There are more than 10,000 public and private granting foundations in Canada, representing $61.5 billion in assets. A relatively untapped resource for many organizations, putting your best foot forward to these foundations is essential to securing your next major grant. This session will provide insight into the world of foundation fundraising, focusing on how to put your best application forward and set your organization apart from the competition. We will explore how to engage with Foundations, from how to identify them to creating a compelling written case/proposal.

-Understand when to make the ask, who to make the ask to, when to follow up, and why a “one size fits all” proposal usually doesn’t work

-Learn appropriate ways to engage with foundations

-Create a compelling application/proposal specific to the type of Foundation. This will be accomplished by participants applying the techniques learned on real case study examples.

-Develop appropriate budgets to accompany proposals

Sara Byrnell

Director of Corporate Partnerships

Plan International Canada

Sara Byrnell leads the development of strategic business opportunities as the Director of Corporate Partnerships at Plan International Canada. For more than a decade, Sara has dedicated her career to supporting leading charities including SickKids Foundation and United Way. She has a successful track record of securing major gifts from foundations and currently works to build strategic corporate partnerships for Plan International and the Because I am a Girl initiative to support equal rights for all children, especially girls, around the world. Sara is a graduate of Queen’s University and the Georgian College Fundraising and Resource Development Program.