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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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Packaging the Proposal

A simple, clutter-free, and neatly packaged proposal creates the perception of a well-organized, successful organization. Conversely, an envelope full of unorganized pieces of paper does just the opposite. You get only one chance to make a good first impression!
Give your proposal and all appendixes a good “once over” and make sure that
• They are nicely copied on fresh paper.
• The pages are numbered and appropriately identified.
• The proposal is nicely formatted, with no typos (don’t rely on spellcheck but run it anyway).
• The name of the foundation, staff person, and address information are correct (and don’t hand address the envelope or label).
• The cover letter is printed on your organization’s letterhead. ...

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