Reach Out to Foundation Program Officers

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This is the final installment in a 3-part series on how to get more funding. In this part listeners learn about the program officers who read grant proposals and how they can develop a relationship with them.

Getting to know a foundation’s program officer is the smartest step a grant seeker can take.

Program officers often serve as advocates at their foundations for groups they think are doing good work. And they can often help proposal writers and nonprofit leaders understand what it takes to get a grant.

“Program officers are people who share your own values,” says Ted Smith, chairman of Electronics TakeBack Coalition, a national organization that promotes better environmental practices in the electronics industry.

Read more & Listen to Part Three

Part I

Part II

Original article written by Tony Martignetti and posted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy on August 16, 2012. 

Tony Martignetti, a consultant, authorblogger, and host of Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio, talks with nonprofit leaders and consultants about how organizations can more effectively raise money, build better relationships with boards and supporters, and manage volunteers. Look for new installments on the third Thursday of each month.

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