Grant Writing 101

Date03/05/2019   |   Time9:30 am - 4:30 pm  

300 Madison Ave.
300 Madison Ave. 8th floor
Toledo, OH 43604 Driving Directions: 

PARKING OPTIONS: Superior Parking Garage (enter off of Superior or St. Clair Street) or Port Lawrence Parking Garage (enter off of St. Clair Street near Jefferson). Garage rates run $1.00 - $6.00 for ½ hour to 4 hours ($8 daily maximum).

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Contact: Lexi Haas, Associate Director
Phone: (419) 241-9513

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  This workshop is eligible for 6 hours in the Fundraising Track of the Certificate in Nonprofit Management.  
  The C4NPR Nonprofit Management certificate program is sponsored by 
Approved for 6.0 CFRE credits.

Workshop description:
This intensive one-day project-based immersion course focuses on the essential knowledge and skills fundraisers need to develop effective foundation proposals. Participants will become familiar with the key components of a competitive grant proposal to a foundation and learn best practices for developing a well-organized budget and a targeted list of foundation funding prospects. Participants will be encouraged to approach their proposal from the funder's perspective and to think critically about what makes a compelling pitch. To accommodate diversity in learning styles, the day is grounded in project-based learning and includes individual writing time, small group discussions and activities, peer review, and lectures.

Preparing for the Course

We encourage you to prepare for class by identifying a project you would like to fund; you may want to bring a draft or outline with you, as well as a computer to work on. The workshop will include opportunities to draft and edit language for you to use in your proposal.

Target Audience: Individuals who want a thorough and practical introduction to the grant proposal writing experience. Individuals who have 1-3 years fundraising experience and want to hone their foundation proposal writing skills. Individuals who want to shift to a career in fundraising or as a grant writer. Consultants who want to expand their services to include proposal development. Individuals who have government proposal development experience and want to add foundation fundraising to their organizational funding mix

Presenter's Bio:
Dave Holmes is Cleveland Lead at Foundation Center Midwest, coordinating the training, reference, and research services for the Midwest region. He returned to the Foundation Center in 2015 from a position as Senior Consultant at Grants Plus, writing grants and doing research for a variety of large and small nonprofit clients. In his initial nine­ year tenure with Foundation Center, Dave served in various roles including Regional Training Specialist, Interim Director of Foundation  Center -Cleveland, and Director of Capacity and Leadership  Development.

Earlier in his career, Dave served as a Program Officer for the Stocker Foundation in Lorain, Ohio, and as the Director of Grants and Prospect Research at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. He is a current board member of Joel's Place and a former board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Cleveland Chapter and of Joyful Noise Music School. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA from Villanova University, and an MLIS from Kent State University.

  • Event Logistics:
  • Workshop registration starts at 9:15 am.
  • The cost of the workshop does not include lunch.
  • A map of lunch options will be provided in an email sent to you prior to the workshop.
  • Workshop slides will be emailed to you prior to the workshop.
  • Morning coffee provided along with a light afternoon snack.
  • Water provided throughout the day.

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Toledo, OH 43604
P     419.241.9513

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