UU to Host Two Workshops on Grant Proposal Basics

URBANA, Ohio (February 19, 2013) - The Urbana University Foundation Center Cooperating Collection will host two free workshops, “Grant Proposal Writing Basics” and “Introduction to Finding Funders”, for nonprofit organizations and interested individuals on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The Grant Proposal Writing workshop is from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and the Foundation Directory Online workshop runs from 11 a.m.to 12 noon. Participants are welcome to attend one or both sessions. The workshop will be led by Cooperating Collection Supervisor Julie McDaniel.

The workshops are in the Urbana University Moore Math and Science Building. Reservations for the workshops are required and can be made by calling 484-1409.

The “Grant Proposal Writing Basics” workshop will help grant seekers learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. Participants will learn about preparing to write the proposal as well as how to organize, write and package the proposal. The workshop will also cover important aspects about communicating with potential donors during the proposal preparation period and follow up.

During the “Introduction to Finding Funders” workshop, participants will be introduced to The Foundation Directory Online, the Foundation Center’s top-tier searchable database providing information on more than 100,000 grant-makers and more than a million grant records. Participants will learn how to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match their organization's funding needs; search grants made by top funders; maximize search results with insider tips and strategies for mining the database. During the workshop participants will have an opportunity to practice their own searches of the database and may bring a flash drive to download information found in the Directory.

The Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization serving as a leading authority on organized philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grant-makers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. As a Cooperating Collection Network member, Urbana University makes the resources of the Foundation Center available to area residents.

Urbana University is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center. As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the Swedenborg Memorial Library provides visitors with free public access to grant-maker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center’s electronic databases, Foundation Directory Online Professional, and Foundation Grants to Individuals Online. . These fully searchable databases include detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation's top funders, and interactive mapping tools.

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