Training details

calendar_today Tuesday, August 10, 2021

access_time 11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

place Candid

attach_money Free


While total charitable giving grew 5.1% measured in current dollars in 2020, and giving from foundations jumped by a dramatic 17%, the impact of giving was uneven, with the arts struggling compared with other subject areas in the nonprofit sector. Giving to arts, culture, and humanities is estimated to have declined 7.5% to $19.47 billion (source: Giving USA 2021), the largest decline of any subject.  

As arts organizations prepare their path to recovery this year and beyond, foundation grants can serve as a key income stream for those who can make a strong case for support. What can arts organizations do to make a compelling approach to foundations?  

This program will offer an overview of how to write an effective proposal to a foundation, with a special focus on the arts. It will include:  

  • The basic elements of a proposal 
  • How an arts organization can convey its impact to funders 
  • The "do's" and "don'ts" of writing and submitting a proposal 
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no 

In addition, we'll be joined by special guests from the New York City Children's Theater, who will share some advice and lessons learned from their own experience securing foundation grants in the arts. 

Additional information

Please note that Candid only provides recordings of our events to registrants.


  • Understand how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.
  • Identify what is unique about funding for arts organizations.
  • Know how and when to follow up with funders after submitting a proposal.

Intended audience

  • All levels of experience
  • Board members
  • CEOs, executive directors, upper management
  • Fundraising & development staff
  • Grant writers
  • Nonprofit startups

Bonus materials

When you register for this program, you receive:

  • a full recording,
  • associated handout(s), if applicable


Tracy Kaufman Network Engagement Manager Candid
Andrew Frank (he/him) Executive Director, New York City Children’s Theater
Yvonne Roen (she/her) Government and Board Relationship Manager, New York City Children’s Theater

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