Writing a proposal? Here's a checklist to guide you

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This story was updated on Feb. 13.

Writing a proposal is the first step toward cultivating a partnership. It is a competitive process that goes well beyond stringing words together to convince a donor or foundation to trust your organization with funding to implement a project, provide goods, or deliver services.

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    Jennifer Ehidiamen

    Jennifer Ehidiamen is a Nigerian writer who is passionate about communications and journalism. She has worked as a reporter and communications consultant for different organizations in Nigeria and overseas. She has an undergraduate degree in mass communication from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, and M.A. in business and economics from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York. In 2014, she founded Rural Reporters (www.ruralreporters.com) with the goal of amplifying underreported news and issues affecting rural communities.
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    Matthew Wolf

    Matthew Wolf works with Devex's Development Data team from Johannesburg in South Africa, helping improve our coverage of and insight into development work and funding around the world. He draws on work experience with Thomson Reuters in Africa, MENA and Latin America, where he helped uncover, pursue and win opportunities with local governments and donor agencies. He is interested in data-driven solutions to development challenges, results-based financing, and ICT4D.