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The Gold Medal Proposal Package WHITE SPACE BETWEEN SHORT PARAGRAPHS IS A GOOD THING The Gold Medal Proposal Package is the top-of-the-line proposal. It's the most complete and thorough, and it's the one most likely to gain the most support. Here's my own special way of breaking down the different proposal packages. I've designed it to help you remember it for years to come: Proposal Name Length</B< font> Support Level Gold Medal 20 to 40 pages $100,000 to $1,000,000 Silver Medal 10 to 20 pages $10,000 to $99,999 Bronze Medal 6 to 12 pages $5,000 to $9,999 Brass Medal 6 to 8 pages Under $5,000 Most organizations work hard on creating and submitting Gold Medal Proposals, right? Wrong! When I receive a new contract to write multiple grants for an organization, I ask to see their existing proposal package so I can get a sense of the work that needs to be done. Invariably, they bring out a Brass Medal Proposal Package. It usually has a two-page letter of request, a list of the board of directors, their 501(c)(3) nonprofit papers, a letter of support from a city council member, and a flier from a past event. That's it. Sadly, these organizations don't understand why they never get larger grants. What do you think their problem might be? If you guessed disorganization , you'd be correct. They may not have a well-written organization history statement or a finalized income-and-expense budget at hand. And often, much of the information they need is inside many different people's heads. For example, at the Still-Hoping-for-a-Grant Organization, Julie has the story of the organization's history. Joseph has the budget and books for the past four years. And Ruth, a board member, knows the organization's major achievements by heart. However, the information is either not written down or not stored in one centralized and accessible place. Enter Bob, the humble grant writer, who is attempting to finish writing a $50,000 proposal package the night before it's due. Around 2:00 a.m., he starts talking to himself: "Ah, I'm almost done . . . except for the history part. Who has that?" (He starts going down the phone list.) "Of course, Julie does! I'll just give her a ca-----" (Hope suddenly drains from his face.) "Oh yeah, she went to Hawaii last week. I wonder if she'd mind if I called her there? . . . "
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Yes, it's safe to assume that Julie would mind! Will this be a Gold—or even Silver—Medal Proposal Package? No, it's more likely mediocre and probably won't be funded. Not because Bob isn't trying, but because he simply doesn't have all the information he needs in time. If the Still-Hoping-for-a-Grant Organization remains disorganized, then they most likely won't gain the funds they need to support their program efforts. The staff will feel increasingly dejected and discouraged. They'll start to lose hope, wondering why funders are not supporting their very worthy cause. This is crisis management at its worst! But you'd be surprised at how many organizations,
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This note was uploaded on 08/29/2011 for the course PUBLIC ADM EDA 6930 taught by Professor Morris during the Spring '09 term at UNF.

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