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Nikki Ortolani
(212) 807-2492

The Foundation Center Publishes Guide to Winning Proposals

Real-World Proposals Show Grantseekers What Works and Why

October 24, 2003, New York, NY—The Foundation Center's newest publication, Guide to Winning Proposals, answers the need that so many fundraisers have expressed — to look at and study actual proposals that have been funded by grantmakers. Sarah Collins, the editor of the Guide, comments, "We frequently receive requests from grantseekers who are looking for real-world examples of grant proposals that were successful. In response to this need, we asked a variety of grantmakers to share with the nonprofit community exemplary proposals for the projects they had funded. This guide is the result of that collaborative effort."

The Foundation Center's Guide to Winning Proposals offers extraordinary insights into what makes some proposals more successful than others by including candid commentary from the program officer or other funding decision maker who awarded the grant. These critiques point to the strengths (and weaknesses) of each proposal, and can provide fresh perspectives for new and experienced grant writers, alike. Among the grantmakers represented in the Guide are the Altman Foundation, W. M. Keck Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

The twenty proposals presented in this volume include examples of requests for general/operating support, special projects, construction, endowment, staff positions, seed money, and others. Each proposal is reprinted in its entirety, as it was received by the funder. To represent a diversity of nonprofits and their programs, proposals from large and small, new and established, and local and national organizations, are represented. Separate chapters feature letters of inquiry, budgets, and cover letters, as well as vital supplementary documents needed to complete the proposal.

About the Foundation Center

Founded in 1956, The Foundation Center's mission is to support and improve institutional philanthropy by promoting public understanding of the field and helping grantseekers succeed. To achieve its mission, the Center 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.

Ordering Information

Orders for the new publication, The Foundation Center's Guide to Winning Proposals may be charged with VISA, MasterCard, or AMEX by calling 800-424-9836; by faxing a completed print form to 212-807-3691; by ordering online at; or by mailing orders to the Foundation Center, Dept. NN16, 79 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003-3076. Prepayment of $34.95 is required. Add $6.50 shipping and handling for the first item, and $3.50 for each additional book. Call for information on discounts for multiple copy orders. Note: CA residents must add local taxes before shipping; GA residents must add local taxes after shipping. Make checks payable to the Foundation Center in U.S. dollars only.

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