While every foundation has its own criteria for evaluating grant proposals, Joel J. Orosz identifies twelve traits that signal a good proposal. Orosz argues that foundations ought to be on the lookout for innovative, collaborative, and comprehensive efforts. Grantors should ask themselves: is the nonprofit going to do the project even if the grant is refused? Will they continue the project after foundation funding ceases? Are applicants willing to have an evaluator assess their progress? Orosz says that while a proposal might not have all of these characteristics, good ones will have many of them.

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