Applicants are required to schedule a pre-application meeting prior to a proposal submission. This provides me with an opportunity to learn about your organization’s needs and interests, and better determine if the request aligns with the Foundation’s priorities.
There are a handful of nonprofits I hear from all the time. They tell me about new initiatives, emerging needs, and upcoming projects. They ask my opinion about new programs or evaluation plans. They seek my help in engaging other funders. I value these relationships, and many of our most successful grants come from the strength of these partnerships.
While I know every organization may not have the time or the development staff to engage funders in this way, I know others simply haven’t had the opportunity. So that’s why in 2017 I launched Coffee & Conversation -- to provide dedicated time to connect with you one-on-one.
Come meet to introduce your organization. Come with a new grant idea. Come to update me on your work. Come to ask general questions about foundations and proposal writing. Conversations are informal and based on your discussion interests.
I hope to see you soon!