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Fundraising: Elements of a Proposal

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Document Type Elements of a Proposal
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Document Type Planning for the Future
This presentation - a sequel to Fundraising 101 - discusses different fundraising opportunities, promising strategies and crafting long-term fundraising goals.
File size: 9.7MB

Document Type Sample Budget for Proposal
Use this budget as a guideline while you're thinking about your fundraising costs and goals.
File size: 24.6KB

Document Type Sample Timeline for Proposal
Use this timeline as a guide to help plan your proposal.
File size: 24.1KB

Document Type Proposal Checklist Worksheet
Use this checklist to make sure you have included all the required proposal elements.
File size: 81.9KB

Document Type Template Proposal Cover Letter
Use this template to help craft a convincing, clear cover letter.
File size: 25.1KB

Document Type Template Proposal Cover Page and Title
Use this template to create a professional-looking cover page and title.
File size: 24.6KB

Document Type Template Thank You Letter
Use this thank you letter to acknowledge potential funders' time and consideration.
File size: 24.6KB

Updated: 6.1.06      Printable Printable version

This section outlines the components of a typical eight- to 10-page proposal. It is merely a guideline.

First and foremost, your proposal should:

  • Be easy to read,
  • Follow the required format (e.g., type, spacing, margins, ordering, etc.)
  • Provide a compelling case for why funding is being requested

It is also important to remember that the basic requirements, application forms and procedures vary with each funder. Some funders will request shorter proposals, a letter of inquiry or the completion of an application. In these cases, it should be easy to provide much of the information and language from the proposal you have developed using this guide.

Download the full Elements of a Proposal guidelines from the Related Materials sidebar to learn more about what should go into a proposal.

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