The Road to an Effective Grant Proposal: Corporation and Foundation Grant Writing


The Road to an Effective Grant Proposal: Corporation and Foundation Grant Writing

Event Detail: 
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Event Presenter: 
Lori Britton
Event Cost: 
$89* (half-day, lunch is not included)

Writing an effective grant is all about connecting the dots: what is the funder seeking and how do I  demonstrate my organization’s link to their specific interests? Learn to write a compelling and competitive grant in this lively and fun introduction to nonprofit grant writing.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Research and identify prospective funders via the internet and other resources (“who should I ask for what?”)
  • Use compelling and relevant language to interest grant reviewers in their organization’s impact and mission
  • Develop the program narrative in a way that highlights the most important elements from the funder’s perspective
  • Employ clear, concise, positive style
  • Format for readability and understanding
  • Develop budgets and prepare other required materials
  • Prepare to provide accurate and timely reports
  • Generally, leave with an understanding of the major components of an effective grant

This half-day, hands-on session will focus on grant writing and researching corporations and foundations.

Target Audience: Ideal for newer development professionals as well as those staff persons who may be responsible for grant writing as a component of their job duties.

About the Presenter

For over 20 years, Lori Smith Britton has been a leader in leveraging critical resources for several of Boston’s most prestigious institutions including MIT, the Boston Latin School Association, and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation as well as a number of grassroots and community-based organizations. Lori was instrumental in the early success of the $35 million Pons Privatus Capital Campaign of the Boston Latin School Association, and directed efforts that allowed the Museum of African American History to double its budget during her tenure as Director of Development. While at the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Lori worked closely with the executive team to establish and grow the President’s Council—a leadership group of supporters whose annual giving is $25,000 to $1 million and above—and helped launch a $9 million fund drive to secure the future of the Profile in Courage Award program. The drive was successfully completed in 2008 having surpassed its goal.  She founded Community Resource Consulting in 2007 to advance organizations that aim to improve the human condition and promote humanity. Her current major project Is working with Epiphany School in Dorchester where she is helping to lead their effort to grow their program and revenue model by 25% in the next 5 years.

Lori’s service to the community is extended by her volunteer commitments. She serves on the boards of the Boston Latin School Association and Freedom House, Inc, where she is also a member of the executive committee. She is also a committee member of the Multi-Cultural Forum of the Chestnut Hill School—parent-led organization committed to promoting the ideals of inclusion and diversity.

An alumna of Syracuse University where she earned a dual Bachelor’s Degree in English and Broadcast Journalism, Lori also earned a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs from Boston University, where she has served as an adjunct professor teaching a course in nonprofit fundraising.


* If your organization is a tenant of the NonProfit Center, or a fiscally sponsored project/grantee of TSNE Missionworks, please contact before registering to request a scholarship rate of $25.00. Scholarships are limited, and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis; maximum 1 per organization per workshop.