Designed for individuals with limited fundraising experience, this course covers the basic elements of proposal writing and introduces the participant to tools and techniques used in building a successful grant portfolio for organizations.
An experienced professional describes 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. You also discuss the basics of relationship building for proposals and ways to involve internal stakeholders, a requirement for developing successful proposals for your organization.
Organization: Boys and Girls Country of Houston, Inc.
Degree(s): Bachelor's degree in criminal justice and master's degree in social work
Melissa Simon, MSW, CFRE is the director of development at Boys and Girls Country of Houston, Inc. Ms. Simon has 27 years of experience in the social service sector,16 of which she has spent in resource development for nonprofits. She holds a master of social work degree from the University of Houston and a bachelor of science degree from Sam Houston State University. Before receiving her MSW and transitioning into nonprofit management and development, Melissa was a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, working with at risk youth in alternative schools, probation departments, and locked facilities. Since that time, she has focused on fundraising and capacity building for nonprofit organizations, always in the social service sector. Melissa began her fundraising career as a contract proposal writer, and was the grant coordinator for a large nonprofit with 14 programs. She has participated in many federal review panels scoring proposals for government funding. Melissa considers herself to be a generalist, but continues to be involved in the proposal writing process in addition to her other responsibilities as a DOD. In addition to teaching the Proposal Writing I and Volunteer Management classes at the Glasscock School of Continuing Education at Rice University, Melissa is the President Elect of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Houston Chapter.