Rockford, Ill. – The Northern Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence (NICNE) at Rockford College works to build the management capacity of area nonprofit organizations by offering a variety of programs, training and resources. NICNE has recently completed a survey of participants in their Grant Writing Proposal Workshops. After completing the workshop, participants are tracked for one year on submitted grants and results. The 2009 survey respondents report writing 46 new grants in 2010, resulting in 31 funded proposals and totaling more than $13 million in new funding for the greater Rockford. NICNE Program and Membership Coordinator Karen Ream says, "This amount adds to the $4 million from the previous year to total over $17 million since the beginning of the grant writing program."
The Proposal Workshops teach nonprofits the essential elements of a proposal, how to research funders, measure results, prepare budgets, write clearly and concisely, and how to find and prepare federal grants. Pam Clark Reidenbach, Director of NICNE adds, "We have always believed that the center's funds were best spent teaching agencies to fish for themselves. The result is expanded grant writing capacity for more than 170 agencies and a huge financial return to our community."
The next Proposal Workshop session begins March 10.