The Virtual Foundation - Your Donation Makes it Happen
Proposal Guidelines for The Virtual Foundation
Important Note:Before you read any further: if you are considering submitting a proposal, be sure to check to see if your country is among the 29 we presently operate in. See the Consortium Members section for a complete list.
Funding LevelsThe purpose of the Virtual Foundation is to promote international philanthropy focused upon small scale projects. Many Internet donors want to start with a donation in the 500-1500 USD range. CONSEQUENTLY PROPOSALS WITH BUDGETS UNDER 2,000 USD ARE MOST LIKELY TO BE FUNDED QUICKLY. The Virtual Foundation will accept and review proposals up to 5,000 USD, but proposals in the 2-5,000 dollar range must be unusually strong, extremely well written, and documented with highly appealing visuals. Organizations submitting proposals with larger budgets should be prepared to work with Virtual Foundation staff to make several revisions.
Virtual Foundation Proposal FormatThe proposal text must be no longer than 2 pages (or 500 words) including information and narrative sections.
General Information SectionThis section should include all of the following information:
Narrative SectionThe narrative section of your Virtual Foundation proposal should be written in a clear descriptive style. Whenever possible, write in the first person. For example:
I/We breathe polluted air from a factory in our neighborhood and we need the ability to test the air
While it is important to have a scientifically and technically strong project, on the Internet, your project is competing for attention with thousands of other sources of information. If you can describe your project as a good story, appealing to universal human values, you are much more likely to attract donors.
Specific Requirements for the Narrative Section:
A note on editing proposals:
In order to make proposals more readable and appealing on the Internet, ECOLOGIA staff prepare a brief (50-75 word) summary for every project. Potential donors read the summary first and then, if they are interested, go on to the longer proposals. In writing summaries, we make every effort to use wording from the original proposal. But for reasons of clarity and in order to attract donors, we reserve the right to make changes, including changes in the project title.
Additional Recommendations for writing a proposal,
which will be appealing to donors on the internet.