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Letter of Inquiry from Exalt to Blue Ridge Foundation

Letter of Inquiry from Exalt to Blue Ridge Foundation

Comments from Matthew Klein, Executive Director, Blue Ridge Foundation, New York, from The Grantseeker's Guide to Winning Proposals:

We limit our letters of inquiry to two pages because it’s usually possible within that length to tell whether a concept meets our basic criteria and is worth the time and trouble to the applicant to submit a full proposal. But Exalt’s letter was able to do more than simply demonstrate that it met our criteria. It also provided a cohesive outline of the challenge it aimed to take up, including a specific problem that it planned to address (a lack of quality work opportunities for high-risk youth); the general context of the problem (large numbers of disconnected youth); and a plausible theory of change (tailored work experiences can catalyze and enhance positive goal-setting of all types). The letter confirmed that it met our grant criteria and also demonstrated in concise terms that Exalt was both thoughtful and precise about its work.

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