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UNH Hosts Foundation Center Proposal Writing Seminar

May 21, 2008

Hoyt presents the Foundation Center Proposal Writing Seminar to a group of more than 60 UNH faculty and staff. Photo: Lynnette Hentges

Finding funding from foundations was made a lot easier for the 64 UNH faculty and staff who attended the Foundation Center’s Proposal Writing Seminar recently. The Foundation Center is considered the nation’s leading authority on philanthropy.

The May 13th seminar was organized by the UNH Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) and co-sponsored by UNH deans and the Center for the Humanities. It was led by Marilyn Hoyt, president and CEO of the New York Hall of Science. Prior to her current position, Hoyt worked variously as a grant maker in both government and private foundation settings, a grant writer, a director of development, and a leader of capital campaigns.

The day-long seminar gave attendees the opportunity to learn techniques for developing a well-crafted proposal package and researching potential funders. It also provided them with insights into grant makers’ proposal review processes.

Presented in one of the technology-enhanced classrooms in newly-renovated Kingsbury Hall, the seminar was a welcome chance for attendees to meet and talk with colleagues from all across campus.

Faculty and staff from across campus learned how to write grant proposals to foundations at a recent seminar organized by the Office of Sponsored Research and supported by UNH deans and the Center for the Humanities. Photo: Lynnette Hentges

Afterward, many participants said they now had the confidence to write and submit proposals for funding to support their activities here at UNH. “The presentation was very helpful- especially to hear about so many experiences with foundations. I am enthusiastic about putting some of my new knowledge into practice,” said Molly Girard of the History Department.

The Foundation Center Proposal Writing Seminar was part of a larger series of workshops, panel presentations and seminars being offered in 2008 by OSR and the Center for the Humanities to help UNH faculty secure funding for their research, scholarly activities, and outreach efforts. Upcoming events in the series include brown bag proposal workshops throughout the summer and a visit to campus by representatives from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the fall.

For more information about these programs, contact Mary Jo Alibrio in the Center for the Humanities or Lynnette Hentges in OSR.



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