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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.

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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 Neighborhood Nexus

Sep 2, 2015, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Atlanta, Georgia | Classroom

Looking for data to make your case and to help engage funders and stakeholders for effective action?

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Introduction to Proposal Writing (formerly Proposal Writing Basics)

Sep 3, 2015, 1:00 pm - 2:00 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!

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Introduction to Proposal Writing (formerly Proposal Writing Basics)

Sep 8, 2015, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cleveland, Ohio | Classroom

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!

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Unpack the Winning Proposal

Sep 9, 2015, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Webinar

Learn by example--review excerpts from funded proposals to discover how to craft a strong request.

$69.00

Guide to Online Grantseeker Resources

Sep 9, 2015, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
New York, New York | Classroom

Learn to navigate and use the wide range of Foundation Center online resources.

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Foundation Center's Online Proposal Writing Course

Self-Paced eLearning  |  $295.00

Learn How to Craft a Competitive Proposal!

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 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.

Introduction to Finding Grants

Recorded Webinar  |  Free

Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

Introduction to Finding Grants Online

Self-Paced eLearning  |  Free

Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

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Miyesha Perry Chappell
Sep 20, 2012

Philanthropy Chat: Revisions to DC's Common Grant Application - What You Need to Know

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Philanthropy Chat - Benton Murphy on Letters of Intent/Inquiry - 2010-04-08
Apr 08, 2010

Philanthropy Chat: Benton Murphy on Letters of Intent/Inquiry

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Dalya Massachi
Jun 17, 2009

Philanthropy Chat: Dalya Massachi on Writing Outstanding Fundraising and Marketing Materials

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