What is your reaction when you see the words on a foundation website…”No Unsolicited Proposals Accepted?” Is it one of fear? One of a professional challenge that can be won?
Do you immediately close the internet browser tab and move onto the next prospect?
Do you exclude foundations that have checked box two on page ten, part XV of the IRS – 990 PF form from your database search results?
Or if the match on paper is so strong, do you take the approach that this is a challenge and that you can work on relationship building in order to gain an invitation to submit a proposal in the future?
There are numerous personalized approaches to how grant professionals handle the dreaded phrase “no unsolicited proposals accepted” when doing their grant research.
SmartEGrants will be talking about these questions and more during #grantchat this week, on Tuesday, April 7th at 12pm ET. You can see the preview questions here. Or, after April 7th, you can follow-up via the transcript or blog summary post here.
If you are new to grant seeking, or are trying to expand beyond government contracts and grants into the foundation grant world, we have a few great foundation grant research professional development opportunities for you this week. We will be talking this week in #grantchat as well in our Thursday Blueprints for Grants webinar (just $25 for the webinar handouts as well as both the live and recorded access to the session!). Hope to see you at one or both! Not able to make either? Let us know your biggest question or concern about handling foundations that don’t accept unsolicited proposals in the comments below.