Writing a winning proposal

The way to winning a grant

With a bit of luck, it is possible to find a few potential donors without proper research and networking, but without a good proposal, you have no chance of success. In this course, we will take a detailed look at the proposal and each element from start to finish, taking you through everything you need to remember to build a successful proposal.

The proposal is the central document that will determine your success or failure in convincing a donor that you are a perfect fit for them and deserve their funding. A proposal has many different components and can be confusing at times, as the definitions and requirements for each part are very specific and applicants need to be familiar with the vocabulary. In today’s saturated fundraising landscape, it is vital that you have a proposal that shines and distinguishes itself from the rest – it has to be unique, specific and well crafted overall to impress a donor. We have designed this course to help you do just that.

What will you learn from this course?

  • The purpose of a project proposal
  • Key elements of a project proposal
  • Roles and responsibilities in proposal writing
  • What to pay attention to before submitting a proposal
  • Streamlining your proposal and ensuring a strong narrative thread
  • Dealing with rejection or success

This course consists of:

  • Video lectures with tips and tricks from our instructor Dr. Eva Wieners, where she shares her experiences from more than a decade in the fundraising field
  • A quiz that will make sure you understand everything you need to know
  • A cheat sheet with all the important information for when you are in a hurry
  • A workbook that will help you to implement what you’ve learned in your organization

Who should take the course?

  • NGO managers and executive directors
  • Fundraising and development professionals for local and international NGOs
  • Non-profit consultants and consulting firms
  • Fundraisers for local NGOs and small organizations
  • Fundraisers for a cause close to their heart
  • Students

Philantropia is an Approved Provider for Continuing Education in Fundraising. Full participation in “Writing a winning proposal” is applicable for 3.5 points in Category 1. B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification. CFRE is an independent certification for fundraising professionals that aims to set standards in philanthropy through a valid and reliable certification process for fundraising professionals.

Participation in this program may assist you in learning or reviewing concepts covered on the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) examination as detailed on the Test Content Outline provided by CFRE International. CFRE International does not sponsor or endorse any educational programs and the (educational program title) was not developed in conjunction with CFRE International.

Your Instructor

Dr. Eva Wieners
Dr. Eva Wieners

Hello there! My name is Eva Wieners and I have worked for the past seven years with NGOs on the grassroots level in Nepal in the field of fundraising, capacity development and promotion of sustainable agricultural practices. I have worked on countless proposals for international foundations and have a lot of experience with fundraising – particularly in the field of small grants. Before coming to Nepal, I worked in South America and Europe. I hold a masters (diploma) degree of geography, agriculture, and management and obtained my PhD with the University of Hamburg, Germany in 2019. I am super excited to be working with you and to share my knowledge! Lets get started

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a self-paced online course - you can finish whenever you want to. After registration, every week another module gets unlocked - so you can finish the course in 5 weeks. If you have a busy schedule, you can take longer though - no pressure!
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Enroll in this course now to learn everything you need to know about how to develop a successful fundraising strategy for your organization! See you on the inside!

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