Foundation fundraising falls on the spectrum between corporate underwriting and major giving. As with underwriting, seeking foundation funding is a business-to-business process with a goal of discovering and advancing mutual institutional goals, rather than personal interests.

Like major giving, foundation grant seeking revolves around a compelling philanthropic case for support: How does the work of your station make the community a better place? By what measures? How does this work fit into the foundation’s priorities for improving the community?

With this series of guidelines and templates, Greater Public provides the background and the step-by-step procedures to help you define your project, approach the right foundation, prepare a solid proposal, and maintain a strong relationship. These guidelines were developed to be adaptable and useful no matter what type of support you are seeking from foundation funders.