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Proposal Writing

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What Are Potential Red Flags When You Are Reviewing Proposals?

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Grantmakers share their insights and advice on proposals, relationships with nonprofit organizations, and more.

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Introducción de presupuestos del proyecto

Self-Paced eLearning  |  Free

Aprenda a preparar y presentar el presupuesto de un proyecto en su solicitud de fondos.

Introduction to Finding Grants Webinar

Recorded Webinar  |  Free

This brief recording captures the key concepts of the course. For more expansive discussion of the topic, we suggest attending a live webinar or in-person session. Note the recording is captioned for individuals with hearing impairments.

Introduction to Finding Grants Online

Self-Paced eLearning  |  Free

This online course is self-paced and includes video, graphics, and interactive quizzes. Compatible with updated versions of all browsers and mobile-friendly!

Proposal Writing Short Course

Self-Paced eLearning  |  Free

Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. This text-only tutorial is available in English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Proposal Budgeting Basics in Spanish: Elementos básicos del presupuesto de un proyecto tutorial

Self-Paced eLearning  |  Free

Aprenda a preparar y presentar el presupuesto de un proyecto en su solicitud de fondos.

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Cover Letter from Center for Effective Philanthropy to Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Request for multiyear general operating support for capacity building.

Letter Proposal from the Foundation Center San Francisco to the S. H. Cowell Foundation

Request for funds to conduct nonprofit management training.

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Your Proposal Writing Questions, Answered

Jun 18, 2013  

Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions in our Proposal Writing classes, with Foundation Center trainers David Holmes and Kim Patton.

The Future Funding Question: How Do You Answer?

Jul 22, 2011  

Kevin Monroe, X Factor Consulting, and Dave Koser, Lancaster County Community Foundation, explore how to respond to funders' questions about nonprofit sustainability, especially in the context of grant proposals.

Applications Not Accepted: Get on Their Radar

Apr 25, 2011  

Foundation Center president Bradford Smith and grant writing consultant Pamela Grow answer your questions on how to approach foundations that do not accept unsolicited proposals.

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Introduction To Proposal Writing

May 29, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Cleveland, Ohio | In-person

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes!

Free

Proposal Writing Boot Camp

Jun 5, 2018, 9:00 am - Jun 7, 2018 4:00 pm
San Francisco, California | In-person

This three-day immersion course focuses on the essential knowledge and skills fundraisers need to become effective proposal writers: using a program/project logic model to craft the proposal narrative, researching foundation funding sources, planning your approach to institutional grantmakers, understanding the components of a project budget, and writing sections of the proposal and letter of inquiry. Join us for

$695

Introduction To Proposal Writing

Jun 6, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Webinar

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes!

Free

Introduction to Proposal Writing

Jun 12, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
New York, New York | In-person

Learn more about the fundamentals of crafting an effective grant proposal.

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Introduction To Project Budgets

Jun 13, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Webinar

Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don’t know what and how much to ask for?  If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.

Free

We Recommend

The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, 6th Edition

The newest edition of our most popular Guide, with grantmaker perspectives on the latest trends in reviewing proposals.

$39.95