Foundation Center's Online Proposal Writing Course
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Learn How to Craft a Competitive Proposal
Have you been tasked with writing a grant proposal but don’t know where to start and can’t get away for an in-person class? Foundation Center’s Online Proposal Writing Course lets you learn at your own pace on your computer or mobile device.
Completely online and self-directed, this course puts you in charge of your own learning as you move through 15 lessons covering all aspects of proposal writing. We’ll give you plenty of guidance along the way with examples, worksheets, and templates to get you on your way to writing that proposal. You’ll have three months from the date of purchase to access the course, time you can use to complete the course at your own convenience and at your own pace!
What recent Proposal Writers are saying:
"The sequential nature leads you through the materials in the same way that the proposal is built, so one thing built upon the other. This reinforced the entire method." - Ralph, fundraiser
"The critiques of the writing samples were particularly helpful as they explained areas where the proposal writer did well, and where she made mistakes." - Michael, grad student
"Your presentation of the entire proposal writing through animation, writing examples, and industry cameos. Excellent!" - Elizabeth, president
CFRE Education Points: 12
Foundation Center’s Online Proposal Writing Course will help you master the art of proposal writing step-by-step. Learn about the complete proposal package, from the cover letter to the conclusion and everything in-between, including online application forms. In addition to critiques of proposal examples, the course features a case study tracing the evolution of a proposal from start to finish. Upon completion, you’ll have the knowledge to:
- Create a comprehensive and competitive proposal package
- Turn your proposal into a letter of inquiry (LOI)
- Adapt your proposal for submitting online
- Identify red flags in your proposal from a funder’s perspective
Foundation Center’s Online Proposal Writing Course includes 15 detailed lessons:
Lesson 1: Setting the Stage for Your Awesome Proposal
Lesson 2: Statement of need — What is it?
Lesson 3: Statement of need — Describing the need and documenting your facts
Lesson 4: Statement of need — How to write it
Lesson 5: Project description — Goals & Outcomes
Lesson 6: Project description — How, what, when, where, and who
Lesson 7: Project description — Evaluating success and the sustainability question
Lesson 8: So tell us about yourself (a.k.a. Organizational information)
Lesson 9: Time to Wrap it Up! Proposal Conclusion
Lesson 10: Show Me the Money — Budget overview
Lesson 11: Crafting the Executive Summary
Lesson 12: Tie it up with a bow (a.k.a. Packaging your proposal)
Lesson 13: Tailoring the base proposal — Letter of inquiry
Lesson 14: Tailoring the base proposal — Online applications
Lesson 15: You made it! Course recap and conclusion
Intended Audience (Note: No experience required or assumed):
- Nonprofit grantseekers who want to build their skills in proposal writing
- Individuals who want to begin a career as a proposal writer
- Consultants who want to expand their services to include proposal writing
How it works:
The course fee entitles purchaser to one computer log-in which cannot be shared. In addition, no refunds, transfers or credits will be issued.
Within one business day of your registration, you will be enrolled in Foundation Center’s Online Proposal Writing Course and receive an e-mail with a link to create your online account at our eLearning platform, Bridge.
Bridge is mobile- and desktop-friendly and only requires a web browser (Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, or the latest version of Internet Explorer). Visit Bridge for more information on accessing courses, on navigating through a course and on technical requirements.
You will have access to the course for 90 days after course enrollment..
Our classroom training options can help you get:
SMARTER about proposal writing, proposal budgeting, and grantmaker relationships.
MORE CREATIVE in your approach to fundraising.
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