This three-day project-based immersion course focuses on the essential knowledge and skills fundraisers need to develop effective foundation proposals. Participants will become familiar with the key components of a competitive grant proposal to a foundation and learn best practices for developing a well-organized budget and a targeted list of foundation funding prospects. Participants will be encouraged to approach their proposal from the funder’s perspective and to think critically about what makes a compelling pitch.
To accommodate diversity in learning styles, the three days is grounded in project-based learning and includes a variety of individual writing time, small group discussions and activities, peer review, and large group lecture.
Day 1: Participants develop the need statement, and gain peer feedback on their writing, then launch into an overview on using a logic model framework to craft the project description and program evaluation. An introduction and review of the letter of inquiry follows.
Day 2: Participants continue to gain familiarity and practice with components of a full proposal and letter of inquiry and draft and submit a 1-page letter of inquiry for day three’s peer-review exercise. We continue to cover proposal packaging and online applications. In the afternoon, participants consider the mission-money matrix framework to prioritize fundraising in their organization, than learn to develop a project budget in the afternoon.
Day 3: Participants kick off the day learning how to research, approach and cultivate relationships with funders. In the afternoon, participants will engage in a live expert and peer-review of their submitted letter of inquiry. We wrap-up the three days together with closing exercise and evaluation.
Develop selected elements of a proposal and letter of inquiry, and online application tips
How to use a logic model framework to craft elements of the proposal
Craft a budget that conveys an accurate picture of your project’s needs and value
What grantmakers look for and how they approach the proposal review process
How to analyze and evaluate prospects using Foundation Directory Online Professional to determine a potential fit
This course qualifies for 18 CFRE Education Credits
Develop a project/program logic model to get you started with a strong proposal narrative
Practice writing selected components of the proposal
Learn how to draft a project budget from scratch
Research potential funding partners using Foundation Directory Online Professional
Comprehensive workbook and templates
Sample letter of inquiries and sample proposals
2 weeks of complimentary access to Foundation Directory Online Professional
Participants will leave with increased confidence in creating a logic model, a grant proposal, and a proposal budget.
Participants will leave with practical tools that they will be able to implement immediately.
Participants will leave with a partial proposal, a logic model and a peer-reviewed letter of inquiry.
Participants will gain tools to impact communications and teamwork in fundraising and program planning in their organization.
Individuals who have 1-3 years fundraising experience and want to hone their foundation proposal writing skills
Individuals who are interested in developing program/project design skills using the logic model framework
Individuals who want to shift to a career in fundraising or as a grant writer and have a specific project in mind
Consultants who want to expand their services to include proposal development
Individuals who have government proposal development experience and want to add foundation fundraising to organizational funding mix
Questions about this course?
Please get in touch! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants are encouraged to review two introductory classes prior to attending:
Introduction to Finding Grants
Introduction to Proposal Writing
Participants will receive a project outline prior to the class. (A case study will be included for individuals who are not currently working on a specific project.)
Participants will be expected to complete a pre-course assessment
What recent Boot Campers are saying:
“After attending the Proposal Writing Boot Camp, I am more confident with creating a compelling letter of inquiry that will catch a funder’s attention, and understanding the importance of a clear project budget and how to create one.” June 2016, San Francisco, Proposal Writing Boot Camp participant
“I am more confident with what an LOI entails, what funders are looking for, other steps in the grantseeking process (besides writing). I loved all of the exercises and interactive, project-based learning you incorporated into the course!” June 2016, San Francisco, Proposal Writing Boot Camp participant
Tuesday, June 5th - Thursday, June 7th, 2018 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily Check-in and coffee: 8:30 a.m.
Foundation Center - San Francisco, CA
312 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA
Ganga Dharmappa San Francisco Community Outreach Manager
For more than a decade, Ganga has led capacity-building and development efforts within the nonprofit sector and focused on increasing access and safety for marginalized and underserved communities. In Ganga’s current role as community outreach manager in Foundation Center’s office in San Francisco, she provides training in the Bay Area, statewide, and throughout the Western United States. Prior to joining Foundation Center in 2013, Ganga worked at the Asian Women's Shelter in San Francisco and Girls Incorporated of Lynn, Massachusetts. Ganga holds a B.A. in English from Cornell University and an M.F.A. in writing from the University of San Francisco. She is a short fiction writer and occasional poet. In her spare time, she serves as a postpartum doula for newly expanded families. Lori Guidry San Francisco Lead
As City Lead for San Francisco, Lori oversees Foundation Center public services and programming for the social sector in the Bay Area — helping nonprofits in the region find the information and tools they need to be successful. She has worked in information services for more than 15 years, specializing in business and marketing topics, including corporate social responsibility. A native of Chicago, she earned her Masters in Library & Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest, IL.