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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.

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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.

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Guia para escribir propuestas

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

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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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Proposal from Project Return to Allianz Foundation for North America

Request to fund a community training program to increase awareness of issues and challenges facing adolescent girls.

Proposal from Rush University Medical Center to the Retirement Research Foundation

Request for support of online curriculum to train physicians in assessing patients' capacity to make decisions.

Proposal from Southeast Community College to Community Health Endowment of Lincoln

Request to fund a community college program to train medical interpreters.

Proposal from St. Lukes Chamber Ensemble to the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Request for support of a chamber music festival celebrating contemporary women composers.

Proposal from the Corps Network to Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation

Request for multiyear support to include youth with disabilities in corps programs designed to develop job skills and promote education.

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Introduction to Proposal Writing

Feb 10, 2016, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Atlanta, Georgia | Classroom

Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation.

Free

Introduction to Project Budgets

Feb 10, 2016, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Atlanta, Georgia | Classroom

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

Free

Introduction to Proposal Writing

Feb 17, 2016, 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!

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Introduction to Project Budgets

Feb 18, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Cleveland, Ohio | Classroom

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

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Introduction to Project Budgets

Feb 23, 2016, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
San Francisco, California | Classroom

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

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Foundation Center's Online Proposal Writing Course

Self-Paced eLearning  |  $295.00

Learn How to Craft a Competitive Proposal!

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.

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 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.

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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

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

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