Anthony DiRenzo

Anthony DiRenzo

Professor, Department of Writing
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences


Proposal and Grant Writing (WRTG-31700), the capstone of the professional writing curriculum, concentrates on formal proposals and grants. Students address problems in the local community while studying the interplay among business, education, government, and non-profits.

Attentive to civic responsibility in the marketplace, this course teaches research and interviewing, project management, editing, and document design. Writing assignments include feasibility, assessment, and progress reports and individual and group projects. Through service learning within the local community, students come to understand the value of social capital in the public and private sectors.

This particular section explores the history of American volunteerism, from Benjamin Franklin's Junto to the William J. Clinton Foundation, emphasizing the 40 years bridging the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era (1880 to 1920). This intense period of social, economic, and technological change, very much like our own, forced America to create new civic organizations and social services. Its lessons remain useful for young proposal and grant writers.

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