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

Foundation Center Releases The Grantseeker's
Guide to Winning Proposals

New York, NY — July 30, 2008. The newest title in the Foundation Center's suite of proposal writing guides includes 35 actual proposals that received foundation funding. Designed for development officers, nonprofit board members, fundraising consultants, volunteers, and others in pursuit of foundation grants, The Grantseeker's Guide to Winning Proposals provides real-world proposals for general operating support, program development, staff salaries, program evaluation, and other needs.

"Grantseekers often tell us that they want models of successful proposals so they can learn how to improve their odds of securing funding," said Judith Margolin, editor of the Guide and the Center's vice president for planning and evaluation. "The proposals in this guide are extremely varied, with examples of almost every size and kind of grant project. But the hidden treasure here is the very candid commentary from the grantmakers who said 'yes' to these requests while at the same time sharing some of their concerns and, in some instances, indicating how these proposals might have been made even more compelling."

The proposals were approved by a wide array of national, international, and regional grantmakers, including small family foundations and grantmaking public charities. Each proposal is accompanied by a critique from the grantmaker who awarded the grant, offering a unique insider's look at what grantmakers focus on as they make funding decisions. The Guide's foreword, by two foundation program officers, answers the question, "How important is the grantee/grantmaker relationship?" and provides insights into what happens to a proposal when it lands at a large, staffed foundation.

Proposal types include letters of inquiry, completed application forms, and full proposals. A separate chapter is devoted to constructing budgets, which grantseekers may find a particularly daunting task. Examples of special proposal features include timetables, case studies, testimonials, evaluation plans, and logic models.

The Grantseeker's Guide to Winning Proposals is available for purchase ($34.95) at the Foundation Center's web site.

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 57,000 visits each day, and thousands of people gain access to free resources in its five regional library/learning centers and its national network of close to 400 Cooperating Collections. For more information, please visit or call (212) 620-4230.

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