Successful Grant Writing 2.0: Preparing Winning Proposals and Budgets

Proposal writing is both an art and a science. The best proposal writers are strong communicators who provide "big picture" context and important details in a clear and straightforward manner. In addition, effective proposal writers keep their audience's interests in mind by following application guidelines and conveying the "fit" between a proposal and a given funder's priorities. A good budget reflects the proposal narrative by describing the realistic anticipated costs associated with a given scope of work.

In this intensive, noncredit course, you will review basic concepts about proposals and budgets and then hone your proposal and budget development skills through at-home assignments, in-class exercises, and oral presentations. The aim is to enable you to master "best practice" approaches to preparing proposals and budgets.

The course helps advanced beginners and intermediate-level proposal writers refine their craft. Bring to the class a specific project idea in need of funding and a potential prospect for it to gain the most from the course. If you need help identifying a project and/or a prospect or wish to work with others on a small group project, you must request permission to enroll from the instructor.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the course, Successful Grant Writing from A to Z or permission of the instructor.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive 10 educational contact hours (1 Continuing Education Unit, or CEU). The course is offered on a pass/fail basis; no letter grades are awarded.


Schedule & Fees

Fall 2018
UMass Boston

October 17 - November 7, 2018
Wednesdays, 7:00-9:45p
Class No: 1524
Fee: $325
Registration deadline: October 8
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Instructor: David Gordon

David Gordon is a Senior Associate Director of Foundation Relations at MIT. In that role, he manages relationships with a portfolio of leading national foundations, helps faculty get major grants, and works with the President of MIT and other senior officials on selected special projects.

Prior to joining MIT in 2002, David had been the Senior Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Brandeis University and had held several previous fundraising, public policy research, and nonprofit management positions in or near Boston. In all, he has nearly two decades of experience working with foundations and has directly raised over $150 million in grants during that time.

As an active member of Association of Fundraising Professionals, David has led frequent trainings over the past decade for newcomers to the field. In addition, he has spoken about foundation relations work at several conferences and workshops.

Since 2009, David has taught a continuing education course on the grant seeking process that provides a general overview of how to identify and engage with private foundations and how to construct proposal and budgets. Starting in 2014, he will teach an intensive follow-on course covering "best practice" approaches to proposal writing and budget preparation work.

A lifelong Boston-area resident, David is a graduate of the Boston Public Schools, Harvard College (History), and the Harvard Graduate School of Education (Administration, Planning, and Social Policy).

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