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Fundraising & Grantwriting in the 21st Century

Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 12:00 PM until 1:00 PMCentral Standard Time

This webinar will introduce you to the fundamentals of fundraising, with an emphasis on the best practices of grantwriting in the 21st Century. The topics covered include philanthropy in a time of recession, identifying potential grantmakers, and how to write Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) and Proposal Narratives. This skillset is vital to fundraising for individual projects as well as general operating support and programming support for nonprofit organizations.

  • Individuals interested in fundraising or winning grants for Arts & Culture projects or projects to serve the common good
  • Volunteers or professionals whose work includes development or fundraising for nonprofit organizations, i.e. executive directors, program managers, development officers, grantwriters, etc.
By the end of the webinar you will be able to:
  • Reflect on current trends in philanthropy
  • Identify resources for finding potential funders
  • Describe the style and content of an effective LOI
  • Summarize effective strategies for proposal narratives and case statements
As Co-Editor and Grant Writer for RHINO Poetry, Dr. Virginia Bell has secured general operating and project-based grants from government funders, corporate funders, and private foundations as well as spearheaded donor campaigns. She has also served on the Illinois Arts Council Literature Program Panel to review grant applications and make recommendations for funding. Bell has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and has taught at several universities, including Georgetown University and Loyola University Chicago as well as DePaul University for the Certificate in Grant Writing.