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Effective Grantsmanship

There are few skills so vital in nonprofit life as grant writing. What does it take to move an idea into action? To write a plan that is so effective a funder is willing to support it? For many nonprofit organizations, the answers to these questions are the keys to successful fundraising.

WHAT: Students take workshops on grant writing and then are given the opportunity to apply their new skills in the field.

Part One: Workshop Series

In this workshop series, we will discuss the methods used to conduct a needs assessment to accurately define a set of community needs. Using a set of data collected in a local public health initiative, we will:

  • generate potential solutions to a set of community problems
  • generate the results we hope to achieve
  • create an action plan to achieve those results
  • review the steps in preparing a sound budget
  • practice research techniques that will enable us to identify appropriate funders for our work

Part Two: Grant Writing Internship

For those students who would like to apply their new skills, we offer 10-15 slots for a short-term internship at a local nonprofit.

WHEN: The next Workshop will be held during the Spring 2015 semester. Participants must attend all three workshops.

The internships will require 10-12 hours of volunteer time on a fundraising project specified by the agency. Students are selected for this additional opportunity during the application process.

Students who are selected for the internships are required to attend additional training sessions to prepare for their internships.

CONTACT: Nell Anderson, Co-Director of Civic Engagement at or 610-526-5031.