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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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Proposal from Pivotal Point Youth Services to Pottruck Family Foundation

Funding request to provide employment and vocational training for foster youth.

Proposal from Planned Parenthood of Georgia to the Atlanta Women's Foundation

Funding request to increase awareness and accessibility of the HPV vaccine.

Proposal from Project Open Hand Atlanta to The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Request for support of meal delivery program for low-income people with HIV/AIDS and their families.

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.

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Introduction to Proposal Writing at the East Atlanta Branch - Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

Aug 15, 2016, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Atlanta, Georgia | Classroom

Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation.

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Proposal Writing Workshop

Aug 16, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
San Francsico , California | Classroom

Using group exercises, case studies, and the participant’s own proposal outline, the Proposal Writing Workshop will help participants understand the components of a competitive grant proposal, discover what grantmakers consider “red flags,” and learn how to cultivate potential institutional donors.

$295.00

Introduction to Proposal Writing

Aug 30, 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

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

Learn the basics of creating a project budget.

Free

Introduction to Proposal Writing

Aug 31, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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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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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