(Winter Term Course, 2 credits)

Amy BelkinAmy Belkin, MM


Course Description

This course surveys nonprofit managers' primary areas of responsibility, including strategic planning, organizational change and development, locating and securing grants, and developing outcome-based assessment tools. It emphasizes assessing and evaluating grant-based programs. The primary focus of the course is learning the elements of writing a grant and then putting that knowledge to work to create a grant proposal. The work for this course is laid out to cover the basic elements of writing a grant for a nonprofit organization - good writing that is creative and descriptive is essential to grant writing today. You will learn how to research an organization and analyze projects for grant proposal consideration. You will write a cover letter, develop a project overview, learn about an environmental scan, and create a project budget. We will focus on how to tell the organization's story and what funders need to hear to properly evaluate a grant application. You will also learn who the funders are and how to match an organization and project with potential funders.

Course Objectives

In this course, you will learn what grants are, who funds grants, and the differences in funders. You will learn what organizations apply for grants, what types of grants are available, and how to choose appropriate grants and potential funders. You will learn the steps to create a grant and will write various elements of a grant proposal as a term project.

By the end of the class, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate types of organizations that seek grants.
  • Identify and select different kinds of grants.
  • Prepare a written summary describing the background and purpose of a nonprofit organization for a grant application.
  • Develop a project proposal, including statement of need, project timeline, and initial project budget.
  • Tell the story of a nonprofit organization and a project in compelling language.
  • Prepare a plan for effective project evaluation.
Required Texts

Ellen Karsh and Arlen Sue Fox. The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need (GWB)
Barbato, Joseph and Danielle S. Furlich. Writing For A Good Cause (GC)