Monday, March 3, 2008

FC Proposal Writing Seminars in Chicago

FYI: Excellent for fee seminars on proposal writing are coming to Chicago this month:

SPECIAL DISCOUNTSAVE $25 for each additional personSAVE $25 for each additional coursePlease note: additional registrations must be made at the same time.

Proposal Writing Seminar
Thursday, March 27

For every grantseeker who wants to learn how to write proposals geared to foundations, and for experienced proposal writers who are initiating a foundation fundraising campaign.More than 36,000 grantseekers have strengthened their skills with our most popular seminar, now in its 15th year. Expert instructors will teach you to craft a comprehensive, compelling proposal package—step by step. You'll hear what grantmakers have to say about proposals, and gain valuable insight into the review process.

Gain the competitive edge with a well-crafted proposal package
Learn the best way to present your information
Humanize your story to present a compelling picture
Convince funders to become part of your success and stay committed

Cover letter, executive summary; your message to the grantmaker
Statement of need; choosing data to support your case
Comprehensive project descriptions; your proof of project planning
Organizational overview, conclusion, appendices
Grantmaker contacts; cultivating your best advocates
Researching the funder to position your proposal
The grantmaker's proposal review process

Free copy of The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, 5th Edition (a $34.95 value)
Workbook outlining all major course topics

Course date: March 27 in Chicago
Registration fee: $195 View full course description & register

Proposal Budgeting Workshop
Friday, March 28

For proposal writers at all levels who want to learn the nuts and bolts of budget preparation to support their project proposals.A sound, well-organized budget can help convince prospective funders that your project is worthy of their financial investment. This course will teach you to build a budget step-by-step to provide a complete picture of your financial needs. Using real-world case studies, you will learn to think more strategically to strengthen your budget presentation.

Tell your story through the budget numbers
Present budgets according to grantmaker guidelines
Align your budget with project objectives

Creating each component of the project budget
Outlining the full cost of your project, including overhead
Calculating personnel costs, fringe benefits, and non-personnel expenses
Strategies for presenting income and other funding sources
Incorporating footnotes to add clarity
Using your organizational budget to help build the project budget
Funder guidelines for budget presentation and reporting

Workbook outlining all major course topics
Templates for budget worksheets used in the course
Course date: March 28Registration fee: $195 View full course description & register
INSTRUCTOR MARILYN HOYT Currently president and COO at the New York Hall of Science, Marilyn consults with a wide variety of nonprofits for J.C.Geever, Inc., and has spent 12 years as a grantmaker for the Westchester Arts Council. She authored the foreword for The Foundation Center’s Guide to Winning Proposals.

Proposal Writing SeminarMarch 27

Proposal Budgeting WorkshopMarch 28

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