Commission and Deferred Payment Policy: As a policy, Jennie Swantz Stokum/the Nonprofit Gardener does not write grant proposals based on commission or deferred payment. The reason for this policy is based on best practices. Leading professional groups, including the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) prohibit contingency pay. Foundations typically do not allow fundraising expenses, including the payment of a grantwriter, to be a line item in the budget. In addition, there are many factors that contribute to a foundation’s funding decisions, which may include prior relationships with the organization, an organization’s history of carrying out successful programs, and a strong fit with the foundation mission. A well-written grant proposal is only one of many of these factors.