Research, Writing, and Editing
a written document to use in your development operation requires
much more than putting pen to paper and hoping for a good outcome.
Whether your purpose is to create a case for support, submit a
foundation grant proposal, design an annual gift appeal package,
write a donor acknowledgment letter, or produce a board development
training manual, a successful outcome depends largely on your
advance work and knowing your audience. At i team, we work collaboratively
with our client partners to research, design, write, and ultimately
educate and motivate stakeholders and potential investors.
successfully involves much more than filling out an application
form, writing a letter, or caring deeply about your cause. You
need to have detailed knowledge of your agency, your community,
your stakeholder market, your field, and the funding source. Most
important, you must have a plan of action.
all, excellent writing is not just a matter of being an expert
in your field of interest. There is a craft that is specific to
creating a successful outcomewith tools and skills developed
over many years and the experience offered by the i team.
i team consultants offer depth of experience, guidance, and support
that not only assists with your writing projects, but helps you
create internal capacity so that you learn and grow from the writing
project experience. Together with our clients, we create a hands-on
learning lab. Some of the critical services offered by i team
a comprehensive case for support for your annual gift appeal,
your capital campaign, or your special project such as a foundation
the human interaction and knowledge management necessary to
create genuine community input for a projects successful
and managing the necessary background information and knowledge
that supports your written solicitation, case documents, or
monitoring, and measuring your project outcomes, whether you
are measuring the product or analyzing the process.
editing, and formatting development and marketing/promotional
pieces or comprehensive foundation grant proposals.
dynamic and user-friendly educational, training, and orientation
components that can be easily employed in a wide variety of
client research and donor database needs; comparing and contrasting
system options; and recommending courses of action that will
fulfill client requirements.
design and writing efforts on behalf of client organizations;
managing input, timelines, information flow, and production.
foundation grant proposal databases and providing targeted,
sequenced plans for approaching foundation prospects.
i team brings many resources to the table, including comprehensive
public and private foundation research capabilities, state-of-the-art
research processes through its Association of Professional Researchers
for Advancement (APRA) membership, project management training
and certification, and years of successful development writing
and design experience.