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Proposal Writing Boot Camp 2.0 New York City

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 9:00 am - Jul 26, 2018 4:00 pm  ET
In-person | New York City
Early Bird: $695 Regular Fee: $895


 Early-Bird Special Discount!

Register before 7/9/2018 to receive the Early-Bird Special Discount of $695!

On 7/10/2018 the rate will increase to $895
Join us in New York City for our newly enhanced Boot Camp experience! In addition to learning from our expert trainers, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with fundraising experts from the field during a panel discussion on the final day. Hear how they’re putting the skills you’ve learned to work in their fundraising efforts. We’re also bringing in experts to provide helpful feedback on your letter of inquiry. Finally, all participants will be invited to join us for a post-Boot Camp peer discussion webinar where you can share success stories, ask questions, and continue honing your skills. 

This three-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 three days is grounded in project-based learning and includes a variety of individual writing time, small group discussions and activities, peer review, and large group lecture.
Course at-a-glance:
Day 1: Participants develop the need statement, and gain peer feedback on their writing, then launch into an overview on using a logic model framework to craft the project description and program evaluation. An introduction and review of the letter of inquiry follows.
Day 2: Participants continue to gain familiarity and practice with components of a full proposal and letter of inquiry and draft and submit a 1-page letter of inquiry for day three’s peer-review exercise. We continue to cover proposal packaging and online applications. In the afternoon, participants consider the mission-money matrix framework to prioritize fundraising in their organization, than learn to develop a project budget in the afternoon.
Day 3: Participants kick off the day learning how to research, approach and cultivate relationships with funders. In the afternoon, participants will engage in a live expert and peer-review of their submitted letter of inquiry. We wrap-up the three days together with closing exercise and evaluation.


  • Develop selected elements of a proposal and letter of inquiry, and online application tips
  • How to use a logic model framework to craft elements of the proposal
  • Craft a budget that conveys an accurate picture of your project’s needs and value
  • What grantmakers look for and how they approach the proposal review process
  • How to analyze and evaluate prospects using Foundation Directory Online Professional to determine a potential fit

You will:

  • Develop a project/program logic model to get you started with a strong proposal narrative
  • Practice writing selected components of the proposal
  • Learn how to draft a project budget from scratch
  • Research potential funding partners using Foundation Directory Online Professional


  • Comprehensive workbook and templates
  • Sample letter of inquiries and sample proposals
  • 2 weeks of complimentary access to Foundation Directory Online Professional
  • Option to receive a certificate of attendance
  • Finally, all participants will be invited to join us for a post-Boot Camp peer discussion webinar where you can share success stories, ask questions, and continue honing your skills.


  • Participants will leave with increased confidence in creating a logic model, a grant proposal, and a proposal budget.
  • Participants will leave with practical tools that they will be able to implement immediately.
  • Participants will leave with a partial proposal, a logic model and a peer-reviewed letter of inquiry.
  • Participants will gain tools to impact communications and teamwork in fundraising and program planning in their organization.

Intended audiences:

  • Individuals who have 1-3 years fundraising experience and want to hone their foundation proposal writing skills
  • Individuals who are interested in developing program/project design skills using the logic model framework
  • Individuals who want to shift to a career in fundraising or as a grant writer and have a specific project in mind
  • 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 organizational funding mix

Instructor: Kim Buckner Patton Director, Foundation Center Northeast

Kim Patton

Kim Buckner Patton oversees Foundation Center’s Northeast region, which includes its New York and Washington, DC, offices. Prior to her current position, she designed and delivered training programs and curriculum for Foundation Center geared toward developing and expanding the leadership and capacity of nonprofit organizations both domestically and abroad. Before joining Foundation Center in 2007, Kim worked as a nonprofit director, fundraiser, and grantmaker for more than 20 years with organizations such as Hawaii Public Television, the Council on Foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She received her J.D. from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and her B.A. in communications from the University of Cincinnati.


Instructor: New York City Community Outreach Manager

Tracy Kaufman

Tracy Kaufman is the community outreach manager at Foundation Center, where she plans public workshops related to nonprofit management, fundraising, and other issues relevant to philanthropy and the social sector, tailored towards the needs of growing nonprofits. Tracy also works as a reference librarian in Foundation Center’s library, offering personalized guidance for grantseekers looking to build capacity and expand their funding options. She has a decade of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Previously, Tracy held positions with the Association of American Publishers and the New York Public Library. She earned her degree in writing seminars from Johns Hopkins University.



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