Mastering the Critical 1st Step for Grants: Letter of Inquiry (LOI)

  • Duration
    90 Minutes
  • Author
    Diane Leonard, GPC
  • Course Level
  • Year Created
  • CFRE Approved
    1.50 Points



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Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST
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Mastering the Critical 1st Step for Grants: Letter of Inquiry (LOI)
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A Whopping 92% of the People Who Attended This Nonprofit Webinar Rated It As Great to Excellent!

This course is brought to you by a GPA approved trainer. Diane Leonard, GPC is one of only 25 GPA approved trainers.

A common first step of private foundation applications is the letter of inquiry (LOI). Not to be confused with a letter of intent often required by government grantmakers, letters of inquiry can be a barrier to grant seeking success if you aren’t careful. You need to engage your letter of inquiry reader right away to be invited to submit a full proposal.

Participating in the webinar “Mastering the Critical 1st Step for Grants: Letter of Inquiry (LOI)” will walk you through, step-by-step, how to write a letter of inquiry that will grab your potential funder’s attention. 

In this live, interactive nonprofit webinar we will look at the steps necessary to write a successful letter of inquiry that will elicit the request for a full proposal from a grantmaker that you are seeking.

We will look at and critique successful and unsuccessful LOIs to help understand how to improve your own LOI for future submissions.

Participating in “Mastering the Critical 1st Step for Grants: Letter of Inquiry (LOI)” will give you the basic steps necessary to successfully write a compelling letter of inquiry whether in a limited online form, two page hard copy letter, or anything in between.

During This Nonprofit Webinar You Will Learn:

  • What are the steps of developing a successful letter of inquiry
  • How to create a compelling story within a short word or character limit
  • How to write an outstanding letter of inquiry even if a grantmaker does not provide a required format

This Webinar is Perfect For You If…

  • You are new or relatively new to the field of grant seeking; or
  • You are looking to increase your success percentage and craft more competitive grant applications.

You’ll Get These BONUS Materials:

  1. ​A letter of inquiry checklist for success
  2. A letter of inquiry development tool 
  3. The webinar slides
  4. The webinar recording

What Attendees Said about This Nonprofit Webinar: 

“Informative and thorough information and guidance on the ins and outs of LOIs.”

Jeff Fisher

“I've been a grant writer for 15 years. The first part of my career I was involved with writing grants to the NIH, which are very different from grant request to foundations.  Over the last 5 years, I've written a lot of grant request and LOIs and feel like I'm an expert. Even so, I learned a lot in this webinar - a couple of things I had not ever considered. Diane is an excellent presenter and has deep knowledge of the field.” 

Susan Schroeder, Parenting Now!

“I thought Diane was incredibly knowledgeable and interesting.  I struggle with finding the right information to include in a LOI, so this was really great.”

Jennifer Fowkes, I Tri Girls

“Diane Leonard is an amazing presenter.  AS I watched and listened, I felt as if I was in a room with Diane.  She is without a doubt "subject matter expert" and I look forward to learning more from her!  Thank you Diane for teaching this old timer something new!”

Eilzabeth Leeman, CRi

“This was our first experience with CharityHowTo. Not knowing what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality and value of the webinar.”

Jamie Banks, Quiet Communities 

“This webinar was well organized and presented a comprehensive approach to handling LOI's that was very clear and concise.”

Julie Rivnak-McAda

“Participating in the webinar helped me feel confident in my new grant-related job duties because it helped me understand the little steps that I can take to make the whole journey more understandable and approachable.”

Jennifer Bresee, Revenwood

“Diane's experience in the grants world gives her a great perspective to share with those who are just starting to learn this craft. She is concise and clear in her delivery and responsive to participants.”

Deb Wells, Alzheimer's Association

“I would recommend this webinar to anyone beginning a career in grant writing and having trouble figuring out where to start. Because of the information I learned, I feel I can move forward more confidently in the grant process.”

Madelyn Hogrebe, GenerateHealth

“I eagerly awaited this Webinar as I had so many unanswered and gray areas in this field. I learned more than I anticipated and definitely enjoyed the presenter. Diane knows her topics, for sure!”

Cathy Purves, Trout Unlimited

“Diane Leonard is a great presenter, giving us knowledge at the same time she's answering our impromptu questions. I learned a lot from this webinar!”

Michelle Barrentine

About Your Topic Expert:

Diane H. Leonard, GPC, ST, SM, SPO is a Grant Professional Certified (GPC) and Approved Trainer of the Grant Professionals Association and Certified Virtual Trainer. Diane is also a Scrum Trainer,  Scrum Master, and Scrum Product Owner through Scrum inc.

Since 2006, Diane and her team have secured more than $66.75 million dollars in competitive grant awards for the clients of DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services. She is an active member of the Grant Professionals Association.

When not working with her team on grant applications for clients, Diane can be found in the 1000 Islands, out for a run, or drinking a strong cup of coffee.

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