Successful Grant Writing, from A to Z

Writing a proposal is only one crucial part of a much larger process—namely, how to build and sustain successful, long-term relationships with foundations. Completing this course will give students a solid understanding of best practices in how to secure grants and, in turn, build effective relationships with foundations over time.

The course consists of in-class instructional sessions, short assignments, and brief supplemental readings. The in-class sessions will include lectures, discussions, and student presentations, and are designed to be highly interactive; participation is key (and welcome!) The research and writing assignments will include practice using the Foundation Center’s Directory Online database (access will be provided for several weeks, free of charge), as well as several short, yet focused, writing projects.

To the greatest extent possible, lessons will be applied from the classroom to real-world projects.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive 17.5 hours (1.75 CEUs). The course is offered on a pass/fail basis; no letter grades are awarded.


Students will learn both short- and long-term skills, including how to:

Schedule & Fees

Spring 2018
UMass Boston

March 21 - May 2
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:30p
Class #: 1203
Fee: $550
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Instructor: David Gordon

David Gordon is a Senior Associate Director of Foundation Relations at MIT, where he leads a team that helps faculty get major grants, works with MIT leadership on selected special projects, and manages relationships with leading national foundations. Before joining MIT in 2002, he had been the Senior Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Brandeis University. In all, he has 20+ years of experience working with foundations and has directly helped to raise over $200M.