Meeting Strategic Objectives through Persuasive Writing: The Grant Write-Up

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 -
8:30am to 11:00am EDT
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC
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Effective writing often requires clear, concise and purposeful language. A foundation’s internal grant recommendations or write-ups depend on these qualities, providing an assessment of a proposed project and its merits in relation to the institution’s grantmaking strategy. Persuasive, well-crafted grant recommendations not only mirror the institution’s mission and values, but communicate its worldview.
Join us for an interactive session as Citi Foundation’s Jasmine Thomas walks us through the key components of an effective grant recommendation. Come to this session prepared to assess grant project proposals, practice outlining key arguments in grant write-ups and explore different approaches for making the case for grant support.  Participants are asked to bring one project proposal being considered for support by their institution as well as a copy of a successful/approved grant recommendation.


  • Essentials of a good grant write-up
  • The value of translating problems and articulating them as opportunities
  • How to use strategic thinking as a foundation for conveying your message
  • How to effectively position the recommendation to communicate alignment with your institution’s strategy and values
  • How to carry these skills from one foundation setting to another



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