Fundraising professionals should be on the lookout for these new books — one that offers guidance for grant seekers and one that aims to answer questions that all nonprofits need to be able to answer for their donors.
New Guide for Grant Seekers
“The Grantseeker’s Guide to Winning Proposals” provides 35 actual proposals for general operating support, program development, staff salaries, program evaluation and other needs.
The book — geared toward helping development officers, nonprofit board members, fundraising consultants and volunteers seeking foundation grants — is available for $34.95 on the Foundation Center Web site.
“Grantseekers often tell us that they want models of successful proposals so they can learn how to improve their odds of securing funding,” Judith Margolin, editor of the guide and the Foundation Center’s vice president for planning and evaluation, said in a center press release. “The proposals in this guide are extremely varied, with examples of almost every size and kind of grant project.
“But the hidden treasure here is the very candid commentary from the grantmakers who said ‘yes’ to these requests while at the same time sharing some of their concerns and, in some instances, indicating how these proposals might have been made even more compelling,” she is quoted as saying.
Proposal types included in the guide are letters of inquiry, completed applications and full proposals. One chapter is dedicated to constructing budgets.
Regional, national and international grant makers, including small family foundations and grant-making public charities, approved the proposals, and a critique from the grant maker who awarded the funds accompanies each one.
For more information visit the Foundation Center Web site or call 212.620.4230.
Donors Questions Answered Here
Harvey McKinnon’s book “The 11 Questions Every Donor Asks and the Answers All Donors Crave” is intended as a guide to help nonprofits inspire donors.