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Introduction to Grant Writing: How to Craft a Foundation Grant Proposal (10/31/2018)

October 31st, 2018
9:00AM to 12:00PM
Philanthropy Massachusetts, 133 Federal Street, Suite 802, Boston, MA
Consultant, Grantseeker, Nonprofit
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Drawing from his 16 years’ experience, Kenny Weill will lead attendees through the process of writing a clear, concise, and compelling foundation grant narrative. This includes both the longer “full proposal” narrative and the shorter concept paper or letter of inquiry. He will end with tips to avoid common pitfalls, and ways to determine whether your nonprofit is “grant-ready.” Participants will have the tools necessary to tell their organization’s and program’s story in a narrative that will be compelling to funders – and increase their chances of landing more grants.

This workshop will cover:

  • What funders really want to know about your organization
  • Importance of differentiating your organization and/or program from all others
  • What to include in a logic model that will prepare you to write a grant proposal
  • What to include in the Statement of Need
  • The difference between outputs and outcomes
  • How to craft S.M.A.R.T. objectives
  • How to tie in outcomes with the evaluation

By the end of the session, participants will be able to craft all sections of a compelling grant proposal including:

  • Organization background
  • Target population
  • Statement of need
  • Goals and S.M.A.R.T. objectives
  • Activities and outputs
  • Outcomes and evaluation
  • Sustainability

This session is ideal for leaders, board members and development staff of small- to mid-sized organizations.


Kenny Weill launched K. Weill Consulting Group in 2002, which focuses on strategic fund development for nonprofits.  His practice works with Boards and executive staff on fundraising assessments, creation of actionable Fund Development Plans, case statements, appeals, online giving strategy, grant research and writing, CRM (Constituent Relationship Management) database solutions, and more.  He has published articles and regularly trains, coaches and presents on fund development strategy. In 2009, Kenny co-founded NPO Connect (http://npoconnect.org), an online skill-building platform for nonprofit professionals and volunteers. 

Prior to consulting, Kenny held management, research and other positions in community-based, academic, health care and government settings.  He received an M.S. in Health Policy and Management from Harvard School of Public Health and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. 

Kenny is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and adheres to their Code of Ethical Standards and Principles.  He also is a member of the Nonprofit Consultants Network, Independent Advancement Consultants, and Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, and enjoys working collaboratively with other consultants. 

Kenny has a long history of community-based volunteerism.

Full participation in 'Introduction to Grant Writing: How to Craft a Foundation Grant Proposal' is applicable for 3.0 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or re-certification. Please contact Kelton Artuso, Programs and Services Manager with any questions.

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