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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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The Grantseeker's Guide to Winning Proposals

The latest addition to our best-selling Winning Proposals series includes 35 actual, funded proposals reprinted in their entirety.

$39.95

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

Guia para escribir propuestas

The Spanish-language translation of our 5th edition Guide to Proposal Writing.

$39.95

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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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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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Introduction to Preparing a 501(c)(3) Application

Sep 26, 2017, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Atlanta, Georgia | In-person

This class will help provide information and understanding for what is involved in applying for recognition of exemption under Section  501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code so that individuals may be encouraged to pursue their goals or vision for completing and submitting their application for tax-exempt status.

Free

Fund Your Creative Project: Grant Writing for Visual, Literary and Performing Artists

Sep 26, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Webinar

In this webinar, artists and writers learn to take a good idea and transform it into a compelling grant proposal.

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Proposal Writing Boot Camp

Sep 27, 2017, 9:00 am - Sep 29, 2017 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

Proposal Writing Boot Camp

Sep 27, 2017, 9:00 am - Sep 29, 2017 4:00 pm
Washington, District of Columbia | In-person

Join us for three days of immersion into the proposal writing process and discover how to craft a compelling proposal package. You’ll become familiar with the components of a competitive grant proposal and a well-organized budget, and you’ll develop a targeted list of foundation funding prospects.

$695.00

Introduction to Proposal Writing and Project Budgeting

Sep 27, 2017, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Akron, 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, along with an intensive review of the essentials of project budgeting.

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Foundation Center's Online Proposal Writing Course

Self-Paced eLearning  |  $225.00

Learn How to Craft a Competitive Proposal!

Principios de la redacción de propuestas webinar

Recorded Webinar  |  Free

Aprenda cuales son los componentes clave de una propuesta. Aprenda el proceso de escritura y envío de propuestas a fundaciones y corporaciones.

Introduction to Proposal Writing 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 Project Budgets 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.

Introducción de presupuestos del proyecto

Self-Paced eLearning  |  Free

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

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