Monday, August 25, 2008

FC Proposal Writing Seminar Coming to Madison in September!

Wednesday, September 24 in Madison
Foundation Center Proposal Writing Seminar

For every grantseeker who wants to learn how to write proposals geared to foundations, and for experienced grantseekers who are initiating a foundation fundraising campaign.

More than 36,000 grantseekers have strengthened their skills with our most popular seminar. 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.

“To hear what grantmakers have actually said about proposals made this course even more instructive. I'd recommend it to any serious fundraiser.”
– Fundraising Consultant, Philadelphia

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
Researching the funder to position your proposal
The grantmaker's proposal review process

Applicable for six continuing education points for CFRE International initial or recertification
Free copy of The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, 5th Edition (a $34.95 value)
Workbook outlining all major course topics

Founder of J.C. Geever, Inc., the first woman-led fundraising company admitted into membership in the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Jane is the author of The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, now in its 5th edition. She lectures nationwide on subjects related to grantsmanship, volunteerism, and philanthropy.

Course date: Wednesday, September 24 in Madison
Registration fee: $195 REGISTER ONLINE

Friday, August 22, 2008

Grant of the Week: Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment

Pre-proposals are due in UW-Madison Dean/Director's Office on Wednesday, September 24, 2008.

"The Provost's Office is soliciting proposals from [UW] faculty, staff and students for the annual Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment competition. The endowment is intended to advance The Wisconsin Idea through the development of new and innovative initiatives and new dimensions to existing outreach activities by creating partnerships and collaborations, and sharing and applying knowledge.

"This year [they] will grant up to $750,000 for projects that begin on or after January 16, 2009. Proposals for initiatives up to $120,000 total funding are encouraged, and projects may last for up to three years.

The Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment call for proposals involves two steps: 1) UW-Madison faculty, staff or students must first submit a pre-proposal; and 2) individuals whose pre-proposals are accepted will be invited to submit a full proposal. Pre- and full proposals must be signed by the department chair/unit director and a dean's/director's representative before submission to the Office of the Provost.Pre-proposals are due in your Dean's office by the end of the day, Wednesday, September 24, 2008. Signed copies of the pre-proposals are due in the Provost's Office by Wednesday, October 1. We will announce pre-proposals finalists by Wednesday, October 29.

"For complete endowment details, including pre-proposal guidelines, cover page, budget submission form, directions and a list of previously funded programs, see <>. Questions should be directed to Peyton Smith, the endowment chair and assistant vice chancellor, 262-8214, or " (

Friday, August 15, 2008

Grant of the Week: Fellowships for New Americans

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans are grants for up to two years of graduate study in the United States.

"Under the terms of the program, a "New American" is an individual who 1) is a resident alien (i.e., holds a Green Card); or 2) has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen; or 3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens" (

"A fellow may pursue a graduate degree in any professional field (e.g., engineering, medicine, law, social work, etc.) or scholarly discipline in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The fine and performing arts are included" (

Deadline to apply is November 1, 2008.

For complete eligibility info, requirements, and application information, see

Monday, August 11, 2008

New Book on Scholarship Essays in GIC

How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay: 30 Essays That Won Over $3 Million in Scholarships by Gen and Kelly Tanabe.

GIC Call #: LB2338 T36 2006

Friday, August 8, 2008

Grant of the Week: Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation

Grants for Youth Educational and Cultural Programs should:

"* Target K-12 and college students
* Expose students to career opportunities
* Develop skills in new technologies
* Leverage teacher/administrator, parental, and community involvement
* Include hands-on program activities
* Lead to comprehensive, systemic change on a regional and/or national basis
* Involve collaborative partnerships
* Demonstrate capacity to gain continuing support
* Will result in dissemination and replication of lessons learned
* Have broad and positive impact on diverse populations with a special emphasis on women, minorities, and at-risk students" (

Proposals are due by October 1, 2008 to be eligible for funding January 15.

Grant amounts range between $10,000 - $25,000.

For complete details and application information, visit

Thursday, August 7, 2008

New additions to the GIC print collection

The Complete Guide to Writing Effective & Award-Winning Grants by Dianne Harris

GIC Call #: HG177 H37 2007

Grants for Medical Research: A Guide to Federal and Private Funding edited by Robin Jones

GIC Call #: R853 R46 J6 1997