Researching Grants / Approaching Funders Seminar, 9 am to noon, May 12



“Researching Grants and Approaching Funders”

Saturday, May 12, 2012

9:00 a.m. – noon

Rochester Institute of Technology –Room 3435 Golisano Hall

Once you’ve identified a project in need of funding, it’s time to find the right foundations, corporations, or government grants that are the best fit for your organization. The most important thing — even before submitting a well-written grant application — is approaching and establishing a partnership with a grantmaker.

This workshop will explain how to first research and find grantmakers, then how to introduce your organization and its needs to the grantmaker, and how to ask for their guidance before applying.

Topics include:

  • Sources and methods of researching grantmakers
  • Preparing and submitting letters of introduction and inquiry
  • Approaching grantmakers by telephone and email
  • Meeting with a grantmaker and successful site visits

Grants4Good helps not-for-profit organizations seek and write grants and bids for work contracts and projects. Customers of Grants4Good obtain the funds and resources they need to provide quality programs, services, and products.  Grants4Good is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Grant Professionals Association.

Grants4Good Owner and Instructor:

Margit Brazda Poirier, brings over 17 years of nonprofit management and grants experience to the company she created — Grants4Good. She has written and received numerous grants from federal, state, foundation and corporate sources – and she has the unique perspective of knowing “both sides” of the funding world given her experience leading a prominent foundation that issued over 100 grants annually.  Margit’s interests include working with organizations to help them develop a sustainable and manageable grant seeking plan that ensures their long-term operational and programmatic success.

Margit is a published journal author and frequent speaker on all aspects of grant writing with a presentation style that is both instructional and interactive.



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The workshop will also be offered as a webinar with slides and audio. For more information, contact Rita Cronise (organizer) at or 585-797-4641


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