Maggie Morth
Communications Manager
The Foundation Center
(212) 807-2415

Janet Camarena
Director, San Francisco Office
The Foundation Center
(415) 397-0902 ext. 100

New York, NY -- April 10, 2008. The Foundation Center has just published Guía para escribir propuestas, a new Spanish-language edition of its popular Guide to Proposal Writing, 5th Edition. Originally written by Jane C. Geever, a professional fundraiser who has been creating successful proposals for more than 25 years, the Guide delivers comprehensive instruction on both the basics and the finer points of this crucial skill for grantseekers.

"Language barriers can prevent those who most need our resources from gaining full access to them," said Janet Camarena, director of the Center's San Francisco office, who oversaw the translation. "As anyone who has ever worked in fundraising or philanthropy knows, even native English speakers often find proposal writing challenging. Those who speak English as a second language are at a greater disadvantage. Resources such as the Guía are particularly beneficial for creating greater inclusion in the world of institutional philanthropy."

As part of its ongoing initiative to reach underserved audiences, the Foundation Center is kicking off the translation of this new edition by offering free Spanish-language proposal writing classes in multiple California cities starting April 14, where the Guía will be given away free of charge to attendees. Learn more and register for these classes. The translation of the new edition, the free training, and its free distribution throughout California are generously sponsored by the Levi Strauss Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, the Rosenberg Foundation, and by the donors to the Foundation Center-San Francisco's Capacity Building Initiative.

The new Spanish-language translation describes the entire proposal writing process, starting with pre-proposal planning tips to help grantseekers define their projects and determine readiness for fundraising. The author gives detailed instruction on essential proposal components and provides examples of cover letters, project descriptions, budgets, and follow-up communications providing excerpts from real-life proposals. The final chapter, "What the Grantmakers Have to Say," is based on interviews with 40 grantmakers who offer unique insights into the proposal evaluation process.

The Guía is available for purchase at the Center's online Marketplace.

About the Foundation Center
Established in 1956, and today supported by more than 600 foundations, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants -- a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level. The Center's web site receives more than 54,000 visits each day, and thousands of people gain access to free resources in its five regional library/learning centers and its national network of more than 370 Cooperating Collections. For more information, please visit or call (212) 620-4230.