Preparing Successful Funding Proposals January 2005. Megan K. Riebe Director of Development, WSU Extension Director, Washington State 4-H Foundation. What is a Proposal?. A written document requesting funding A portrait of you and your organization A description of the problem or need
Megan K. Riebe
Director of Development, WSU Extension
Director, Washington State 4-H Foundation
A proposal is a
program representation and a plan
“In baiting a mousetrap with cheese, always leave room for the mouse.”
“Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.”
-- Ken Hakuta
“Money often costs too much.”
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Briefly answer the previous set of questions for your organization or project.
“The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it.”
-- Benjamin Franklin
We are a giving nation: 2003 = $240 BILLION
QUIZ: Guess the percentages…
1) Giving by newly active foundations brought additional resources to the field.
2) A continuing high level of new gifts and bequests from donors to existing foundations reduced losses to foundation endowments despite stock market performance.
3) Payment of commitments made after the September 11, 2001, attacks boosted overall foundation payments.
4) Many foundations made an effort to maintain stable levels of giving—or at least to limit reductions—in the face of government funding cutbacks.
Source: AAFRC Trust for Philanthropy/Giving USA 2003
“No student knows his subject: the most he knows is where and how to find out the things he does not know.”
-- Woodrow Wilson
KING COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEMRedmond Regional LibraryNonprofit & Philanthropy Resource Center15990 NE 85thRedmond, WA 98052(425) 885-1861
SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARYThe Fundraising Resource Center1000 4th AveSeattle, WA 98104(206) 386-4636
SPOKANE PUBLIC LIBRARYFunding Information Center906 W. Main Ave.Spokane, WA 99201(509) 444-5300
TACOMA LIBRARYUniversity of Washington1900 Commerce St.Tacoma, WA 98403-3100(253) 692-4440
WENATCHEE VALLEY COLLEGEJohn A. Brown LibraryFunding Information Center1300 Fifth StreetWenatchee, WA 98807(509) 664-2520
“Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.”
-- Samuel Johnson
“Traffic signals in New York are just rough guidelines.”
-- David Letterman (1947 - )
If you don’t fit their Guidelines, don’t send them a proposal!!
Letter of Transmittal
Table of Contents
Summary or Abstract
Need or Problem Statement
If the reader leaves this section without understanding the need fully and clearly, you are in trouble!
Need or Problem Statement
Writing Assignment: Prepare a need statement suitable for becoming the basis for a funding request for your organization.
20 minutes writing, 10 minutes discussion
Methods or Procedures
Tip: Restate the need/problem in
each section to create flow
Writing Exercise: Editing Proposal Content
“You become a good writer just as you become a good joiner: by planing down your sentences.”
-- Anatole France
“No more prizes for predicting rain.
Prizes only for building arks.”
“A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn't
particularly feel like it.”
“One ungrateful man does an injury to all who stand in need of aid.” -- Publilius Syrus
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”
-- Rita Mae Brown
“I have never been lost but I was bewildered once for three days.”
-- Daniel Boone
“Do not cast your pearls before swine.”
-- Matthew 7:6