The Wise Guide to Winning Grants: How to Find Funders and Write Winning Proposals

The Wise Guide to Winning Grants: How to Find Funders and Write Winning Proposals

by Waddy Thompson

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The Wise Guide to Winning Grants provides you with the information you need to research funders and write winning grant proposals to foundations, corporations, and government agencies, as well as major gifts from individuals. The entire grant writing process is described step-by-step with numerous real-life examples in an easy-to-read conversational style.

You'll find advice on how to make your proposals stand out from the crowd and avoid common mistakes. This book will be helpful to grant writers in every nonprofit sector, as well as for entrepreneurs seeking start-up funding.

You will learn how to:

  • Find the best prospects to fund your cause
  • Write a persuasive grant proposal that contains all the essential information
  • Create a budget that will inspire confidence in funders
  • Manage the research, grant writing, and reporting processes, and
  • Get started as a freelance grant writer.

As the author of a previous successful book on grant writing, a fundraiser with more than 30 years experience, and an instructor for New York University's Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, Thompson is well qualified to help you find the funding your charity needs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998512419
Publisher: Waddy Thompson
Publication date: 03/01/2017
Series: Wise Guides , #1
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 744,626
Product dimensions: 7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Waddy Thompson has successfully raised funds over the last 30 years for a variety of New York City arts organizations, ranging from small grassroots groups to the Whitney Museum of American Art and Second Stage Theater. He has taught grant writing for New York University's Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising and has run grant writing workshops for a wide variety of organizations. In summarizing his teaching in this book, he seeks to demystify the grant-making process and empower people who are passionate about a cause to raise more funds.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Getting Started

Chapter 1: The Practice of Grant Writing

Chapter 2: The ABCs of Grants

Part 2: Where the Money Is

Chapter 3: A Foundation Primer

Chapter 4: A Corporation Primer

Chapter 5: A Government Primer

Chapter 6: An Individual Donor Primer

Part 3: Research, or Just How Nosy Are You?

Chapter 7: You Can Find It Online

Chapter 8: You Can Find It Offline

Chapter 9: Narrowing Your Prospects

Part 4: Strategies for Success

Chapter 10: Sow Before You Reap

Chapter 11: Testing the Waters

Chapter 12: Planning for Success, Now and Tomorrow

Part 5: Writing the Proposal

Chapter 13: The Parts of a Grant Proposal

Chapter 14: Selling Your Project

Chapter 15: Dollars and Cent

Chapter 16: The Cover Letter and Executive Summary

Chapter 17: Repute and Tribute

Chapter 18: Putting It All Together

Chapter 19: Other Types of Applications

Part 6: After You Submit the Proposa

Chapter 20: Waiting for and Receiving the Verdict

Chapter 21: Reporting on Success

Part 7: Grant Writing for Yourself

Chapter 22: Advice for Individual Grant Seekers

Chapter 23: Working as a Freelance Grant Writer

Chapter 24: The Business Side of Freelancing

Appendix A: Glossary

Appendix B: Sample Foundation Grant Proposal

Appendix C: Sample Corporate Grant Proposal

Appendix D: Sample Sponsorship Proposal

Appendix E: Sample Government Grant Proposal

Appendix F: Sample Final Report

Appendix G: Checklist for a Grant Proposal

Appendix H: The Hallmarks of a Good Grant Writer

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The Wise Guide to Winning Grants: How to Find Funders and Write Winning Proposals 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
LTK_AzCo More than 1 year ago
Waddy Thompson, who has been a sort of online grant writing 'guru' to me for over a year, has put together a very helpful handbook on grant writing! His website,, helped convince me get into the grant writing profession. I've been working in the field professionally now for about nine months and have been soaking up all the information I can. Wise Guide to Winning Grants has been an invaluable companion! Byaggy46 does a great job of outlining what's in the book, so I won't duplicate his/her review. I'll just say there is something for anyone interested in writing grants. Wise Guide is my first foray into the EPUB world--the hyperlinked chapters/pages make it very easy to leap to exactly the section I need. This may be old hat to many BN customers, but it makes books of the length of Wise Guide easily navigable and accessible. I highly recommend this book!
Byaggy46 More than 1 year ago
I wish that this excellent book had been available in 1986 when I first began writing grant proposals – it would have spared me a great deal of time in learning on the job and frustration in learning from my mistakes. Waddy Thompson has decades of experience in soliciting, winning, and managing grants, and in teaching others the art of successful grants fundraising, and he makes that experience accessible to the reader in a clear and concise style, illustrating his points with succinct examples, including sample proposals and cover letters for different types of funders. The Wise Guide to Winning Grants goes well beyond how to write proposals to cover the entire process of grants fundraising: researching potential funders; working with program staff to develop the proposal; shaping the proposal to the funder’s interests; cultivating relationships with foundation staff members; developing and managing grant budgets; involving senior staff and board members of your organization in support of your proposal; keeping the funder informed of the progress of your project; meeting all your reporting obligations; and much, much more. In addition to the wealth of information and sound advice he provides within the book itself, Thompson guides the reader to other valuable resources, like the various databases available for researching grants and grant-making organizations and the differences among them; and publications and websites that help keep the grant seeker up to date with developments in the field. Of special interest to the experienced professional is a section on working as a free-lance grant writer, advice that can be invaluable to fundraisers who find themselves between jobs, or who think they might enjoy working as an independent consultant rather than as an organization staff member. I encourage anyone who is involved in raising grant funds, beginner or experienced professional, to add the Wise Guide to their professional library and keep it close at hand.