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How do I write a proposal cover letter?

The cover letter often is your proposal's first chance to connect your project with the reader's philanthropic mission. It goes on top of a proposal, but it is not the same as an executive summary, which states your proposal's key points.

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What is the percentage of grant proposals that foundations actually fund?

There's an old saying in the nonprofit world, "If you've seen one foundation, you've seen....one foundation." Foundations vary so widely that there's virtually no research on the question of what percentage of proposals they fund. We'll give you what we have in a minute, but first consider a question that's more relevant to your success.

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What should be included in a letter of inquiry?

When funders ask for a letter of inquiry (LOI), they want a few pages that will make them excited about giving you a grant. Some foundations will then invite you to send a full proposal. But for many foundations, an LOI is enough to make a decision. That means a great LOI might win you funding for your project.

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¿Suelen las fundaciones donantes otorgar fondos para cubrir costos administrativos? ¿Cuál es un porcentaje razonable para estos gastos administrativos?

La mayoría de las fundaciones donantes prefieren dirigir sus fondos programáticos al apoyo de servicios directos. Sin embargo, sí existen muchas fundaciones que otorgan fondos para cubrir los gastos administrativos u operativos de una organización (que se conocen en inglés como "overhead" o "general operating costs").