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What should be included in a letter of inquiry?

When funders ask for a letter of inquiry (LOI), they want a few pages that will make them excited about giving you a grant. Some foundations will then invite you to send a full proposal. But for many foundations, an LOI is enough to make a decision. That means a great LOI might win you funding for your project.

Topic(s) Proposal Writing

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What is the percentage of grant proposals that foundations actually fund?

There's an old saying in the nonprofit world, "If you've seen one foundation, you've seen....one foundation." Foundations vary so widely that there's virtually no research on the question of what percentage of proposals they fund. We'll give you what we have in a minute, but first consider a question that's more relevant to your success.

Topic(s) Proposal Writing

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How do I write a proposal cover letter?

The cover letter often is your proposal's first chance to connect your project with the reader's philanthropic mission. It goes on top of a proposal, but it is not the same as an executive summary, which states your proposal's key points.

Topic(s) Proposal Writing

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Getting Ahead of the Curve with Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

How can nonprofit organizations proactively address the issues of diversity, inclusion and equity within their organization in a way that generates positive and transformative change? Join us for a fascinating and informative conversation with Carly Hare, National Director/Coalition Catalyst at Change Philanthropy,

Topic(s) Corporate Giving Foundation Giving Proposal Writing Donor Cultivation & Retention Boards Trust & Transparency Advocacy Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Human Resources Volunteers Impact, Outcomes, Evaluation