Wisconsin's Public Liberal Arts College

How to Get Grants and Gifts


Nonprofit Administration Certificate

How to Get Grants and Gifts

Do you find yourself daunted or overwhelmed by the grant writing process?  Are you unsure where to begin or afraid of yet another rejection? Then this workshop is for you!  Geared toward those new to the grant writing process or just in need of a 'refresher', this workshop will provide an overview of the process, direct you toward potential resources and help you avoid some of the mistakes made in developing proposals.

Topics covered:

  • How and why grants and gifts are made
  • Prospecting and sources of information
  • Approaching the right grantor
  • Resources for research
  • Research materials available at the library
  • Top reasons for rejected proposals
  • Proposal sections, goals and objectives
  • How to write compelling goals & objectives
  • How to involve clients
  • How collaborative efforts may increase interest in your project
  • The writing process
    • How to avoid unsupported assumptions
    • Jargon & style
    • Layout & readability
  • Administrative aspects once you win the grant
  • Develop a compelling case for support by involving volunteers, staff, and other groups
  • Initiate and strengthen relationships with all constituents through a systematic cultivation plan designed to increase support of the organization over the long term
  • Acknowledge and recognize gifts in ways that are meaningful to donors and appropriate to the mission and values of the organization
  • Report to constituencies the sources, uses, and management of donated funds in order to preserve and enhance confidence in the organization
  • Ensure that the intent of gifts is honored so that public trust is established and preserved
  • Ensure that the solicitation of gifts is conducted in accordance with the regulatory environment in which fundraising activities are conducted
  • Clarify, implement, and monitor donors' instructions by ensuring that allocations are appropriate and documented in the organization's financial records Comply with all reporting requirements and regulations in order to demonstrate commitment to accountability and transparency

Instructor: Boris Frank

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