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How Foundations Work: What Grantseekers Need to Know About the Many Faces of Foundations by Dennis P. McIlnay

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Chapter Three

Foundations as Editors: How the Quality of Writing Affects Grant Proposals

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”

“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

LEWIS CARROLL, THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS (1982, P. 136)

Publishing houses have editors who evaluate the quality of manuscripts as a major indicadon of their potential for publication, linking the caliber of the author with the quality of the writing. Likewise, foundations evaluate the clarity of grant proposal writing as an indication of grantseeker quality.

The Metaphor of Foundations as Editors

Foundations and editors perform similar ...

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