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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 Proposal Writing at the Wolf Creek Branch - Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

Dec 12, 2016, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Atlanta, Georgia | In-person

Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation.

Free

Proposal Writing Boot Camp

Dec 14, 2016, 9:00 am - Dec 16, 2016 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

Dec 20, 2016, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Atlanta, Georgia | In-person

Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation.

Free

Introduction to Project Budgets

Dec 20, 2016, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Atlanta, Georgia | In-person

Learn the basics of creating a project budget.

Free

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

Feb 6, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Alpharetta, Georgia | In-person

Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation.

Free

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Foundation Center's Online Proposal Writing Course

Self-Paced eLearning  |  $195.00

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.

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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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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