As a person that started a non-profit about a year and a half ago, this course was an amazing tool. I have to say that especially the supplemental materials were amazingly helpful. Thank you for all the time you put in doing this. It has been a great resource for me.
I came into this class having submitted many grant proposals that had been turned down. I wanted to learn why that had happened. I also wanted to learn a better way to write them. Jillian's class fulfilled my need very completely. Her writing style was very reader-friendly. The information she communicated was easily understood. I was able to do her classroom assignments in a way that showed me the errors I had made in my grant applications. I submitted several questions to her during Lesson Discussion sessions. Her replies were prompt and meaningful, and very encouraging upon behalf of my efforts.
I enjoyed this class and felt it was useful to my career. I appreciate the instructor's wealth of knowledge and attentiveness.
I just wanted to say what a great tool this course has been. About a year and a half ago I started my own non-profit organization and this course has shown me some improvements I can make. It also has amazing resources that will really help us get the funding we need. Thank you for working so hard and doing such a great job.
I really enjoyed this class. The information learned during this class will be invaluable to our non-profit animal shelter. Thanks!
I thoroughly enjoyed this course and found it beneficial to my grant writing career. During upcoming grant proposals, I will refer to the material and references I gained from the course lessons. I want to thank you for sharing your knowledge, skills, and experience as a grant writer with us throughout this course. I will pass the word onto my friends about this course!
I thought the class was exactly what I needed to get my start in Grant Writing. It was informative and complete, and I would highly recommend both this class and Jillian to anyone interested in taking a beginning Grant Writing Class. Thank you, Jillian, you were terrific!
Jillian did a good job of sharing her experiences as a grant writer. I found the information given here VERY useful for an introductory course.
Jillian Poole gives very interesting and informative lessons with plenty of resources to help with individual research. In addition, she is a responsive instructor who writes in a friendly writer. I would recommend this course to those looking for a strong beginning, or those in need of some encouragement and confidence as a grant writer.
Jillian put together a first rate class. A great introduction for anyone interested in learning about the basics of grant writing along with some street-wise advice.
Course Code: wgp
In this lesson, you will learn some easy and fun tricks of the trade that will help you with all sorts of writing projects, even those beyond grant proposals. Then you will put yourself in the shoes of grantors who deal with literally thousands of institutions and causes. In the process, you will learn a great way to describe your own cause to anyone.
Learn who grantors look for certain kinds of information and documents. You will learn what these documents are and be ready to supply them when you prepare a grant request. Then you will begin to learn how to measure the effectiveness of a nonprofit that needs money.
This lesson will show you how to use the Web to find sources that might be appropriate for you to obtain funding. Then, once you have found some foundations that you think might be a good fit for your cause, you will find ways to sift through these foundations, and even discover some sources you haven’t even considered.
Look at corporations and how you can package your project to receive funding from them. Then you will learn ways to prepare numbers effectively to your proposals.
In this lesson you will fine-tune what you have learned and add the finishing touches so you can put a complete proposal in the mail. Then you will discover positive alternatives to help you deal with those inevitable turndowns.
This lesson will show you how to take the funding you have received and learn what to do next. Finally, you will learn how to take the same proposal you created and tweak it for sending out to individuals as well as corporations and foundations.
Jillian Poole has raised money for schools and colleges, arts organizations, community organizations – you name it – in the U.S. and abroad. She loves fund raising, because doing so empowers her to make wonderful things happen. She has had many years of hands-on fund raising experience for non-profit organizations, large and small. She taught a graduate course in arts management and fund raising at The American University for 16 years, and authored Managing for Money: A Handbook for International Cultural Institutions, a book that has been translated into six languages.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.