Feared Phrase: No Unsolicited Proposals Accepted

Does the phrase “No unsolicited proposals accepted” bring fear or dread into your heart as a grant professional when you come across it during your research? For many of us it does!

Hearing about fellow grant professional’s perceptions about this category of foundation policies felt like a pleasant grant professional support group so that we all understand that we are not alone in trying to figure out how, if at all to work with and successfully secure funding from foundation’s with this strict policy in their materials. Here are a few of the fears and perceptions that our #grantchat community members shared:

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But what is a grant professional to do? Give up on this otherwise strong match? Leave them for the very end of their grant seeking strategy work for the year? Dig in head first and focus on relationship development? Each of us chooses a slightly personalized approach depending on the opinion and past successful or negative experiences with such foundations. There is not ONE right or wrong approach this situation. Therefore, there are some wonderful suggestions and words of wisdom from our community for you to consider the next time that you are looking at a foundation that does not accept unsolicited proposals that has cropped up in your funder research:

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What other great tips would you share related to foundations that do not accept unsolicited proposals? Let us know in the comments below!

We hope you’ll join us next week on Tuesday, 4/14 at 12pm ET as we tackle writing effective (and compelling) letters of inquiry to foundations.


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