Proposal: The Evaluation 49

Chapter 7 Developing the Proposal: The Budget 61

Chapter 8 Developing the Proposal: Organization Information and Conclusion 73

Chapter 9 Variations on the Project Proposal Format 81

Chapter 10 Packaging the Proposal 97

Chapter 11 Researching Potential Funders 117

Chapter 12 Contacting and Cultivating Potential Funders 135

Chapter 13 Online Applications 147

Chapter 14 Funder Reviews of the Proposal-Due Diligence 159

Chapter 15 Meeting with Funders 167

Chapter 16 Life After the Grant-or Rejection 179

Chapter 17 What the Funders Have to Say 207

Appendix A Sample Proposal 261

Appendix B Selected Resources on Proposal Development 273

Appendix C Resources of the Foundation Center 279

About the Author 289

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