RIS sheets - Chapter 2 RIS sheet notes The RIS has five...

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Chapter 2 RIS sheet notes The RIS has five sections: contact information, documentation, contact history, funding source profile, and proposal information. Let's take a look at it. Add notes in the foundation’s *****I cannot stress enough how crucial it is to send your proposal to the correct person. This may sound obvious, but you'd be surprised at how many grant writers send their requests to the wrong people or accidentally demote people by getting their titles wrong. Contact Information The Contact Information section If you watch public television (PBS), you've most likely seen many programs that have been funded by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. So let's use that as an example. You would not want to write down "Ralph Parsons Foundation," "Parsons Foundation," or "Ralph M. Parsons Fndn." Be sure to match the organization's name exactly. Next on the RIS is space for the potential funder's Web site, mailing, and e-mail addresses, as well as the phone and fax numbers. Nowadays, don't be surprised if the entire grant proposal process is conducted online. Now to the contact person. Who is this? This person is most likely the program officer for a foundation or corporate contributions department. He or she is responsible for collecting all the necessary information regarding your organization and programs. He or she must present your proposal to the foundation's decision-making board in summary form. And he or she must be able to answer all of the board's questions about your request in detail. This person is important!
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The program officer's job is to know your organization very well, know your proposed program in detail, and be able to recommend you for funding. This is a person whose name and title you want to get right! And because not all funders put this person's information on their Web sites, you'll need to do some research and make some phone calls. But definitely take the time to find out exactly who the contact person is. Next is the due date. This is one of the most important elements, because it indicates the date that the funder expects to receive your proposal. I wish I could say that the due dates are all the same for each type of funder, but it isn't so! One funder will accept proposals once a year, while another will accept them monthly, and yet another will accept them quarterly. It's very important to understand that the due dates vary with every funding source, so take good notes. The last item of the contact information concerns geographic limitations. This refers to the states, the single state, or the area within a state that the funder will support with donations. Even though it's last in this section, I always check this item first, because it can save you a lot of extra reading time. For example, if the funders list only California and Texas and your program is in North Carolina, you can already see that they won't be a good match potential funder for you. Okay, that about covers the first section of the RIS. In our next chapter, we'll take a look
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This note was uploaded on 08/29/2011 for the course COMMUNICAT 102 taught by Professor Daly during the Fall '03 term at UNF.

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RIS sheets - Chapter 2 RIS sheet notes The RIS has five...

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