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Expertise LevelOrganization SizeGet Your Grant With A Proposal Makeover
Fatal Flaws and How to Avoid Them

Duration: 1hr 17min
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Cheryl ClarkeGrantwriting
Led by Cheryl A. Clarke, JD and Susan Fox, CFRE

What are the top ten flaws that grantmakers cite as their “pet peeves” when reviewing funding requests? 

Can you identify the major problem areas that spell disaster for your grant success rate?

This "grantwriting how-to" seminar will answer these key questions and provide you with helpful hints for writing persuasive funding requests. 

Grant Proposal MakeoverBuilding on data and comments gathered from a recent survey of North American grantmakers for their new book, Grant Proposal Makeover: Transform Your Request from No to Yes, the presenters will share proven techniques for transforming “ugly duckling” proposals into “beautiful swans.”

Who Should Attend: Staff, Board Members and Volunteers -- anyone who writes grants (or reviews grant proposals before they are submitted).

Susan FoxWhat You Will Learn :

  • The 10 most common flaws found in proposals according to the funders.
  • Practical techniques for correcting these flaws and transforming proposals into those that will have the best chance of securing your needed funding.
  • Improved ability to write stronger, more persuasive proposals and to knowledgeably edit proposals written by others.

You Will Get:

  • A handy list of 10 common proposal flaws and practical tips for how to fix them.
  • Helpful handouts with examples of “before” and “after” proposals.
  • Confidence for writing and editing proposals.

What People Said About This Seminar

"The grant seminar was an excellent overview of the pitfalls that many grant writers sucum to. I was impressed with the seminar being built around the perspective of the Grantmakers. Often we write without thinking about our audience, this seminar gave good teniques to use in order to be more persuasive to those reading the proposal."
Will Tate

"The information in the [grants] seminar was very helpful. Is is nice to see things through the funder's eyes. When you have a strong mission, you really want to portray it in the best light. This was very helpful."
Stephanie Sapp
Chronic Disease Fund

[I discovered] "a few important new 'rules' that I will incorporate into my process for writing grants."
LCMS World Mission

About Cheryl Clarke, JD and Susan Fox, CFRE:

Cheryl A. Clarke is a fundraising consultant, trainer, author and "recovering lawyer." She wrote Storytelling for Grantseekers: The Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising (Jossey Bass, 2001).

Clarke works with a wide range of nonprofit organizations, primarily in California. She also regularly teaches workshops in fundraising techniques and grantwriting both locally and nationally. She is a featured trainer at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, and has co-moderated the highly regarded 'Reality Grantmaking'. Clarke was a presenter at the 2006 and 2007 AFP International Conferences and the 2006 American Association of Grant Professionals Conference. More . . .

Susan Fox has worked as an independent fundraising consultant to non-profit organizations since 1980 and has held the designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive since 1995. She specializes in providing training for clients in major gifts, annual fund, capital and planned giving campaigns. She also provides services in grantwriting, appeal letter writing and general fundraising strategies. Recent clients include healthcare and sevice organizations.

Based in San Francisco, Susan frequently leads workshops on fundraising throughout the United States and Mexico and has been an instructor at UC Berkeley Extension, the University of San Francisco and the University of Montana. She is a regular instructor at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and co-authored the curriculum for CompassPoint’s two-day course on "Writing Successful Grant Proposals." More . . .