American Philanthropic’s In the Trenches

A master class series

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Elements of Grant Writing

As a fundraiser, you write proposals for the same reason that Willie Sutton robbed banks: because that’s where the money is. But could you be writing them better? Galvanize your grant writing with this master class on the fundamentals of writing successful proposals. With minimal abstract philosophizing and an abundance of practical wisdom, “Elements of Grant Writing” will arm you and your development staff with the tools you need to improve your grant proposals. You’ll also have the opportunity to workshop your organization’s grant-writing material during the class or in an individual follow-up session, so plan to share your general operations proposal and any questions you have about your materials.

This master class will cover:

  • What a foundation is and what they might value in a grant proposal
  • What happens to a proposal when it’s submitted
  • The basic principles that should inform your grant writing
  • Common errors almost everyone makes and how to avoid them
  • Concrete steps you can take to help your grant writing stand out from the pack


  • Thursday, September 1, 2022: 1:00-4:00PM ET
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What is included in my registration?

Registration starts with a seat in the master class, but doesn’t end there. In addition to attending the master class, you will receive:

  • training materials on the master class topic for future reference,
  • the best essays and practicalities on the master class topic from Philanthropy Daily,
  • a copy of The Forgotten Foundations of Fundraising by Jeremy Beer and Jeffrey Cain,
  • and a 30-minute one-on-one consultation with an American Philanthropic consultant at a time of your choosing following each master class.
How much does each session cost?

A bundle of five classes is available for $1,000. Purchased class bundles are transferable within your organization, but only one person can participate in a class per registration.

How many people will be in the class?

Each class will have no more than 20 participants. We want to keep the classes as intimate as possible to allow time for plenty of discussion and Q&A.

How will the class be conducted?

The class will be conducted over video conference. Participants will receive a private link and password to join the video conference prior to the master class.

Who is the ideal participant?

The ideal participant is a nonprofit development leader with several years of fundraising experience. While most master classes include some background introductory material on the given subject, they assume a basic level of familiarity with the subject at hand and are designed to help those seeking to further develop their skills.

Do you have a waiting list?

Yes. Each session has a waiting list. If a registrant can’t make a session, we notify the first person on the waiting list. The waiting list for each class is first-come, first-served.

Do current clients receive a discount?

Yes. If you’re a current client, please contact us for a special discount code.

Will participants receive CFRE credit for participating?

No! We would post our reasoning here, but it’s lengthy. Feel free to ask—but do so at your own risk!