A superior resource to help your nonprofit win the grants you deserve In an increasingly competitive nonprofit world, even top organizations struggle to extend their fundraising reach or simply maintain current funding levels. This thorough guide to crafting winning grant applications takes you through the entire process-from pinpointing the right funding opportunities, to writing persuasive proposals, to following up later. Practical, reliable, and accessible to seasoned pros and grant-writing greenhorns alike, Webster's New World Grant Writing Handbook provides comprehensive coverage of: Different types of foundation and corporate grantmakers Defining your project, as well as your organization's mission and goals Tailoring your applications to each grantmaker's interest areas Writing convincing letters of inquiry Organizing and writing hard-hitting proposals Following up on proposals after they've been submitted Effective donor cultivation after proposals have been approved Featuring sample proposals, letters, and application forms; proposal checklists; a glossary of terms; and many illustrative examples, this complete resource is ideal for any nonprofit-whether you're in a multimillion-dollar university development office or the smallest humanitarian agency. AUTHOR: Sara Deming Wason, Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Syracuse University, holds a masters degree in nonprofit management from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has over twenty years experience in nonprofit administration, including the last ten years in higher education development.
PART I: Understanding Corporate and Foundation Fundraising.
How Corporations and Foundations Fit into Your Overall Fundraising Strategy.
Why Corporations and Foundations Give.
Implications for Fundraisers.
PART II: The New Philanthropy.
Corporate and Foundation Funding in Perspective.
PART III: Define the Project.
Generate the Idea.
Is Your Organization Prepared?
Make Sure Everyone Is on the Same Page.
PART IV: Finding the Right Funders for Your Project.
What Makes a Good Prospect?
Know the Landscape.
Project-Specific Grant Searches.
Your Final List.
PART V: Approaching Funders.
Make the Best Initial Approach.
Letters of Inquiry.
Other Forms of Communication.
The Next Step.
PART VI: Organize the Proposal.
Roles and Responsibilities.
PART VII: Writing the Proposal.
Your Unique Voice.
The Funder's Requirements.
Nontraditional Proposal Formats.
PART VIII: Proposal Review and Follow-Up.
How Proposals Are Processed.
Develop a Proposal Tracking System.
Follow Up on Your Proposal.
Reply to the Funder's Decision.
PART IX: Effective Stewardship.
Recognize the Funder.
Communicate About Your Project.
Develop a Stewardship Tracking System.
Build on Your Success.
Appendix A: Sample Proposal.
Appendix B: Proposal Forms.
Common Grant Application.
Appendix C: Characteristics of an Effective Fundraiser.
List of Characteristics.
A Word About Recognition.
Career Advice for Current and Prospective Fundraisers.
Appendix D: Government Grants.
You Must Have a Well-Defined Plan.
The Proposal Process Is Much More Restrictive.
An Agency Person Is Available for Questions.
Government Agencies Require More Documentation.
The Approval Process Is Clearly Defined.
Budgetary and Payment Processes Differ.