Instructor: Tom Vansaghi, MCNL Senior Fellow and Assistant Professor at William Jewell College

Dates for this two-day course:
The next time this two-day course will be held is not scheduled yet. Please let us know at / (816) 235-5720 if you would like to be notified when the date is set.



Program Details

The most effective proposal writers have “done their homework.” They know the most likely funding sources for their organization and its programs, and they know what the grantmaker wants to see in a proposal. In this two-day course, participants will examine the relationship between comprehensive, systematic prospect research and proposal writing. Applied Project: Develop a list of five potential funders and write a proposal. 

Key Topics

  • Finding funding sources
  • Proposal writing techniques
  • Review funded proposals

This course is an elective in the Professional Fundraising Series.

Required Textbook:
Required textbooks can be purchased at the UMKC Bookstore or through most major bookstores.

  • Title: Proposal Planning and Writing (5th edition)
  • Author: Lynn E. Miner
  • Publisher: Greenwood
  • ISBN: 9781440829697

MCNL has a limited number of partial scholarships that can be applied to the registration fee for most of our programs. Apply for a scholarship using our online form. 

Graduate Credit:
If you would like to earn graduate credit for the fundraising courses but are not currently a UMKC student, learn more about becoming UMKC as a visiting/community student. 

Location and Parking:
All sessions are held in Room 211 of Bloch Executive Hall at 5108 Cherry Street on the UMKC Volker Campus. We will mail parking passes prior to the start of the course.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy:
Full refunds will be given when cancellations are made at least five working days before the first session. A $50 cancellation fee will be deducted from refunds when notification occurs fewer than five working days before class begins. No refunds will be made after the first session has begun. You may transfer your registration by contacting MCNL at (816) 235-5720 or 

Photo and Video Release:
By attending the event, you are giving MCNL permission to use photos and videos from the workshop in future promotional materials.