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Winning Grants: Step by Step, Third Edition by Alliance for Nonprofit Management, Tori O'Neal-McElrath, Mim Carlson

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Developing the Relationship

After you establish that there is a good fit, then the relationship building becomes a continuous process that begins before you write the proposal and spans many years—yes, years! Good communication with your funders should never end, even though you may stop receiving grants from them. Once a relationship exists, funders like to receive progress reports about how the organization or program they funded is doing. They may also take an interest in other fundable ideas that your organization has developed. See what other grantmakers have to say about this:
 
It’s not always easy to develop relationships with funders, especially if they have not funded your organization previously. However, the key is the relationship ...

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