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Beverly McGrath
(212) 807-2589

The Foundation Center Issues its
First Spanish-language Publication
Guía para escribir propuestas
(Guide to Proposal Writing)

New York, NY. May 5, 2003: The Foundation Center is pleased to announce the publication of Guía para escribir propuestas, a new Spanish-language edition of its popular Guide to Proposal Writing, 3rd 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.

According to Janet Camarena, Director of the Foundation Center's San Francisco office, who oversaw the translation: "While we have worked with Spanish-speaking populations in the past to deliver training on the fundraising process, this publication represents a major leap forward by the Foundation Center in our effort to address the fundraising needs of the fast-growing communities of Spanish-speakers throughout the United States. To ensure the broadest possible access to information on the proposal writing process for Spanish-speakers in this country-as well as for Spanish-speakers abroad who are seeking support from U.S. foundations-we have also posted a free Spanish-language Proposal Writing Short Course to our Web site." Visitors to the Center's site will find the course, 'Curso breve para escribir propuestas' at

The new Spanish-language translation of the Guide provides a step-by-step explanation of the entire proposal writing process, including how to create, submit, and follow-up on grant proposals to foundations. The book also offers unique insights into the entire proposal evaluation process through extensive interviews with 39 grantmakers. Translated excerpts from funded proposals illustrate the principles of successful proposal writing that are discussed throughout the volume.

To add further value for Spanish-speakers, the book features a special appendix that lists Spanish-speaking consultants and technical assistance providers who can help individuals craft proposals in English, or give advice on fundraising. Also included is a list of the Center's Cooperating Collections that can provide reference or training services in Spanish.

"The tried-and-true approach to proposal writing presented in the book can be easily adapted to fit the needs of any nonprofit," says Ms. Camarena. "Combined with their own creativity, nonprofit fundraisers in Spanish-speaking communities will have the building blocks needed for writing compelling proposals that will capture the interests of foundations and corporations and, ultimately, generate grant support for their organizations."

About the Foundation Center

The Foundation Center's mission is to support and improve philanthropy by promoting public understanding of the field and helping grantseekers succeed. To achieve its mission, it collects, organizes and communicates information on U.S. philanthropy; conducts and facilitates research on trends in the field; provides education and training on the grantseeking process; and ensures public access to information and services through its World Wide Web site, print and electronic publications, five library/learning centers, and a national network of Cooperating Collections. Founded in 1956, the Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media and the general public.

Order Information

Orders for Guía para escribir propuestas may be charged with VISA, MasterCard, or American Express by: calling 1-800-424-9836; faxing requests (with return address and credit card number) to 212-807-3691; ordering online:; or, mailing orders to the Foundation Center, Dept. NN6, 79 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003-3076. Prepayment of $34.95 is required. Please add $5.50 shipping and handling for the first copy ordered, and $2.50 for each additional copy. Make checks payable to the Foundation Center in U.S. dollars only.

Multiple copy discounts are available starting at a 20% discount for a minimum of five copies and ranging up to a 35% discount for 100+ copies. Please inquire at 1-800-424-9836.

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