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Certificate in Proposal Writing-Session I of V
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Certificate in Proposal Writing-Session I of V

When: Thursday, February 27, 2020
9:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Where: Rollins College, Bush Executive Center
SunTrust Parking Garage
150 East Lyman Avenue
Winter Park, Florida  32789
United States

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A great grant writer is always in demand, so if you enjoy research and writing, love a challenge or just want to win increased funding for your nonprofit, you’ll want to consider pursuing a Certificate in Proposal Writing. It offers a step by step process to develop carefully targeted, well-written proposals that make a compelling case for a nonprofit and its mission. 

The Rollins College Certificate in Proposal Writing is unique in that it will guide you through a step by step proposal-writing process from start to finish, is interactive through the use of speakers, group discussions, group exercises, and ends with the completion of an actual proposal, which is peer-reviewed and mentor-reviewed.

This is the only course of its kind that affords you the opportunity to meet face-to-face with local funders to hear what they look for in grant applications. During the proposal writing series, prominent area funders speak about funding, proposal writing, and what they look for in a proposal. Some of the past funders included: Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, Central Florida Foundation, Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation, United Arts of Central Florida, Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation, and Dr. P. Phillips Foundation.

Past participants of our Rollins College Certificate in Proposal Writing series rate it highly:

Fantastic series!!! Great teacher!!! Great handout materials!!! Quality speakers!!! Great homework assignments!! Good networking!!

Great! It made this forbidding subject accessible, understandable, and attainable!

I learned so much I feel encouraged to master the grant writing process for my nonprofit.

I’m not only becoming better at crafting effective proposals, I am becoming a more powerful writer.

Wow! Even as an experienced proposal writer, I learned a tremendous amount, and I am excited to implement it in my work.

I really enjoyed the guest speakers -- they really added so much to my knowledge. Terri was very responsive and helpful always, so that was very supportive and encouraging.

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You will learn with the step by step process:

  • clearly identify the problem to be solved
  • formulate a concise need statement corroborated by supportive data
  • write a need statement tied to outcome-based evaluation in an engaging story-telling style
  • master creating a proposal budget and narrative text that addresses sustainability
  • capture the grant reviewer's interest
  • write a full proposal with supporting data.

Program Cost:
$750 members, $1,500 non-members. Scholarships may be available for members.

Proposal Writing Dates:
Proposal Writing I - February 27, 2020
Proposal Writing II - March 12, 2020
Proposal Writing III -  March 26, 2020
Proposal Writing IV - April 9, 2020
Proposal Writing V - April 30, 2020

Time: 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Complimentary coffee and beverage service is provided throughout the day. Breakfast bars in the morning and a light snack in the afternoon are also provided. You have a one hour lunch (not provided) break each day and will be given a list of restaurants within walking distance.


  1. Participants must complete the one prerequisite prior to attending the proposal writing series (Finding Grant Funding).
  2. The series must be completed in order from 1 to 5.
  3. Participants must attend all the required sessions.
  4. Participants must submit a fully completed grant proposal. 

The Rollins College Certificate in Proposal Writing is awarded after all 33 hours of the series are completed, a proposal prepared and submitted to the instructor, and all fees are paid.

Attendance Policy:
You have made a significant investment of time and money to attend this course. Each session is important and related to other sessions in the course. Attendance is taken at each session, and participants must attend all five sessions and stay through the end each session in order to receive the Certificate in Proposal Writing.

Instructor: Terri Chastain, CFRE Consultant

Terri Chastain, CFRE, is a fundraising and training consultant for the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College, providing workshop instruction, curriculum development, and other consulting services. 

She has over 25 years of experience working for nonprofit organizations, including serving as Senior Campaign Director for Harbor House of Central Florida’s $7.4 million capital campaign and Development Director for the Adult Literacy League and UCP of Central Florida, where she was part of a capital campaign committee team that raised $6 million.  Her experience includes proposal writing; special events; major gifts; training & management of staff, board, and volunteers; corporate support; annual fund; and in-kind support, as well as direct program service in the fields of children’s, family, and disability/special needs services. 

Ms. Chastain has worked in the nonprofit and government sectors since completing her Bachelor’s degree at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. She is a member, and a former board member, of the Association for Fundraising Professionals and a Certified Fund Raising Executive, CFRE.  

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