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Successful nonprofit organizations rely on multiple income streams for successful mission delivery. Individual gifts reflect the highest percentage of giving in the United States. Bequests, also given by individuals, represent another revenue stream. Some organizations also have fee-for-service income, or run private enterprises to supplement the resources needed for mission fulfillment. Often, ideas and ideals exceed the existing resources. One way to add to an organization’s resources is to request grant awards from foundations, corporations, or government agencies.

Presented by Bill Stanczykiewicz, Ed.D., is Senior Assistant Dean for External Relations, The Fund Raising School at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, headquartered at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He will lead a two-day workshop at Ivy Tech Community College. Attendance on both days is recommended but not required for participation. Lunch will be provided.

Stanczykiewicz will highlight how this fundraising process continues to be increasingly competitive. If your proposal is to be chosen from the many submissions, you will want to create a sound, measurable, fundable proposal. This course will lead you through the steps of proposal development, including putting the idea on paper, locating a funding source, organizing the proposal, writing objectives, preparing the budget, processing the application, and understanding proposal review procedures. Funding is idea-dependent. To receive a grant, you must be able to put your idea into a package that successfully markets the idea. An idea is an abstraction. It must be converted into a tangible format. Through the activities of this course, you will learn how to transform an idea into an explicit, imaginative request that leaves no question unanswered.

A proposal must be competitive to have the benefit of a full review. Unfortunately, many proposals are so poorly written they are not even eligible for submission. They often lack clearly stated objectives; the budget does not match the narrative; the needs do not match the interest areas of the funding source; and guidelines are often not followed. Most importantly, proposal writers fail to put themselves into the mindset of the proposal reviewer and write only from their organization’s viewpoint and expectations.


Successful proposal writing involves a series of interdependent steps. Upon completion of this course, you will be better able to manage the complete grant lifecycle, including:

  • Preparing for successful proposal creation
  • Creating successful project proposals
  • Matching funders with projects/proposals
  • Tracking and managing grant process and multiple proposals
  • Report results internally, externally, to funder
  • Track and manage multiple funders, timelines, and awards

Exercises and case studies will provide personal experience with the principles presented. The course deals with general principles, as each foundation is different and has its own set of requirements and expectations. You will need to adapt the basic principles to your particular circumstances and needs.

Wednesday, January 11

8 a.m. Registration

8:30 to 5 p.m. Session

Thursday, January 12

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Session

About our speaker: 

Bill Stanczykiewicz, Ed.D., is Senior Assistant Dean for External Relations; Clinical Associate Professor; Director & Rosso Fellow, The Fund Raising School.

Serving as assistant dean for external relations, Bill Stanczykiewicz oversees communications and fundraising for the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy while directing The Fund Raising School. Bill also serves as a core faculty member, teaching graduate and bachelor’s level courses on philanthropy, fundraising, and leadership.

Bill’s professional career spans the philanthropic, public, and private sectors. He served for 17 years as President & CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, a statewide nonprofit devoted to healthy youth development and academic achievement. This opportunity followed his leadership position in the mayor’s office in Indianapolis, where he served as policy director for community renewal, designing and implementing The Front Porch Alliance.

Additional public administration opportunities have included serving as a staff member on the United States Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families as well as serving as a board member on Indiana’s State Workforce Innovation Council and Indiana’s Education Roundtable.

Bill earned a doctoral degree in interdisciplinary leadership, and his dissertation examined methods for increasing board engagement with fundraising. His master’s degree is in public administration from George Mason University, which was followed by his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Bill also has attained post-graduate credentials from Vanderbilt University and The Fund Raising School.



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