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Comments from Deborah D. Hoover, President, The Burton D. Morgan Foundation, from The Grantseeker's Guide to Winning Proposals:

The foundation requires a letter of inquiry prior to the submission of a full proposal. We were immediately drawn into this letter of inquiry by the bold visions in the opening paragraph. Beyond this initial impression, the audacious goals were supported by strong board leadership, the solid track record of E CITY, and careful preparation for the launch. The foundation is keenly aware of the need to develop unique educational opportunities for Cleveland youth in order to encourage more aggressive educational attainment. We were also convinced of a genuine fit with the foundation's specialized mission to promote the entrepreneurial spirit. While a letter of inquiry can only provide hints of a project's potential, this letter prompted the foundation to want to learn more.