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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 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 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

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

David Holmes
Kim Patton
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?

Kevin Monroe
Dave Koser
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

Pamela Grow
Bradford Smith
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.

Sample Documents

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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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Proposal Writing Basics

Jan 6, 2015, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
New York , New York | Classroom

Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation or corporation.

Free

Proposal Budgeting Basics

Jan 6, 2015, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
New York, New York | Classroom

Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal.

Free

Proposal Writing Basics

Jan 8, 2015, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Washington, District of Columbia | Classroom

Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation.

Free

Proposal Budgeting Basics

Jan 8, 2015, 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Washington, District of Columbia | Classroom

Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal.

Free

Proposal Writing Basics

Jan 13, 2015, 9:30 am - 11:00 am
San Francisco, California | Classroom

Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation.

Free

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Proposal Writing: The Comprehensive Course

Self-Paced eLearning  |  $189.95

A thorough, step-by-step guide to preparing an effective proposal for foundation support, covering every section of the proposal. Includes a copy of The Foundation Center's Guide to Winning Proposals, a $39.95 value.

Proposal Writing Short Course

Self-Paced eLearning  |  Free

Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. Offered in English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Proposal Budgeting Basics Tutorial

Self-Paced eLearning  |  Free

Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. Offered in English and Spanish.

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

Recorded Webinar  |  Free

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

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