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Journalism Techniques to Spice Up Your Grant Proposals
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Journalism Techniques to Spice Up Your Grant Proposals

It’s no coincidence that many great grant proposal writers once worked as journalists. Like proposal writers, journalists have a knack for telling clear, compelling stories using quotes and objective evidence. This webinar, led by a grant proposal writer who began as a reporter, explains how to interview individuals such as organization clients to create more impactful proposals.

 Export to Your Calendar 10/15/2019
When: Tuesday, October 15th
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Map this event »
The Regas Building
318 N. Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee  37917
United States
Presenter: Mark Goldstein
Contact: Eddie Crim

Online registration is available until: 10/15/2019
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Member: $75.00
Non-Member: $225.00
Student Member: $25.00



Learning Objectives Include:

  • When to use interviews to improve grant proposals.
  • How to select a client to interview.
  • The three questions to ask during every client interview.
  • How to ethically set colleagues and clients at ease about the process.
  • Tips for writing a compelling and appropriate client story into a proposal.
  • Interviewing ‘tip sheets’ and real-life examples that helped get grants.

ABN Fund Development Certificate:

This workshop counts as 3 credits towards the ABN Fund Development Certificate. To receive this certificate, a participant must earn 18 credits (six qualifying courses) within a two-year period. Credits are tracked on individual sub-accounts (not admin accounts) as course credit stays with the individual. For more information, contact Eddie Crim at

CFRE Credits:

Full participation in Advanced Grant Writing is applicable for 3 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or re-certification. For more information about the Certified Fundraising Executive credential visit




This course is intended for intermediate professionals with 1-2 years’ experience in the topic. Please keep in mind, the levels are simply a guideline. Please contact Eddie Crim at for specific questions about the level of this course.



Mark Goldstein, CFRE, Communication Mark President/CEO, is most sought after as an expert proposal writer and project strategist. He is the creator of the Open Communication Fundraising Model, a system that enables all nonprofit agency stakeholders to effectively work together toward organizational and fundraising goals. Mark has consistently served nonprofits as a staff member, board member or consultant since 1991. He has raised more than $40 million for organizations of all types and sizes throughout the United States, particularly for health, human service, community development and technology needs. Mark is a current member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Western NC Chapter and the Grant Professionals Association NC Chapter. As a volunteer, he has served as a founding board member of two local nonprofit media outlets. He provides training for participants at the Duke University Continuing Studies Nonprofit Management program, 4Good, WNC Nonprofit Pathways, Alliance for Better Nonprofits and other venues.


Cancellation Courtesy:
If you wish to cancel your registration, notification of your registration cancellation must be received by email to Eddie Crim at five business days prior to the class. Please view our full cancellation policy here.

Special Accommodations:
If you require special accommodation in order to attend an ABN training, please contact Eddie Crim at 865-313-2077 or no less than five days prior to the training you wish to attend.

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