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Send the below info, and if interested, the nonprofit will select a time for a phone interview. You'll get a confirmation with everything you need to know.


You'll have a 30 minute call to discuss the scope and deliverables of the project directly with Encampment for Citizenship, and for them to confirm you're a good fit.


Once accepted, you'll be able to get right to work. We will check in with you periodically to make sure you have everything you need.
Encampment for Citizenship
6 - 9 weeks
Can be done remotely
Oakland, CA
Grant writing/development

Posted March 27
Member since 2022-11-02

Project Overview

We are seeking a volunteer with experience in the field of foundation fundraising to review our current development strategy. This project will include reviewing our current proposals and making recommendations on how to develop more fundable proposals and enhancing our foundation fundraising strategy.We are seeking guidance on how to improve our grant proposals and overall foundation fundraising strategy. We are not asking the volunteer to help us write the proposals but rather seek feedback and recommendations on our current and future proposals and foundation fundraising strategy to be more effective. We also have years of experience with foundation fundraising but realize some of our approaches may need to be updated. Our funding comes primarily from family foundations and individuals—many of whom are alums.

Our nonprofit organization has sponsored residential summer leadership development programs since 1946 with a 16-year hiatus (1997-2012). We do not have contact information for the majority of our alums, and we have low engagement with the ones with whom we are in touch. We are looking to increase our effectiveness as at the moment we are in calls for action as our democracy is threatened. The EFC was founded in the wake of W.W. II, countering worldwide fascism, and constructed to prevent future authoritarian models and to prepare young people to be active and thoughtful citizens confronting injustice as a lifelong pursuit. The Encampment is non-partisan and encourages young people to develop their critical thinking and deepen their understanding of others coming from different communities than their own. The Encampment convenes a diverse group of young people coming from different cultural, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds. However, the Encampment is currently not reaching the numbers it could if more funding was raised.

We will select proposals to critique in each of our program areas. We will have a summary of the last 12 months of foundation fundraising. We will prepare a historical overview of funding for EFC. We will also share our internal evaluation which includes feedback from a paid grant writer. The plan developed with the Taproot volunteer will be implemented by the staff, fundraising committee, and board of directors.


Nonprofit Overview

Encampment for Citizenship (EFC) facilitates programs for young people (15-18) of different ethnic, gender identity, religious, cultural, geographic, and economic backgrounds. EFC provides youth with an experience in democratic living with the aim of helping them to become more thoughtful, informed, responsible, and effective global citizens in the struggle for racial, economic, and social justice.


Grant writing
Business planning