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Beyond Letters of Intent: Approaching Funders

October 18th, 2022
10:00AM to 11:15AM
Zoom - information to be emailed
Consultant, Grantseeker, Nonprofit
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Program Description

You’ve done your homework and identified several foundations that checked all the boxes. Their funding priorities match your project. They fund nonprofits similar to yours. They award grants in your region. They even grant money in the amount your organization needs. Okay, then. What’s next?

You may have heard it said that "if you’ve met one foundation, you’ve met one foundation." They all have their different methods of how they want to be approached. Some want you to submit a full proposal without any introductions. Others require a 500-word online letter of intent. Still others want you speak with one of their program officers. Let’s explore the ways to make meaningful connections so they invite you to submit your full proposal.

This session will not focus on researching foundations or giving programs. Instead, we’ll discuss what happens after you find what you think is the perfect grantmaker for your project. The topics we’ll explore include:

  • Preparing and submitting letters of intent/inquiry or a concept paper
  • Approaching funders by telephone
  • Meeting with a funders virtually
  • Reaching out to a funding institution that does not accept unsolicited proposals

This workshop provides learning opportunities for novice-to-advanced grant seekers. The ideal participants will have a few years of experience preparing grant proposals with a basic understanding of the content required to craft grant proposal narratives.

Our Presenter

Diane Gedeon-Martin is a national grants consultant, instructor, and lecturer in the area of grants and grant seeking for nonprofit organizations. She started her company The Write Source, LLC in 1993 and has a current roster of nearly 300 nonprofit clients in 27 states and Washington, DC. Diane helps her clients achieve their goals by winning grants ranging from $5,000 to $5 million. She specializes in preparing government grant proposals.

Based in Connecticut, Diane is an engaging trainer, reaching over 20,000 people through her workshops and conference sessions. Her dedication to the field is evident in the way she speaks about the grant seeking process – her enthusiasm is contagious! In 2015, she retired after 14 years as an adjunct faculty member of The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University where she taught and co-developed the curriculum for their Grant Proposals course. Her other faculty appointments include the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance (The Alliance), and Philanthropy Massachusetts. She frequently presents at regional, national, and international conferences including those hosted by the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), statewide resource centers, and a number venues hosted by nonprofit organizations. In 2010, she became a certified Master Trainer through the AFP Faculty Training Academy.

Registration closes at 2 pm on October 17th. Please view the Zoom delivery information below.

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Zoom Instructions:

Zoom information: Zoom information for the program will be sent out to all registrants one week before AND in the afternoon of the business day before the session is scheduled to take place.  Please reach out to info@philanthropyma.org if you believe you are registered for this program and do not receive the link.

Registration & Program Follow-up Materials: Registration for the program will be closed at 2pm EST on the day before the program is scheduled to take place.  If you register after this point, you will be added to the waitlist and will be able to receive the program recording as well as all follow-up materials from the session.  For fee-based Nonprofit Partner programs, you can request these materials for a discounted rate.  Please note that it may take up to a week to prepare and disseminate those materials to all registrants.

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