Finding Funders & Proposal Writing Workshop

Finding Funders & Proposal Writing Workshop

 “Introduction to Finding Funders” and “Proposal Writing Basics”

The McPherson County Community Foundation will host a free workshop on grantseeking for nonprofit organizations on Thursday, October 23rd from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  The session will be held at Hutchinson Community College – McPherson Center 2208 E Kansas in McPherson and will be led by Kief Schladweiler, Funding Information Network Services Specialist with the Foundation Center (  Mr. Schladweiler will highlight the electronic and print resources available for your free use at the McPherson County Community Foundation, a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center.

Introduction to Finding Funders This session provides an introduction to the Foundation Center’s comprehensive online database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Learn how to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match your organization’s funding needs. We will spend time exploring Power Search, which allows you to search across nine Foundation Center databases – grantmakers, grants, companies, 990s, news, jobs, RFPs, nonprofit literature, and IssueLab reports.  

Proposal Writing Basics Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation.  For those new to proposal writing, this class will cover: How the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process

  • What to include in a standard proposal to a foundation
  • Tips for making each section of your proposal stronger
  • What funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments
  • Tips for communicating with funders during the grant process
  • Additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals

Presenter Bio Kief Schladweiler has been the Foundation Center’s Funding Information Network Services Specialist since 2005.  Prior to that he served as the Center’s online librarian for several years. He joined the Foundation Center in 1999 after working as a reference librarian for The New York Public Library. He received his M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

Reserved Seating Seating is limited. Please call us at 620.245.9070 or email us at sharon@mcphersonfoundation to reserve a seat.