Philanthropy and Proposal Writing

Instructor: Maria Mottola | Saturdays 9:00am - 1:00pm | Mar. 22 & 29 | $100 | Course Code: SWPHIWRI

This course focuses primarily on the tasks and skills of program development and proposal writing, and provides a broad overview of philanthropy. A practical course, it covers the nuts and bolts of program design, defining fundraising goals, planning, identifying funding prospects and crafting a strong proposal for funding.

Course Highlights:

  • Understand the range of tasks and functions required for proposal writing.
  • Identify critical components that must be considered when developing programs.
  • Demonstrate skill in transforming ideas into concrete programming.
  • Understand the role of funding in program implementation.
  • Understand the role of foundations and government grants.
  • Demonstrate a facility for oral and written expression as required to obtain funding.

About the Instructor:

Maria Mottola has been the Executive Director of the New York Foundation (NYF) since 2003. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was Executive Director of the City Wide Task Force on Housing Court, a housing advocacy organization that promotes the reform of New York City's Housing Court. Ms. Mottola successfully managed the group’s transition from a volunteer campaign to a fully funded organization.

Ms. Mottola also worked as Director of Neighborhood Programs and a community organizer at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a settlement house on the Eastside of Manhattan. She acted as an executive-on-loan to Gladys Carrión, the Commissioner of the New York State Office of Children and Families where she was involved in planning the Brooklyn for Brooklyn Initiative, a pilot program that ensured court involved youth placed in OCFS’s care could be treated in nurturing environments located in their home communities.

Ms. Mottola has taught community organizing at New York University School of Social Work and has been an adjunct instructor at the Hunter College Graduate School of Urban Affairs and Planning since 1996. She received her undergraduate degree in liberal arts at the University of Toronto and a master's degree in social work from Fordham University.


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