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Best Practices in Grant Seeking: Beyond the Proposal

Author(s): Saadia Faruqi
  • ISBN-13: 9780763774875
  • Paperback    192 pages      © 2011
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As the competition for private foundation dollars becomes increasingly more intense, nonprofit organizations are struggling to find competent grant writers who can show results. But even a perfectly written proposal, or a highly qualified grant writer, cannot guarantee funding.

Best Practices in Grant Seeking: Beyond the Proposal explores how to involve an organization’s leadership in the grant seeking process, and how to work together with staff from public relations, program,s and even other fundraising areas, to make the grant proposal process more fruitful. The best practices in this book can help nonprofit officials determine agency-wide activities – both short and long term – that support and enhance the efforts of the grant writer and that will ultimately improve the amount and number of grants receive from foundations by building long-lasting relationships with funders, accessing the power of their communities, and establishing internal communication and cooperation.

"Indeed, the most valuable parts of the book are the best-practice case studies and funder perspectives. The former include clear examples of proven techniques used by existing nonprofit organizations; the latter offer critical insights into the foundation review process, particularly with respect to some of the less obvious factors that can affect a funder's decision to accept or decline a proposal. Faruqi also includes helpful checklists at the end of each chapter that can be used to assess organizational or professional readiness for the grantseeking process."

--Stephen Sherman, Reference Librarian, The Foundation Center, Atlanta, GA (For Philanthropy News Digest - Read the full review)

Part  I  Laying the Groundwork
  Chapter  1  Foster Internal Relationships
  Chapter  2  Develop Community Image
  Chapter  3  Design Stellar Programs
  Chapter  4  Unite and Do Good
Part  II  Creating the Request
  Chapter  5  Organize the Grants Function
  Chapter  6  Know Thy Funder
  Chapter  7  Craft Winning Proposals
Part  III  While the Jury’s Out
  Chapter  8  Produce Fabulous Site Visits
Part  IV  After the Grant Award
  Chapter  9  Steward Funds with Integrity
  Chapter  10  Make Friends with Funders
  Conclusion  The Future of Grant Seeking

Saadia Faruqi

Saadia Faruqi, president of Faruqi & Associates, has almost 10 years of grant writing and development experience in the nonprofit sector, including at-risk youth, women’s health, domestic violence, science education, adult and family literacy, and the arts. She also has extensive experience in public relations, communications, marketing, and finance.

Prior to founding Faruqi & Associates, Saadia worked as Grants Administrator and later Grants Consultant for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston. She has also served as Development Director of Literacy Advance of Houston. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Karachi, in her native country of Pakistan. In 2001, she received the prestigious President’s Student Service Award, granted by George W. Bush for volunteerism and student leadership.


Saadia has always focused on improving the nonprofit sector; her research projects include a study on the relationships between funders and grantee organizations and how this impacts the grants awarded. This study, entitled “Grantor-Grantee Relationships—A Research Study” was published in the 2004 Issue. Saadia is a member of the American Association of Grant

Professionals, and founder and past Chair of the Grant Writers’ Network of Greater Houston, an organization dedicated to providing professional development, training, and networking opportunities for grant writers in the Houston area.

Saadia works and lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and two young children.

  • Unlike many books on the subject of grants, Saadia Faruqi has done a marvelous job of laying out the entire grant seeking, grant writing, and grant management process in a way that is very concise, yet very enlightening. Providing checklists at the end of each chapter, the author takes readers on a journey that helps determine if their organization is ready to successfully participate in the world of grants.

    --Sandra Lovett, MSAS, Missouri Southern State University