Proposal Writing Workshop a Success

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More than 40 local non-profit professionals gathered at Greenwich Library for a proposal writing workshop featuring Marilyn Hoyt, President and CEO of the New York Hall of Science. The training session, which was co-sponsored by the Greenwich Library Peterson Business Programs and The United Way of Greenwich, took place in the Greenwich Library Meeting Room.

Marilyn Hoyt is President and CEO of the New York Hall of Science, New York's largest provider of graduate, professional and methods courses for teachers in the physical sciences. She recently authored the fundraising chapter for the Handbook for Small Science Centers and the foreword to the Foundation Center's publication, "Guide to Winning Proposals." Hoyt was a leader in the $92 million Hall of Science capital campaign that led to the doubling of the size of the facilities. She consults in fundraising for a wide variety of nonprofits for J.C.Geever, Inc., and was for twelve years a grantmaker for the Westchester Arts Council in New York and for the Washington State Arts Commission.

"I learned that I should focus on 3-5 grants and look to build relationships with those organizations," said Nicole Standish of the Junior League of Greenwich. "It's important to look for a good partner, a good match," she said.

"This is the kind of vital information non-profit professionals need. At Greenwich Library, we're proud to partner with the Foundation Center and the United Way to offer this seminar," said Wynne Delmhorst, Business Services Librarian. "Patrons can access our free resources to find grant opportunities, learn about grantmakers and discover non-profit best practices," she said.

The Foundation Center was established in 1956, and today is supported by more than 600 foundations. Its mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy. The nation's leading authority on philanthropy, it connects nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust, maintaining the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level. The Center's website receives more than 47,000 visits each day. Thousands of people gain access to free resources in its five regional library/learning centers. Greenwich Library is among its national network of more than 340 Cooperating Collections.

The seminar, which normally costs up to $195 per person, was offered for $45 through a subsidy by the Greenwich Library Peterson Business Program Series and The United Way of Greenwich.

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