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A Proposal Writing Short Course

"The subject of this short course is proposal writing. But the proposal does not stand alone. It must be part of a process of planning and of research on, outreach to, and cultivation of potential foundation and corporate donors. The nonprofits have the ideas and the capacity to solve problems, but no dollars with which to implement them. The foundations and corporations have the financial resources but not the other resources needed to create programs. Bring the two together effectively, and the result is a dynamic collaboration."

This course suggests a step-by-step process that can be adapted to fit the needs of any nonprofit organization. The subtitles of this online course are:

- Gathering Background Information

- Components of a Proposal

- Executive Summary;

- Statement of Need;

- Project Description;

- Budget;

- Organization Information and

- Conclusion

This short course in proposal writing was excerpted from The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, rev.ed. (New York: The Foundation Center, 1997), by Jane C. Geever and Patricia McNeill, fundraising consultants with extensive experience in the field. February 1997 / ISBN 0-87954-703-0 / 191 pp. / $34.95 / from The Foundation Center; 79 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003 Fax 212-807-3677