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Writing a Persuasive Letter of Inquiry

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Master Class – Proposal Writing Series

About this Course

 This fast-paced course uses a hands-on approach to guide participants through the steps involved in writing a persuasive letter of inquiry (LOI). 

A Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is a 2-4-page “mini” proposal that serves as a quick way for you to introduce yourself and your charitable program to a potential funder. The LOI is also a resourceful way to open up conversation about the wonderful contributions that your program is making in your community and how much money is needed to continue or expand your services to more people.

If a funder determines that you are mission-aligned and likes what he/she reads in your LOI, usually, they’ll extend an invitation for you to submit more details about what you’d like them to fund. They may even fund you without additional information. Worst case, the funder decides to deny your request. In this case, you have spent very little of your time; simply thank them and move on to your next opportunity.

Intended Audience

This course is designed to aid leaders of charitable programs develop a written request for funding, donations, or partnerships.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of this course and all course assignments, participants should have a completed LOI.  In addition, participants will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to effectively communicate their organization’s story, followed by a compelling “ask” that is written in a clear and concise manner

The course is divided into 4 sessions and 10 writing assignments. In addition, participants have access to a course packet that contains the written assignments and examples for completing each.

  • Session I: Introduction To The Letter of Inquiry
  • Session II: Persuasive Writing
  • Session III: Counting Our Efforts
  • Session IV: Being Resilient

At the conclusion of this course, it is our sincere hope that you feel inspired to lead the organization that you’ve always dreamed that you would one day lead. You have everything it takes to succeed. This course is just your reminder!

Onward & Upward!

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