Proposal and Report Writing for Professionals by lba17669

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									Proposal and Report Writing for Professionals
2009-2010


Target Audience
This class is intended for all professionals and aspiring professionals who wish to develop a
facility with the communication skills necessary to prosper in fields, industries, and
organizations reliant on external funding.

Required Materials
   • Tapestry 3 (Middle East Edition) by Linda Robinson Fellag Materials (or a preapproved
      substitute text book)
   • English-English Dictionary
   • USB Flash stick
   • Access to computer with Microsoft Word word-processing program (provided)

Course Description
This course will familiarize staff from grant-seeking agencies with the requisite skills to
cultivate, maintain, and capitalize on contacts in the corporate and foundation communities.
Students will learn proposal and report-writing as critical elements of the fund-seeking process.

Course Objectives
   • To develop skills in cultivating and maintaining relationships with potential donors,
      amongst both corporate and foundation entities
   • To build the skills required to maintain a network of foundation and corporate donors
   • To lean the process of pursuing private funding
   • To learn information-gathering techniques in the areas of concept, program, and expenses
   • To learn data-collection for documenting proposal arguments
   • To learn how to maximize the number of stakeholders in the proposal-writing process
   • To learn how to achieve mission consistency by ensuring the proposal for a specific
      project is consistent with the mission of your agency
   • To learn to identify and enumerate the expenses of a proposed project
   • To learn the process of prospective budget-writing
   • To learn the appropriate lexicon for articulating a program’s objectives
   • To learn program evaluation using both qualitative and quantitative data
   • To learn how to plan for, achieve, maintain, and demonstrate sustainability
   • To learn how to identify and accommodate a funder’s particular evaluation needs
   • To develop information-filtering skills for report writing


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   •   To learn formatting techniques for proposals and reports (e.g. type of paper, headings,
       footings, standardized form, etc.)
   •   To learn the logic of information-structuring
   •   To develop a facility with the different elements of a report (e.g. cover, title page, index,
       foreword, executive summary, main text)
   •   To learn ancillary reporting methods, such as PPRs (Project Progress Report) and Flash
       reports


Written Text Types

   •   Letters
   •   Reports
   •   Email


Course Outcomes
After completing this course, the student will:
   • Understand how salary and project costs are affected by things like project scope, the
       qualifications of the staff, and the intended outcomes.
   • Have developed a facility for handling donor relationship cultivation and maintenance,
       and the ability to expand on existing templates
   • Understand and be able to compose all the components of a Proposal (Executive
       Summary: Statement of Need: Project Description: Budget: Organization Information:
       Conclusion)
   • Understand how to gather data and seek information from authorities in the field and the
       internal records of the agency and knowledge of its personnel
   • Have a facility with developing oral and written arguments required to secure and
       maintain funding streams.
   • Have the skills required to arrange, edit, and present information for convincing
       presentations




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