Proposal Writing Boot Camp 2.0
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 9:00 am
Mar 30, 2018
4:00 pm ET
In-person | Washington, DC
Join us in Washington DC for our newly enhanced Boot Camp experience! In addition to learning from our expert trainers, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with fundraising experts from the field during a panel discussion on the final day. Hear how they’re putting the skills you’ve learned to work in their fundraising efforts. We’re also bringing in experts to provide helpful feedback on your letter of inquiry. Finally, all participants will be invited to join us for a post-Boot Camp peer discussion webinar where you can share success stories, ask questions, and continue honing your skills
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