© 2019, Waddy Thompson

The Wise Guides to Fundraising 


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Cover of The Quick Wise Guide to Writing Grant Proposals
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It's not unusual for volunteers to be asked to prepare grant proposals, especially in supporting organizations made up of parents or other supporters. My grant writing workshops can train a number of volunteers (or professionals new to grant writing) quickly and efficiently. Workshops can be structured to fit into larger programs, such as daylong fundraising workshops or multi-purpose conventions.


Workshops I offer include:

  • Proposal Writing: Good writing skills are just the beginning. You also need to know what to include in a proposal and what techniques can be used to show your program at its best.  when approaching corporations and foundations. Longer seminars allow for detailed analysis of real proposals supplied by participants. (1 to 3 hours)

  • Budgets: A well-prepared budget demonstrates to the potential funder that you really understand what it takes to accomplish your goals and lets them know just how their money will be spent. Learn about indirect costs, salary allocations, and how to make the income section as convincing as the expenses. (1 hour) View an online version of this workshop on YouTube.

  • Grant Writing Overview: Everything you need to know about grant writing in a nutshell. Handouts and examples facilitate independent study post-seminar. (1.5 hours)

You can view one of my workshops here: Grant Writing: Beyond the Basics (video lecture)

Here are a few unsolicited comments from participants in my workshops:

  • I thought your presentation was truly fantastic. I go to plenty of these seminars. My rule of thumb is if I can get one good page of notes out of it, it's a good meeting. I took five pages of notes! You were most generous with your knowledge and very astute advice.

  • It was a pleasure attending your presentation last night on grant proposal budgets. It was deeply informative.


I taught writing for development for the New York University, Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising My workshops have been sponsored by Chamber Music AmericaAssociation of Preforming Arts PresentersArts Council of RocklandNew York Foundation for the Arts, Nonprofit Leadership League, Queens Council on the Arts, and Westchester Arts Council.

To inquire about my conducting a workshop for your organization, email me at waddy [at] grantadviser.com.





You can email me at waddy [at] grantadviser.com

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