O'Reilly logo

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Winning Grants Step by Step: The Complete Workbook for Planning, Developing and Writing Successful Proposals, 4th Edition

Book Description

Previous Praise for Winning Grants Step by Step

"Warning: this book works. It provokes you to ask the right questions, hand-holds you through practical exercises, and offers a map that includes paths to develop strategic relationships with funders."

—E. Eduardo Romero, Nonprofit Roundtable

"Winning Grants Step by Step is a very practical A-to-Z resource that speaks to the importance of staying focused on your mission every step of the way. The third edition is artfully updated with words of wisdom from grantmakers themselves, as well as updates on the latest processes and buzzwords all grantseekers need to know."

—Heather Iliff, Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations

"With solid advice and clear examples, nonprofit leaders will find it a page turner!"

—Clarence Hauer, senior director, strategy and organizational development, St. Louis Nonprofit Services Consortium

"Winning Grants Step by Step is a gift to nonprofit organizations. The valuable insights and hands-on tools will instantly make any proposal more competitive."

—Alex Carter, Your Nonprofit Coach

"Developing great grant proposals is essential for nonprofit leaders. Winning Grants Step by Step provides important guidance to those who are new to fundraising as well as to anyone who needs a refresher. This new edition of Winning Grants brings updated tips and vivid examples. As an experienced fundraising consultant, I believe it will help my clients and colleagues alike."

—Maria Gitin, CFRE, Maria Gitin & Associates

"As an executive director, fundraising is on my mind every day. It's great to have a resource like Winning Grants Step by Step to use and share with my board, staff, and peers."

—Deborah Menkart, executive director, Teaching for Change

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Contents
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Website Contents
  6. List of Figures, Samples, and Worksheets
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. The Author
  9. How to Use This Workbook
  10. Introduction: An Overview of the Grantseeking Process
  11. Step 1: Developing the Proposal Idea
    1. Logic Models in Program Design
    2. Proposal Development Review Questions
  12. Step 2: Developing Relationships with Funders
    1. Making the Initial Approach
    2. Developing the Relationship
    3. Letter of Inquiry Review Questions
  13. Step 3: Writing a Compelling Problem Statement
    1. Purpose of the Problem Statement
    2. Content of the Problem Statement
    3. Problem Statement Review Questions
  14. Step 4: Defining Clear Goals and Objectives
    1. Purpose of the Goals and Objectives Components: The “So What?” Factor
    2. Definition of Goals and Objectives
    3. Outcome Focus Objectives
    4. Writing Outcome Objectives
    5. Tips for Writing Good Goals and Objectives
    6. Goals and Objectives Review Questions
    7. Notes
  15. Step 5: Developing the Methods
    1. Purpose of the Methods Component
    2. Content of the Methods Component
    3. Tips for Writing the Methods Component
    4. Methods Review Questions
  16. Step 6: Preparing the Evaluation Component
    1. Purpose of the Evaluation Component
    2. Content of the Evaluation Component
    3. Evaluation Review Questions
  17. Step 7: Developing Sustainability Strategies
    1. Purpose of the Sustainability Component
    2. Content of the Sustainability Component
    3. Tips for Writing the Sustainability Component
    4. Sustainability Review Questions
  18. Step 8: Developing the Program Budget
    1. General Budget Overview
    2. Basics of a Program Budget
    3. Stage 1: Review, Research, and Organize
    4. Stage 2: Develop the Budget
    5. Stage 3: Review, Update, and Review Budget Again
    6. Stage 4: Develop the Budget Justification
    7. The Budget: Final Thoughts
    8. Program Budget Dos and Don’ts
    9. Budget Review Questions
    10. References
  19. Step 9: Writing the Organization Background Component
    1. Purpose of the Organization Background Statement
    2. Content of the Organization Background Component
    3. Tips for Writing the Organization Background Component
    4. Organization Background Review Questions
  20. Step 10: Writing the Proposal Summary
    1. Purpose and Content of the Summary
    2. Tips for Writing the Summary
    3. Summary Review Questions
  21. Step 11: Putting the Package Together
    1. Purpose and Content of the Cover Letter
    2. Purpose and Content of the Appendixes
    3. Packaging the Proposal
    4. Sending the Proposal
  22. Step 12: Sustaining Relationships with Funders
    1. Following Up on the Proposal
    2. Managing a Site Visit
    3. Keeping the Funder Informed
    4. Responding to the Funder’s Decision
    5. Final Thoughts
  23. Bibliography
  24. Resource A: What Is a Foundation?
  25. Resource B: How to Research Funders
  26. Resource C: Resources for Grantseekers
  27. Index