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Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

Proposal Writing

Designed for individuals new to nonprofit fundraising, this course will cover the basic elements of proposal writing, the mechanics of building a proposal and typical application processes. Experienced professionals will describe the various types of proposals, provide definitions and explain the characteristics of potential funders, including differentiating strategy and procedure for approaching private and government funders. They will also discuss the basics of relationship building for proposals and ways to involve internal stakeholders, a requirement for developing successful proposals for an organization.

Course Details:

Section Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (lunch provided)
Fee: $225 For AFP members: $191
CEUs: 0.6
CFRE: 6 points

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Melissa Simon is the director of development at Boys and Girls Country of Houston, Inc. Melissa has spent her entire adult professional life in the nonprofit world, starting out as a counselor working with at-risk youth in boot camps, alternative schools, and juvenile lockups and probation units. After receiving her MSW, she fell into nonprofit management and development. She has worked extensively as a proposal writer for numerous Houston area nonprofits, and as a reviewer of federal grants proposals. She is a graduate of Leadership Houston Class XXVI, a member of the Houston chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and a member of the inaugural class of Mentoring for Emerging Leaders program at the United Way of Houston. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.


"Course was conducted really well. The information was comprehensive and novel even to more experienced proposal writers." -past participant