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How to Contact Grantmakers & Get Results

Jun 20, 2011

Grantseekers are often advised to contact a grantmaker before sending a proposal, as long as the funder allows prior contact. How you prepare and what you say can start building a bridge with the prospective donor. Poor preparation can also burn that bridge. Our expert panelists answer questions about the right and wrong ways to approach grantmakers during all stages of the funding request process.

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Marilyn Hoyt is active nationally in teaching, consulting, and advisory work. She speaks frequently at conferences and fund raisers, and serves as a member of the Young Audiences Program Certification Team and a reviewer for two foundations. She also regularly teaches courses for the Foundation Center at locations throughout the nation. Read her full bio.


Meghan Mucklow Pietrantonio is Grants Manager for SunTrust Bank's Foundations & Endowments Specialty Practice, where she is responsible for managing the delivery of all grants-related services, including processing grant applications, grant payments, grant award and deadline letters, tracking evaluation reports, grants data management, and serving as the liaison between private foundation clients and the broader nonprofit community.