Effective Proposal Development & Review

From Jonathan Peizer: Although the tecnology program I managed at the Open Society Institute provided over $35 million in grants and raised over $25 million in third party resource partnerships, many sought value in advice rather than grants. Nonprofits, social entrepreneurs and other foundation staff were regularly referred to me for proposal analysis and the necessary due diligence to qualify an idea with a technology component for direction, practicality and reception.


This advice often resulted in focused proposals that proved more attractive and acceptable to solicited institutions. The assistance was especially useful for social venture proposals where revenue generation was a part of the equation. These proposals often required vetting by both traditional grant making institutions and businesses or venture philanthropies with very different evaluation processes. Often the original proposals did not meet either focus very well. Internaut Consulting is offering this service on an economical, fixed cost basis.

Note: Internaut consulting will not review the same proposal for both a grantor and grantee.


For Grant Seekers

You know your initiative is important and adds value to the field, but are you sure you know what criteria the funder will use to judge it for support?

The objective of this service is to polish the proposal vision, strategy and implementation plan, making it more relevant to potential funders. Internaut Consulting understands how foundations evaluate proposals and the criteria they use. Hands on experience with many efforts to compare against combined with an extensive human network are all a part of the value this service delivers to you.


This service is technically part of the grant preparation process, and its costs may legitimately be offset later by including it as part of overhead in a grant request you make. The service is costed at a reasonable rate to make it more attractive to both the proposer and prospective donor. If you'd like to know why you might need such an evaluation service read this article: Nonprofit Philanthropy: More Darwin than Smith?

For Grant Givers

You have received a proposal with a technology component, a vision and an implementation plan. Would it benefit from an objective review by a fellow grantmaker with two decades of experience implementing such initiatives globally?

We analyze a proposal's overall strategy and vision, how practical it is to implement, if similar projects already exist and if partnerships are possible. How well it meets the Grant Giver's funding criteria is also evaluated. The value offered to grant making institutions is a dozen years of proposal vetting and successful ICT project implementation experience.


Proposal Review (One two complementary modules purchased separately or in tandem: Proposal Review and Strategy Session/Donor Advice)

Complete evaluations of proposals of up to twenty pages (E-mail us for larger proposal pricing). Structure and focus are evaluated from the perspective of the grant maker. Unanswered questions grant makers ask and modifications to make proposals more relevant and appealing to a prospective grant maker are all included in this service.


Once you agree to use this service by clicking the purchase button, E-mail the proposal with your contact information. Include any interactions you've had with any donors so I have a better feel for context. You will be contacted immediately by e-mail to acknowledge acceptance. Allow seven business days for the review and return of the proposal with recommendations.

 

Strategy Session & Donor Advice (One two complementary modules purchased separately or in tandem: Proposal Review and Strategy Session/Donor Advice)

This service involves a 40 minute phone call to assist the proposer in further refining the strategy laid out in a written proposal from the perspective of the grant maker. Recommendations of prospective partners, others who might be doing similar projects and a list of recommended donors to contact are all provided as a part of this service.

Once you agree to use this service by clicking the purchase button, E-mail your contact information. Include any interactions you've had with any donors so I have a better feel for context. You will be contacted immediately by e-mail to acknowledge acceptance. Allow seven business days for research, and arrangement of the strategy call for a mutually convenient time.

 

Proposal Review & Strategy Advice You can purchase both these complementary services together at a discount. Complete evaluations of proposals of up to twenty pages (contact us for larger proposal pricing). Structure and focus are evaluated from the perspective of the grant maker. Unanswered questions grant makers ask and modifications to make proposals more relevant and appealing to a prospective grant maker are all included in this service.


A 40 minute phone call to assist the proposer in further refining the strategy laid out in a twenty page [maximum] proposal from the perspective of the grant maker. Recommendations of prospective partners, others who might be doing similar projects and a list of recommended donors to contact are all provided as a part of this service.


Once you agree to use this service by clicking the purchase button E-mail the proposal with your contact information. Include any interactions you've had with any donors so I have a better feel for context. You will be contacted immediately by e-mail to acknowledge acceptance. Allow ten business days for the review and return of the proposal with recommendations as well as research, and arrangement of the strategy call for a mutually convenient time.

 

DisclaimerPlease not that Internaut Consulting does not claim that either of these services will guarantee your project will be funded. What is guaranteed is a serious review and recommendations by a person with two decades of experience in this area who reviewed proposals for a living, and who effectively worked with potential partners both inside and outside his institution to partner on initiatives. These services make available inside knowledge of the process and a vast network of information and resources at an economical, fixed price.


Within the 4 major support categories Internaut Consulting offers:

 

Internaut Consulting has provided clients program and administrative support in a variety of areas including: