Funding & proposals2022-12-03T06:54:00+01:00

Funding and proposals

Impact needs strong funding.

Your partners in securing funding

Today’s funding landscape is fuelled by constant change, intense competition and an ever-increasing time and compliance demand on NGOs. We believe strongly that local and international NGOs need to have substantial funding pipelines to build a better world.

This is why we partner with high-impact NGOs, supporting proposal writing and building a strong donor pipeline at high cost-efficiency. We also generate unrestricted funding through our complete fundraising campaign support.

Together, we build strong, well-managed non-profit organisations that do good, better!

MzN Funding Support

This is a short summary of our funding support. If you have further questions, please contact us.

Proposal development support

Good proposals are the key building block to winning funds. Our depth of knowledge and decades of experienc with donor’s formal policies and informal preferences allow us to help write winning proposals.

Our institutional funding experts assist our clients worldwide to form consortia, develop funding strategies, pre-position themselves, and write convincing proposals.

We have particular expertise with respect to:

  • European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (EC/ECHO)
  • Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)
  • Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit/ Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (GIZ/BMZ)
  • The World Bank
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Foundations

Our expertise includes Payment by Results contracting, project risk identification, and the development of new project processes and procedures to ensure that your organisation is properly represented in the proposal.

Our proposal writing experts write, review and improve draft concept notes and proposals to maximise their chances of success. As donor experts, we add our expertise to a thematically wide variety of proposals. We work remotely or on site, as required.

Digital Fundraising Support

We run effective digital campaigns raising unrestricted funding for NGOs worldwide.

The first step is focussed on giving donors an engaging and empathy driving experience and, making it easier and more rewarding in supporting your cause. Our fundraising solutions integrate all aspects needed, from campaign strategy, to design to payment solutions.

Our digital fundraising campaigns are developed together with you, driven by artificial intelligence, to optimize investments and smart integrations and work long term to raise funds successfully from Individuals, Corporates, Companies and Foundations globally.

What is MzN’s funding-for-NGOs support?2022-06-16T12:13:52+02:00

Good impact projects need good funding. We help to secure funding and build a sustainable income stream in two ways. First, we secure funding through grants and donor contracts by identifying suitable opportunities, helping to write winning proposals and supporting negotiations. Secondly, we design digital fundraising strategies, run complete campaigns and constantly improve them to secure unrestricted funding for our clients. 

How does your team work with my team?2022-06-16T09:10:05+02:00

We partner with you for long-term success in building a sustainable income stream by submitting winning proposals and running campaigns that work. Our team of about 30 experienced proposal writers and fundraisers have extensive experience across most thematic areas to capture your unique impact point, manage a proposal pipeline, support (or do) the technical writing, provide short-term surge capacity and run long-term fundraising campaigns. 

In all that, we partner with respect, empathy and your financial aim clearly in focus. The work is always led by a senior staff member with at least 15 years of experience. 

Which technical areas do you work in?2022-06-16T12:18:26+02:00

We are donor and fundraising experts. Our donor expertise is well established and proven, especially regarding the donors shown here. Our digital fundraising experts have run successful campaigns across the globe and use AI-driven tools to constantly improve earnings. 

Our team has expertise in a range of technical sector areas, including agriculture, economic growth, education, start-up support, WASH, food security, humanitarian aid, DRR, governance, advocacy, human rights and many others. 

How much does it cost?2022-06-16T12:19:07+02:00

The minimum cost per month is EUR2,750. The maximum depends on the level of work agreed. To ensure complete cost control, costs are fixed and agreed on in advance. On average, the cost of our services is more cost effective than hiring relevant staff. We do not work on a win-based model.

How long does the contract run for?2022-06-15T08:58:52+02:00

You can cancel at any time with 30 days notice to the next calendar month’s end.

What is your win rate on proposals?2022-06-15T09:00:41+02:00

We monitor this very carefully and our win rate is about 25% above the sector average. Depending on donor and technical area, the sector average ranges between 20% and 30%.

I have got a proposal due soon. When should I call you?2022-06-16T12:20:35+02:00

Whilst our services are designed for long-term success, we can support ad-hoc proposal and campaign design in some cases.

Can you help me write a budget for a proposal?2022-06-16T12:21:45+02:00

Yes. Our cost & finance experts have extensive experience in this area. Our research also indicates that an incomplete budget is the second biggest reason a proposal is doomed to fail. It pays getting that one right! 

Which languages do you support?2022-06-15T09:10:33+02:00

Our proposal writing services are delivered in English, Spanish, French and German. Campaigns can be run in any language.

Where are you based?2022-06-16T12:23:18+02:00

We closed our last physical office in 2018 to become 100% digital and agile. This also helps us to attract a more balanced and diverse workforce and makes our jobs more attractive to experienced staff with carer and other responsibilities. Finally, it keeps our costs down, which results in lower rates. Our staff is strategically hired across the globe to provide support in all major time zones. 

Any other questions?2022-06-15T09:14:06+02:00

Schedule an introductory call here.

How can we help you?

Lydia Sleifir

MzN International has been providing funding support for War Child Deutschland’s institutional fundraising since August 2020. We are a small start-up NGO and, with the help of MzN, we were able to secure a larger grant from the German government, improve our systems and develop a number of boilerplate texts for future applications.Thank you MzN for the professional and reliable support over the past months.

Lydia Sleifir, Managing Director, War Child Deutschland


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