Philanthropists’ programme officers browse countless proposals from charities. Rachel Stephenson Sheff is a fundraising and philanthropy adviser at IG Advisors, where she represents the foundations of two philanthropists. She started her career as a fundraiser but going through applications to help clients decide where to put their money is a whole new ball game.

So from a fundraiser-turned-philanthropy adviser, here are a few tips to help get your charity to the top of that pile when applying for funds.

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